I LEARNED of the existence of a group of young people with a message that really interests me and some of my riding friends. I have, for many years, enjoyed my motorcycles largely for one reason: they allow me to get into the back country and to experience the real pleasure of seeing nature in its raw form.
At present I own a 1969 MLS Rapido Harley-Davidson. I am in bad need of more power. The makers at Harley put out an expansion chamber, but I am not sure if it is tuned high enough. I was wondering if you knew of anyone else who puts out one besides Harley.
As a T6 fan and former owner, I took offense that you chose not to use it as a background for the BSA in the May issue. Your magazine does a fine job on bikes, but they have no soul when it comes to airplanes. The T6 is not retired from private aviation.
THE best news this month is the addition of Jody Nicholas to our staff. Jody needs no introduction to road race fans; his prowess on the hard stuff is almost legendary. He is rated by those who have raced against him as one of the very best riders in the world.
The Rationale Behind One Of The World's Fastest Drag Bikes. A discussion Of Riding Technique. And The Reason Why Boris Murray Thinks He Can Beat Those Eastern Cats.
IF YOU HAPPEN to meander off the street on a Saturday night, drawn by the noise of your local drag strip, you’ll find a confusing, almost repelling, scene. But, perhaps you wanted to find out how fast your bike would go. Now you’re caught up in the bedlam.
ONCE UPON A TIME, there lived a King whose Castle was far away on a high Mountain. Now this was no hardship for him, for in the lofty stables stood a bevy of Yamaha 350s with the odd Honda 750 and Mach IIIs for good measure. For the Peasants who lived in the Lowlands, the wail of the Twin Twos sounded like the Banshees from Hades and not being “hep,” they shunned the Castle.
Young and Fast, These Four Rising Stars Spell Trouble For Any Of The Established AMA Experts.
THE BANZAI KID
BEHIND A CALM FACE...
"WHO?" THE CROWD ASKED
...A BAD LUCK BOY
THE HOT SHOE youngling takes no guff from anybody. Lacking experience, he compensates with daring. He will hold the throttle on longer and plunge deeper into the corner than the wise veteran, gambling that his nerve and reflexes will save him.
IF TRIUMPH THOUGHT they were going to get a corner on the performance market with their diminutive 250-cc Trophy, it would not be unfair to accuse them of missing the boat. Perform, it does not. However, the Trophy does have a definite place in motorcycling.
The New Hodakas are Still Red, but Color isn't Everything!
THE HODAKA 100B is still another variation on the Hodaka theme, and is therefore very similar to its predecessors. Finish is exactly the same, with the exception of the muffler which is now painted black. The tailpipe is still chrome-plated, and the brushed chrome heat shield is also retained.
It was Revolutionary For Its Time, And Provided Idea Material For Other Designs, Which, Ironically, Outlasted It.
A MONTH AFTER World War I ended, a fallible genius named Granville Bradshaw was commissioned by a British aviation firm to draft a motorcycle that, designwise, would take a seven-league leap into the future. He sat at his easel and in 10 days, sparsely punctuated with catnaps and snacks, he created the immortal ABC. On almost any count you can name, this opus started where the competition left off.
FEW MOTORCYCLES have met with such instant popularity as the Yamaha Enduros. Since their the American introduction to the American scene a year and a half ago, Yamaha has been besieged by requests for the bikes in excess of the giant factory’s ability to produce them.
An Impressive Roster Of America's Finest Endurance Riders Mix it With The Duffers In New England's Warm-Up Event For The ISDT
SHOULD THERE EVER be an International Six Day Trial run in the United States, it will undoubtedly be run in the Berkshires. One reason is the terrain. The Berkshires are just as soggy and hilly as the terrain of Europe, Scandinavia and Great Britain, where this prestigious spectacle of stamina, perseverance, reliability and backwoods ingenuity is run from year to year.
BN Supply, distributors of speed equipment and motorcycle accessories, has announced their new boot, designed especially for the dirt rider. A full 17-in. in height, the BN boot features a conventional sole and heel pattern for better foot control on the foot pegs and a series of eyelets which permit rapid donning and removal. Constructed of top quality leather and re-enforced at the toe, these boots are sure to become favorites of the dirt-rider set. Price is $49.95. Further information may be obtained from BN Supply, Dept. CW-8, 7500 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa, CA 92041. Dealer inquiries are invited.
NAUGAHYDE AND VINYL REPAIR
This new chemical adhesive easily repairs cuts, tears, burns and parted seams in naugahyde, vinyl, leather, plastic and other synthetics. Naugahyde and Vinyl Repair is not an ordinary glue, but a colorless solution which actually forms a permanent chemical bond with the damaged material. Once the repair has been made, it is nearly impossible to detect. Naugahyde and Vinyl Repair requires no mixing and is easy to apply. In addition to its many household uses, it is ideal for car, truck, camper, boat or motorcycle seat repair. A 2 oz. bottle costs $1.98 plus 25 cents postage. From Newport Enterprises, Dept. CW-8, P.O. Box 286, Orange, CA 92669. Dealer inquiries are invited.
"SUPER" UNBREAKABLE FENDER
A new “super” fender that won’t crack or dent like metal is also “bend proof”; it snaps back into place even under the severest conditions and can’t break like “glass.” It is now available from Pacifico, Inc., makers of the well-known “Snuff-or-Not.” The new fender has the lightest weight of any bike fender on the market and is competitively priced with all other types. Designed as a replacement, the “Super” fender is available for both front and rear and comes in five sizes that will fit almost any cycle application. Installation merely requires drilling holes in the fender to fit existing brackets. Available at your dealer’s or write Pacifico, Inc., Dept. CW-8, P.O. Box 398, Portland, OR 97027.
Roach Studios has announced the addition of a new line of motorcycle shirts, carrying the “famous” Roach 100 percent guarantee. The Roach now has black T-shirts and sweatshirts with motorcycle emblems printed in white. The 1970 catalog, with Roach Studios’ complete line of motorcycle, automotive and novelty designs for T-shirts, sweatshirts and racing jackets is available for 75 cents from Roach Studios, Dept. CW-8, P.O. Box 182, Worthington, OH 43085.
YAMAHA DT-1 FORK SPRINGS
A completely new and re-engineered front fork spring set for DT-1 Yamaha series motorcycles is now available at Webco dealers throughout the United States and Canada. These new springs feature a full-length action-damped effect designed to improve handling characteristics of the popular DT-1 model Yamaha under the most severe riding or racing conditions. Harsh rebounds in fork action are minimized with these new fork springs during desert, cross-country or motocross racing when unexpected ruts, rocks and gullies are encountered. Webco has placed the part No. 2122 on these springs, which are sold only in pairs for $11.95. For additional information write Webco, Inc., Dept. CW-8, P.O. Box 429, Venice, CA 90291.
Western Scooter Distributors’ new compression release with one-way valve action is now available at most dealers. Patented check valve action with two springs of synchronized tension permits release of compression with no possible return of foreign matter of any type. Designed for easy installation, it has no filter to clean or clog up. Zinc coating prevents rust. Simple, positive action by the rider pulling a lever gives the desired braking effect without the danger of back suction. The unit fits both 1/2 in. and 3/4 in. x 14mm spark plug holes. Suggested list price is $11.45. Available at your dealer’s or write to Western Scooter Distributors, Dept. CW-8, 1599 Custer Ave., San Francisco, CA 94124.
BMW LUGGAGE RACK
Butler & Smith, Inc., announces the availability of their new, modern luggage rack, specifically designed for the new R 50/5, R 60/5 and R 75/5 BMW’s. This beautifully chromed rail is useful and especially attractive. It may be used in conjunction with the M-1002 saddle bags or by itself. The luggage rack is No. L-1001 and sells for $29.95. Contact your nearest BMW dealer or write to Butler & Smith, Dept. CW-8, Walnut Street & Hudson Avenue, Norwood, NJ 07648.
GAUGE AND GAPPER
A revolutionary new type of spark plug gap gauging instrument has been announced by Automark, manufacturers of precision gauges and instruments. The new pocket-sized precision gap gauge incorporates a tapered gauging element combining the best advantages of both wire and wedge types. The unique scale reads in both inches and millimeters, offering the widest range of readings available from .014 to .040 in. and .33 to 1.00mm. Spark plug electrode aligning slots are built-in, and a special angle off-set is incorporated for adjusting extended tip plugs. Made from cyanide-hardened tool steel and nickel plated, this new precision tool is designed for the professional mechanic and high performance enthusiast as well as the average motorist. Suggested retail is $1.14. For additional information (Model AGG-3) write to Automark Industries, Inc., Dept. CW-8, 641 Vermont Street, Palatine, IL 60067. Dealer inquiries are invited.
NEW, SLIPPERY CHAIN-LUBE
Motorcycle chains require a combined penetrative and adhesive lubricant to thoroughly lubricate and protect the inside pins as well as the exterior rollers. MolySlip Liquid Grease accomplishes this by combining the advantages of a solid grease and a penetrating oil in a blend of ingredients, including highly refined, submicron-sized molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) in colloidal suspension. This remarkable substance plates all metal surfaces, reduces friction and protects the chain from rust and corrosion with a film which is five times more slippery than oil and tough enough to adhere and lubricate for months. MolySlip LQG and additional technical information are available from S&N Pump Co., Dept. CW-8 Special Products Division, 3605 Lumberdale, Houston, TX 77018. Dealer inquiries are invited.
ROOKIE DAVE ALDANA shattered the AMA road race aces as he screamed his BSA Three to a 104-plus mph win at Bill France’s new Talledaga Super-Speedway. Youthful Aldana has excelled at all forms of dirt competition but seemed to lack the “cool” necessary to win a major road race.
No, not the SL 350—I mean the real thing, like a motocrosser, for example. After the fame and success of Yamaha’s DT-1, who can doubt that other makers, especially the biggest one, would love to cash in on the hot market for nimble off-road Singles?
Lone American contestant in this year’s international Scottish Six Days trial was the ever-cheerful desert rider Bob Ewing of Sepulveda, Calif., who rode a 250 AJS through to the end of the third day, when he was excluded on time. One infamous section of the trial, Rannoch Moor, was colorfully described by Bob as being like “riding in a greased bath tub.” Among the problems he encountered were running hub-deep in bogland, putting water in the works, breaking a chain, having a puncture, and having his timing sent amok by a rock.
Only one month after his Rimini accident (which the Italian doctors had judged would take at least 70 days for recovery), Phil Read made a victorious comeback at the Cervia-Milano Marittima, last event of the 1970 Adriatic Coast “temporada,” run in fine weather on April 19.