CYCLE WORLD’S EDITOR, Ivan Wagar, recently achieved a new status which made me extremely proud and happy for him. It didn’t do his reputation around CW’s offices any damage either, and it should make each and every motorcycle enthusiast in the country equally proud of him.
I am not in the habit of responding to letters, but the one submitted by H.J. Jewett in your August 1970 issue was so cleverly written that I shall not pass this one up. I shall assume that his intent was cynicism when he said that packers leave the country as they found it.
THE publisher's column this month announces my appointment to the National Motor Vehicle Safety Advisory Council. This Council, established by law as part of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, was primarily created to ensure that bureaucrats would not establish motor vehicle safety laws without the essential guidance from people who are in a position to know what is going on in the world outside Washington, D.C.
Perhaps you have an explanation for a problem that seems to be happening quite regularly in my area: namely, broken rear chains on the Honda 750 Four. I haven't experienced the problem yet, having ridden my Four for one year now (5000 miles), but I wonder when it will happen.
The 175 Is Light, Peppy, Easy To Handle; The 250 Offers Flexible Power And Good Handling For The Fire-Road Rider.
THE AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE riding public has gone completely nuts about the street/trail scene. Practically all the high school kids who are old enough to have a motorcycle want something they can ride back and forth to school and take “out in the woods" every now and then.
CARBURETORS and other fuel/air mixing systems as a rule require a certain amount of complexity. The problem is that it is almost impossible for a simple fuel metering system to provide an optimum fuel/air mixture over a widely varying range of intake velocities and manifold pressures.
Meet The “Light Twins,” Smoother And Better Than Ever
WE HAVE ALWAYS been fond of Honda’s "light Twin," the roadster that started off life as a 125-cc Benly, and evolved into a slightly larger 175. Honda’s 175s have a compact classic look that one associates with racing machinery. The 125 Benly was actually made to look like a racer, so much so that more than a few riders campaigned the bike in bush-league road races.
ONE MARQUE about which little is known in America is the Puch—an Austrian concern that has never courted the American market with the fervor displayed by other manufacturers around the world. Instead, Puch has chosen to concentrate on an eastern European market, where its philosophy of producing unspectacular but sound machines has met with great success.
ONE OF THE most businesslike machines ever to come off the Honda Motor Co. assembly lines is the SL175 Motosport. It is, of course, a continuation of the new trend (for Honda) established by the other two SLs-the 350 and the 100. The intention with the SL series is to produce motorcycles that are actually effective in off-the-road situations, while still retaining those elements of comfort and legality necessary for street operation.
A BRIEF ADMONITION TO EPICURIANS ON HOW TO ORDER IN FRENCH
A NEW IMAGE
"OH, THE NORTH COUNTRY..."
ROMA, THE REFEREE
ON SKIN AND SUN
USA VS. CANADA
THE LAST TIME I went to interview Joe Bolger, the man, I failed, and came back with a story about Joe Bolger’s bike. The job should have been simple: Joe Bolger, the grand old scrambles man of New England. A roster of wins, enough to fill several pages.
THE MOST FAMOUS of all racing machines must be the British Manx Norton. It will go down in motorcycling history as the machine that would not die; although it might have been better if the Manx Norton had not been so successful over the years since its first appearance in 1927, for its continued development undoubtedly stopped Britain from producing multi-cylindered machines so necessary for dominance of the world market today.
If You’re In The Right Frame Of Mind, These Long Wheelbase Dirt Racers Could Be Uncut Gems ...
THEY'RE COBBY looking and the hand-chiseled "British Made" stamping on the engine cases could put you off, if you were in a grumpy mood. I he engines, after all, are Puch, and are made in Austria. But the Dalesman Puch 125 motocross and enduro machines, couched in lithe, double cradle frames, are definitely British in conception.
It is interesting to speculate that if motorcycles had a sex, then the lusty four-stroke would probably be regarded as the male of the species and the more diminutive two-stroke the female. The only flaw in this definition would be that the two-stroke is prone to whisker trouble, which is generally accepted as being a male characteristic!
Hillclimbing Is Hairy, And The Mt.Garfield Championship Is The Hairiest Of Them All
MT.GARFIELD is frequently the site of the spectacular AMA National Hillclimb Championship. The hill, prepared by the Muskegon Motorcycle Association, is a beautifully tailored, grass-covered sand dune overlooking the resort beaches of Lake Michigan.
Automatic Lubrication, Reed Valve Aspiration Are Features Of This Diminutive Fun Machine
SUZUKI'S ENTRY into the mini-bike field is somewhat overdue, but the finished product was well worth the wait. Lavish use of high impact plastics, sound engineering practice and innovative styling set the Suzuki toward the front in mini-bike circles.
The Brno Circuit, Laid Out On Public Roads, Is The Setting For Wins By Carruthers, Agostini.
SURPRISE WIN BY PARLOTTI
THE 250 RACE
THE 50-CC CLASS
AGOSTINI TAKES 350
PRACTICE HAD BEEN terrible, the pouring rain making the paddock like a swamp and the track like a skating rink. The track, normally a public road, is slippery at any time because of the heavy truck traffic, and on hot days the asphalt begins to lift.
A Design Conference In Action; We Pray That It Is Not True.
JOHN V. MYERS
CHARACTERS: Boss, Engineer, Style Man, Cost Man, and New Man. SCENE: The board room of a motorcycle corporation, which—with appropriate variations in the language and technical details of the play—could be located almost anywhere that cycles are produced.
Rice Wins, But Mann Retains His Point Lead — Narrowly.
BSA MAY WIN the American Motorcycle Association No. 1 plate this year, if nothing out of the ordinary transpires in the remaining Nationals to be run. At the Santa Rosa National, a one-mile oval dirt race, the BSA squad— composed of Jim Rice, Dick Mann, and Dave Aldana—had varying fortunes.
This new and unique kit is now available to owners of full size 50-cc, 70-cc and 90-cc Hondas for quick conversion to suitcase cycles which can be transported as baggage in light airplanes, boats, campers and automobiles. No special tools are required, and converting the Honda consists mainly of replacing a small number of original Honda parts with S & K manufactured parts.
None of the world championships are decided yet, with the exception of the two Agostini regulars, the 350- and 500-cc titles. With his win at Brno, Ago made sure of his 350-cc title, and he clinched the 500-cc one at Spa in Belgium. So far, there is no match for Ago and the Italian MV Threes, but the two-strokes are catching on fast, even in the largest class.
Malcolm Davis is the 1970 British 250cc motocross champion. He regained the title he held in 1968 from Bryan Wade (Greeves), who is now a much disillusioned man following a series of failures that befall most riders at some time in their career.
The temper of the times is toward off-road riding and motocross competition, and Suzuki has taken the lead by swiftly capturing the 250-cc world manufacturer’s title. Their lead was clinched by a 1st place at the British Motocross GP, held in Bristol on June 28.
“Goodies King” Paul Dunstall again met with difficulties at the Monza track. Due to the fact that there are no high-speed testing grounds in England where he could test his completed machines, his attempts to recapture the 10-km, 100-km and one-hour speed records in the 750-cc class from Moto Guzzi were only fractionally successful.