THE MEXICAN 1000 really put me in a strange position this year. CYCLE WORLD and I have been associated with the race down the wonderful Baja peninsula for years. In 1962 I was part of the team that set the original record for Honda, and I've been a booster of the race ever since.
I just returned from backpacking the John Muir Trail, and the trash is so bad the rangers are handing out plastic bags and asking the people to help by gathering the cans, etc., and carrying them out. Five years ago the trail and the desert were clean.
Being the owner of two Hondas, I am concerned about air pollution. I would like to use non-leaded gas, but I recently read an article staling that no-lead gasoline burns valves prematurely, and only stellite-tipped valves will resist this.
THE two biggies in the world of motorcycling, the Federation Internationale Motocicliste (FIM), the world governing body, and the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) have both held their respective congress meetings. And the decisions handed down by the FIM will probably have more effect on the sport in this country during the coming year than those adopted by our own association.
The“Fast Patrick/Consistent Bowers” Yamaha Sets A New Motorcycle Record, but FourWheelers Again Take The Overall Win.
IVAN J. WAGAR
BAJA IS JUST the Six Days in one,” commented Malcolm Smith, one of this year’s ISDT gold medalists, as he headed for the starting ramp at Ensenada. That just about sizes up the distance and describes the terrain that riders faced during the long trek from Ensenada to La Paz; it also emphasizes the enormity of the world’s longest single speed event.
Technical Analysis Of An All-New Twin From Great Britain. Features: Double Overhead Cam, Five-Speed Gearbox And Frame Styled After The Daytona Racing 750s.
THOSE WHO HAVE decried England's conservative approach to motorcycle design will undoubtedly carp that the new five-speed dohc 350 gracing the 1971 BSA and Triumph lines is five years too late. But the 350 is remarkable nonetheless, and, discounting the usual number of British design eccentricities, thoroughly up to date.
Following in the tracks of the world’s most successful dual-purpose 250, Yamaha’s 360 RT-1 is sure to be a winner.
AN EXCELLENT TRAIL MACHINE
COPES WITH ANY SITUATION
BEEFIER FRAME EMPLOYED
PLENTY OF POWER
WHEN YAMAHA INTRODUCED their 250 DT-1 two years ago, it created little less than a sensation among the motorcycling public. Owners were overjoyed with its light weight, good pulling power and excellent handling. Dealers appreciated the fact that it required little service.
A NEW TWIST on motorcycling promises to bring both riders and skiers closer together. The French, who invented it, call it “Mo-Ski-Tow,” a rather foul pun more worthy of an American billboard than a place in the French language. Nonetheless, it is jolly good fun, and, incidentally, a good way for a dirt rider to keep in shape during the winter months.
A Gigantic, Water-Cooled Two-Stroke Makes Its Debut At The Japanese Motor Show
ONE OF THE EYEPOPPINGEST machines to be seen in a long time was unveiled by Suzuki at the 17th Tokyo International Motor Show. Behold the wondrous 750, powered by a transverse, three-cylinder, two-cycle engine, in unit with a five-speed transmission.
Once Again, The International Motocross Stars Breach These Shores, This Time In Two Series Instead Of One
12,000 AT PEPPERELL
ATLANTA & TULSA
WHO WILL WIN?
AS EUROPE ICES over and sends native racing buffs to their hearths, it has become an annual thing for motocross stars to come over here and cherrypick. Most of our readers are by now familiar with the Inter-Am international motocross series.
YOU’RE RIGHT. The new Cota 247 Trialer isn’t all that different from last year’s model. From a distance, it’s difficult to tell them apart. But Montesa’s changes have made a good trialer a superb one-one of the best in the world. Like a roadracer or motocross machine, the Cota is a highly specialized mount.
A Sub-Compact, Cow-Trailing TT Special For Big ’Uns And Little 'Uns Alike
MORE THAN A MINIBIKE, the Yamaha Mini Enduro is a motorcycle in minature that a microbopper can manhandle. Even a full sized person can take it boondocking, and there are probably some kids that could finish some of the shorter enduros on it, although they might fall a bit behind schedule.
IT SITS THERE in the dim light of the cluttered garage looking as though a little kid with an erector set had tried to build a Honda 90. But you look more closely and you see the T-shaped frame is not pressed steel but dull, rather ugly, sandblasted aluminum.
BSA & Triumph Introduce A Radically Revised Line Of Machines To The Press
IT WAS LAVISH. Genteel. Birmingham Small Arms President Peter Thornton. Ex-Ford and Chrysler. Marketing and Product Planning Director Tony Salisbury. Ex-Chrysler. Et al. The setting was the $80-a-day La Quinta Hotel grounds, where the good General Eisenhower used to roam.
In keeping with the popular “All American” color scheme, Azusa Engineering Inc. has designed a new minibike seat featuring alternating red and white stripes of genuine tuck and roll metalflake naugahyde. The sides and back are blue metalflake.
Ontario Motor Speedway’s 200-mile road race will climax the 1971 AMA season, but the large number of events will decrease the importance of each national, in the eyes of spectators. A 60 percent larger purse—now over $380,000—will no doubt please competitors, but the AMA’s somewhat haphazard geographic sequence of events across the country will make 1971 a tough season.
Many Grand Prix motocross and ISDT fans will remember the Australian rider who rode with, and beat, the best of the Europeans during the late Fifties and early Sixties. Ex-500-cc world motocross champion Tim Gibbes is several years older, but still in his riding prime.
The road race season is over. Grass track and speedway have stopped. The trials season proper starts, and with so many motocross stars in the United States, the winter scrambles will have a lack of luster. Perhaps this is the reason why few motocross meetings will be shown on television this winter.
Agostini closed the Italian season with a pair of wins at the hillish Ospedaletti circuit, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea near the French border. It was somewhat of a polemic meeting. Benelli withdrew for the season following the Italian GP, and it is rumored that a new top man will be hired for 1971 (Hailwood?).