MORE ALERT READERS of Cycle World might have noticed on page 97 of the March, 1971 issue, (smack in the middle of the huge Suzuki advertisement, the largest ever run in a motorcycle magazine), an ad with the headline, “How To Win $1000 Worth Of Suzuki Motorcycles Of Your Choice.” The ad announced a design contest for CW readers titled “motorcycle of the future.” Several hundred entries were received, much to my shock, since I had rashly volunteered to be a judge about six months before.
Seriously, I like your mag and carefully compared it to several others before purchasing my subscription. The technical articles are good, and the historical features are interesting and informative. Your claims for the “World’s Biggest Monthly” in the March issue were quite silly, considering all the pages taken up by Suzuki and BSA ads, but your test report on the Suzuki TM400R was critical enough to indicate that your opinion could not be bought by 40 pages of advertising.
I had a ’69 Norton Commando fastback which I bought in May 1970 with 2600 miles on it. It was in excellent shape, except that it burned a bit of oil and also leaked a bit (what English bike doesn’t). The handling was excellent, braking fair (front brake good, rear brake poor), and acceleration was excellent with a top speed of 115 mph.
May I offer a simpler method for “Polarity Check”? This was shown to me a few years ago by an old Swedish mechanic, and the steps are as follows: 1. Cut a potato in half. 2. Place two copper wires of unknown polarity about a half-inch apart in the exposed white part of the potato.
SEVERAL months ago the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, formerly National Highway Safety Bureau, issued a notice of proposed rule making in standardization of safety related motorcycle controls. At the time I did not make a big fuss over the issue, because during my presidency of the old Motor Scooter & Allied Trades Association I knew that that group had gone on record as being in favor of standard control location when questioned by NHSB in early 1967.
Making Sense Of Mid-Season, We Find Sisyphus In The Lead
THE AMA NATIONAL mid-season point standings, following Dick Mann's hair raising road race win at Kent, were as follows: The names in the Top 10 and those that are absent from same reveal much of the complexion of this year's professional racing series.
Meet "Black Bart," Harley's Evergreen, All-Time AMA National Winner, Bold And Creative Charger. This Is The Markel Away From Motorcycles. Does Anyone Really Know Him?
BART MARKEL SLEPT through a tornado. He can't recall all the details... just that one midnight years ago he was roused from a deep sleep by a roaring wind hammering against the window beside his bed. Opening the window, he groggily poked his head out and looked around, then fell back asleep with his head still out the window.
The Kit That Is No Longer A Kit Makes The "T" Even Better.
DEVELOPED AND PERFECTED by Sammy Miller, unquestionably the best trials rider in the world, the 1971½ Bultaco Sherpa T abounds in new and subtle changes which make it quite possibly the best trials machine in the world. The most obvious change from the 1971 model is the Kit Campeon fiberglass work, which consists of the narrowest seat/gas tank combination to be found on a 250-cc trials machine.
After 64 Years, Criticism Is Mounting, But The TT Is Strong Enough to Survive.
FORMULA 750 CLASS
AUERBACHER/BMW WIN 750 SIDECAR EVENT
MV FAILS IN 350 CLASS
SCHAUZU LEADS 500 SIDECAR
FOUR-LAP 250 RACE
PRODUCTION MACHINE RACE
MORTIMER TAKES 125 CLASS
SOMEBODY UPSET the wee folk this year in the Isle of Man. In fact it must have been a good few people who ignored them as they crossed the Fairy Bridge from the airport to Douglas or when out touring. It is an old Manx custom that locals and visitors alike say "Hallo" or "Good day, wee people" as a mark of respect.
Like The 750, A Brilliant Highway Machine, But Smaller, Quieter, And Easier To Manage.
WHEN YOU'VE ALREADY designed and built two of the most exotic motorcycles in general production in the world today, what do you do for an encore? Honda's twin-cam CB450 with torsion bar valve springs created a mild furor when it was introduced several years ago.
A Look At A Motorcycle Training Course Designed To Keep Your First Hours On A Bike From Ending In Injury
PRACTICAL RIDING EMPHASIZED
THE INSTRUCTOR IN FRONT!
OBSTACLES AND THE UNEXPECTED
NOT ALL MAKE IT
MINIMAL COST/NO FRILLS
AN UPHILL FIGHT
JOSEPH E. BLOGGS
RESEARCH HAS shown that most motorcycle accidents occur early in the game, and some studies indicate an injury rate as high as 60 percent for first outings. So your first day on a motorcycle can well be one of the most important in your life. One answer to this high initial accident rate may be the acquisition of experience in a controlled environment.
Who and what are you going to teach? This may range from the approach of a busy dealer trying to give one quick lesson to a youngster, all the way up to advanced defensive handling. The following progressions are suggested as stages of training: Phase I: Starting, control operation, steering and stopping a cycle.
WHAT WILL the motorcycle of the future look like? What features will it have? What possible engineering innovations will be present in its conception? In cooperation with U.S. Suzuki, who offered $1000 worth of their motorcycles to the winner, the March issue of CYCLE WORLD put that question to readers in the form of a design contest called Project Futurebike.
TERRY TAGGART of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, operates an art studio. His “Yellow Jacket” is one of six honorable mentions, and came very close to first spot. Taggart would employ the racing car construction method of monocoque for lighter weight and greater strength.
"A grand touring motorcycle” is how David E. Bennett of Ferndale, Michigan, describes his astute design. His 750-cc four-cylinder engine is rendered in both two and four-cycle versions, both rated at 75 bhp and water cooled. The chopper influence rears its ugly head again in the reclining rider’s position.
FROM A DISTANCE you have to look twice. The proportions of the Montesa Cota 25 are so like the full-sized trialer on which it was modeled that it fools the eye, turning rocks into boulders and bushes into trees. The bike is a mini-trialer, designed specifically for serious junior-sized trials riders 5 to 9 years old.
ALTHOUGH DOZENS OF books have been written about Lawrence of Arabia, the attention given to his love of motorcycling has been scanty. Indeed, many of his biographers scarcely mention the subject, which is a pity, as it provides an insight into the real nature of Lawrence's apparently enigmatic personality, so often the subject of analysis.
AN INSPIRED LAWRENCE LIVED AND DIED WITH A BROUGH. CLASSIC BUFFS SWEAR BY THEM
THE FIRST BROUGH Superiors rolled out of George Brough's workshop at Haydn Road, Nottingham, England, in 1919, shortly after the close of WWI. After leaving his father's employ, George set out to produce a large displacement, luxury motorcycle, handcrafted and finished to appeal to the connoisseur.
AMERICAN COMPETITORS in the 1970 International Six Days Trial at E1 Escorial in Spain were surprised to find a new, very competitive Swedish 125 taking three gold, four silver and one bronze medal. Suddenly, Sweden was no longer just the land of Husqvarnas.
"...His Strategy Was To Get His Truck Loaded As Quickly As Possible."
JOHN H. WAASER
NEW ENGLAND is officially known in the AMA as District One. Except that if you look in the AMA books, very few activities are listed for District One, for New England has, for several years now, been independent. The all-powerful New England Sports Committee controls scrambling, the most prevalent form of the sport here. Thus it is that when the AMA comes to New England to promote a race, a lot of eyes are watching closely.
The advance publicity read, “The First Iron-Horse Races Ever At Roosevelt Raceway,” and that’s what 21,000 eager New Yorkers came to see. When it was all over they saw ex-Canadian Dave Sehl, aboard a factory Harley XR, ride to a smooth, determined 1st place.
Rroomm is offering the Helmate, a retaining strap designed to hold a spare helmet to either a “buddy” seat or a rack. It is of mar-proof design, and will snugly fit all helmet sizes of both the full and “shorty” types. Bonded Velcro strips, which are jet-black precoated, attach the Helmate to any “buddy” seat firmly in just a few minutes. The Helmate can also use passenger hand rails or a carrier rack by means of a self-fastening loop included. Price is $3.75 postpaid, and the Helmate is available directly from Rroomm, Dept. CW-10. Box 108, Blue Point, NY 11715.
HONDA 750 NORRIS CAMS
For those Honda 750 owners interested in owning an “under 12 sec.” performing machine, Norris has produced a hot cam kit, featuring a new design with triple springs and titanium retainers. Write for specs and additional information to Norris Performance Products, Dept. CW-10, 14754 Calvert St., Van Nuys, CA 91401, or phone (213) 873-4846 or (213) 780-1102.
A powerful chemical cleaner for motorcycle electrical systems, Petrochem Spark Plug and Contact Klean, is available in a convenient 4-oz. aerosol spray can. It is claimed to work in seconds, extending plug life and improving firing efficiency. Sprayed surfaces are left clean, dry and free of oily film, as Spark Plug and Contact Klean displaces moisture, and evaporates almost immediately. The Petrochem spray-on chemical is non-flammable, electrically non-conductive and leaves no after-deposits. Retail price for the 4-oz. can is $1.50; a 16-oz. can is also available through Ashland Chemical Co., Specialty Products, Division of Ashland Oil Inc., Dept. CW-10, 10505 South Painter Ave., Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
Laverda, an enthusiastic family business that has become Italy’s most active big bike builder, has started delivery on the 750 SF-C production racer. It’s geared for about 130 mph at 7800 rpm, and has already made a brilliant debut in Holland where it won a 24-hour marathon.
Honda built a couple of ST70 (affectionately called "Dax" in Japan) sidecar outfits to transport the most meritorious players in our pro baseball series in a parade marking the finale of the season. The sidecar is not what we normally call a "chair," but is merely a platform with a tall shield (armor plate to fend off rotten apples thrown by enemies).
The overture to the TT races comes in Ireland a week before, at the annual classic North West 200 event. Twenty years ago it was the ideal testing ground for the Isle of Man, but as works support dwindled, the North West lost its attraction and failed to draw the aces.