AMERICAN HONDA has announced the promotion of H.G. Nakamura from general manager of American Honda Motor Co. to general manager of the Financial Division of the parent company, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Japan. Mr. Nakamura was head of the prestigious Honda division for four years and made many friends in this country while the firm achieved an almost unbelievable growth.
I wonder if you could let me have the present address of Jim Parks, who has occasionally written for your magazine. I met him last summer when he was living here. He promised to get me a motorcycle engine for which I advanced him the money. I later heard from him around Christmas, when he was in Iran.
I hope you print this to make sure that Carl Shipman knows he is really out of his tree when he thinks that a Montesa Cota is a “trail” bike. It is a trials bike, built for a specific purpose, i.e., trialing. Mr. Shipman must have no sense, not even to realize these things are ridden standing up, not sitting down.
A SURPRISE VISITOR at the Ontario road race classic was the FIM's Dr. Boensch, president of the Commission Technical International. For you sports fans not familiar with the FIM (Federation Internationale Motorcycliste), it is the world governing body of motorcycle sports.
A Shocking Battle Goes To John Cooper, As Dick Mann Survives To Win The War.
The Unlucky Cast: Rabbit Man Nixon, Go-For-Broke Romero, Underdog Carruthers, Wild Man DuHamel And Long-Shot Rayborn.
A 250-Mile Race With A 45-Minute “Crunch Break.”
The Supporting Races
The New No.l
The English are going to be insufferable now! In the opening stages, Yvon DuHamel (11) and Gary Nixon (10) led the way, and Nixon wasn't the only American in contention. But it was Englishman John Cooper (28), in his first stateside race, that gained overall victory in the AMA's biggest National.
AH, THOSE RUGGED individualists. You see them huddled together in ever diminishing numbers, bemoaning the fate of the 500 Singles that ruled the backwoods. Gold Star. Matchbox. Ariel. Velo. They are in their 30s or early 40s, late 20s at the youngest.
Using The New Pabatco Kit, We Show You How Reed Induction Fattens The Power Band Of A Typical Two-Stroke Engine.
MOST TRAILBIKE COMPETITORS, whether it be motocross, desert, hillclimbs, or what have you, sooner or later begin searching for ways to get more power from their machine. Piston-port two-strokes, like the Hodaka Super Rat, respond quite well to conventional port alterations as far as increased horsepower at greater rpm goes.
The “Specially-For-Enduros” Bultaco, With No Dual-Purpose Pretensions
MARK IV SD
THE FIRST BULTACO Matador was designed by an American specifically for the American rider. The idea: a competitive enduro trail machine which could be used for getting back and forth to work during the week when the family car was in the garage.
Every Year The “Other Side” Has Thrown Fast Little Devils Like Allessandro Gritti At Us. And, Every Year, We Have Won A Few Golds But Looked Bad As A Team. This Year, They Didn’t Show Us “Nuthin’!”
LEROY WINTERS, the wiry, weathered Arkansas Traveler of the American enduro circuit, had been cracking them up all week, at every opportunity beeping the horn on the Honda SL 125 flown over for him by the American distributor, and wondering out loud whether he was supposed to ride over or under the candy-striped water main that he had been told to avoid hitting.
For A Time, Low-Frame Douglases Were All-Conquering, But Their Eclipse From The Winner's Circle Was Rapid, And Permanent.
VARYING SIZE, SIMILAR DESIGN
THE WORLD'S FASTEST DOUG
CINDER TRACK DOMINATION
PLENTY OF BIKES: NO TAKERS
IN THE WINTER of 1922/23, behind a security blackout, the racing and experimental departments of Douglas Motors Ltd. were at work on a project that was destined for a place in the Psalms of international motorsport. They were developing a technically advanced TT model (later designated the RA) that was later to win the 1923 Senior TT by nearly 2 min. What’s more, a later 600-cc version won the Sidecar TT, and a 350 variant placed 3rd in the Junior.
More Rapid Threes And An Intriguing Motocrosser Regenerate The Performance Image.
EXEMPLIFYING THE three-cylinder two-stroke trend in big road burners, Suzuki's '72 model line incorporates three of the smooth running triples. Biggest of the line is the water-cooled GT 750 Lemans, road tested in the December ’71 CYCLE WORLD. Unlike Kawasaki’s multi, the Suzuki waterpumper gets pretty good gas mileage—about 44 mpg—and is therefore a good touring, as well as performance, machine.
“How I Hit A Horse, Sandbagged At Brooklands, And Beat Traffic Tickets.”
BROWN BROTHERS PUSH CYCLE
SOME FAST BACKYARD SPECIALS
85 MPH ON A WATER-COOLED 350
ENGLAND'S RACING CENTER
PROFESSIONALS VS. PRIVATEERS
SPEEDTRAPS, FINES AND BRIBES
GEORGE L. HOLZAPFEL
JUST AS TODAY, motorcycles in the 1900s were trendsetters and record breakers. But, in those days, there was one added advantage—simplicity. Take the Brown Brothers “push-cycle” for example. I bought one in 1906 secondhand for $25.
THE AMERICAN MOTOCROSS team made a surprise appearance at the Motocross des Nations, held at Vannes, France just before the start of the Trans-AMA series. Teams from 12 nations competed in this event for 500cc class bikes—a stellar program including world champion Roger DeCoster of Belgium, and the cream of Sweden, Finland, England and Czechoslovakia.
DO YOU KNOW that you can save enough by buying your motorcycle in Europe to pay for a month’s vacation there? In September, 1970, I went to Munich, Germany, brought back a new BMW R 75/5, and figure that all expenses for a whole month, including the round trip flight to Germany, over 4000 miles of European travel, the price of the motorcycle, freight, insurance, license, and import duty, cost me only $171.28 more than I would have paid for the cycle alone in Denver Colo.
I WIPED THE accumulated snow off my glasses and studied the towering drift that curved up from the frozen creek bottom ahead of me. A cloud of snow-steam from the hot exhaust pipe drifted up around the tank and produced a humid smell, unnatural to the crisp, dry, 15-deg.
FOR PERHAPS THE first time in five years of competition, U.S. motocross riders are showing signs of budding International potential. And for perhaps the first time ever, U.S. spectators demonstrated their willingness to support in large numbers this rough and tumble, European dominated sport.
It Carries A Big Payload, With Little Adverse Effect On Handling.
TOURING BY MOTORCYCLE has to be one of the greatest things going, but packing, because of the limited space available, has always been a bummer. Sure, once the gear is stowed, solo riders can get by, but add one feminine pillion passenger and her accompanying luggage and practically all but Harley 74s turn into tail-heavy, overcrowded disasters.
An expansion to over 80 pages, 20 of them in full color, marks Suzuki Fun Center’s new ’72 catalog. Included in these pages are products from many brand name companies, and many competition items available only through Suzuki Fun Center. All items advertised are stocked, and sent the same day orders are received. Still $1, the Suzuki Fun Center catalog is available from Suzuki Fun Center, Dept. CW-1, 515 N. Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502.
Suzuki Fun Center
UNBREAKABLE REAR FENDER
Preston Petty now has an unbreakable rear fender designed for off-road riding made of the same copolymer material as his front fender and number plate/toolbox combination. A universal mounting unit, the rear fender may be used on most machines. It measures 34 1/2 in. long by 5 5/8 in. wide. It can be shortened, drilled or modified as required for chain or tire clearance without affecting the strength of the fender. Available in red, blue, black, white, yellow and silver, the new Petty fender sells for $10.95. The Webco part number is 1416, and the fender is sold by motorcycle dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada
Suzuki Fun Center
HERCULES MX LEATHER PANTS
Hercules has blended craftsmanship and 100 percent cowhide to produce their motocross leather pants. The leather pants, with large, deep padding for special protection, are tough, yet soft and supple. They are designed for a comfortable fit, and have been tested to ensure quality. Price is $49.50 at dealers handling Hercules products. For further information, contact Hercules Distributing Ltd., Dept. CW-1, 9827 Mason Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311.
Suzuki Fun Center
K&N has added some new motocross bars to its line for Husqvarnas and CZs. Constructed of 4130 chrome moly, which is used in the aircraft industry for its high strength, rigid construction and high impact capabilities, the new motocross bars do not need the often-used crossbar, because of the inherent strength of the alloy. Price for the competition black bars shown are $14.95 a pair. They may be ordered from local dealers or K&N Engineering, Dept. CW-1. P.O. Box 1329, Riverside, CA 92501.
Suzuki Fun Center
FRONT END HANDLING KIT
Improved handling for the Kawasaki F-5, F-8, and F-81 is available in kit form through Webco Inc. According to Webco, proving grounds for the kit were the Baja 1000 and the Mint 400, and better handling is assured due to the all-new damping system and dual-rate S&W springs. Kit material includes nylon pistons and a damping valve, inner and outer restrictor tubes and two full-length S&W springs. Instructions for the installation are also included. The Webco part number is 2199, and the kit, which sells for $39.95, is available at motorcycle dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Suzuki Fun Center
ACK PRIMARY CASES
ACK Products, Dept. CW-1, 676 Auzerais Ave., San Jose, CA 95125 is offering racing primary cases for BSA and Triumph 650-cc unit-construction engines. These cases provide the ground clearance necessary for flat track, TT and scrambles racing. Precision cast from 356-T6 aluminum with a wall thickness of 5/32 in., the ACK primary case weighs the same as the standard unit but is stronger. The screw holes are drilled using a precision jig for alignment. An inspection hole is provided to check the primary chain tension and to add oil; another is featured to allow adjustment of the clutch center screw. A third opening in the front allows the use of a degree wheel for timing the engine, and permits the use of a standard length crankshaft. The ACK primary case retails for $45 and comes with socket head screws for the front cover.
Suzuki Fun Center
WEBCO MOTOCROSS BOOTS
Webco is offering an imported boot tailored to meet the demands of motocross riding. Maximum support is provided by the genuine goat skin uppers and six straps with stainless steel buckles. A durable rubber sole with a semiwedge heel and a steel-plated arch give further foot and leg support. Available sizes are 6, 7, 8, 81/2, 9, 10, 11 and 12. Webco stock number for the boots, which sell for $47.95 per pair, is 1656. They are available from motorcycle dealers throughout the U.S.
Suzuki Fun Center
No matter what the engine size or type of expansion chamber your motorcycle is equipped with, Bassani now has an exhaust silencer designed and tuned to your bike. Based upon the basic principle that there are two outer body sizes to the silencer, Bassani has the inner core match the diameter of the existing stinger, thus giving a tuned balanced system while dropping the level of exhaust noise. The standard size silencer for stingers ranging in size from 3/4 in. to 1 3/8 in., with cores from 7/8 in. To 1 1/4 in., has a 2-in. outer diameter. The maxi size, with a 2 1/4-in. outer diameter and a 1 1/2-in. core, is designed for stingers in sizes of 11/2 in. to 1 3/4 in. Bassani housings are made of fine quality stainless steel, and all have replaceable inner glass packing kits. A mounting clamp is included. Retail price is $12. Specify stinger diameter when ordering from Bassani Manufacturing, Dept. CW-1, 1117 Fountain Way, Anaheim, CA 92806.
Suzuki Fun Center
For those situations where noise levels cannot be reduced to an acceptable level, Billesholm Swedish Wool can be used as individual ear protectors. Composition of the Swedish Wool is a specially processed glass down, the fibers of which have a diameter of one to two microns. To ensure the best noisemuffling effect, the down should be rolled into a plug and inserted into the auditory duct. Billesholm ear protectors have been tested by scientists and firms both in Sweden and abroad. They are available in special 20 packs, containing 20 three-gram packages, at $6.45 each in quantities of one through six, and at a reduced price, $5.85 each, in quantities of seven through 49. Larger quantities, dispensers and refills are also available. For further information, write the importer: Rockford I.C. Webb Inc., Dept. CW-1, 301 N. Madison St., Rockford, IL 61110.
The 1971 Eastern National Enduro season ended with a splash at the famous Sandy Lane Enduro, held near Chatsworth, N.J. Bob Fusan lost only 16 points to become one of the chosen few who have repeated wins in this brush contest. In 1969 the Pittsburgh Husqvarna rider lost 28 points to win.
What held all promise of being the apotheosis of Giacomo Agostini, in celebration of his winning an unprecedented 10 world titles, proved to be a bitter delusion. Ago retired early from both races, a disaster never before suffered by Ago or the powerful MV Three.
Honda’s own Research and Development Center is full of young lads with bright ideas, from which spring Honda motorcycles, cars, outboard motors, agriculture machinery, industrial power units, etc. Being a fair and broadminded chap, Honda-san wants to give everybody his own chance, like a fellow who assembles step-through 50s in the vast Suzuka Plant.
Last year, British motorcycle enthusiasts voted road racer John Cooper “Man of the Year” in an annual poll run by Motor Cycle News. What’s more, he will probably win the title again for completing a double victory over world champion Giacomo Agostini.