DECEMBER was a bit of a celebration month around CYCLE WORLD. It was 10 years ago December that Betty Jean Parkhurst and I took over the newly launched CYCLE WORLD from the publisher that had paid me to create a new title and get it underway.
Just read your "The Road Bike in Tomorrow's World." Good show, ole boy! Like it very much and—with maybe a teeny exception here or there—agree with you right down the line. According to the results of our Reader Survey, about 30.58 percent or so of our readers are going to see it.
My problem is with a 1965 BMW R69S. It's been a wonderful machine and has put down the last 28,000 miles with never even a fit of hard starting. However, I recently had the misfortune to hit a Chevy with one of our blind motorists aboard her—no sweat, it was his fault; he pays—but it beat me and my black Frau in pretty bad, she requiring a new front end and I a few months' mending for my left leg.
Readers are invited to have their say about motorcycles they own or have owned. Anything is fair game: performance, handling, reliability, service, parts availability, funkiness, lovability, you name it. Suggestions: be objective, be fair, no wildly emotional but ill-founded invectives; include useful facts like miles on odometer, time owned, model year, special equipment and accessories bought, etc. If he's honest with himself, what red-blooded American motorcyclist hasn't pined for a Harley?
RUMORS are floating around that one of the large Japanese motorcycle manufacturers recently purchased a pair of Spanish trials machines, which are now on their way to Hamamatsu for study. Most interesting. Traditionally, the Japanese firms have shunned small volume specialized machinery; all concentration has been on models that will appeal to the largest possible market.
The Quickest Road Machine Cycle World Has Ever Tested, The Kawasaki Mach IV Stops And Turns Well, Too.
EACH COUNTRY has its particular type of sporting road rider. The British, for example, have been characterized by the cafe racer, who whips around the streets on a machine outfitted with clip-ons, rearsets and a road racing saddle. They make a colorful sight on the roads leading away from a road race meeting, as they do their best to emulate John Cooper, Ray Pickrell or Paul Smart, whom they've just witnessed shrieking around Paddock Bend at Brands Hatch.
THE DECEMBER 1971 issue of CYCLE WORLD featured the first test of Suzuki's new 750-cc, water-cooled Three. We praised the bike, and for good reason. It is a superb grand touring machine with the added benefit of very little mechanical noise.
MY FIRST REACTION to the TR750 resting in the crowded Suzuki racing shop at Hamamatsu must have caused more than one of the Japanese engineers and mechanics present to smile. I suppose I should have been blase. But I was excited. The TR750 is, after all, one of the fastest road racers in the world.
Motorcycle Parks Are Not The Only Solution To Land Closure. Near Denver, Planning And Cooperation Have Kept Trails Open.
AT FIRST GLANCE it looks like any ordinary country bar. Nestled in the trees along the dusty, winding, gravel road, the rustic log building's two signs boast of cold beer and 24-hour towing. The most familiar sign is the row of dirty trail bikes parked out front.
COMPARISON: YAMAHA 360 ENDURO VS. BULTACO 360 MONTADERO
No, The Bul Is Not A Shoo-In, Nor Is Either The Perfect Dual-Purpose Machine. But We Can Tell You Which One Is Right For You.
A 360's ADVANTAGES ... AND
THE YAMAHA 360
GEOMETRY AND SUSPENSION
SIMPLICITY A VIRTUE
WHICH FOR WHOM?
MANUFACTURERS ARRIVE at particular engine displacements for their trail bikes for various reasons, not all of them having to do with creating the ideal relationship of power/weight/size. Domestic and foreign competition categories have much to do with the choice, so it's rather obvious why bikes tend to cluster around 125, 250, 350, 500 and 750cc displacement limits.
Reader's of February's interview of Bob Hicks have had a taste of this rider/publisher/organizer, who is part and parcel of the New England brand of motorcycle sport. But his interest, his personal philosophy go far behind the parochial.
Suzuki Sweeps Trans-AMA Finale: Geboers 1st Overall In Series.
World Champions DeCoster And Robert Duel; DeCoster Emerges The Victor.
Blackwell Edges Out Lackey For Top American Honors.
Most of the 33,500 motocross fans crowded around Saddleback Park's hilly course focused their attention on World Champions Roger DeCoster and Joel Robert. They were battling it out for the third 1-2 Suzuki finish of the season.
With Skip Van Leeuwen's Help, We Tell You How To Get More Fun Per Mile.
THE FAST WAY, TURN BY TURN
RIGGING IT RIGHT FOR SMOOTH ROAD
NARROW TIRES SKATE
SWAP FOR A 19-INCHER
SELECT YOUR TRACTION
START FROM 24 PSI
NOT MANY PROS I know would drive 150 miles to spend one hour running up and down a dirt road for no pay. But Skip Van Leeuwen would. He's a fireroad freak. To make money, he races and wins AMA professional TT races, and promotes Buco helmets. He's won at the Astrodome.
3000 Other Racers Are Only Worth Hassling If You're In Front. J. N. Roberts Was, For The Fourth Year In A Row.
EACH YEAR, on the weekend after Thanksgiving, the Barstow to Vegas Hare and Hound is staged in the Mojave Desert, where it stretches across the state line into Nevada. About that time, most Easterners are beginning to wish they had gone to California, earthquakes or no earthquakes, instead of braving another long, cold winter with their scooter in deep freeze in the garage.
Nailed By A Subtle Form Of Speed Trap, Rick Kiser Is Glad He Fought Back
AN OBSCURED SIGN
A TOUGH WAY TO GO
HERE COMES THE MAIL!
A HELPFUL ALTERNATIVE
AN ACCEPTED INCONVENIENCE
IF YOU'VE JOINED us only recently, "Part I" of this continuing drama appeared in the April '70 issue of CYCLE WORLD. It was the true tale of a successful "not guilty" plea entered by myself and Bryon Farnsworth in traffic court. "Part II" began a few weeks ago when our mailboy, Rick Kiser, stumbled into the office and announced: "I just got a ticket for doing 40 in a 25." "Were you?" I asked.
For The Guy Who Likes Horsepower Without Bulk Or Inordinate Expense.
SUZUKI'S 185-cc Sierra is tailor-made for the person who wants performance approaching that of a 250 but in a more compact and less expensive package. Don't get the wrong idea though. It's not an inexpensive racer. Rather, it is an exceptionally appealing dual-purpose bike that performs equally well on- or off-road.
ONCE IN A FAR OFF LAND, somewhere in Minnesota, there was a beautiful young girl who was admired by many for her form on the motocross course, as well as the skill with which she could handle a motorcycle. Every day she could be seen screaming flat out across open fields, sliding into high-speed turns, and ravaging neighborhood garden patches.
TOO HEAVY. Obsolete. That's how most people would categorize a 262-lb. One-Two-Five. But not Husqvarna. They race one in very specialized events like the Mexican 1000. They hire professionals like Bruce Dunford and Lars-Eric Johansson to ride.
HAS YOUR MOTORCYCLE ever been held captive by a totem pole? My father's was. But then, my father's Harley-Davidson led a rather unusual life. In the Vancouver showroom the dealer straightened himself into a human exclamation mark. "You did say, 'our fastest model,' didn't you?" My father nodded.
There are strong rumors running around Germany at present that BMW is apparently pulling all the stops out to get a brand new engine ready for the 1972 racing season. Their objective is to regain the world sidecar championship they lost to the Munch organization in 1971.
The last of the great Italian pioneers is gone. On the opening day of the Milan show, Giuseppe Gilera died at 84 of cancer in his Arcore Villa. He is survived by his wife Ida and two daughters. Genial and determined, he began developing his factory in 1909, ending up with the second largest bike plant in Italy.
In just three short days, Nov. 16-18, the American Motorcycle Association Competition Congress met and worked out the majority of problems and proposals before it. In one of the six committees, there were a total of 248 proposals on the agenda.
Two new high-performance minicycles are being marketed by ATV Manufacturing through the acquisition of the Coleman Co.'s Sport Bike Division. ATV has also acquired all inventory, tooling and engineering connected with the Sport 5.30 and Sport 2.40 minis, which will be sold in the future under the Attex brand name. Designed for the medium-size family-motorcycle market, features include front and rear suspension systems, tubular steel frames, heavy-duty motorcycle chains, and enclosed, internally expanding brakes, both front and rear. A Sachs two-cycle, 5.30-hp engine powers the five-speed Attex Sport 5.30. Top speed is 40 mph. The Attex Sport 2.40 is equipped with a Sachs two-cycle, 2.40-hp engine and a two-speed automatic transmission. Top speed is 25 mph. Further information is available from ATV Manufacturing Co., Dept. CW-3, 1215 William Flynn Hwy., Route 8, Glenshaw, PA 15116.
BASSANI TUNED SILENCER
No matter what the engine size or type of expansion chamber your machine is equipped with, Bassani has available a tuned silencer for it. There are two outer body sizes: for stinger sizes from 3/4 in. to 1 3/8 in. and cores of 7/8 in. to 1¼ in. there is the 2-in. body; the 2¼-in. maxi size fits stinger sizes 1½ to 1 3/4 in. with a 1½-in. core. The inner core matches the diameter of the existing stinger, thus giving a tuned, balanced system while dropping the level of exhaust noise. Housing for the silencers is of seamless steel for additional strength. All are equipped with replaceable inner glass packing kits, and a mounting clamp is included. Price is $12, and specify stinger diameter when ordering from Bassani Manufacturing, Dept. CW-3, 1117 Fountain Way, Anaheim, CA 92806.
STEEN C & STEEN FORK OIL
Steen C, a synthetically compounded engine lubricant, contains no petroleum products, hydrocarbons, tars nor ash, and thus is claimed to minimize friction and heat build-up. Also, bearing surfaces are protected through high capillary action, which permits the lubricant to be stored in the metal's pores. For suspension systems, Steen's has developed Steen Fork Oil. It features the best viscosity over the required temperature range to give good seal compatibility, resist foaming, and withstand severe usage without deterioration. Steen Fork Oil is available in 16-oz. pop-top cans for 95 cents per can, and is used in the same amount as specified by the fork manufacturers. It is available from dealers everywhere. For further information, contact Steen's Inc., Dept. CW-3, 1635 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra, CA 91803 and request information on item 201-SC. Enclose 25 cents for handling.
ANCRA TIEDOWN STRAP
Safe, secure tiedowns are assured by Ancra, using their tiedown strap of strong, weather-resistant nylon webbing and aluminum aircraft-type, cam-operated buckle. The entire length of the strap is adjustable for easy, positive operation. Strong, protective, vinylcoated end-hooks allow easy and secure attachment, and don't damage chrome or paint. Stitching is heavy-duty and strength tested. To use the 6-ft. strap, attach one hook to the load, the other to the tiedown ring or hook, and pull the hand hold to tension strap. To release, depress the buckle cam, and the strap loosens. For further information contact Ancra Corp., Dept. CW-3, P.O. Box 891, El Segundo, CA 90245.
Polarized Shield, a Trabaca Product, is claimed to offer maximum eye protection with 99 percent of distortion eliminated. The 3/16-in. thick construction, for safety and durability, contains special polarized filters to block glaring sun rays without reducing vision. Polarized Shield is available in Smoke only, and can be snapped to most U.S.-made helmets. Further information can be obtained from Trabaca Products, Dept. CW-3, 837 West 18th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627.
POWER-DYNE WIRE WHEEL BIKE
The Wire Wheel Bike is one of Power Dyne's latest products to enter the recreational vehicle market. Besides wire wheels, which take 3.25-10 tires, the 127-cc mini features a torque converter drive, an internal expanding brake activated by hand levers, a cycle-type spring suspension, an American Lauson engine, a kill button, and take-down handles and folding footpegs. For further information on this and other models contact Power-Dyne Vehicles Inc., Dept. CW-3, 55 Tower Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860.
Marzocchi is offering a line of high performance forks for road or racing in three standard sizes: large, medium and small. Large measures 3 1 3/4 in. from stanchion top to spindle center, has 6 1/2 in. of travel and weighs 21 lb. The medium size has a 28 3/4-in. length, with 5 1/2 in. of travel and a 16-lb. weight. The small set, for minicycles, is 27 3/4 in. long, has 5 in. of travel and weighs 11 lb. Prices respectively are $109, $99 and $89. Marzocchi forks are composed of chrome-molybdenum Swedish steel tubing, with forged aluminum for the crowns, bases and sliders. Further information can be obtained from "Speedcenter, U.S.A.," Dept. CW-3, P.O. Box 470, Burbank, CA 91502. Ask for Marzocchi brochure number 3B01, and include 25 cents for postage.