ANOTHER GRAND OLD MAN of motorcycling died recently. Bob Bates, founder of Bates Industries and owner of Maywood, Calif., Honda, was killed in a traffic accident, while returning from a desert race with two young riders he sponsored. Bob formed Bates Industries in 1943, first making windshields for Cushman motorscooters.
Thank you for the most authentic report in CYCLE WORLD on the 1971 ISDT. You told the complete story as it was and every word of it is the truth. As for a good number of our American reporters who believe our boys will never ride as fast and as good as the Europeans, tell them to stick around a few years.
I am stationed in Rota, Spain, with the U.S. Navy. I’ve owned my 1971 Triumph Trophy 650 since May of 1971 and have been contented with my purchase in every way but one. I bought it with the thought in mind that I would use it mostly as a trail bike on “fire trail” type ground; this was my mistake though, because I haven’t found any such territory around worth spending the time to travel over.
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. I am writing concerning my motorcycle and my dealer.
THE AMERICAN Motorcycle Association awards the Number One plate to the high point rider on the National Championship trail each year. It is just possible that somewhere behind the scene they have an award for the severest critic. We would probably be the last to know because CYCLE WORLD almost certainly would be the holder for the past ten years.
Meet The Little Twins: If You Have To Start Small, There Are Few Better Ways To Do So
How much performance and styling do you get in a roadster the size of a small trailbike? Are they practical or just toys? Actually, if you are forced to hassle cross-town traffic daily, or if riding flat-out on twisty roads turns you on, lightweights like Yamaha’s 100- or 200cc street Twins are not a bad way to go.
The Real Great Britain Is In Its Villages, Rural Areas, And The Roads Between
PERRY R. GILBERT
IN SEARCH OF a really different kind of vacation, my wife and I and another couple decided to take a motorcycle tour of the British Isles. It turned out to be the greatest vacation we ever had. In addition to the obvious differences we expected, we had many unexpected and very pleasurable experiences, among them a greater realization of the origin of our American heritage and a superb motorcycle tour.
ALTHOUGH IT'S NOT too impressive looking, a piston ring must perform vital functions under severe stress and thermal loadings. This is particularly true of today's engines that often operate at piston speeds of 4000 ft./min. So that you may better understand this component, this article makes an in-depth analysis of it.
Sophisticated. Tractable. Quiet. It’s Nearly Everything You’ll Ever Want In A Dual Purpose Bike
There have been a lot of rumors floating around about all new Honda dirt bikes. Most thought the bike would be a 500 four-stroke with either a pushrod or overhead cam arrangement. Then came news of a prototype 250 stroker which caused considerable confusion and some unrest in the four-stroke camp.
A Six-Speed Enduro/Street Twin, With Heavy But Remarkable Handling, Destined To Become An Instant Collector’s Machine
After sampling the first prototype Yankee in Spain in 1967, CYCLE WORLD had much to say for the machine’s design, construction and possibilities for competition in all phases of the sport. In 1967 the ideas behind the Yankee were well advanced and would put the machine in a good position for success in practically any form of competition in the 500cc class.
One of America's Winningest Motocross Combinations
D. RANDY RIGGS
IF YOU FOLLOW motorcycle racing to any degree at all, no doubt you’ve stumbled across the names of Gary and DeWayne Jones on several occasions. Generally you see them listed in the winner’s column of a motocross or long distance-type race such as Baja, and you may have even read about them in a Yamaha advertisement.
The Desert is More Than Something to Race on. It is a Place of Discovery and History, of People and Things
MY YAMAHA 100 skipped over the loose sand beneath its knobbed tires without a second’s pause. Dodging a chunk of cholla cactus with wicked looking spines, I crossed a dry wash and spotted the Keys ranch house ahead, snuggled in the dry folds of a natural box canyon.
Arid, Dry and Hot This Place. The Motorcyclist More Than Anyone Should Know His Bodily Needs to Avoid Disaster
J. G. Krol
HAVE YOU EVER undertaken strenuous and extended physical effort in a hot, dry climate? Then you’ve probably experienced hypohydration, even if you didn’t recognize it for what it was. For a motorcyclist, a long race or enduro through the western deserts is the condition most likely to cause hypohydration, but any vigorous cow-trailing during the summer months burns enough water that hypohydration can strike anyone, anywhere in the country.
What is it Like to Race Through the Sand Washes and Puckerbushes? Join This Rider and See For Yourself
PAUL MARTIN gazed out at the brown, lifeless desert around them. The desert was ringed with equally brown and lifeless-looking mountains. They looked so close that you should be able to walk to them in a half hour. Yet Paul judged them to be at least 20 miles away.
Eagle Fans Rejoice! The 750 Rides Again — With An Electric Starter And A New Importer
LAVERDA 750 SF
The name Laverda is fairly new to the American motorcycling public, but the bike has been around for some time, having first been imported to this country as the “American Eagle.” The Santa Ana, Calif.-based American Eagle firm is now defunct, but the Laverda is alive and well.
STEVE O’CONNELL is a Cadillac dealer I happen to know, because he serves on a trails advisory committee in Massachusetts which I also serve on. Steve is a horseman. We get along OK, mostly because we’ve learned to talk to each other. Last spring Steve told some people in the Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council about me, for it seems they needed help.
IN THE YEAR 1790, the Sunbeam’s fortune was founded by a tinplate plant. From that time until 1937, the last year the skilletmakers kept their identity with the original John Marston Company at Wolverhampton, England, the Sunbeam name was synonymous with quality.
For 1972, Allis-Chalmers has prepared three Outrider recreation bikes—a 4- and a 5-bhp minibike and a 5-bhp trail bike. The 1-in., 14-gauge tube frame and fork assembly is sturdily constructed, with heavy-duty gusseting at all major stress points.
Based on this trip and several other excursions on a trail bike, I have compiled an impromtu list of things that frequently make a backcountry journey more helpful and comfortable. 1. The basic tool kit that comes with a bike is handy, but will rarely cover all situations.
By recent ruling of the American Motorcycle Association Competition Congress, the system of national number assignment has been standardized. Under this new system, numbers assigned in 1970 were used as a starting point for 1972 assignments.
A 16th century country palace designed by Leonardo da Vinci is now the somewhat unexpected headquarters for two famous names in our racing world. The first is Daniele Fontana, who manufactures sophisticated four-shoe competition brakes.
For some unknown reason, British road racers like to break their normal hibernation for the winter by having a quick outing at Brands Hatch the day after Christmas. For equally unknown reasons, about 4000 spectators like to break their Christmas by going and watching them race, and no doubt 1-year students of human behavior will go along and find out why they do it.