THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, or "DOT," as the Feds refer to it, has made available its third consumer booklet and two companion publications, dealing with safety performance of all domestic and foreign automobiles and motorcycles.
You can be sure I won't be renewing my subscription to your rice burner-oriented magazine. Gregg Magnuson Surrey, B.C., Can. Then would you go for some sha-bu sha-bu, or perhaps a plate of yaki tori, Gregg-san?—Ed. I have just finished reading "A Brief Morning Ride" which appeared in your November issue.
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 illfounded invectives; include useful facts like miles on odometer, time owned, model year, special equipment and accessories bought, etc.
I need some information please. I own a BMW R69S 1969 model with frame and engine number 665937. I purchased it used at 6000 plus miles and it is a reasonably good looking motorcycle. I have made no changes in the equipment and have had it serviced and tuned at recommended intervals.
Two young Phoenix cyclists have successfully executed the world's first double-motorcycle jump, thereby establishing a new distance record. Gary Davis, 20, and Rex Blackwell, 18, passed within three feet of each other in mid-air at Mel Larson's Phoenix Dragway, in an unprecedented display of motorcycles in flight.
BY THE TIME you read this column, Daytona will be over and in the record books, an unfortunate fact of life when dealing with the necessary lead-time of a large circulation monthly. We already have previewed some of the exciting new 750 racing machines for the March classic in issues that go on sale before the race.
We Made Even Money Last Year, And Rang In Some Road Racing And Half-Mile Wins. So Place Your Bets!
"AU REVOIR, MES GARS"
TOUGH KAWASAKI TRIO
YAMAHA'S NEW STRENGTH
THE OVERALL PICTURE
AS THE SEASON opens with the Astrodome nationals, we find that there has been quite a shake-up in the riders ranks. Prime mover in the shake-up has been the boom-to-bust budgets of the BS and Triumph racing teams. Add to this the appearance of at least one, if not two, full-fledged teams throwing their hats into the ring, and you have chaos.
KENNY ROBERTS: versatile on dirt or pavement, aggressive but rarely crashes, full Yamaha backing, but disadvantaged by under-capacity 350 road racers. CAL RAYBORN: road racer extraordinaire, shocking improvement on the mile and half-mile, full Harley-Davidson backing, and an improved machine to boot.
AAA Suggests You Take The Train, But Bikes Are Really A Better Way To Go
Charles Bohon, Jr.
IT SEEMS NOBODY tours Japan on his own. A lot of people think nothing of touring Europe or even the Middle East on their own, and I don't mean just vagabond types. Ordinary people on vacation think little of venturing forth through darkest Europe with little more than an AAA guide-book.
Yamaha's adoption of reed induction upgrades low-rpm performance
THE REED VALVE
YAMAHA'S ADOPTION of reed induction in 1972 has added a distinctive choice of engine design approaches for the motorcyclist. Reed induction has allowed Yamaha to use several unusual departures from the classic piston-ported engine layout.
An Updated Mover (And Shaker) For Experts Only, Now With Five Speeds.
HUSQVARNA HAS been building competition machines for some 70 years now and one thing hasn't changed. It develops its bikes for riders of winning caliber and then sells closely related units to the general public. Because winning motocross riders favor super responsive machinery, Huskys take some getting used to—especially the bigger bangers like the 400 CR. At first, you cool it, combining judicious use of the throttle and careful gear selection.
GET AN EDGE ON THE COMPETITION BY ELIMINATING WHEEL HOP DURING BRAKING
ROGER A. SPERLING
SOME OF THE more costly motocross machines have an interesting feature known as the full-floating rear backing plate. While most manufacturers (and in turn most riders) make do without such an extra expense, the difference is apparent when the rear brake is applied on a washboard surface.
The Updated Enthusiast Roadster Gets A New Classic Look, And Disc Brake, Too.
THERE IS NO feeling as singular as a quick trip down the road on a British sports Twin that has a combination of virtues like the newest Norton Commando. Brilliant acceleration, hairline steering, tremendous braking, virtually no vibration and improved detailing and finish put this machine near the top of our "want list."
WHEN IT COMES to photography, the editor's task is sometimes a hopeless one. Sometimes, because of the journalistic needs of a photographic layout, we have to pass by the artistically successful picture for one that better illustrates the story.
It’s The Real Thing — A Trialer As Close To What Mick Rides As The Sherpat Is To Sammy’s.
THE AGE OF specialization. We see it everywhere. To be competitive, every phase of our favorite sport requires a definite machine which is designed and built for the type of riding in question. Long, low, fuel-burning Class A hillclimb machines and road racers are two examples.
The Who’s Who Of International Trials And A Walk-Over (Of Sorts) For Bob Bailey.
Ivan J. Wagar
TWO YEARS AGO, CYCLE WORLD reported on the unusual observed trials hosted by Sr. F.X. Bulto, chief of the Bultaco factory and father of the Spanish Trials bike industry. The previous report told of the invitational aspects of the event at Mr. Bulto's beautiful 300-acre "San An tonio" farm south of Barcelona.
Previews Of A New Motocrosser And An Interesting Big-Bore Trials Mount
The new big-bore Bultaco trialer features an 83.2mm bore and 60mm stroke for a total displacement of 326cc. At this time, compression ratio is being adjusted for best overall performance. Possibly due to the very oversquare cylinder dimensions, there is a tendency for the engine to become confused about which direction it should be running, and stalling can easily occur.
Suzuki, Bonanza, Attex, San Tong — Some Are Great and Some Worth But a Snicker
SUZUKKI'S RV 90
ATTEX’S SPORT 5.30
BONANZA'S MINI-CYCLE RACER
GEMINI'S BOSS 80
Fat ones. Short ones. Speedy ones. Boss ones. The CYCLE WORLD garage was filling up with minibikes. Something had to be done, so we began our first, non-annual, mini quadra-analysis. In order to get the project started, we decided to begin with the bike sporting the most original design.
The names Macias and Triumph have been synonymous for almost 25 years. As far back as 1948 Danny Macias was a Triumph dealer in Orange County, California. Danny was an active competitor for the four years he owned the shop, but began riding more competition events after he sold it.
World Championship? Hardly.A Possible Replacement For The Circus? Definitely.
STEVE HERNANDEZ, World Champion! No, that doesn't sound quite right. Steve Hernandez? Who ever heard of him before? And suddenly he's the world champion? That little red-letter novice is so low budget that his leathers were cast-offs from some guy named Sonny who rode a Bultaco out of Kenyon's last year.
THE VERY MENTION of Mexico triggers thoughts of people in serapes, wearing sombreros and sandals, and sleeping in the shade of an over-laden burro. Few, especially motorcyclists, would ever think of Mexico as being very industrialized, and if they do, it's usually in a very substandard way.
Take-along spray cans of Petrochem Instant Starting Fluid and Foaming Hand Klean are now offered in a gift pack for motorcycle owners by Ashland Chemical Co. The starting fluid, when sprayed into carburetor or airstream, enables the engine to fire immediately, even in cold, wet weather, saving batteries and ignition systems.
Experience has to be bought and rarely, if ever, comes easily either to an individual or a business concern eager to market or develop a product. Right now in the motorcycle game experience is at a premium in two particular spheres—namely trials and motocross—and the reason is simple: both are rapidly expanding markets and manufacturers are anxious to jump aboard the bandwagon.
Honda officially unveiled its newly developed 250cc two-stroke works motocrosser recently and announced that it will compete in this year’s national championship. In a word, the Honda stroker is an orthodox model featuring a black finished tubular frame and reddish fuel tank.
We recently got acquainted with two “over-the-counter” Italian racers featuring quite opposite characteristics— the 125 single cylinder two-stroke Aermacchi-H-D Golden Wing and the 750 twin-cylinder, single ohc Laverda SF-C (available in the U.S. on special order, only).