There exists in the world of motorcycling an organization you don’t read very much about. It’s a Southern California group, one reason it gets very little national attention. Called the Southern California Mini-Bike & Kart Association, supporters and affiliated industrys read like my old days in karting when I was the editor of Karting World.
I missed the April ’70 “CW Gets Busted,” but caught the second part in my latest issue. In the civilian world there is, at least, a court to hear a plea of innocence if a person wishes to contest a traffic citation. However, the Air Force generally considers the driver to be guilty.
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. In your Jan. `72 issue you carried an article (Technical Report) with refer ence to the new Pabatco Reed Valve Kit.
In the March issue you tried to help a poor 350 Yamaha owner to overcome the old problem of spark plug fouling. His Yamaha’s symptoms seem identical to those of my previous bike, a T125 Suzuki. The problem of chronic misfiring at high rpm and plug fouling seems to affect all T125s; mine could manage only 300 miles between plug changes.
UP UNTIL THE halfway point, the Junior 100 Miler was a toss-up between Yamaha-mounted Ronnie Dottley, Jerry Greene (Kawasaki), and James Chen (Honda). Chen had the pole position at the start, but couldn’t pull away. But neither could Greene and he was forced to pit his thirsty Kawasaki for fuel on lap 15.
IN THE September 1971 issue of Cycle World I wrote a special report I pointing out the possibility of defective and inferior motorcycle rider helmets. The article was not intended to deal in editorial sensationalism, but rather to make you aware of a very grave problem and hopefully encourage some dubious helmet manufacturers to build better head protection, or at least helmets that met the standard under which they were certified.
Winning Will Escape All But The Luckiest Novices, But That's No Excuse For Not Knowing How.
THE STATE OF THE ART
A RACE OR NOT?
RULES AND SANCTIONING BODIES
KEEPING TIME, STAGE I
KEEPING TIME, STAGE II
KEEPING TIME, STAGE III
HOW TO ENTER
TRAIL RIDING HAS arrived. It's fun. It can be challenging. But, alone it does little to satisfy man's competitive spirit. Perhaps this is why enduros are gaining in popularity. And, because they are not all-out races, beginners feel secure, even though there is often little justification for it.
“WELL, IT LOOKS like we’ve got that old speeding problem in our enduros licked at last.” “Speeding? Who speeds in enduros? I mean, you know, you get penalized if you hit the checkpoints early.” “Where you been? Speeding has always been a bad part of the enduro scene, always.” “Oh, you mean in those FIM events, where you get no penalty for early arrival.
Suzuki's Smallest Multi Is Fast, And Technically Appealing, But Has Some Shortcomings Of Note
IT SEEMS THAT big bore enthusiasts are not the only riders to benefit from the new breed of superbikes. Several manufacturers, like Suzuki, are using their latest three and four-cylinder configurations in medium displacement bikes as well.
I WAS TWO weeks out of the stage where riding a two-stroke on the dirt is supposed to give you warts when I learned something from Jenny Kreuger. I should have seen it coming, but I didn't know too much about motorcycling, and everybody has 20/20 hindsight.
THE LATEST BONNIE looks the same. But in Triumph terms, the addition of a five-speed gearbox to the venerable Bonneville is worth writing about. The Triumph Twin hasn't changed much from what it was 30 years ago. Increase displacement from 500 to 650cc.
FACTORY DINOSAURS dominated race week, but not the 200 miler. It was ironical watching a tiny 350 inch up in the standings and finally take the win after all the really fast two-stroke 750s expired. It isn't that the big strokers are all that unreliable.
. . . you take one die, friends — that's half a pair o' dice — and roll it, choosing your mount in accordance with the number of little dots on its uppermost surface, thusly: one for Yamaha, two for Norton, three for BSA, four for Honda, five for Suzuki, and six for Kawasaki.
IT WOULD BE nice to follow up on "Crunches, Crashes & Crushbuckets" (CW, sept: 1971) by saying here are the facts...bing, bing, bing...this is true, this is false. But technological and institutional conditions do not permit so straightforward an approach.
JAP'S SUCCESSOR AS THE DOMINANT POWERPLANT FOR SPEEDWAY
CZECHOSLOVAKIA was one of the first countries on the European Continent to host speed-way races. Called "American Speed-way," it was organized on the harness racing stadium track in Prague back in 1928, and became a tremendous success.
IT'S ALL TOO seldom that our Classic Tests appear, for it's both thrilling and enlightening to ride and write about the forerunners of today's ultra-sophisticated motorcycles. Many present-day "innovations" are really nothing of the kind; they're merely rehashes of something that appeared many years ago, but of course are improved upon tremendously due to superior materials and manufacturing techniques.
Instrumental In The Evolution Of Contemporary Two-Strokes
TRADITION IS a peculiar thing. You can't see it, feel it, smell it, or use it, yet to many people it is an important ingredient of life. In motor-sports the British are famous for their traditions, because the English seem to have so much appreciation for the history that has gone before them.
The "Turn-Buzzer" is a device that emits a low-level high frequency sound when a bike's directional signals are flashing. It has a volume control with five different settings for around town or freeway travel. The unit is said to be completely weathertight, and installs in minutes. The price is $9.95 from GTMA, P.O. Box 2126, Dept. CW-6, Winnetka, CA 91306.
A new aerosol spray, multi-purpose lubricant has been added to Cling-Sur face's product line. The lubricant is said to increase the operating efficiency of gears, linkages, etc., while repelling dust and dirt. The product sells for $3 from Cling-Surface Company, 1048 Niagara St., Dept. CW-6, Buffalo, NY 14213.
Vapor-Vault plug caddy
Vapor-Vault plug caddy is designed to conveniently store two extra sparkplugs, bulbs, and shear and cotter pins. The high-impact plastic unit is claimed to release safe but powerful chemical vapors to protect contents from rust and acid corrosion, and formation of gum and varnish. The unit is available from Northern Instruments, Inc., Dept. CW-6, 34 North Oaks Rd., St. Paul, MN 55110, for $1.98.
zip-tie nylon straps
Reusable zip-tie nylon straps for use in attaching spare parts and tow ropes now are offered by Circle Industries. The 7-in, long nylon strap fasteners are said to hold securely, will not slip, and are quickly fastened and released. Zip Ties are available through local motor cycle dealers, or from Circle Industries 2536 Seaman Ave., Dept. CW-6, South El Monte, CA 91733, for 69 cents per package.
rider accessory catalog
Top Gear is offering a free rider accessory catalog featuring leathers, jackets, boots, gloves and “WeatherPro” riding suits, plus cloth emblems on all leading bike brands. The catalog is available from Top Gear, 80 Pompton Ave., Dept. CW-6, Verona, NJ 07044.
leather solo seat
Maely Enterprises is offering a genuine leather solo seat which has 2 in. of foam padding, for $21.95. The seat weighs 1 lb., 6 oz. It has the mounting bolts welded to a T-bar which has been molded in fiberglass to prevent them from turning. The seat is available from Maely Enterprises, Rt. 2, Box 75 B, Dept. CW-6, Corona, CA 91720.
Suzuki Fun Center is offering a Van Tech Engineering motocross fender brace designed for motocross and other off-road applications where a high mount front fender is desirable. The brace is made of heat treated steel, finished in competition black, or in flexible plastic, and comes complete with all necessary mounting bolts and grommets for bolt-on installation from Suzuki Fun Center, 515 N. Victory Blvd., Dept. CW-6, Burbank, CA 91502, for $8.95.
The winter television motocross series, run entirely at the Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire, provided some excellent viewing for the audiences sitting comfortably at home and has brought a new name for the public to remember. Jeff Smith is in Canada, Wild Wade is not in the best of form and John Banks is still getting used to his two-stroke CZ, so the experienced Arthur Browning has been showing them a thing or two on the 410cc works AJS. At the final meeting of the series he and John Banks (CZ) stole the limelight in front of an estimated eight million viewers.
There’s a lot of activity at Ducati. The Bologna factory has turned out the sports version of the 750 GT (and both are now being offered with an optional electric starter). Moreover, the factory is experimenting with indirect injection and is talking about racing.