FEW OTHER firms in the motorcycle industry are as dear to me as Pacific Basin Trading Company, now known as PABATCO. They distribute the ubiquitous Hodaka, you may know. Way back in CW’s infancy in 1963, the late Henry Koepke, in the company of Ed Miley and Gerry Whitney (Henry used to refer to them as Lum and Abner), came to see me to ask for advice on distributing a motorcycle.
I think we might all agree at least to a certain extent that the insurance companies are robbing us blind for the so-called protection they provide in exchange for their exorbitant premiums. This is especially true in New York State (Rochester), where I presently attend graduate school.
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. Dear Mr. Montizambert: We were very interested of course to read your letter in the March issue of CYCLE WORLD magazine.
I have a 1971 Honda K1 750 and have gotten conflicting answers on two questions. Maybe you could set me straight. First, while riding two up, I noticed that the bike was burning oil when I would accelerate. This happened at highway speeds (60-70 mph).
WHILE MOST enthusiasts were on their way to Daytona early, I was in Japan. Not, unfortunately, to test some exciting new Superbike, but to talk motorcycle safety. The tour was a U.S. Department of Transportation affair, consisting of Doug Toms, Bob Carter, Al Slechter and Lew Buchanan from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Trevor Jones and myself representing the National Motor Vehicle Safety Advisory Council.
IN ANSWER TO READERS' REQUESTS, A PARTIAL LISTING OF PLACES TO LEARN THE ART OF WRENCHING
SCOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE SCHOOL
WEST VALLEY CENTER
COOPERS CYCLE RANCH
OTHER WAYS TO GO
NATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOLS
CURRENTLY, THERE IS much interest in motorcycle mechanic training programs. This is great for the sport, for there is a shortage of trained “wrenches and tuners.” But it’s frustrating for individuals desiring training because there simply aren’t enough institutions offering courses to satisfy the demand.
Chapter Two In The Ever-Ongoing Motorcycle Run, Jump And Shuck Story.
Enter The No-Ramp Flyer; Bob Gill
A New Twist: Hiding From Your Audience
IF SOMEONE told you his name was Joseph Einhorn, you wouldn’t be impressed. And if your name was Joe Einhorn and you were in show business, you’d consider changing it. Joseph Warren Einhorn therefore took the most expeditious way out. He added “Super” to the front, dropped Einhorn, put it plus the claim “world’s greatest stuntman” on his calling card, and set about proving it.
THE SNELL HELMET certification program provides invaluable information to the helmet buyer and most objections raised against it seem to fail on two grounds. First, the program is advisory, not coercive, and is thereby relieved of many serious burdens that a certification program backed by force of law cannot responsibly ignore.
Like Geraldine Says: “What You See Is What You Get!"
IN CASE YOU have been out of the country lately, we are now firmly engrossed in the age of “funk.” Funk? Define it as something indefinable. Explain it by example, not by definition. It expresses an age where things and people are not necessarily attractive or magnetic because of simple, plastic beauty.
Gary Scott vs. Kenny Roberts. It Began When They Were Novices.And Now It Is One Of The Hottest Things To Watch In The Expert Class.
D. Randy Riggs
FANS AT Ascot Park’s famed halfmile oval in California were treated to some of the most spectacular jump-up-and-yell, holler-and-scream racing events ever held at that track in the 1970 season. Sure, the Experts and Amateurs provided much of the thrill and excitement of the flat track spectacle, but it was a couple of first year Novices that literally drove them up on each other’s shoulders and caused their voices to go hoarse in the matter of moments that it takes to run a quick heat race.
KENNY USED to be a horse guy; he raised and trained those dullwitted brutes until he saw the light one day and switched to a more sensible means of having fun—motorcycles. He worked for a guy that boarded his horses, and the man had some kids that had just bought a new mini-bike.
IT COMES as a surprise to most people when they learn Gary Lee Scott is married and the father of a baby boy. I mean, he just doesn’t look that old. You’d expect him to be much like many other young riders on the AMA circuit—single, carefree and a tad uncivilized.
Champion Motorcycle Racers Often Receive Gold Trophies For Their Victories. Ivan Mauger Got A Gold Motorcycle!
AT A RECENT motorcycle trade show in Long Beach, Calif., per haps the most dazzling display of a dazzling show was a gold-plated motorcycle. Many observers wondered if the finish was really gold or merely brightly polished brass. After all, gold is very expensive and more appropriate for the manufacture of jewelry than decoration on a racing motorcycle.
A Brief Sampling Of An All-Terrain European Adapted To The Rigors Of Nevada Desert Racing
GOOD COMPONENTS. Careful assembly. Pride. All are important in the evolution of a good enduro machine. The design experience of long time ISDT competitor Ove Lundell, though, is what makes the Monark 125 one of the best available. Unfortunately, the best is expensive.
The Year's First Event Promised A New But Dubious Approach To Motorcycling
THE OLD SPRING Run. To the non-motorcycling public, it was a mere rally. Something Sunday drivers were forced to put up with once a year. But, for connoisseurs of two-wheeled sport, it marked the beginning of activities for the year. Weeks in advance of the run, speed merchants began tuning their mounts, which for the most part had been in storage all winter long.
THE THINGS I sometimes remember from moments involving drama, or excitement or danger cannot always be logically explained. What do you suppose might be most prominent in my memory from a summer day in 1969 when a close friend was nearly crippled for life?
MOST OF THE American riders who boarded the TWA 747 bound for an Easter week in England were expecting a hurried visit. But few of us expected the rat race that was in store. As a member of the American road racing team to be pitted against the English in a series of six exciting match races, I somehow managed to compress two weeks into one.
BIG ROLF TIBBLIN, although retired from active competition for the past six years, partnered with young motocross star Bob Grossi to lead three other Husqvarnas into the first four finishing slots of the fifth Del Webb Mint 400 desert classic.
Dual Disc Brakes And A Camshaft Make The 500 Honda A Sleeper, But Not At The Expense Of Tractability.
IMPROVING PERFORMANCE without sacrificing comfort or tractability is not easy. But, Checkered Flag Customs and super tuner Pop Yoshimura have succeeded in doing just that with the Honda 500 Four. Checkered Flag Customs’ bag is brakes and suspension components, and like most racing oriented people they think dual-disc front brakes are the way to go.
“WHY, WE JUST can’t let you sleep on the BEACH,” the State Park and Recreation officer emphasized, his voice reminiscent of a third grade teacher obliquely trying to explain the dangers of V.D. and dope. Why the hell not, I wanted to ask him?
Paul Dunstall now offers Honda CB 750 10.25:1 pistons featuring spun cast construction, high silicon content, and low expansion material. The pistons are supplied as a complete set including rings, gudgeon pins and circlips for $69 from Dunstall's U.S.
A SHORT STORY BY DAN PURJES/Like I took this spill, see? On the highway it was, the Major Deegan Highway in the Bronx. I was doing oh sixty, maybe sixty-five, when BANG! I’m down on the ground falling ass-over-elbows. It happened so fast I didn’t even know what happened.
Ascot Park in Gardena, for two decades the Mecca of West Coast halfmile flat track and TT racing, is putting on a new suit of clothes in a big way. It has been taken over by a corporation which includes as its principals the owner of the Orange Julius chain, and J.C. Agajanian, promoter and Indy car sponsor.
The European trials championship is really warming up now, as three rounds have been held in the past month. The first was in Ireland, where the European challengers did battle for the Hurst Cup and the first three made it a repeat performance of the opening round, with Mick Andrews (Ossa) winning from Bultaco-mounted Malcolm Rathmell.
Yamaha recently introduced an all new four-stroke 750 vertical Twin that should provide the basis for an excellent flat track mount. Like the 650 Twin currently in production, electric starting and a hydraulic front disc brake are featured.
One week after Daytona, the European racing season began with the traditional Modena meeting and for once, the weather was beautiful. Italian Champion Gilberto Parlotti won the 50 and 125 at record speeds on the beautiful Morbidelli “strokers.” His only opposition in the 125 came from newcomer Adriano Cocchi aboard a Yamaha Twin.