Issue: 19730102

Tuesday, January 2, 1973
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Articles
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1973 CYCLE WORLD MOTORCYCLE ROAD TEST ANNUAL
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0001.xml
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2
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Norton: Commando 750s
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Norton
Commando 750s
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0002.xml
tableOfContents
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3
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1973 CYCLE WORLD ROAD TEST ANNUAL
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0003.xml
masthead
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3
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Masthead
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0004.xml
article
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4,38,58,81,107,117,131
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HOW TO READ THE CYCLE WORLD DATA PANEL
That Panel Is The Meat Of A Road Test. It Is Objective And Pulls No Punches. Scan It Carefully, For It May Make The Difference Between A Good And Bad Buy.
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Dan Hunt
THE DATA PANEL has been the cornerstone of CYCLE WORLD'S road test procedure since we began in 1962. Respected for its completeness and accuracy, the CYCLE WORLD data panel has been the model for the rapidly growing motorcycle publishing industry.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0005.xml
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4
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FRANK’S MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING
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FRANK’S MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0006.xml
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5
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PREMIER MOTOR CORP: 850 Eldorado
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PREMIER MOTOR CORP
850 Eldorado
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0007.xml
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6
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Advertisements
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Benelli COSMOPOLITAN MOTORS INC.
65CC
Benelli COSMOPOLITAN MOTORS INC.
650CC
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0008.xml
review
7
7,8,9,10
Cycle World Road Test
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BENELLI TORNADO 650S
An Original, From The Country That Specializes In Them
BENELLI
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BENELLI
TORNADO 650S
$1799
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THE GOOD THINGS in life don’t come cheap these days, especially when they are imports burened with excise tax. The Benelli 50, a pushrod Twin with electric starting and five-speed gearbox, will cost you more than $2000 by the time it gets here from Italy.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0009.xml
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11
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Bavarian Motor Works
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Bavarian Motor Works
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0010.xml
review
12
12,13,14,15,16
Cycle World Road Test
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BMW R60/5
A Beautifully Engineered (If Not Exactly Beautiful)Traveling Man’s Machine.
BMW
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BMW
R60/5
$1808
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IN THE December 1970 issue of CYCLE WORLD we raved on about the new BMW R75/5, the German factory’s answer to the onslaught of Superbikes from Japan, England and America. The staid BMW had taken on the character of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Now everyone knows that a BMW is a quiet, docile gentleman's motorcycle: extremely dependable, practically silent in operation, and meticulously well-finished.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0011.xml
review
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17,18,19,20,21
Cycle World Road Test
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON XLCH 1000
Our Nomination For The Bike Most Likely To Be Ripped Off In 1972.
HARLEY-DAVIDSON
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON
XLCH1000
$2136
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THE SPORTSTER of the 70s is all-American male. It is rough, raw and brutish in many respects, yet soft and refined in others. It has always been in a class of its own. So now, for 1972, the Sportster embodies even more the traditional Harley-Davidson image.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0012.xml
review
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22,23,24,25,26
Cycle World Road Test
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON SUPER GLIDE
Like Geraldine Says: “What You See Is What You Get!”
HARLEY-DAVIDSON
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON
SUPER GLIDE
$2459
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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.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0013.xml
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27
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POWER-DYNE VEHICLES, INC.: PDV 360 ENDURO
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POWER-DYNE VEHICLES, INC.
PDV 360 ENDURO
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0014.xml
review
28
28,29,30,31
PREVIEW TEST
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HONDA CB350 FOUR
How Much Better Is It Than The Twin?
HONDA
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HONDA
CB350 FOUR
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WE ARE RELUCTANT to offer this article to you as the usual road test. For one thing, Honda’s exciting new minimulti was not yet finalized for production when we received it. Specifications on the bike are not only incomplete, they may change somewhat by the time this reaches you.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0015.xml
article
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32,33,34,35,36,37
PREVIEW
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KAWASAKI'S900cc NEW YORK STEAK
SUPERBIKE PERFORMANCE ON REGULAR GRADE GAS
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IVAN J. WAGAR
EARLY IN 1967 I was approached by Sam Tanegashima, Kawasaki's "007 agent," for my ideas regarding a Super-cruiser, a machine to replace the legendary Vincent HRD of yesteryear. Sam's dream was a motorcycle that would trickle along in city traffic, but keep you awake nights thinking up excuses about sick aunts for the boss so that you could get on the open road and jam a thousand miles in two days.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0016.xml
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38
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Vetter Fairing Company: Windjammer
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Vetter Fairing Company
Windjammer
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0017.xml
review
39
39,40,41,42,43
Cycle World Road Test
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LAVERDA 750 SF
Eagle Fans Rejoice! The 750 Rides Again — With An Electric Starter And A New Importer
LAVERDA
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LAVERDA
750 SF
$1850
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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.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0018.xml
review
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44,45,46,47
Cycle World Road Test
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NORTON COMMANDO
The Updated Enthusiast Roadster Gets A New Classic Look, And Disc Brake, Too.
NORTON
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NORTON
COMMANDO
$1748
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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.”
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0019.xml
review
48
48,49,50,51,52
Cycle World Road Test
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SUZUKI 380 THREE
Suzuki’s Smallest Multi Is Fast, And Technically Appealing, But Has Some Shortcomings Of Note
SUZUKI
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SUZUKI
380THREE
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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.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0020.xml
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53
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TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLE CORPORATION
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TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLE CORPORATION
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0021.xml
review
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54,55,56,57
Cycle World Road Test
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TRIUMPH T120RV BONNEVILLE
A Five-Speed Transmission Makes The Difference
TRIUMPH
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TRIUMPH
T120 RV BONNEVILLE
$1725
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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.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0022.xml
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58
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Charles Webb MOTOR BOOKS
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Charles Webb MOTOR BOOKS
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0023.xml
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58
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Drag Bike Engineering
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Drag Bike Engineering
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0024.xml
review
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59,60,61,62,63
Cycle World Road Test
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YAMAHA TX750
Smooth, Fast, Easy Riding. This Is The Twin That Runs Like A Four.
YAMAHA
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YAMAHA
TX750
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WITH ALL the recent excitement about the many multi-cylinder motorcycles that are generally available today, the tried and true standby of many motorcycle fans has fallen into a back seat position. We’re speaking, of course, about the vertical Twin, one of the most popular mounts for the sporting motorcyclist of just a few years ago.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0025.xml
review
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64,65,66,67
Cycle World Road Test
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BSA VICTOR 500TRAIL
What Would The Guys In The Gold Star Club Do?
BSA
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BSA
VICTOR 500TRAIL
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AH, THOSE RUGGED individualists. You see them huddled together in ever diminishing numbers, bemoaning the fate of the 500 Singles that ruled the backwoods. Gold Star. Matchbox. Ariel. Velo. They are in their 30s or early 40s, late 20s at the youngest.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0026.xml
review
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68,69,70,71
Cycle World Road Test
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COOPER 250 ENDURO
A Handler, But Attention To Detail Is Lacking
COOPER
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COOPER
250 ENDURO
$895
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FRANK COOPER got in on the ground floor of American motorcycling. 1946 was the year. Bikes were rigid in those days; mostly big Singles and Twins. In later years advanced technology made telescopic forks and swinging arm frames possible. Finally, the two-stroke invasion hit the U.S.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0027.xml
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72
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Minilya Pty., Ltd.
SUPER RAT 100cc MXer
Minilya Pty., Ltd.
NEW HODAKA 125cc WOMBAT Enduro
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0028.xml
review
73
73,74,75,76
DUAL PURPOSE
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WOMBAT 125 ENDURO
More Hodakability From Athena For Lightweight Enthusiasts Who Are Tired Of Seeing Red.
WOMBAT
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WOMBAT
125 ENDURO
$660
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ATHENA, ORE., IS a small town. Super small. There are no restaurants. No motels. No movie theaters in operation. Nothing. In fact, it appears to be one of the most anticommercial towns on the face of the earth. But halfway down the main street, a weathered sign about the size of a license plate catches your eye.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0029.xml
review
77
77,78,79,80
Cycle World Road Test
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KAWASAKI BIGHORN 350 F9
The Second Edition Is Improved With An Appropriate Carburetor, Detail Refinements. It’s A True Dual-Purpose Motorcycle.
KAWASAKI
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KAWASAKI
BIGHORN 350 F9
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WHEN KAWASAKI INTRODUCED the Bighorn a couple of years ago, it sported more gimmicks per inch than any other large displacement, dual purpose machine on the market. Well, the gimmicks are still there, but the basic motorcycle they are bolted to is an improved machine, thanks to detail changes to the basic design.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0030.xml
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81
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0031.xml
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81
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AMERICAN PUCH
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AMERICAN PUCH
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0032.xml
review
82
82,83,84,85
Cycle World Road Test
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PUCH 125 5-SPEED
Hefty, But Dedicated Strongly To One Purpose; The Enduro
PUCH
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PUCH
125
$930
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THE PUCH 125 Enduro is one of those machines that has trick features and quality components everywhere. It’s really impressive. But, you do pay for this quality in one area. Weight. The little Puch weighs in at 256 lb. and that is just 1 lb. less than a 250cc Ossa Pioneer.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0033.xml
review
86
86,87,88,89
Cycle World Road Test
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SUZUKI 185 SIERRA
For The Guy Who Likes Horsepower Without Bulk Or Inordinate Expense.
SUZUKI
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SUZUKI
185 SIERRA
$649
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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 dualpurpose bike that performs equally well on-or off-road.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0034.xml
review
90
90,91,92,93
Cycle World Road Test
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SUZUKI TS 400 APACHE
High On Torque. High In The Cradle, Too. Suzuki’s Enduro Big Bore Looks Very Serious, But Is Best Suited For Light Hearted Riding.
SUZUKI
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SUZUKI
TS 400 APACHE
$952
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IF APPEARANCE and performance always ran hand in hand, the Suzuki TS 400 J Apache would be a machine capable of winning considerably more than the approving looks of feminine passersby. As delivered, though, about the only performance recognition an Apache rider is likely to get is a speeding ticket issued on the paved portion of an off-road event.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0035.xml
review
94
94,95,96,97,98,99,100,101
Cycle World Road Test
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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
BASIC PRESENTATION
THE YAMAHA 360
GEOMETRY AND SUSPENSION
OVERALL HANDLING
ENGINES COMPARED
SIMPLICITY A VIRTUE
TRANSMISSION RATIOS
ERGONOMICS, ETC.
WHICH FOR WHOM?
BULTACO
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BULTACO
360 MONTADERO
$1095
BULTACO
360 ENDURO
$990
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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.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0036.xml
review
102
102,103,104,105,106
Cycle World Road Test
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YANKEE 500Z
A Six-Speed Enduro/Street Twin, With Heavy But Remarkable Handling, Destined To Become An Instant Collector's Machine
YANKEE
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YANKEE
500Z
$1495
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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.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0037.xml
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107
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25 Years Serving The Industry
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25 Years Serving The Industry
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0038.xml
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107
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JML PRODUCTS
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JML PRODUCTS
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0039.xml
review
108
108,109,110,111
Cycle World Road Test
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AJS Y51 MOTOCROSSER
England's Big Bore Contender In The Dirt Racing Market Leaves A Fat Power Band And Good Handling As Its Calling Card.
AJS
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AJS
Y51
$1375
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WE TESTED the first AJS Y4 250cc motocross machine early in 1970. Certainly an impressive machine; our publisher, Joe Parkhurst, bought one for himself and has spent the past two years trying to wear it out. It's true that he doesn't ride it a great deal, but the Y4 has been very reliable and a pleasure to own.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0040.xml
review
112
112,113,114,115,116
Cycle World Road Test
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BULTACO MATADOR MARK IV SD
The “Specially-For-Enduros” Bultaco, With No Dual-Purpose Pretensions
BULTACO
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BULTACO
MATADOR MARK IV SD
$995
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THE FIRST BULTACO Matador was designed by an American specifically for the American rider. The idea: a competitive enduro trail machine which could be used for getting back and forth to work during the week when the family car was in the garage.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0041.xml
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117
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0042.xml
review
118
118,119,120,121
Cycle World Road Test
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BULTACO SHERPA T 350
It’s A Bigger And Better Sherpa T
BULTACO
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BULTACO
SHERPA T 350
$1049
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THE LAST Bultaco Sherpa T CYCLE WORLD tested was the Sammy Miller Replica with the Kit Campeon modifications which is still considered the machine by trials buffs all over the world. Its excellent handling qualities, good power delivery and light weight are features sought after by an increasing number of motorcyclists.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0043.xml
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122
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Husqvarna
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Husqvarna
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0044.xml
review
123
123,124,125,126
Cycle World Road Test
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HUSQVARNA 400CR MOTOCROSS
An Updated Mover (And Shaker) For Experts Only, Now With Five Speeds.
HUSQVARNA
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HUSQVARNA
400CR
$1380
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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.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0045.xml
review
127
127,128,129,130
Cycle World Road Test
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MONTESA COTA 247 & 123
We Test A New Small Bore Trialer In The Company Of Its Well-Established Predecessor, And Tell You Why You’d Prefer One Size To Another.
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COTA 247
$920
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COTA 123
$820
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THE INTEREST in organized, and unorganized, trials riding is rising every day. More and more trials clubs are appearing and entire families are beginning to participate in one of the most enjoyable types of motorcycle competition. Trials are good, healthy, if not always soapy clean fun with little noise and relatively little danger.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0046.xml
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131
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WEBCO INC.
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WEBCO INC.
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0047.xml
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131
131
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H & C ENGINEERING
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H & C ENGINEERING
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0048.xml
review
132
132,133,134
Cycle World Road Test
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OSSA "MICK ANDREWS REPLICA”
It’s The Real Thing — A Trialer As Close To What Mick Rides As The Sherpat Is To Sammy’s.
OSSA
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OSSA
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$940
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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.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0049.xml
review
135
135,136,137,138
Cycle World Road Test
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SUZUKI TM250J CHAMPION MX
From The People Who Brought You Robert And Decoster, An “Unfactory” Motorcrosser For You, The Privateer
SUZUKI
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SUZUKI
TM250J CHAMPION MX
$900
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WINNING. THE NAME Suzuki is practically synonymous with that word when it comes to world championship motocross. And, it should be, because Joel Robert and Roger DeCoster neatly sewed up both the 250 and 500 classes last season. Winning, though, means a lot more than trophies and prestige.
CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0050.xml
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139
139
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YANKEE MOTOR COMPANY
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YANKEE MOTOR COMPANY
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0051.xml
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140
140
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Suzuki: GT-250
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Suzuki
GT-250
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CycleWorld_19730102_0012_013_0052.xml