AMONG THE many things I genuinely like about being part of motorcycling and the marvelous industry that supports the sport is that it is full of some of the nicest people anywhere. I have been involved with many sports. I still am. I sail a boat, and went as far as being a yacht club member for a while.
I wish to express my sincerest thanks to the staff of CYCLE WORLD for their priceless help in my fighting a traffic ticket I received while riding my bike home from work. I was certain I had not earned the citation and thus entered a plea of “not guilty.”
I had looked at lots of bikes for a couple of years and, since I am 15, I thought I’d have to wait until I got my license. But my dad found a real bargain on a new 1971 BSA Victor Trail 500, so I bought it. I saw your road test on it in your Jan. ’72 issue, also.
THE OVERWHELMING success story of Soichiro Honda has been told many times. It would be redundant to go into much depth about the brilliant engineering genius of the man who reconditioned some old surplus generators in the early 1950s and went on to create a mind-boggling motorcycle manufacturing giant so well-known that throughout the free world the word Honda means two-wheelers.
Don't Think Just Enduro Bike. The Lightweight Alpina Concept Is Something New And Unique — Borrowing From Both Enduro And Trials. Call It “The Great American One-Day Machine."
BULTACO’S Sherpa T, the world reknowned observed trials machine developed by many times world champion Sammy Miller, has won over a large following in the United States and in other countries as well. The Bultaco Matador, on the other hand, was developed by the factory for competition in the famed International Six Days Trial and is a more ruggedly built and heavier machine than the Sherpa T, with long distance enduros being its strong point.
IT’S CALLED fiscal fever. You were going to buy a bike and then the water hole went dry. At first it seemed that your arm was getting stronger because your wallet suddenly became easier to lift. Then you discovered the truth. Your supply of long green had started to atrophy.
Honda’s Smallest Four Is Almost Everything You Could Want. With The Help Of “Pops” We Got A Little More.
QUIET, oil-tight and practically vibration free. The jewel-like mystique of Honda’s smallest four-cylinder can’t fail to attract thousands of American riders. So why unleash Pops Yoshimura on this beautiful machine? Perhaps it’s because we think the 350 Honda Four is a motorcycle in disguise.
In AMA Racing Circles, It Was A Secret Weapon For Certain Four-Stroke Owners. Now, You Don't Have To Have Number Plates In Order To Participate.
THERE ARE a number of people actively engaged in the production of Honda speed and racing equipment, but none is better known than Hideo (Pops) Yoshimura. Although especially popular in Japan, Yoshimura racing equipment has only recently been available in quantity in this country.
A Case For Upside Down Levers With Enough Cable Theory Thrown In To Cover Any Modification Required—Even If You Own A Famed Hungarian Zilch.
FRIEND, YOU have your control levers installed upside down. The ones on the handlebar, I mean. You say your levers are installed just the way they were when the bike came from the factory, and just like the levers on every other bike. Emphatically.
Sit On The Saddle. Turn The Throttle. Squeeze The Brake. Now, You Are Slowly Falling Asleep.
Sleep, Sleep, Sleep......
Cecil P. Mack
THE MOTORCYCLE careened along the cobbled road. A building shuddered,dissolving in a blinding, choking avalanche of dust and rubble as the shells tore the town apart. A gutted Model T Ford Ambulance was on its side against a wall, its free front wheel turning slowly at the whim of the wind and rain, like a huge red and white beetle trying vainly to regain its feet.
Take Your Bike To Contrast-Country, Where European Culture Co-Exists With Bedlam. Haggle With An Arab, Sidle Up To A Snake Charmer, Or Isolate Yourself From The Whole Scene And Ride Off Into The Desert.
KIEF AND HASHISH
TEEMING CITY LIFE
A CHANGE OF PACE
THE SAHARA DESERT
DETAILS & DETAILS: THE KIND THAT MAKE A BETTER TRIP
THE LAST LEG
A COUNTRY OF CONTRASTS
Edwin Thorne Jr.
MOROCCO IS an ideal country to travel by motorcycle. For most of the year the weather is clear, roads are generally in good condition and, because Morocco is a small country, the distances between points of interest are not prohibitive for motorcycle travel.
HAS SOLO motorcycling lost some of its wind-in-the-hair, freedom-riding appeal? Maybe your wife or girl friend has begun to shy away from those double-up weekend trips. Or the size of your family has grown to where two wheels just aren’t enough.
THERE HAS recently been some Federal level recognition directed toward the relatively ignored sidecar, in the form of safety standards prepared by the Department of Transportation. Applicable rulings include the following: (1) By definition of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a sidecar is considered to be a “three-wheeled vehicle.”
SOME BASIC principles of sidecar rigging should be understood prior to attempting to learn to handle a sidecar rig. Even the best of drivers will have a tough time of it if his beloved chair is improperly bolted on. The following information is general in nature due to the many variables which exist between different sidecar and motorcycle combinations.
The PC Series Power Unit, manufactured by Sebring Electronics, replaces the existing battery, rectifier and voltage regulator, and is said to offer easier starting, be shock and vibration resistant, temperature compensated and water, gas and oil-proof. The 10-oz. unit can be installed anywhere on a motorcycle that there is a minimum airflow, with a typical installation time of 15 min. For states requiring a battery on motorcycles, Sebring offers a non-spill, rechargeable, 12-oz. battery. Details are available from Sebring Electronics, Dept. CW-4, 8852 Lower River Rd., Grants Pass, OR 97526.
A two-piece leather suit with padding at all vulnerable points is being offered by D. Lewis Ltd., Dept. CW-4, 124 Great Portland St., London, Wla 2DL, England. Called the phantom suit, it is said to be windproof and water repellant. The suit sells for $97.80 by sea, or $105.30 by air. Colors are available at extra cost.
Open-mesh 100 percent nylon jerseys for use in motocross and other dirt competition now are offered by Sports T Shirts, 21200B Victory Blvd., Dept. 7, CW-4, Woodland Hills, CA 91364, for $13.45. The shirts are said to be very strong, yet lightweight, and provide good protection while the mesh design allows the shirt to “breathe” so that the body can be cooled by evaporation. The jerseys come in red, blue or gold with black collar and wrist bands. They can be ordered with any popular motorcycle’s name and insignia printed in non-fading ink. Sizes are small, medium, large and extra-large. Sports T Shirts also offers T-shirts at $3.45 and sweatshirts at $5.45, and does custom printing for dealers and clubs.
four stock Honda 750 mufflers
Designed to replace the four stock Honda 750 mufflers, the two BOS mufflers slip right over the present header pipes and no unsightly clamps are needed. The mufflers are claimed not to interfere with other accessories and allow the use of full-size saddlebags. No rejetting or retuning is required. The chrome-finished mufflers are priced at $49.95 from BOS Mufflers, 1859 Blake Ave., Dept. CW-4, Los Angeles, CA 90039.
Intercontinental Lubricants Corp. has introduced Golden Spectro synthetic based two-cycle motorcycle lubricant which is said to produce a marked reduction in spark plug fouling and exhaust smoking, prevent piston seizure and scuffing, eliminate ring wear, and prevent damage by rust and corrosion. A mix ratio of 40:1 is recommended. The lubricant is available at motorcycle dealers. Technical information may be obtained from the Marketing Dept., Intercontinental Lubricants Corp., Dept. CW-4, 118 N. Main St., Branford, CT 06405.
Chapman Security Products has developed a lock using a large-diameter, tempered alloy steel wire rope with a bonded-on vinyl covering. Each end of the cable has a coupler which uses the ace-type of circular lock while fitting together to form a smooth, strong, positive locking arrangement. Additional details are available through Chapman Security Products Corp., 5567 N. Elston Ave., Dept. CW-4, Chicago, IL 60630.
A Rotary Valve Single With A Twist — The Carb Isn’t Housed In The Engine Cases!
BOMBARDIER IS best known as the company that makes snowmobiles called Ski-Doos. “The machine that changed winter,” they call it, and the description is apt. Now, many motorcycle manufacturers have discovered that snowmobiles are a useful adjunct to their bike lines, enabling them to keep production lines busy during the times when they might otherwise have to stockpile bikes, or layoff employees.
A Fitting Replacement For The Streetable Endurocrosser Of Yesteryear
NEW BREED 360 Yamaha motocrossers are no longer stripped down enduro versions with factory-produced G.Y.T. kit parts to up performance. Specialization has crept in. With this specialization, Yamaha has moved one step closer to that elusive victory circle.
WHAT IS believed to be the largest racing event for mini riders, the Mini Grand Prix, was held recently at Indian Dunes near Castaic Junction, Calif. Some 540 entries raced everything from three-horse industrial-engined mini-bikes to heavily modified Yamaha-powered mini-cycles.
WHEN REVELL, one of the largest makers of motorcycle, automobile, airplane, etc. models, asked me to help judge a contest they were conducting with Kawasaki Motors, I readily agreed. It seemed like an easy enough task.
IT WAS A really hot day when we drove to Warren to meet Kimball and his friend for our planned ride to the top of 4800-ft. Mt. Moosilaukee. When the ride had first been suggested to me, I demurred because those New Hampshire mountains are really awful riding-steep, boulder strewn, rooty and rocky.
Motorcycle trials are getting more popular among enthusiasts in Japan. In fact, it is now recognized as the third motorcycle sport following road racing and motocross. All four of the Japanese makers are now aggressively developing their respective trials machines.
At the end of every season in Europe the British weekly paper Motor Cycle News holds its annual poll to decide who is the reader’s “Man of the Year.” The poll creates a great deal of interest. Run with it is a competition to see if anyone can correctly forecast the first six in the poll, and the amazing thing is that every year someone seems able to do just that.
It seems strange that although Americans practically invented the sport of un-serious, for-the-hell-of-it dirt riding, nobody ever wrote a book for the guy who merely wants to have some fun. Until now. Bob Sanford’s new book, “Riding The Dirt,” does just that.
Three hundred riders from over 20 states congregated to do battle for the number one plate at the East Coast mini-bike nationals in Florida, and coming away with that title was Jeff Ward, a member of Team Motor Cycle Weekly. Riding four motocross classes, Jeff seemed to be on the track all day and in stamina alone deserved the overall win.
The Morini fidelity pact with the single-cylinder lasted until the 1971 Milan Show. As a matter of fact, since its foundation by ex-racer Alfonso Morini following World War II, the Bologna-based factory never built anything but single-cylinder models ranging from 50cc to 250cc.