THE BAJA 500 told some new tales this year. Newly routed to an almost all off-road race, thanks to the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA), only 53 miles of the 600 were run on pavement. Bikers were almost certain they would win for the first time in several years.
I always read with interest your "Round Up" editorial in CYCLE WORLD and I was rather surprised that the name Marsh Metz escaped your memory (CW, July '73). Trying to remember events in the distant past can play tricks on one, but to the best of my memory a motorcycle called the Metz was produced soon after the turn of the century, i.e. about 1905 and the following few years.
I recently read the Feedback column and the request for rider impressions of various kinds of dirt bikes so I thought I might respond by commenting on my present dual-purpose machine, a 1971 Yamaha RT-1 360cc Enduro. This bike is designated as an enduro model, but perhaps is more at home on fire roads or cow trails.
COSTA MESA, Calif., is a neat place. Pushed back from the ocean by the over-affluent city of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa features backyards strewn with concrete, fiberglass and plywood boats under various stages of completion which eventually will be sold to the Wealthy Newporters.
A Rider On An Electra Glide Can Be Positive About One Thing ... The Whole World Is Watching!
LIKE THE SHARK, the Electra Glide is a remnant of a past era—a remnant that somehow was able to thrive as the world changed around it. For the shark, this phenomenon is relatively easy to understand. The shark fears nothing and has had relatively few natural enemies.
THE INTERNATIONAL Six Days Trial (ISDT) is a cross-country motorcycle event, similar to the Berkshire International Trial, which has been an annual mid-May event in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts for the past eight years. While the Berkshire Trial was a two-day event (except for 1972, when it was expanded to a three-day, 500-mile route), the ISDT will be staged over a period of six days, September 17-22, with a total route of 1000 miles.
If OI' Kel Wouldn't Have Bobbled In That Last Turn, Maybe ...
HALL COUNTY, Georgia, is a sleepy little spot, dotted with towns like Flowery Branch and Chestnut Mountain. Country Sausage and Biscuit supplants the hamburger as a traditional short-order bill of fare. Life goes on with a maximum of trust, and a minimum of sophistication; one local car dealer's sign reads "Jessie D. Smith," and on the next line, "Good Datsun Cars."
Motorcrossers Have Taken The World By Storm. And That May Be Just What Honda Is Going To Do With Motocross.
JUST A GLANCE at the dirt riding world these days would be a fast indication of just how popular motocross competition has gotten. No doubt a good reason why Honda has entered the market with serious, uncompromising racers. And the CR125 and 250 motocrossers are the perfect reason why motocrossing is destined to become even more popular.
THE PACE careened off a partially buried boulder, slid sideways for an instant, then sent its rider sprawling as it plowed deep into hot sand. Silence. Quiet engine, quiet rider; both motorcycle and master stilled, returning command of the desert night to the heavens.
When American Trials Gets Into The Big Leagues, It's Guys Like Whaley Who'll Bat In The Clean-up Spot
D. Randy Riggs
THERE ARE still many around who have not yet taken the sport of observed trials too seriously. Some pass it off as an old man's game. It's what you do when you're too old to race; when reflexes and drive have lost their honed razor edge. Too, it offers an outlet for the riders who are flat scared green about wicking it up.
Yamaha Laid Down A Mandamus To Its Engineers: Build Us A Four-Stroke 500 Twin That Charms ... And They Did!
UNTIL THE introduction of the XS-1 650cc sohc vertical Twin in 1970, Yamaha's entire production was of two-stroke motorcycles. These ranged in size from the 50cc Single to the 350cc Twin, and there were models which suited the commuter, the trail rider and the sports oriented street rider just fine.
HOW MANY motorcyclists can recall the 600cc Scott, the Velocette LE or the Moto Guzzi V-8? The Scott was (or is, a few are still produced today) a two-stroke Twin used in the sturdy Scott Flying Squirrel. The Velocette LE employed an opposed Twin 200cc sidevalve engine.
THE TAIWANESE ARE BUILDING MOTORCYCLES WITH ARDOR, AND AN OLD MARQUE LIVES AGAIN
IVAN J. WAGAR
ONCE AGAIN, history has repeated itself. Bold as brass; on a brand new, all-concrete, three-story building; halfway around the world; we find the old Indian logo on a motorcycle factory. The factory and Indian logo are there because of Alan Newman, a former Ferrari race car driver and Harvard law graduate.
The Ever Popular Mini Enduro Gets A New Riding Partner
TO ADULTS, the term superbike is reserved for a rather unique 750cc or larger machine with two things going for it: unbelievable performance and styling to match. To teenagers just getting into motorcycling, though, bikes like this are no more than dreams—dreams which may become reality some day, but dreams nonetheless.
THE ISLE OF MAN TT races, long hailed as the greatest test of man and machine in the world, have been under fire for some time but never has the criticism been so sustained as it has over the past 12 months. Despite improvements to the course which have included much resurfacing, the entry for 1973 was notable for the absence of virtually all the Continental circus aces with the exception of Jack Findlay and the sidecar contenders.
Paul Dunstall Special Equipment has introduced twin 10-in. disc brakes to replace 9-in. die cast fork legs with integral calipers. The discs are available for Ceriani, Suzuki, BSA/Triumph and Norton motorcycles, and retail for $375. Details on the disc brakes may be obtained from Paul Dunstall Special Equipment, 156 Well Hall Road, Dept. CW-9, London S.E. 9, England.
A new product called ArmorAll is said to stop rubber and vinyl rot due to smog and can be used on any rubber, vinyl, plastic or leather product. ArmorAll sells for $3.50 for each 8-oz. container, from Very Important Products, P.O. Box 378, Dept. CW-9, Corona del Mar, CA 92625.
HEAVYWEIGHT FRONT FORK
Dimex-Moto Imports now is marketing Boge heavyweight front forks, which are 35mm in diameter, weigh 16.5 lb., and have chrome moly stanchions and avional 40 crowns. The forks are available in 24.5 to 30.25-in. length for bikes from 175 to 360cc. Details and prices may be obtained from Dimex-Moto Imports Co., Dept. CW-9, 1731 S. Claudina Way, Anaheim, CA 92805.
A 12-piece metric socket wrench set containing 12-point sockets in sizes 10mm through 17mm is being offered by Zelenda Machine & Tools Corporation. The set also includes an extra deep 14mm spark plug socket, a 5-in. extension and a reversible ratchet, and comes in a self-locking toolcase. The wrenches cost $15.89 postpaid from the Metric Division, Zelenda Machine & Tools Corp., 66-02 Austin St., Dept. CW-9, Forest Hills, NY 11374.
NEW LINE OF HELMETS
Trabaca Products now is offering a new line of fiberglass KRW helmets, which are said to be AMA, SHCA, and Z90 approved. Featured are the Aurora, Monarch, Flame and a color-design coordinated "Match-the-Bike" series. Information may be obtained from Trabaca Products, Dept. CW-9, 837 W. 18th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627.
With a capacity of up to three motorcycles or 1000 lb., the Ideal Model W-l16 motorcycle trailer has a rugged welded steel chassis and Federal Standard No. 108 lights. Steel channel ramps simplify loading and tuck away when not in use. Hold-down brackets are adjustable. Additional details may be obtained from Ideal Mfg. Co., Dept. W-9, Oskaloosa, IA 52577.
The ME 105 point timer, from Musolino Enterprises, 1830 Comstock Lane, Dept. CW-9, San Jose, CA 95124, used advanced solid state circuitry coupled with light emitting diodes to set the points. The unit is said to be easy to use and backed by a 1-year guarantee. Price is $23.25.
The 51st edition of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza has been the most tragic of them all! The 50, 125 and 350 races had already been run. The first two held little interest, but the 350 provided one of the hottest Ago-Paso fights ever. Next came the 250 event, and the tragedy.
Recently I have learned of a case in which a motorcycle rider reached an unfortunate conclusion to his trip because of a flat tire (rear), As informed persons on motorcycling, I would be most interested in your opinion as to causation and avoidance.
Barry Briggs, doyen of the speedway tracks of the world for so long, has been honored for services to the sport by the award of the M.B.E. during the Queen's birthday honors list. It is a prestigious honor which has gone to several road racers but it is the first time a "cinder shifter" has been so acknowledged.
With Ken Roberts and Gary Scott locked solid in the National Points battle, they were more than eager to get underway at San Jose. The half-mile was to be the first run under the new Experts-Only National racing program. Kenny's factory Yamaha 750 served notice that it was more than just "in the hunt," by walking off with fast qualifying time.