SEVERAL YEARS ago I visited England on what has since become an annual sojourn to Europe. Since the International Six Days Trial was in the U.S. this year (my usual excuse for making a round of business stops in Europe), I only made a brief trip in 1973.
Boyd Reynolds made two mistakes in his report on the 1973 Fallen Timbers enduro. First, it was no fluke that Art Blough won overall. Art has won numerous local enduros and is a very good rider who just (I feel) has handicapped himself by riding Suzukis.
Readers, as well as those involved in the motorcycle industry, are invited to have their say about motorcycles they own or have owned. Anything is fair game: performance, handling, reliability, service, parts availability, lovability, you name it.
LATE IN 1963, after winning the AFM 350 road racing championship on my trusty ol' 7R AJS, I received a very interesting job offer from Joe Parkhurst. At that time, Joe was both editor and publisher of CYCLE WORLD, but wanted to delegate some of the work so he would have more time to ponder (and worry) about long-term matters affecting the magazine and the sport of motorcycling.
BMW HAS definitely got a problem. Look at it this way. Our American image and their European image just don’t coincide. When we think of a BMW we think touring, saddlebags, a fairing maybe, and sedate performance to go with it. Sounds like a pack mule doesn’t it?
GARY NIXON won his third road race in a row at Pocono International Raceway, showing the skeptics that the flaming redhead is indeed back on form this year—and leaving a lot of folks wondering just how much of a chance Kenny Roberts would have at that number one plate, if Nixon had a decent dirt ride.
Need An Economical, Reliable And Fun Second Car? This Might Be Just The Ticket!
YAMAHA’S ALMOST complete domination of Class C 250 road racing and Novice flat track events is legendary. The lightweight TD, and now the waterpumper version of the Yamaha 250 Twin, has been nearly invincible in all forms of competition in which it is entered.
Two Superb Motocross Racers, Both Capable Of Winning On Any Track With The Right Rider. Each One Offers Virtually Everything Desirable In A Motocross Machine, But One Offers Just A Bit More. . . At A Price.
TO WIN AT motocross, one needs a machine that excells in many areas. Such a motorcycle must produce big batches of usable power for its displacement class; it should handle well under the most miserable of track conditions, including jumps, ruts, holes, bumps, mud...anything you can throw in its way; it must be reliable under this torturous abuse; it should be easily servicable; parts should be reasonably priced and readily available; and the bike should be as easy on the rider as is possible in the three motos that usually constitute a motocross event.
CRAIG VETTER began producing motorcycle fairings in Champaign, Ill., back in 1967. His aim was simple. He wanted to offer increased protection for the rider, but do it with a device with enough style to enhance the appearance of the motorcycle itself.
Like the famous Banana-framed model, the 275-lb. Gelandesport is built to last, and last, and...
DICK BETTENCOURT IS quite a guy. He used to run a little machine shop, with a few bikes out front—Indians, Beezas, stuff like that. Then he became the first Honda dealer in New England. I still remember the gleam in his eye when he showed me that first 50cc step-through, and said it was the “coming thing.” I had my doubts at the time, though it was strong for a 50, and appeared well-made for the price.
You Can Make Sure America’s Legislators Get The Right Facts About Motorcycling
ROBERT S. WALKER
THERE was a time when a motorcyclist bought a bike, rode it and enjoyed it. These days, the situation is not quite so simple. Purchasing a cycle now means concerning yourself with special driver’s licenses, helmet regulations, periodic inspections for the bike and required safety equipment on the bike.
"FREEDOM,” MARK Brelsford says. That embodies the essence of why he does it, the intrinsic value of his profession. Being the American Motorcycle Association’s 27th American Grand National Champion is, of course, his career’s epitome.
THE ANNUAL BASH ON THE SALT PRODUCED NO REAL SURPRISES
OUTSIDE NEARLY every small, country-type town you’ll find a racetrack. The locals get together and come up with a place to congregate and have a good time with their bikes. Most of these riders know the track better than they know the proverbial back of their hand.
A FLOATING REAR brake is supposed to cure hopitis...that dread chassis disease in which a touch on the brake pedal sets the tail of the bike to hopping, lurching through the air, and trying its best to beat the front end down a hill into the jaws of the angry rocks below.
THE UTE INDIANS lived in the mountains around Colorado City, as it was called nearly 100 years ago, and they controlled the pass and its surroundings with an iron-handed savagery that has become legend. Anyone seeking access to the mountains around Pikes Peak did so under the watchful eye of the Utes.
THE BETOR NAME is well respected in the field of suspension. Almost all Spanish machines come with Betor front forks and rear suspension units, and even the American Rokon has Betor suspension. But like everything else, rear suspension units wear out and/or blow seals and start leaking with age and hard use.
Ken Roberts is the new AMA Grand National Champion, and will carry the much sought after Number One Plate in 1974. Roberts is the first rider to win the championship using only Japanese equipment, a fact that no doubt has the Yamaha people walking around with their thumbs under their armpits.
Krostup Enterprises now is manufacturing leather pants in kids’ sizes. Made of top grain cowhide, the leathers are fully nylon lined, thickly padded at hips and knees, have a zipper fly and legs, attached belt, and a contrasting colored full-length stripe on each side. Waist sizes range from 20 through 28 in., in 2-in. increments. The pants are available through local dealers, or Krostup Enterprises, P.O. Box 6818, Dept. CW-12, Burbank, CA 91510. A catalog may be obtained for 25 cents.
“Spare Tank” extends the range of a bike without replacing the existing tank. It comes with adjustable brackets to fit just about all front forks and holds 1.4-gal. of gas, water or oil. The Spare Tank, which doubles as a number plate, is good for desert, enduro and cross-country riding. Information may be obtained from Jacwal Corporation, 6337 Manchester Blvd., Dept. CW-12, Buena Park, CA 90620.
A new thumb control adjustable open end wrench now is available from the Andrew Parts Manufacturing Company, 32-70 31st St., Dept. CW-12, Long Island City, NY 11106. The wrench features easy, one-hand operation and immediate lock in any position.
A new chest protector made of Pla-Lite polyethylene foam by Uni Filter, Inc., is said to offer outstanding protection against flying stones, mud and other debris generated by motorcycles while racing on dirt tracks. The chest protector is lightweight and adjustable. Details may be obtained from Foam Division, Haveg Industries, Inc., Dept. CW-12, 900 Greenbank Road, Wilmington, DE 19808.
The “Track ’n Trail” mouthguard offered by Safe-T-Gard is said to provide protection for teeth, lips, mouth and chin. A vented front allows easy speaking and breathing. The unit is constructed of extra-strong high-impact plastic. Additional information may be obtained from Safe-T-Gard, Madison Dental Co., Dept. CW-12, 6911 Raywood Road, Madison, WI 53713.
The Model BB-72 “Big Brute” heavy duty security cable offered by Weil Service Products is 6 ft. long and has a 13,300 lb. breaking strength. End loops are fused by a special process, said to be as strong as the cable itself. A protective vinyl sleeve in clear, red, blue, yellow or green covers the cable from loop to loop. The unit retails for $8.77. Model BB-48, a 4-ft. chain, retails for $8.19. Also offered is a maximum security “Monster Padlock,” Model PL-40, priced at $8.95. Details may be obtained from Weil Service Products Corp., Dept. CW-12, 2434 W. Fletcher St., Chicago, IL 60618.
This handy duffle bag can be strapped on the back of a backrest or across the handlebars and there’s more than 2 cu. ft. of flexible space for packing. The opposing strap design with “D” ring enables the user to carry it like a knapsack, if desired. Made of grain-textured vinyl, water-resistant and double-stitched, the bag sells for $14.95 from National Recreation Products, Inc., 1436 W. 15th St., Dept. CW-12, Long Beach, CA 90813.
The new Chain Mate precision lubricator is designed to put the correct amount of lube on each link automatically. The lubricator attaches to the spout of most pumper type oil cans and dispenses oil onto the chain through a special flow-control pad which also removes the dirt so the lube can get into the chain. Made of rugged nylon, the Chain Mate chain luber is available at motorcycle dealers or from Chain Mate, 2 Grant St., Dept. CW-12, Binghamton, NY 13904.
Cycle Carriage has introduced a portable motorcycle workstand, to enable easy on-the-spot repairs. The bike is pushed up a 14-gauge steel ramp to an over-center position where it can be worked on at a comfortable height. The stand, which accommodates bikes up to 450 lb., sits solidly on a 24 × 36-in. base. It has a rust-proof zinc plated finish and is collapsible for easy hauling. The workstand sells for $49.95 from Cycle Carriage, P.O. Box 16042, Dept. CW-12, Wichita, KS 67216.
WINDJAMMER II FAIRING
Vetter Fairing Co., Rantoul, Ill., has announced introduction of a second generation Windjammer fairing. The new “Windjammer II” incorporates greater emphasis on safety with the standard installation of two sculpted 2×4-in. Class “A” running lights to enhance side visibility at night. Other improvements include chromed side edging, improved turn signal mounting procedures and the addition of a vinyl headlight cover to protect wiring after the motorcycle’s standard headlight has been removed. Optional tonneau covers, snap vents for the windshield and reflective gold “Scotchlite” striping still are available.
Beck/Arnley is offering an assortment of Cheng-Shin knobby motorcycle tires in its 1973 line of motorcycle parts and accessories. The tires come in six sizes, from 3.00-14 to 4.50-18. All are nylon corded.
Kendall Refining Co. has developed a lubricant specifically designed for twocycle engines. The product is said to give proper fluidity in oil injection systems at low temperatures and is pre-diluted to an SAE 20 Grade for easy mixing with gasoline. Additional information on the GT-1 Two-Cycle Lubricant may be obtained from W.A. Knapp, Kendall Refining Co., Division of Witco Chemical Corp., Dept. CW-12, Bradford,PA16701.
A 3-rail motorcycle trailer by Ladybug Trailers is said to cost about as much as most two bike trailers, yet is stronger and bigger, with an extended loading ramp for easier loading and unloading. The trailer rides on 4.00-12 four-ply rated tires and features a light hitch weight, 12 tiedown hooks and a 1-7/8-in. coupler which is easily adaptable to all stock hitches. More information is available from Lady bug Trailers, Inc., 32981 Calle Perfecto, Dept. CW-12, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675.
Z-1 BIG BORE KITS
Two big bore kits for the Kawasaki Z-1 are being offered by Powroll Performance Products. The largest kit, providing 1128cc, comes with oversized sleeves, 74mm pistons, piston pins, teflon pin retainers, rings and an oversized headgasket for $239.50 f.o.b. factory. The smaller kit bores into the stock cylinder sleeve and provides 1045cc of displacement for $153 f.o.b. factory. Bore is 70.75mm. Details on the kits may be obtained from Powroll Performance Products, Inc., Dept. CW-12, P.O. Box 1206-9, Bend, OR 97701.
Racecrafters International has developed a system designed to replace the stock Honda 750 pipes and mufflers. The system consists of four header pipes which lead into a pair of slim, fiber-glass-packed, chrome-plated mufflers. The system is said to be lighter in weight than the stock exhaust. The complete kit, including nuts, bolts and mounting hardware, sells for $89.95 plus shipping from Racecrafters International, 7920 Sunset Blvd.,Dept. CW-12, Hollywood, CA 90046.
A tough plastic replacement gas tank for motorcycles that have had their tanks damaged has been introduced by Jiffy Manufacturing Co., Dept. CW-12, 810 S. Maumee St., Tecumseh, MI 49286. The tanks, made of tough, light-weight polyethelene, are guaranteed for one year and come complete with chromed cap, shut-off valve and mounting kit. Said to fit most bikes, the tanks are available in white, yellow, blue or green for $35.95.
Torco’s new grease gun, called the Luger Luber, holds 125 shots of Torco green grease. The gun is said to be easy to load, save time, labor, and amount of grease consumed through waste. Torco green grease has non-melting and heat resistant features. Additional information is available from Torco Oil Co., Dept. CW-12, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670.
50-WT. FORK OIL
Lubri-Tech has now produced its racing fork oil in 50-wt. Like the 5, 10, 20, 30 and 40-wt. oil that has been available, the 50-wt. oil comes in a resealable 16-oz. can or a 5-gal. pail. Details are available from Lubri-Tech Products, Inc., Dept. CW-12,7106 Barry Ave., Rosemont, IL 60018.
The second day of the recent Silverstone meet saw a fantastic crowd of 40,000 on hand to watch the aces do battle. The pattern was set on Saturday, when Paul Smart got the better of Peter Williams in the l000cc event. The big Suzuki Three is obviously a faster bike than the John Player Norton, and it was that edge that helped Smart win.
Laverda now has an all-new 250 off-road two-stroke, which feature four transfers, light alloy-iron barrel cylinder, double electronic ignition (with decompressor between the plugs), straight cut primary drive gears, dry-type clutch and electron crankcase.