NO DOUBT you’ve already thumbed through the issue and are wondering just what’s happened to CYCLE WORLD Magazine. Scene has vanished on a monthly basis. Round Up is completely different. Foreign reports such as Japan, Italy and Continental are nowhere to be found.
May I use this column to correct an oversight? In my haste to limp into your office with my account of the trials school (CW, Nov. ’73), I forgot to include a credit line. Those excellent pictures where the work of Marc Madow. He did a good job and ate a lot of dust that day, so he deserves some recognition.
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.
IT'S "GO" FOR the first CYCLE WORLD International Trials, January 6th, at Saddleback Park. Several factory teams have indicated they will take part, but it's too early to say which ones. We hope trials freaks will get their first chance to see a couple of the new bikes entering the scene.
Smoother, More Refined... Without A Doubt The Company's Best Triple
400 MACH II
■ KAWASAKI TRIPLES are supposed to be firebreathers. Right? After all, when the Mach III was introduced, it was the fastest 500 round. Same for the 750 in its class as long as you were talking straight line. But Kawasaki is changing its line of thought, and is making the Threes more tranquil in nature.
Saturday Night's All Right For Fighting. . . And So's Friday
D. Randy Riggs
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania. One of the most unlikely spots on earth for International motocross competition. And yet, here it is, late September, and the likes of Roger DeCoster, Willi Bauer, Sylvain Geboers, Adolf Weil, Brad Lackey and Jim Pomeroy are in the City of Brotherly Love to contest the second round of the annual Fall Trans-AMA Motocross series.
An Enduro Bike For Motocross; Or Is It A Motocross Bike For Enduros? It's Both....
LOOKING FOR a good 250? If so, ask yourself this series of questions. Would you rather buy one expensive machine that is more versatile than one would normally deem possible? Or, would you rather buy one equally expensive, highly specialized machine for say motocross or enduros, but not both?
Japan's First production 250 Trailer Is No Better And No Worse Than Its Spanish Counterparts
IT WAS ALMOST established fact that Yamaha would beat Suzuki, Kawasaki and Honda to the aler’s showroom floor with the first serious production 250 trialer to come from Japan. Their development rider, Mick Andrews, had long been at work with various versions of the machine in trials events around the world; the finalized model came into play very quickly, mostly because Andrews is an old hand at developing trials machinery.
This Is The First Time We've Ever Been To An Enduro Where The "Checks" Rode Motorcycles
ANYONE WHO reads motorcycle magazines, even casually, has probably heard of the ISDT, but many might not realize exactly what it is. You could visualize it as the grand-daddy of all enduros, but that wouldn’t explain why manufacturers go to such lengths to cheat for the prestige of a win.
When Is A Playbike Not A Playbike? When It Costs $1750 That's When!
ED CLEWS is a specialty motorcycle builder in the north of England and if you’ve never heard of m, don’t feel left out. Ed, you see, doesn’t build your average, everyday “trick” scooter. Instead, he builds big, competitive thumpers; he builds them for motocross; and he builds them with little regard to cost.
HIT A SERIES of whoop-de-doos Iately? Did you get pitched over the bars because your rear suspension couldn't handle it? If you fall into this category (almost every dirt rider does) read on, because getting more rear wheel travel isn't all that difficult.
A damp, clay cushion at Gardena’s famous half-mile track, Ascot, proved to be one of the fastest surfaces in many a moon, just perfect for the last National race of an exciting season. Just how fast was told in qualifying, when Mert Law-will timed in at 22.33, just a couple of ticks off the track record.
HIGHLY SPECIALIZED equipment. That’s what one needs to compete with a minimum of fuss and a maximum chance of doing well in an enduro. Ordinary machinery usually is a hazy proposition at best, even for the casual enduro rider. That’s precisely why we see such a high number of “enduro only” motorcycles in this type of event.
A new motorcycle tire, a 2.75-21, has been added to the Full Bore line of competition dirt tires. The lightweight, 7.7 lb. tire was designed by champion triais riders for serious observed trials Competition. Details are available through Full Bore dealers or Yankee Motor Co., Full Bore Division, P.O. Box 36, Dept. CW-1, Schenectady, NY 12301.
An important part of lubricating a motorcycle's chain is applying the lube so that it gets in the right places and is
Bell's R-T helmet is available in the standard, high-gloss white epoxy finish, as well as orange, red and blue, in 12 sizes ranging from 6-3/8 to 7-3/4. The black, brushed-nylon covered padding is fire-retardant, while the one-piece, non-resilient plastic foam liner is the most widely used impact-absorber in the industry. Priced at $37.75, the R-T is SHCA approved and certified to exceed ANSI Z90.la specifications.
Beck/Arnley Corp. has added a sliding channeled chromed luggage rack for the Honda 350 Four to its line of motorcycle parts and accessories. A sliding back rest/sissy bar also is available. Information may be obtained from local Beck/Arnley dealers.
Van and pickup wheel racks which hold one wheel of a motorcycle firmly in place so that the machine cannot tip or roll once it is secured with ties exerting tire pressure against the rack are available from Webco dealers. Heliarc welded construction with cadmium plating is said to provide long-lasting service. Two sizes are available for either the front or rear tire (3.5 and 4.5-in. widths). Included with each rack is all mounting hardware, including steel plates with nuts welded to them which may be permanently attached to the floor, to permit fast installation and removal of the rack when a motorcycle is not being carried. The racks retail for $8.50 each from Webco dealers.
ToBar Products Co., Dept. CW-1, 3201 Guthrie St., East Chicago, IN 46312 has introduced a towbar that is said to take only three minutes to load by one person. The bar is claimed to eliminate bike lean in the sharpest turn, put minimal load on the car, and eliminate the need for a trailer hitch and tie downs. The towbar, priced at $79, may be purchased from ToBar Products.
Lindberg Plastics has introduced a product named Cycle Pac which is signed to carry and protect a spare spark plug on trail and mini bikes. The plug gap is cushioned by a treated foam pad that also prevents rust. The Cycle Pac snaps to the crossbar or other ½-in. strut on a bike. Details may be obtained from Lindberg Plastics, Dept. CW-1, Box 12, Traverse City, MI 49684.
MINIATURE WELDING TORCH
A miniature welding torch, which is completely self-contained, now is available from Microflame, Inc., Dept. CW-l, 3724 Oregon Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55426. The torch, which produces a flame temperature of 5000 degrees F, is designed for welding, brazing or solder ing small items. The Microflame torch uses miniature cylinders of LP gas and Micronox. Needle valves control the flow of the gases, and size and heat of the flame can be adjusted using the needle valves. Gas consumption also is controlled by valve opening and tip size. The torch, complete with flame tips, torch tube, gaskets, gas supply and instructions, retails for $24.95. A deluxe set, including the above plus a bench bracket, flux brazing rods, spark lighter, spare gas cylinders and a welding ook, sells for $34.95. Replacement gas cylinders cost less than $1 each.
A stroker kit for 750 Hondas has been developed by R.C. Engineering. The kit contains a new crank with a 1/4-in. longer stroke and is said to be forged from the toughest alloy available. The kit is claimed to add approximate lOOcc to any size engine. Details on the kit, which lists for $725, are available from R.C. Engineering, 16216 S. Main St., Dept. CW-1, Gardena, CA 90248.
K&N Engineering, P.O. Box 1329, Dept. CW-1, Riverside, CA 92501, was appointed western distributor for Bel-Ray Lubricants, and will service dealers and distributors in California, Arizona and Nevada.
Ed's Chopper Parts has introduced its new 1973-74 catalog, featuring more than 1750 items, of which 200 are said to have been lowered in price. Two pages are devoted to troubleshooting of the electrical components, including a detailed description of the rectifier, zender diode and alternator. There also are two pages of wiring schematics for the Harley-Davidson and Triumph. This same section offers a simplified wiring kit for all choppers the company puts out, plus the new Sebring solid state power units and battery eliminator The catalog sells for $2 from Ed's Chopper Parts, Dept. CW-l, P.O. Box 48, Buena Park, CA 90620.
TAP DRILL CHART
Flanders has introduced a chart that tells which size drill to use when planning to tap metric threads. The chart, which sells for 25 cents, is available from Flanders Co., Dept. CW-1, P.O. Box 2297d, Pasadena, CA 91105.
Wixom Bros, has developed the Ranger saddlebag especially for the BMW. Available in black, white, primer, metalflake green and metalflake blue, with optional pinstriping, the bags may be obtained from Wixom Bros., Inc., Dept. CW-1, 1637 Fast Burnett, Long Beach, CA 90806. The bags also feature hinged lids, built-in taillights, locking latches, and quick-disconnect mounts.
This Dutch-made off-road filter, called Twin-Air, differs from the wellknown U.S.-made filters in that it uses a specially designed foam structure, which minimizes the possibility of open channels which could drastically affect filter efficiency. Each cell is said to be interconnected with all surrounding cells, assuring free passage of air while providing highest surface-area contact for impingement of foreign particles. Each filter uses a sealing edge which does not require the use of grease for a seal, and t is supported by a lightweight structural wire frame. Details may be obtained from J-T Racing Imports, TA2O1, Box A, Bonita, CA 92002.