YOU REMEMBER the green stickie. That’s the physical evidence that California residents have registered their dirt bikes, among other things, with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Originally it cost $15 (good for two years) and was required because A) Your bike did not have a valid California license, or B) You used your vehicle only in sanctioned competition, only on state land, or a combination of the two.
Have officials in your area been under pressure to close National Forest and other public lands to motorcycles? Probably. And a few motorcyclists probably tried to talk them out of it—but the time for talking is past. Do something! Most Forest Service personnel really want to maintain multiple use management policies, but they are under continuous bombardment and pressure by environmentalist groups such as the Sierra Club, local horse clubs and hikers to close trails to motor vehicles.
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.
THE FUEL shortage may wreak real havoc in the U.S., but nothing at all like it has done in a little country in Europe. As soon as the Arabin oil company supply was cut to that little European country, Holland (a result of the Arab/Israeli conflict), the government acted quickly by stopping all private motoring on Sundays.
All The Little Things That Have Bothered Us In The Past Have Disappeared. Does That Make The New BMW A Perfect Motorcycle?
IN THE PAST few years, there seems to have been a leaning toward the old saying "the bigger the better." While this logic doesn't always work out, it is infallible when applied to BMW's latest offering, the R90/6. Here's a machine that is no larger physically than the other machines in the BMW line-up, stops better than any of its predecessors, and goes like blazes as well.
SUMMER WAS over in the Sierras, but the sun still blazed down on the pine covered ridges and grassy meadows; the air was still and any movement along the dry, powdery logging roads raised plumes of dust which hung like fog for a long time over the roads.
Two young motorcyclists are sitting at a small round table under a low canvas awning, one sipping a cappuccino, the other a heavy burgundy. It is early Spring, just after the rains. "Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrroooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaeee eeeeeek."
BECAUSE Harley-Davidson Sportster models are usually very reliable, many owners neglect servicing them at the prescribed intervals. Needless to say, a properly executed tune-up is a time consuming, if not costly procedure, but it is well worthwhile, and is perfectly capable of being performed by the average owner with a minimum of special tools.
JUST WHAT makes a good motocrosser, anyway? Light weight is important. Like 220 lb. maxima. Got to have horsepower, too. Lots of it. Even if it means sacrificing a wide powerband. And suspension. Plenty of travel and good damping are musts there.
Excitement for a spectator at speedway races is almost a cumulative thing; the fever pitch of the previous week’s events is never really forgotten and bang...here it is, another night at speedway. This carries on season long until October when it’s again time for the United States Championship.
IT’S ALL worked out,” yelled Bill Dutcher of Bultaco American, “Sammy Miller will be in Colorado for the Ute Cup Trial and for at least a week beforehand.” Somehow in the excitement, we managed to work out the finances and before I knew exactly how it had all come off, Bultaco American and the Rocky Mountain Trials Association had organized Sam’s first extended American tour in several years.
FEW EVENTS in the history of off-road racing have gotten the publicity and accolades that Mickey Thompson’s R.V. Spectacular at Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, Calif., received. Thompson wanted to stage an event that would finally allow the general public to see what off-road racing is all about.
Outrageously Overweight, Such A Fine Machine Makes One Wonder How Good It Really Could Be.
■ YAMAHA HAS finally done it. Its infamous endo machines, the 250s and 360s derived from the original dual-purpose DT1, have been replaced in the ’74 line-up. Now there is a totally new series of motorcycles...motorcycles that have enough potential to be associated with the term “enduro.” Take the DT360A, the largest of the new breed.
OKAY. SO you’ve gone ahead and bought Yamaha’s new 360 dualpurpose machine. You’ve run it hack and forth to work for a month or , maybe played around in the corner lot on occasion. It’s just what you wanted...the perfect instrument for fun and relaxation.
With a claimed horsepower output of 21.4 at 8200 rpm and a weight (wet) of 215 lb., Carabela’s newest 125 MX is a lively performer which is vastly improved over the first offerings from this Mexican company. Many of the features we liked about the Carabela were the well thought out steering geometry, Betor forks which mount in tapered roller bearings and the Boge rear suspension units which aid in making the Carabela a fine handling motocross machine.
Doing It Right Is Better Than A Career Of Doing It Wrong
CHRISTMAS PRESENTS are made to be broken. As a father with 45 child/years experience I know presents are purchased with pleasopened with delight and used for the few days or hours it takes them to come apart. Even so, it hurt me as much as it hurt my 10-year-old son when he came trudging home the day after Christmas pushing—slowly—the best present he’s ever received.
With A. C.A.S. Alarm, The Thief’s The One That Gets Ripped Off.
PROFESSIONAL MOTORCYCLE thieves have a great many things in their favor and nothing will stop them if the proper conditions are present. But pros are few in number. Most motorcycles are stolen by amateurs who are just interested in joy riding the machine and these people are easily shaken by an alarm.