ONE OF the biggest, if not the biggest, problems facing our sport today is the gas crisis. Some individuals in our society believe it is real. Others think it is a contrived maneuver designed to facilitate price increases. Someday we will undoubtedly know the truth, but that day is far off, as there is not now enough information available to draw an accurate conclusion.
While I thoroughly enjoyed your Yamaha/Honda 250 motocross comparison and marveled at the thoroughness and detail of the feature article, I do take issue with the last paragraph, and the headline conclusion, "...A Bit More... At A Price."
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.
JANUARY’S SEDUCTIVE CYCLE WORLD centerfold playboy, Malcolm Smith, is receiving unmerciful kidding. Not nearly as hard to ke will be Dave Ekins’ reaction when he reads this: one of the ISDT medals dangling from Malcolm’s neck is Dave’s.
YOU SMILE. Actually it's more of a sneer. "Outta my way you slop-browed dimwit," you mutter to yourself as your new bike gurgles torquey way up the driveway, around that yo-yo in the blue Ford and into the parking lot at the drive-in you frequented as a teener.
QUIET DAYS around the CYCLE WORLD offices are a rarity; with us and the staff of Road & Track inhabiting the same building, there is ways some sort of news concerning the motor world floating in the wind. All of us listened the day the President made his speech about the energy crisis; all of us moaned when we heard his proposals for a nationwide 50 mile per hour speed limit.
With One Of These Screamers And $1647, You Too Can Be a Boy Racer ...For At Least A Year
TA-125 Road Racer
YEARS AGO, the Norton Manx was “King of the Isle,” and Matchbox was more than just a line of toy cars. Matchless, Norton’s poor step-brother in the AMC combine, produced a road racer similar to the Manx, but a bit less sophisticated. Known as the G-50, in typical Matchless letter-number fashion, the bike was furnished in a slightly lower state of tune than the Manx, and used a single, chain-driven overhead camshaft, rather than the Manx’s tower-shaft-driven double knocker setup.
Lightness Is A Relative State — Relative In This Case To A Triumph
IN A TIME when the entire industry is in an almost maddening state of constant change, a stodgy attitude, such as several European manufacturers are known to possess, is just about the worst detriment a corporation can have. The Europeans have had to learn that the Americans, at least, won't buy machinery on the basis of previous records if the equipment is dated or simply not competitive.
For the past several years, the U.S. has been honored with the post-G.P. presence of several European motocross stars, generally among them a World Champion or two. Tired as these competitors might be from a full season of racing, they still manage to thoroughly trounce the statesiders although each year the racing between them gets tighter and hotter.
HONDA CB350 SERIES motorcycles have always been big sellers. In fact, the model has been the company's biggest seller in the U.S. the past several years. Here's why. The bikes have a low initial price, good fuel economy, ease of minor servicing, up-to-date styling, and adequate braking qualities.
832 Miles Of Sand, Darkness, Rocks, More Darkness, And Bottled Water!
RACING IN motorcycle paradise has changed. A brand new paved road now connects the deep interior of Baja with the rest of the so-called civilized road. And that has changed things quite a bit. Mrs. Espinosa, proprietor of the cafe and gas station in El Rosario, said it best: “Bad roads bring good people.
All The Mods A Privateer Would Do Times Two. But Sometimes Even That Isn't Enough!
a LOT OF shops build specialized, one-off, competition machinery, but few do it with either the consistency or success of Kawasaki’s Research and Development facility in Santa Ana, Calif. Brad Lackey’s motocross bikes come out of this shop.
REMEMBER THE phrase “We’re number two but we try harder”? Car people put that saying before the public, but that doesn’t alter the fact that it fits Yamaha to a tee. Why? Because Yamaha has probably done more to create new competition-based motorcycle marketing segments than any other manufacturer.
HOPETOWN. From 1958 to 1973 it lasted, the two-day running of the best and certainly the biggest dirt event in the United States. Now it’s over. Bob Hope, who purchased the ranch from “Crash” Corrigan, has sold it and houses will probably follow.
A new motocross glove called the Rogue is being marketed exclusively by AFS Distributors, Dept. CW-3, 229 E. Third St., Lewistown, PA 17044. The glove is crafted of genuine deerskin and features built-in padding, Velcro cuff adjustment, and a soft, comfortable fit. The Rogue glove is available in black, blue and yellow two-tone and red and blue two-tone.
Marubeni America Corporation has announced plans to market a full line of replacement suspension components, to be sold under the Red Wing brand name. The units are said to be compati with more than 95 percent of current motorcycles. The introductory line will include four fork assemblies, two styles and five sizes of rear oil cushions and a universal type steering damper, for street, enduro, racing, motocross and trail bikes. Details may be obtained from Marubeni America Corp., Dept. CW-3, 200 Park Ave., New York, NY 10017.
Venolia's new forged racing piston for the XL250 Honda is available in sizes standard, 0.020, 0.040, 0.060, 0.080, 77, 78 and 79mm. Compression ratio is 10, 11 and 12:1. Venolia's piston catalog is available for $1 from Venolia Pistons, 2160 Cherry Industrial Circle, Dept. CW-3, Long Beach, CA 90805.
It's 110 degrees outside and you're sitting at the local pub tilting a brew. All of a sudden this guy comes up and asks if that's your motorcycle in the parking lot. "Yup," you say, "what about it?" He then informs you that it's laying on its side and maybe you'd like to go pick it up. Aargh! The worst possible thoughts pass through your mind. "Did it dent my CYCLE WORLD stickie? Have my Cal Rayborn Replica handgrips been torn? You run outside and sure enough, there lies your pride d joy, its sidestand stuck 4 in. into the soft asphalt. But one never again has to worry about such catastrophic occurrences, because there is now a solution. Get yourself a Stedi-Pad, better yet, a Stedi-Pad with a carrying case, and slip it under your kickstand whenever you park. It’s made from tough, flexo plastic and contains a lanyard to haul it up once you’re aboard. Too, you can play fetch with the dog and not have to worry about retrieving the pad if Fido isn’t up to the game. The pad sells for $5.95 and the case is an extra $3.95, from Whaley’s, P.O. Box 542, Dept. CW-3, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. That’s maybe a little high for all but the gadget freaks, but a good present for the man who has everything.
The newest Pirelli motocross tire is a 4.50-18 supercross featuring a full G.P. tread which extends far into the sidewall. The tire is said to offer substantial improvement over the 4.00-18, due to its heavily lugged center tread, which is claimed to greatly aid straight line traction and braking ability. Information is available from Pirelli dealers or through Cosmopolitan Motors Inc., Dept. CW-3, Hatboro, PA 19040.
KNOBBY SHOP CATALOG
Gobs of stuff for the motocross, trials and ISDT rider is alive and well in Allan Greenwood’s nifty catalog, all available by mail. Hard to find goodies such as trials jumpsuits, Belstaff jackets and pants appear, as well as trick little tools for oddball jobs. How about alloy skidpans and bars for your trialer, or a Cheney frame for that engine you’ve got sitting around? Here is where you find it. Lots of boots, gloves and leathers, too. So if you’re into trials, motocross or enduroing, spend a buck at Knobby Shop International, P.O. Box 1592, Dept. CW-3, La Jolla, CA 92037, and dig on all this neat equipment.
Florida Cycle Supply has introduced a new luggage rack series which features a shock mounting method said to greatly diminish metal fatigue due to engine vibration. The racks utilize a modular construction design which enables a rider to add many accessories. Details may be obtained from Florida Cycle Supply Co., P.O. Box 5245, Dept. CW-3, Jacksonville, FL 32207.
OK. So they look like Giraffe booties, but we’re tellin’ ya’, they’re HIPPO HANDS. And if you just happen to p one of those overweight creatures in your pool or backyard, don’t let him see these or you’ll never get ’em back. The real trick is that they just happen to fit on the handlebars of almost any motorcycle, and they can turn cold weather riding into pure pleasure, that is if you remembered to leave your pajamas at home and wear your jacket instead. The outer shell is heavy, black Naugahyde, lined with cozy fleece (we had a dog that had fleece once) and the quality and workmanship is truly outstanding. They go on or off the machine in seconds, allow access and safe operation of all controls, and even have a built-in pouch for toll booth or parking meter change. For cold weather riding they can’t be topped. We know, because we use them at CYCLE WORLD. They retail for $29.95 and yeah, snowmobile vers can use them, too. If you can’t d them at your dealer, write Vetter Fairing Co., P.O. Box 927, Dept. CW-3, Rantoul, IL 61866.