NO FAULT INSURANCE AND THE END OF AN ESTABLISHED MOTORCYCLE BAN
The U.S. Senate has passed a federal no-fault insurance bill containing an amendment giving state legislatures the option of excluding motorcycles from the coverage. The passage of Senate Bill 354 follows more than two years of intensive campaigning by the American Motorcycle Association and the Motorcycle Industry Council to secure a motorcycle exclusion from no-fault.
In April of this year I called you regarding the variance in price between your April ’74 issue and prices quoted here in the Seattle/Tacoma area for the Honda XL175. Your issue flatly states $740 as the retail list price. Here are the retail list prices that we have been quoted: In addition, the two prices quoted by long distance from Los Angeles for the Honda were $885 and $949 for the XL175 model.
This letter is in reference to the “Feedback” section of the May ’74 issue in which Carlos Fondren relates his unpleasant experiences with his Yamaha TX750. In all fairness to Yamaha International, I would like to relate my experience with the TX750.
WIN A BIKE! You may have noticed the mention on the cover of this issue of what sounds like a contest. It is. Readers can win any one of six bikes that we will be giving away over the next six months, one bike each month. We will be giving away off-road, road and dual-purpose bikes.
COUNT TO SIX. One, two, three, four, five, six. Now count backwards, six, five, four, three, two, one. Think of those numbers as cylinders...cylinders in a motorcycle, all in a row, rumbling down there beneath you. Think real hard about that...a six cylinder motorcycle.
EUROPE HAS long been known for its spiffy street racer-kitted bikes and exotic production motorcycles that try to copy the looks and, in some cases, the performance of various Grand Prix racing machines. Perhaps the most performance-conscious and race-inspired manufacturers have come from the small and crowded country of Italy.
ATHOUGH poorly-supported by the industry it serves, the CYCLE WORLD Show took off again from its customary slot at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in April. This was the 11th year for the show, and the Tridents Car Club again staged its annual display of wild cars and paint jobs in the lower parts of the enormous building.
IF YOU HAPPEN to be an American road race fan who thrives on handlebar-rattling action, where virtually every rider in the field, right down to the last-place man, is on the same lap, wobbling, wiggling, pulling wheelies, scraping the boots right off their feet, even leaving the ground at points on the track where the surface throws them into the air, all to gain a precious few feet advantage over their competition, and you’re able to stand close enough to the track to actually see all this going on...where do you go for your thrills?
Proof Positive That The Cost Of Winning Is Never Cheap.
JOHN PENTON has got to be one of those rare individuals who is never satisfied, no matter how good his creations may be. We tested a 250cc Hare Scrambler in January, and now, a mere eight months later, Hare Scramblers are considerably different.
Getting ready for the ISDT with the guys who know how.
THERE ARE A lot of semi-serious enduro freaks in this country, and most of them, it would seem, ride Pentons of one variety or another. But a large number of individuals have no real idea of how to go about preparing their bikes for the rigors of an enduro or, for that matter, who to approach for this kind of information.
On December 29, 1973, one of the world’s best motorcycle racers was lost in a high-speed crash in New Zealand. Close to 6000 race fans from the San Diego area poured into South Bay Park Speedway on a Saturday night to show the family of Cal Rayborn that they remember.
REPUTATIONS ARE funny things. Good ones take years to come by, yet can be destroyed in a minute. Bad ones are earned almost instantaneously, but require years to overcome. The Suzuki TM400 has a bad reputation. Not only has it been said to be a poor motorcycle for its intended use, motocross, but it is the brunt of many motorcycle jokes.
HAVING READ the previous road test, you really shouldn’t be contemplating the purchase of a Suzuki TM400, if at the same time you are contemplating motocrossing one. At least not in its stock form. But let’s say that you already own a TM or are going to buy one for use as a play bike, and then one day the motocross bug bites.
YOU’RE GOING to fry your tail off. It was over 100 degrees today and the weatherman says it’ll be more of the same for tomorrow. But it’s been nearly a month since you’ve been able to get away on a weekend to go riding, and the thought of getting a pair of handlebars in your hands again sends goosebumps up your spine.
The East German MZ motorcycle (Motorradwerk Zschopau) is soon to be available to the fuel-conscious American market. The three-model MZ line includes a 150cc and a 250cc machine, as well as the six-time winner of the International Six Days Trials, the MZ ETS250-1G5 competition motorcycle.
That's right. Starting with this issue, Cycle World will give away the brand-new bike pictured on these pages to a lucky winner. There's practically nothing to do. Just fill in the entry blank after reading the rules, and mail it in on a postcard.