A NEW COLUMN FOR DIRT RIDERS, A NOTE ON THE CYCLE WORLD SHOW, AND A EUROPEAN-STYLE GP IN THE U.S.?
FOR THE FIRST time, CYCLE WORLD contains a column for dirt riders, perhaps I should say serious dirt riders. It's called "Crossed Up," is written by Fernando Belair, and will contain everything from the latest motocross gossip, to analyses of new machines, to interviews with top riders.
DON'T COUNT YOUR HIGHWAY MACHINE BEFORE IT'S HATCHED
A TM400 STILL UNTAMED
ROAD RIDING READER
In your "Up Front" column in November's CYCLE WORLD you discussed several of the problems that beset this year's ISDT. I agree whole-heartedly with your comments regarding the total lack of safety planning demonstrated as far as the absence of controlled traffic, speeds needed on unguarded cliffs, speeds needed in public traffic, and the sheer dangerousness of some of the trails, which I personally encountered and of which the riders spoke.
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.
LOOKING at the American Motorcycle Association's event calendar for 1975 will reveal a date during July that has been set aside for the running of the American round of the 1975 World Trials Championship. To date, no location has been announced.
Yet Another Superlight, But This Time With Radical Suspension
KNOWING A LITTLE of how Spaniards think is helpful when trying to understand why they do things the way they do. Spain's people are very proud. They know that their country isn’t the richest one around and that they don’t have as many resources as many other countries do, but they know how to take advantage of what they do have...both in the area of resources and in the area of technology.
DAVID ALDANA and his buddy Willard Schwartz are going racing. It's not Daytona Beach, or Ascot, but Olancha, California, 250 miles and 22½ beers north of their hometown of Santa Ana, but it's racing just the same. Racing is what David Aldana does.
WITHOUT A DOUBT, Kawasaki's awesome 750 Triple is a bike that has outlived its usefulness. It was conceived at a time when the buying public was preoccupied with acceleration. Gut-grabbing acceleration. And little else. And the bike delivered to the tune of mid-12-second quarter-miles and wheelies that would stop your heart.
THE FIRST ROUND of the NATC-AMA National Trials Championship got off to a somewhat tentative start at Saddleback Park in May. Tentative because this was to be the first testing of the controversial "you can't ride your own local event" rule promulgated by the NATC board, which is made up of delegates from all over North America.
Consistent performance by the Europeans, when contrasted with the Americans' sporadic moments of brilliance, meant that the plot followed the script rather well.
THE TRANS-AMA series begins on the East Coast after a brief rest once the World Championship GP season has been decided. Thinking back to the past couple of series, it is interesting to note that the men who had just completed the GP seasons in first place were unable to win the Trans-AMA series.
Also-ran Performance For A Little Less Than The Price Of A Winner
SOONER OR LATER, every dirt rider wants the best. It's human nature. But the best is often unattainable. And even if it was, initial and maintenance costs would be too big a burden for most budgets to bear. Manufacturers realize this and that's the reason cost-conscious bikes like Yamaha's 175 MX exist.
RON LEFT EARLY while the air was cool and beads of dew still glistened from the grassy countryside. The pleasant tastes of breakfast lingered as he maintained a moderate pace along the country road. The restraint paid off as he topped a rise and had to swing abruptly around a slowmoving tractor on its way to a hot and dusty day's work.
IN THE PAST few months, we at CYCLE WORLD have heard a lot about Yamaha's new DT400B. It's been acclaimed by several in the industry as the best big-bore Japanese dual-purpose bike on the market. And backing this up are owners who swear by the virtues of the machine in situations ranging from highway cruising to casual enduro riding.
Kawasaki will be fielding new equipment for road racing this season. The 750s will benefit from water cooling, long overdue for the team in green. The big machines will also get a six-speed gearbox, making them even more competitive.
Baaken and Mayes Share First-To-Finish Honors In The First-Annual Last Barstow To Vegas.
THREE THOUSAND silent motorcycle form a line mile wide across the floor of a desert valley. Nerves are stretched to the breaking point, riders crouch over the handlebars, feel poised on kickstarters, eyes straining toward the starting banner held by two men in the back of a pickup half a mile away. It is 8:00 a.m., the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
ADI—Accessory Distributors Inc.—has just released a new catalog of its products, which include just about anything you could possibly need for a motorcycle or motorcycling...and then some. The colorful catalog features parts, accessories, clothing, helmets, carriers—you name it. For information on obtaining the accessory catalog you won't want to be without, write to Accessory Distributors Inc., Dept. CW-3, 175 Fair St., Palisades Park, NJ 07650, or phone (201) 947-8200.
Accessory Distributors Inc.
Tired of being embarrassed every time you run up a ramp with a heavy motorcycle and slide back down again? Do you get a hernia just looking at conventional motorcycle racks? Sick of staying home because there's no one around to help you load your bike on your car, truck, camper or motor home? Well, Electro-Mech, Inc. may have just the answer to every 98-pound weakling's prayers; it's an ingenious new invention called the No-Lift Cycle Rack. To load a motorcycle, simply pull the lock bar to release the track. The track then pivots downward and the ramp extends automatically. Line the motorcycle up with the track and roll the bike on to it. The weight of the bike raises the ramp and automatically returns the rack back to its original position. Push the lock bar in to secure the rack in the loaded position. It will hold the motorcycle upright while it is being secured with the four tie straps. To unload, remove the straps, release lock bar and pull slightly backwards on the motorcycle. The rack automatically tilts downward, allowing the cycle to roll off. The all-steel, zinc-plated No-Lift Cycle Rack weighs 100 lb. and will accommodate motorcycles with a wheelbase of up to 57.9 in. In addition, it may be easily removed when not in use by simply pulling two pins and sliding it out of the support tubes. For information on this unique motorcycle rack and the dealer nearest you, call or write: Electro-Mech, Inc., Dept. CW-3, 2600 South Custer, Wichita, KS 67217, (316) 942-3271.
Accessory Distributors Inc.
SWINGING ARM CONVERSION
Cycle Products West has designed and produced a Swingarm Conversion Kit that will allow you to perform the forward-mounted-shock conversion on your bike. It is claimed that this kit will do almost everything a G.P. frame will, including going up one more gear through the rough stuff and finding incredible traction. The kits are available for the CR125, CR250, MT125 and MT250 Hondas; 100, 125, 250, 360 and 500 Yamahas; 125, 250 and 400 Suzukis; and CZ125s, 250s, 360s and 400s. Cycle Products West will heliarc the kit to your swinging arm for $29.95. Send your swinging arm to Cycle Products West, Dept. CW-3, 11900 W. Pico Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90064.
Accessory Distributors Inc.
Preston Petty, the Prince of Plastics, has done I.T. again, or, more accurately, for the first time. I.T. is Preston's new Integral Taillight Rear Fender. Unlike ordinary taillights, the I.T. stands out by not standing out. The lens is directly mounted to the fender and closely follows the fender contour so it won't snag the rider, trees, rocks, etc. Like all Petty products, the I.T. is tough and efficient. The lens is manufactured from an ultra-high-impact thermoplastic and is said to shrug off impact that shatters ordinary lenses. The I.S.D.T.-proven valance fender is guaranteed unbreakable. The new Petty fender, complete with bulb, socket, lead wires, flat license-plate-mounting area, lens assembly with license plate light, side and back reflectors, retails for $18.95. For further information on I.T., contact Preston Petty Products Inc., Dept. CW-3, 403 North Main St., Newberg, OR 97132.
Accessory Distributors Inc.
Need some leather in your life? Bill Walters Leathers, Inc. can probably help. Stick a ten center on a request addressed to them, and they'll be glad to send you a full-color brochure describing their complete line of leathers. They offer such goodies as pants for motocross, trail or competition riding; vented nylon race jerseys with reinforced elbows; ventilated leather riding sleeves; chest protectors; and zipper, buckle or Velcro riding belts, to name just a few. And they come in some of the wildest colors you've ever seen. The magic address for that free brochure? Bill Walters Leathers, Inc., Dept. CW-3, 445 South Victory Blvd., Burbank,CA 91502.
ADI—Accessory Distributors Inc.—has just released a new catalog of its products, which include just about anything you could possibly need for a motorcycle or motorcycling...and then some. The colorful catalog features parts, accessories, clothing, helmets, carriers— you name it.
Well, just about everyone else here has his own column, so I said, "Why not me?" Of course, since our magazine covers all aspects of the sport, "Crossed Up" will report on the things that the other columns don't. That would be motocross, enduro and trials stuff.