Turn to our Daytona report on page 54 of this issue and you’ll notice that there is less action than we usually feature. The reason for this is simple. At Daytona there has been a rule change regarding where photographers may and may not go. And since photographers were not informed of the changes at the time credential requests were confirmed, they did not arrive in Florida with equipment capable of capturing action at extreme distances.
CYCLE WORLD has received a tremendous amount of response to the letter from Gene Mitchell in the Feb. ‘74 issue. It was Mr. Mitchell’s contention that the Harley-Davidson ad in the November ‘74 CW “was disgusting with so many half-naked broads."
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.
Panther Motorcycles made its debut at the trade shows recently. Two models are being offered by the company: the dual-purpose Black Shadow, and a street version called the Super Sport. Both have a displacement of 175cc. The bikes are produced in Taiwan and are utilitarian in concept, much like Yamahas of mid-sixties vintage.
WHILE back I editorialized regarding the future of compulsory helmet legislation in California, saying that our days were numbered and that California would soon be like 48 other States. Well, I was not taking the Hell’s Angels into consideration, a habit I have carefully cultured for years.
The Pursang Gets Lights And A Lust For Medals Made Of Gold.
BULTACO HAS, like most manufacturers, made two different motorcycles for motocross and enduros. Pursangs for MX and Matadors for enduros. It seemed the logical thing to do. In those days, everyone was clamoring for high-horsepower racers that did not lend themselves at all to plugging along through a thicket of trees or muddy streams.
Neither sand, nor snow, nor dark of night shall keep this bike from its appointed rounds...
AS EACH DAY passes, the two-wheeled vehicle becomes an increasingly viable means of transportation. The economy and freedom this type of machine offers assures it an ever-enlarging space in the normal traffic flow. But the fact still remains that a motorcycle's prime function is recreation.
In Answer To The Question: Is One Better Or Is One Worse?
TOURING CAPABILITY AND HANDLING ON THE OPEN ROAD
CATEGORY ELEVEN PENALTY POINTS
THIS IS THE world of multi-cylinder domination, right? Most of us in the magazine business would like to think so because we really enjoy the big Threes and Fours that offer all the smoothness and performance anyone could ask for. But in reality, Multis are not the best sellers.
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city boy heads for the country and a new factory ride
D. Randy Riggs
YOU COULD TELL Jimmy Evans was feeling on target that cold winter night as he aimed his El Camino into the crisp Idaho darkness. His relaxed alertness was so much like that of a cat that it was uncanny. Small patches of glazed ice were scattered like kids toys along the road, and the speedometer needle was nestled comfortably at 80.
WHEN A JOB is difficult, it isn’t rare to experience the thought, “If I only had a larger hammer or wrench, this would be much easier.” People often find them-selves caught up in the “bigger is better” syndrome. The larger, stronger, more powerful, more expensive something is, the better job it can do.
Went to Saddleback the other day during one of our midweek test sessions and happened to find the U.S. Suzuki folks out there. They had a bunch of new 100s and 125s with lay-down gas/oil shocks that they were testing. They also had a stock ’75 Elsinore to run lap times against.
Proof Positive That Four-Strokes Are Alive And Well.
THERE IS NOTHING, no engine currently made, that produces the torque impulses of a big Triumph or BSA Single. There is something about the sound, the violently solitary firing impulses of a big Single, that awes people. Leaving our CCM 500MX to idle, and resting against our van, we found our-selves just sitting and staring at the motor as it thumped away.
In these times of outlandish gasoline prices, everyone is taking just a little better care of their precious fuel. To help you do that, and at the same time tell you how much of that valuable commodity is left in the tank, Honda of Mineola has introduced a Fuel Gauge and Fuel Tank Lock set for all new Honda road machines.
There are several things to note about different motorcycles’ slowing and stopping characteristics: 1. Four-strokes have the engine compression braking that you normally associate with any kind of driving. Turn off the gas and the engine helps to slow the machine.
As we pointed out in last month’s test of the Yamaha 400 MX, the bike suffers from an almost critical level of engine heat. Webco is aware of this problem and is in the process of affecting a cure. The dyno indicates that all two-strokes suffer from heat.