ON SOME MAJOR ENERGY PROPOSALS CURRENTLY BEFORE CONGRESS.
ON GASOLINE CONSERVATION
ON AUTO FUEL ECONOMY
AT THE PRESENT time, Congress is considering more than 500 energy proposals. All are measures that relate to one or more of the major issue areas, which have been cosponsored by a large number of members, or that are being considered by House committees working on energy legislation.
In regard to the February 1975 issue of CYCLE WORLD, in which you ran a comparison test between Suzuki’s Rotary, the Kawasaki Z1 and BMW’s 900, I would like to mention the following serious error concerning the factory warranty. Kawasaki's warranty is not four months or 4000 miles as indicated by your article, but actually six months with unlimited mileage, and an extended warranty option available to the customer that could give him as much as 12 months with unlimited mileage.
Three years ago I purchased a 1973 Honda XL250. I bought the bike chiefly as a cowtrailer that could be ridden on the street. I had owned an all-dirt Husky 250 and feared it had spoiled me for the Honda. The first day out I was very surprised by it’s smooth, powerful street performance.
IT IS ONE of the quirks of the International motocross calendar that when the 250 title contenders have already competed in three events toward the 1975 Championship, the 500 class has had only one. What is worse for the 500 riders is the fact that a full month passes between the first and second meetings, which is nothing less than a cruel psychological blow to riders who have built up for the first round, only to see the long wait for the second in front of them.
IT SEEMS THAT there is a similarity between Detroit thinking and Japanese thinking. Look at it this way. In the late ’60s, Detroit did some marketing research on male consumers in their middle twenties and came to the conclusion that the single most salable item was performance.
LOOK IN San Francisco’s Yellow Pages under Motorcycles. Among many dealers you’ll see: “Dudley Perkins Company.” If you had looked there 20 years ago it would’ve been there. Or 40 years ago. Or 60. Then you see the line in small print that says almost shyly, San Francisco's Exclusive Harley-Davidson Dealer Since 1914.
YOU KNEW IT was going to happen. It had to. The success encountered by Yamaha’s Mono-shock racers was too great—both from the racing standpoint and from consumer response—for the little outclassed YZ125 to be overlooked. It was time for a model refurbishing, and refurbished it was.
A Long Time Coming, But The Americans Finally Blow The British In The Weeds.
B. R. NICHOLLS
Easter weekend 1971 saw the birth of the three-meet Match Races in which the best from the U.S. are pitted against the cream of the British crop. The competition has been resurrected every Easter since. On Good Friday Brands Hatch is the venue, with the action moving to Mallory Park on Sunday, and to Oulton Park for the final round on the following day.
It dawned one of those days when anybody with brains would pull the covers up around their ears, plop a pillow over their head and go back to sleep. Actually getting up out of bed was just the dismal start of what would turn out to be a difficult day for many.
RACING DOWN THE front straightaway with a full head of steam, your mind and full attention focus at one point, the predetermined spot just before the corner—and sometimes into it—where the throttle must be rolled back, the compression release pulled and perhaps the brake tapped for an instant.
Rebuilt, resprung and still running like the wind.
THERE WERE times when we thought we’d never get it done, or done right for that matter, but it finally went together and now it works. We purchased our test Can-Am from Bombardier after we were finished thrashing it. It was in sorry shape aesthetically.
ACTIVE ENDURO RIDERS have no doubt witnessed the dramatic turnabout in equipment this past year. The better riders have switched or are switching to more powerful motorcycles with long-travel suspension in an effort to better cope with the faster schedules now almost commonplace in so many events.
A circle on a hill can be thought of as an uphill and a downhill with transitions in between. On the downhill portion, your weight should be back; on the uphill part it should be forward. Weight should also be to the outside of the turn to help “lever” the front end of the bike around in the direction of the intended turn.
Need a “family” motorcycle? Why not consider an Essix sidecar. Currently available for BMWs, but soon for other bikes, as well, the Essix features a roomy, fiberglass-reinforced-with-steel body that provides ample leg room and complete stability. The wraparound windshield is hinged to tilt to the rear for ease of passenger entrance. A locking trunk with interior entrance affords maximum security while allowing ease of access. The trunk has a large 38-gal. capacity equal to 5.1 cu. ft. BMW-type mounts are standard; custom-made sub frames to fit most bikes are optional. A double suspension system is used. The wheel incorporates torsion suspension, while the body utilizes rubber shock mounts. Other standard features include: tonneau cover, taillight and hub cap. Available options are: convertible top, luggage rack, pinstriping, heater, headlight, bumper and American or British Whit-worth fittings.
Allen Enterprises, Inc.
Uni Filter, Inc. introduces replacement filters for the Yamaha 250-400 Monoshocks. These units fit the stock factory airboxes. They’re of durable, easy-to-clean foam construction. The suggested retail price is $13.
After finishing the Pierre Karsmakers interview last month, I was just sitting in my office thinking about the number of different things we’d discussed. Many of them were extremely interesting and some of them unique as far as motocross interviews go.
If you’ve already heard the name Red Wing shocks being tossed about during bench racing sessions, it’s no wonder. These dampers, manufactured in Japan by Kayaba, world’s largest maker of hydraulic components, and sold under the Red Wing logo through Marubeni Corp.
When I first set out to write about road riding, I had planned to give you the usual dose of stuff about the danger of riding close to car doors on city streets, avoiding grease spots and riding off the center of the lane, and using the automobile turning left ahead of you as a shield for your own left turn.