WITHOUT A DOUBT, the toughest and therefore the most beneficial helmet test to consumers is the Snell test. There is no doubt that a helmet that passes is among the best available, regardless of construction, style, etc. Because of this, I think every helmet purchaser should look for the Snell sticker, because it's really pointless to wear a helmet of either unknown or lesser quality.
Sidecars in the past have seemed to receive a disproportionate amount of negative commentary. In the three years that we have been in business we have made many more happy cyclists than unhappy purchasers of sidecars. It seems appropriate that a satisfied customer should be able to shed light on the sidecar controversy.
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.
MICK ANDREWS (250 Yamaha) has done it again. He took his fifth victory in the Scottish Six Days Trial, with a loss of 38 marks, to equal the record set by the great Sammy Miller. Mick went into the lead on the third day and gradually forged ahead of his rivals to end up with 11 marks in hand over Dave Thorpe (Bultaco).
PEOPLE WHOSE PRIMARY passion it is to travel long distances on a motorcycle often indulge in what I call "sofa touring," a sort of derivative of bench racing. They love nothing more than to sit around with friends and talk about old trips and dream up new ones.
The H-D Boys Go First-Class All The Way With Their Limited-Production 250
It's been no secret that Harley-Davidson has been fussing with a new lightweight designed for the 250 motocross market. They've shown up at quite a few events around the country for prototype testing and evaluation; now the first limited production models are rolling off an assembly line in Milwaukee.
Horses And Harley-Davidson: A Tradition At Louisville Downs
D. Randy Riggs
A salesman in a Buick rolls southbound on an Interstate highway across the flatness and greenery of Indiana. Shadows are growing long, it is blustery, with storms in the distance. Traffic flows in a nearly uninterrupted stream, not at all unusual for a June Friday growing old.
Once You Get It Into Third Gear, It'll Eat Anything Short Of A Full-Blown 250.
THE HORSEPOWER BATTLE is an intricate game of one-upmanship that was once played strictly from the advertising table. One manufacturer after another tried to have the most powerful motocrosser—with the widest powerband—all without so much as a porting change over the previous model.
The British Are Coming...Again! And This Time They've Brought Along Electric Starting.
ALL OF YOU staunch British bike supporters can take a deep breath and relax. From all indications, Triumph is alive and well in the company's Birmingham-based facility. Bikes are rolling off the production line in a steady flow. Keeping tabs on this up-and-down company has been difficult.
AS THOUGH THINGS weren't already tough enough in the 125 class, Suzuki has made things even tougher by releasing its snappy new RM125 motocrosser. Was it really necessary? Suzuki thinks so. And after recalling what the old (although not yet dead) TM125 is like, we have to agree.
Although he can't even see the leaders by the end of the first lap, Dan Robbins battles for 4th-from-last in 350 Production, just the same. The course is Riverside Raceway in Riverside, California, and Robbins is having the time of his life in his first road race.
IN THE SEPTEMBER '74 issue of CYCLE WORLD, we ran the first test on Yamaha's answer to long-travel suspension. While some manufacturers use cantilevered (lay-down) shocks, others have moved the whole shock body forward to increase travel, thus offering the rider easier and more precise control over the roughest of ground.
A monthly course in the art of trials riding. Instructors: Bob Nickelsen, Mike Obermeyer
Now to put last month's unweighting techniques to work on steep uphill/ downhill sections with large steps. Key points: 1. Your rear wheel must hit the step or rock with power off, so 2. build enough speed that momentum will carry you over after throttle shutoff.
To its already extensive family of products, the Pennzoil Company has recently added Pennzoil 2-Stroke Injector Oil, a lubricant especially formulated for today's high-performance street and trail motorcycles with oilinjection systems. It may also be used for gasoline pre-mix systems. Pennzoil Injector Oil is said to be compounded from high-quality lube stocks fortified with special additives to provide long-lasting engine protection. It is designed to flow freely. It reportedly reduces smoke, fights plug fouling and whiskering, guards against piston carbon and varnish deposits, and protects against rust and corrosion, friction and engine wear. Pick some up from your motorcycle dealer or wherever motor oils are sold.
New from Ancra is an adjustable kidney belt to fit sizes 27 to 40. Made of heavy-duty nylon, the Adjusta-Belt uses a Velcro fastening system to custom fit each rider. Spring steel ribs sewn in vinyl provide additional kidney support. One size fits all. Contact Ancra Corp., Dept. CW-9, 133 Center St., El Segundo, CA 90245. Telephone: (213) 322-7365.
DAN GURNEY EXHAUST
This high-performance exhaust system was developed for Honda 750s by the Dan Gurney team of experts. It features a four-into-one collector unit with replaceable glass-pack muffler core and was fabricated in Dan Gurney's shop to exacting Eagle race car standards to ensure super quality. Systems are heli-arc welded for maximum strength. The unit has interchangeable muffler cores: quiet street core (85.5 db) and a competition core. It comes ready to bolt-on. The system is show chrome-plated for $144.50 or available in flat black at just $124.50. Dan Gurney Exhaust Systems for Hondas are sold exclusively by Magnuson Products Development. For more information on Magnuson's complete line of motorcycle performance products, send $1.00 for 1975 catalog. The address is: Magnuson Products Development, Dept. CW-9, 1241 "C" E. Chestnut, Santa Ana, CA 92701.
LAY DOWN YOUR ARMS
DG Performance Specialties Inc. now has aluminum swinging arms of both the laydown and forward-mount varieties. They are said to be super strong and extra light. DG now offers you your choice of chrome moly or aluminum, and all at the same price of $109.95, with bearings. You can get yours, or more information, from DG Performance Specialties, Dept. CW-9, 5552 LaPalma Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806.
Wixom Brothers offers a sleek, new cafe racer fairing for the go-fast rider. It is the latest addition to the Wixom System, a complete line of sculptured fairings and matching travel cases and saddlebags for the discriminating enthusiast. The cafe racer fairing is an aerodynamically-shaped, lightweight and compact fairing designed for use at speed. Manufactured of the highest-quality resins to absorb vibration, the cafe racer will enhance wind penetration and the looks of your motorcycle. It features an inner stiffening panel to add rigidity and reduce flex from wind pressure. The cafe racer will fit Hondas and many other popular makes. Installation is said to be simple, and stock turn signals are retained. It is available in black, white and primer. Contact Wixom Brothers, Dept. CW-9, 1637 E. Burnett Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. Telephone: (213) 426-0485.
K&N Engineering's new catalog of motorcycle parts and accessories is now available. Whether you ride dirt or street, you'll want the 1975 K&N catalog. K&N Hi-Performance Air Filters and elements for all bikes are featured, plus a new automotive section with elements for popular vans, pickups and cars. A new handlebar section will make it easy to select the right bar for your type of riding. Also, there are hundreds of items for dirt and street bikes. Send $1.00 for the 1975 K&N Catalog to K&N Engineering, Dept. CW-9, P.O. Box 1329, Riverside, CA 92502.
PACK A PACIFICO
Pacifico's good-looking plastic PAC tanks are now available for the Monoshocks in 3.7- and 4.25-gal. sizes. The new models, designated T400A and T500A, come in the six regular PAC tank colors: white, silver, yellow, red, orange and black, which also match the Pacifico Mud Monster front and rear fenders. The tanks feature a vented cap, center-mount hardware and precision brass petcock at no extra charge. Like the other tanks in the PAC line, these are rotationally molded from high-density, cross-linked polyethylene, and carry a one-year guarantee. Now owners of Yamaha Monoshocks can choose from two smart-looking, large-capacity tanks to feed their thirsty racers. Obtain additional information from Pacifico Inc., Dept. CW-9, P.O. Box 348, Gresham, OR 97030.
In your December '74 article, "Honda XL175 Revisited," you said that all electrical connections were "silver-soldered." At the risk of being called a nit-picker, I must point out that there are better ways of making electrical connections.