LAST MONTH we began turning our streetable Z1 into an all-out production racer. . . a racer Yvon DuHamel will ride at Daytona. We completed the basic bike, but still had to install wheels, tires, a disc rear brake, and an all new exhaust system.
I have just finished reading your test report on the KZ400 in the February issue of CYCLE WORLD. I bought my KZ400 in February, 1975, and have already put 10,000 miles on it. Therefore, I am in a position to comparatively judge your article.
Many thanks for the Kawasaki KZ400 front fork modification in your February issue. Practical suggestions like these are what make CW the excellent magazine it is. I have had a KZ400D for about one year now, and would like to complement your road test with some of my own experiences.
Another surpriser in wet weather is the puddle that is only a few inches deep. If you hit one of these at 50 mph upwards, the water splash thrown back from the front tire is enough to unseat you and/or blast your feet from the pegs. Water that is three or four inches deep gives an absolutely fantastic effect in that regard.
TIRED, and getting a bit sore from crashing his two-stroke road racer when the engine or gearbox seized, Joe Zeigler came up with a rig that should solve the problem. It is a rear hub that slips, with an adjustable drag or load so the bike doesn’t go into a freewheeling posture upon seizing, which could easily be as dangerous as the lock-up itself would be.
THERE ARE countless moments when the urge really hits hard for a nice long ride, one that lasts for several days and eats up in the neighborhood of 1200 to 1500 miles. But there is not always time for such frolic, and in late February I found myself faced with the urge, a motorcycle and no space in my schedule for the excursion I had in mind.
THE EQUIPMENT: In Houston, Everyone Has A Different Idea
D. Randy Riggs
HOUSTON RACING is a coaxer, a rouser of both fan and participant alike, and more times than not, astonishingly unpredictable. It has no real correlation or even direct relationship to any other racing on the National trail, except that it pays those all-important National points and a fair chunk of change to those in the victory ring.
IT WAS A bad time. The city of Athens seemed close and stifling. Nothing was going well for me. I knew the feeling. After having lived in Greece for two years, I recognized the urge to travel to the islands. One year before I had journeyed to the isolated island of Karpathos.
TRAVEL BAGS: FOR THE MAN WHO LIKES TO GO IN STYLE, BUT STILL BE THE RUGGED CYCLIST.
UP-TITE PRODUCTS CHAIN TENSIONER
Back in the good old days, touring motorcyclists didn’t have to worry about packing their gear. A toothbrush, and maybe a pair of underwear, were quickly strapped to the rear fender. But just as the oil leaking Twins of the ’50s have given way to the more refined machines from the Orient, so too have the methods and modes of the touring set civilized.
A WISE OLD motocrosser once said, "Nothing that remains the same for very long, remains for very long." And while it was certainly true when he said it, it is even more true in today's marketplace of blitz-like change and overnight sensationalism.
These Sawed-off Racers Give A whole New Meaning To The Word Mini-Cycle!
At first look, the small models appear to be exact re-creations of real motorcycles. There is an MV, there is a large Honda Four, and there. . .but wait a moment. Closer inspection reveals the amazing truth. In reality, these pieces of art are no more than bits and pieces of accumulated junk, welded and molded together into lines as smooth and flowing as those of a Grand Prix road race motorcycle.
JT Racing has just introduced a filter especially for the Suzuki RM series of motorcycles that consists of one dual-layered foam filter (two layers of foam with different pore sizes) with the all-new external frame. The external frame system utilizes the outer lip on the Phase 2 filter to form a perfect dust-proof seal without the use of heavy grease.
FERNADO BELAIR Bultaco is a company on the move, with new ideas and new approaches, and the strength of conviction to put them to use in today’s insecure marketplace. They build fine motorcycles and they build them the best way they know how.