CYCLE WORLD’S Dale-Starr Engineering Kawasaki Z1 has at long last been given away. The winner is Ernest Shipp of Ravenna, Ohio. Bob Rudolph, president of the American Motorcycle Association, drew his name out of a barrel containing more than 12,000 entries.
Thought your readers might be interested in this shot that shows just how deep the enthusiasm for motorcycling goes in our home. I’ve had more laughs showing this picture around; everyone cracks up laughing. I have even more fun telling them, “Poor dog, it’s not his fault, he’s Irish!” Only kidding, but with five Irish kids, an Irish husband and an Irish setter, this sure is a one-way marriage.
Since I started motorcycling in 1967 I have owned eight bikes: a Yamaha 100, a Yamaha 350, two Yamaha DT250s, a Triumph 650, a Yamaha 60 and my two current bikes, a 1973 Yamaha 650 and a 1975 Yamaha Monoshock, which I just started motocrossing.
A Charmer With Few Thorns, Honda's Smallest Four Is Big On Personality
AFTER PUTTING 2000 varied miles on the test CB400F Honda, our lasting and final impression of the machine at the conclusion of the evaluation was just the same as it had been at the beginning. And that isn’t the way it always works. Sometimes a bike will please our riders initially, then expose its annoying peculiarities as the miles add up.
This month: Yamaha's 350 and 650; Kawasaki's 400, 750 and 900.
CYCLE WORLD'S TESTING PROCEDURE
INTERPRETING THE CHARTS AND DRAWINGS
DAMPER ROD REMOVAL AND REINSTALLATION
Suspension modifications are generally not considered by street riders, which is understandable for a couple of reasons. In the first place, street surfaces are fairly smooth, so most riders ignore suspension in their quest for comfort.
Initial Impressions: Steering is quick at all speeds. The bike is stable but rough-riding. The suspension barely reacts to big bumps and does not move at all over the concrete seams on freeways. There is no noticeable nose-dive during braking.
LOOKING DOWN AT his feet, Benjamin Sykes noticed with a mild sense of curiosity that it took him two steps for every crack in the sidewalk. Yet only a few months ago—or was it years after all?—he was sure it had taken him only one. But things had been a lot different then.
TWO QUESTIONS that could probably stump most motorcyclists are: 1. Which organization, including the AMA, believes it is working the hardest to guarantee the rights of California’s rank-and-file cyclists? 2. What is the name of its president and founder?
Only for those who want the best... because, to them, price matters least.
MONTESA MAY HAVE goofed. Not in the end result of three years of continuous R&D work that yielded this magnificent new Cota 348 trialer, but in the fact that they took three years to perfect the machine to the point where they were impressed enough to put it into production.
Remember when the Yamaha YZ Monoshock made its debut late in ’74? At that time, it was very close to being the best production motocrosser ever made. But times have changed. Longtravel suspension is commonplace now, as are more powerful engines.
Carl Dills’. He’s America’s least prolific motorcycle maker.
IN SPITE OF Bicentennial minutes, beer cans and grocery bags, it looked as though the Harley-Davidson “Liberty Editions" would be the only concessions motorcycling would make to America’s big birthday. Afterall, Harleys and the red, white and blue Rokons are the only bikes left that begin life in the United States.
WE KNEW FROM the start that this comparison test would be a dandy. If ever there were two enduro machines whose intent and performance radically overlapped, the Hodaka 250ED and Honda MR250 were the ones. But while both bikes have arrived at virtually the same place at the same time, their heritages are about as parallel parallel as as a a head-on collision.
Look up the road/It's an ambulance, it's a school bus...no, it's
ROAD TESTING trips around CYCLE WORLD have often required the use of two or more trucks. Carrying three or four bikes, at least as many riders and photographers, helmets and riding gear, cameras, tools, etc., required the logistics of a small army, plus every truck that could be rounded up.
New Ideas in Carburetion. Clothing Tire Balancing.
LECTRON CARBURETOR/PRO-TEC INSTALLATION KIT AND MANIFOLD
SUZUKI MOTOCROSS PANTS AND BOOTS
ADVANCED CYCLE PRODUCTS LIQUID TIRE BALANCER AND SEALER
For some time now the rule of thumb for solving carburetor problems has been: “Switch to a Mikuni.” That change was considered the universal cure for dripping Amal float bowls, Bing stumbles and Tillotson idle problems. But what if a Mikuni is already in place on the motorcycle and jetting or metering problems persist?
Ever wonder what you could get for Old Paint if you traded him in on a new motor? Or how much you'd have to pay for a '72 Whatzit on a used bike lot? Well, maybe we can give you some idea. Following is a list of suggested trade-in allowances and retail prices for a selection of motorcycles.
In Europe there’s an event whose prestige equals that of our own Daytona; they call it the Imola 200 and it’s held at the city of the same name in Italy. The 200-miler is reeled off in two 100-mile segments, for a total of 64 laps of racing. Greats such as Jarno Saarinen and Giacomo Agostini have won here before, but this time it was a brilliant American talent who pulled off the victory.
RELAX, THEY’RE JUST THE WINNERS UP OUR RACER-LOOK-ALIKE.
Here they are, the CYCLE WORLD readers who are so much into the sport that they even look like famous racers. In the February ’76 issue we ran pictures of 10 of the country’s top competitors and asked you to send us your photo if you thought you looked like one of them.
Seeing is believing. Lectron Products, Inc. is introducing the world’s first revolutionary, clear plastic float bowl. Fuel-Vu, made especially for Lectron motorcyle carburetors, allows checking the fuel level in the carburetor, and also allows detecting impurities without removing the bowl, an immeasurable advantage for motorcycle enthusiasts, as dirt particles cause excessive wear on engine and carburetor parts, which could result in mechanical failure.