Rare good news, at least for California motorcyclists. Due in no small part to persuasive efforts by the Motorcycle Industry Council, the California state legislature has approved a less stringent noise control law, and extended the time given the factories to meet the new limit.
In your Jan. ’76 issue you did quite an article on Yamaha’s TZ750 and the AMA’s ban on it. I am currently riding a Yamaha TA250 road race Twin in a Champion dirt track frame. You notice I said currently. As of Jan. 1, 1977, the AMA has banned this machine and all 360 Singles from professional dirt track competition.
Something about the British motorcycle creates emotion. Joe Scalzo’s “Demise of the British Industry" in Cycle World's September issue drew piles of mail, pro and con, from members of the motorcycle industry and from readers who own, used to own or plan to own a British bike.
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.
It’s expensive, but the Expert racer will find it’s money well-spent.
KTM. THE NAME either rings a bell or it doesn’t. If you know much about international motocross racing, then you know KTM is an Austrian firm that has earned a pretty solid reputation ... a reputation stemming from a number of prestigious motocross and ISDT victories around the world.
Comparative Specs For Leading Enduro and Dual-Purpose Bikes
If you’re in the market for a dual-purpose or enduro machine, the comparative chart presented here should be a great help. It will make you aware of all the brands and models available in the major displacement categories and give you the opportunity to compare features that are not included in typical sales brochures.
This Month: Proper Bike Preparation And Cost-Saving Maintenance Tips
WHEELS AND TIRES
CHAIN AND SPROCKET CARE
CABLES AND WIRES
SAFETY WIRING AND CEMENTING
TOOLS AND SPARES
SERVICE AFTER ONE RIDE OR 100 MILES
SERVICE AFTER FIVE RIDES OR 500 MILES
SERVICE AFTER TEN RIDES OR 1000 MILES
The trailing or racing effort of the best dirt rider can be negated by simple mechanical failure. Almost completing a trail loop or leading an entire race can be very frustrating if you break down two miles from the truck. This becomes particularly significant when you realize that much of this mechanical trouble can be avoided by thorough preparation.
As Usual, Harley Had A Lock On The Mile. But This Time The Results Were Twice As Significant.
D. Randy Riggs
THE SEASON WAS STILL young as Harley-Davidson team rider and dirt track specialist Corky Keener turned his thoughts to the final segment of the AMA National calendar. Specifically, he was thinking of not one, but two Mile dirt track Nationals, both run within the narrow confines of a single 24-hour period.
Rumors Have Floated Around Since May That Kenny Roberts’ OW72 Yamaha Would Be Claimed. At The First Of Two Indy Mile Nationals, Rumor Was Transformed Into Fact.
D. Randy Riggs
AS MIKE KIDD, Jay Springsteen and Rex Beauchamp were showing their pearly whites in the winners' circle of the Saturday night Indy Mile National, a lesser known rider by the name of Sam Ingram was searching out Central Regional AMA referee Duke Oliges, and he had the fat sum of $3500 in his hip pocket.
The fastest production bike we’ve tested now handles better, is quieter, and burns less fuel. In short, bigger is better.
IT’S LONELY at the top. Also risky. Four years ago Kawasaki unleashed a secret weapon, the 903cc Z1, and with one stunning model scooped up all the prizes for speed and power and muscle and status, while the former kings muttered about only 750cc or only two cylinders.
MOTORCYCLE CARBURETORS are interesting devices that pose some intriguing problems. The average owner begins by regarding the carb as sort of magic, an intricate mechanism understood only by the wizards at the dealership. The next step is to consider the carb a cure-all, secret switch that, if fondled correctly, can take care of any tuning problem.
Two bikes an expert will buy... for somebody else to ride.
THIS IS A test report that asks and answers the question, “Is there such a thing as a truly good foo-foo bike?” Yes. Here are two truly good examples of that exercise in marketing: the Kawasaki KD125 and the Kawasaki KD175. The foo-foo label is used as a description rather than as an insult.
Encouraging words and advice for all of us who refuse to let the sun set on English bikes
By any rational analysis there should be no demand for British motorcycles. In terms of pennies-per-mile, cost accounting, annual depreciation, ease of service, maybe even in terms of viable daily transportation, the British bike is out of contention.
Big D. Cycle 3600 W. Davis Dallas, TX 75211 (214) 339-0144 Big D bills itself as “strictly Triumph” and as having anything for Triumph models dating back to 1962. They handle mail order, with an emphasis on competition items and things like exhaust systems and big-bore kits for Tridents.
ANYONE WHO HAS ridden a motorcycle long enough to run through the original set of tires knows the names Goodyear, Avon. Pirelli, Michelin and Continental. Recently, however, Yokohama has introduced a new line of tires for large-displacement roadsters.
Howerton and Hannah happen, Springer bounces into 1st
H-D DOES IT
LADIES, START YOUR ENGINES!
A FULL HOUSE
VICTORY FOR HOWERTON AND HUSQVARNA
HANNAH HEADS 125 STANDINGS
TROPHEE DES NATIONS MX
POWDERPUFF TAKES A POWDER . . . PERMANENTLY
BAKER TURNS ON THE HEAT
POLISH SPEEDWAY NO JOKE
WERNER WRENCHES FOR WINNERS
Road racing’s World Championship action has cooled off for the year in Europe, but not without a final fling. The hotly contested 250 and 350 titles were finally wrapped up by Italian Walter Villa, the Harley-Davidson factory rider on the continent.
New Tony D. motocross socks are now available from Full House, manufacturer/ distributor of motorcycle parts and accessories. Tony D. Socks feature extra length—23 inches from heel to top. This added length gives the cyclist plenty of sock to roll over his boot or pull up over the knees for added protection. The socks boast a thick and highly absorbent 80-percent orlon and 20-percent nylon construction. Available colors are red, blue, gold and orange in one size: 10-13. Suggested retail is $5.95. Write to Full House, Dept. CW-12, P.O. Box 160, Cornwells Heights, PA 19020.
TIE ONE ON
From Ancra, the motorcycle tie-down maker, comes a new, lower priced tiedown set. They are constructed of 2000pound-test polypropylene webbing, and are available in blue only at a suggested retail price of $9.95 per set. “Ancra Blue” tie-downs are already in stock at Ancra distributors’ throughout the United States and Canada. For the name of the distributor nearest you, write to Motorsports Division, Ancra Corp., Dept. CW-12, 133 Center St., E1 Segundo, CA 90245. Telephone: (213) 322-7365.
TO TITILLATE THE TOURER
Attention Honda GL1000 Gold Wing owners. G.E.M. Products has an all-new ring and pinion gear set designed to provide a final drive ratio that is more in keeping with the demands of the touring motorcyclist and today’s reduced speed limits. These gears change the standard 3.4:1 ratio to a more usable 4.0:1 ratio. The change provides for easier standing starts and less strain on the clutch with heavily loaded touring bikes, plus improved passing ability without the need of downshifting. Manufactured to precision tolerances from the finest grade of aircraft-quality chrome nickel steel, these gear sets have been heat-treated to ensure a maximum service life. Supplied only in matched sets, these gears are run-in with lapping compound to further ensure quiet running and proper tooth contact patterns. Priced at $169.95 per matched set, gear sets are in stock and available now for immediate delivery. Contact G.E.M. Products, Dept. CW-12, 496 E. St. Charles Road, Carol Stream, IL 60187. Telephone: (312) 653-1800.
BOOTY AND SOLE
FOR THAT LIGHTHEADED FEELING
Heavy news from Shoei is the Superlight S-25 helmet, newly designed to be the lightest full-face fiberglass helmet on the market. Initially, the Shoei Superlight will be available in white, orange, blue, red, yellow and black, with contrasting designed stripes. Besides the standard small through extra large sizes, the S-25 will also be available in an extra small size for the younger rider. Even with its reduced weight for added comfort, the S-25 is still said to meet or exceed all state and federal safety requirements. Additional information can be yours by contacting Shoei Safety Helmet Corp., Dept. CW-12. 1717 Pontius St., Los Angeles, CA 90025. Telephone: (213) 4776051.
FIT A FAIRING
If it’s a fairing you’re looking for, Vetter now makes two new hardware kits to fit the Yamaha XS750 and the Kawasaki 900 LTD., which are available immediately through the Vetter Fairing Company. Windjammer III now fits more than 35 different motorcycles and comes in your choice of silver, white or black. The standard Windjammer comes complete with 12-volt headlight, clear windshield, side reflectors, completely illustrated instructions and all necessary hardware. For further information write or call: Vetter Fairing Company, Dept. CW-12, Rantoul, IL 61866. Telephone: (217) 8939300.
GET THE SKYWAY BLAST
Skyway Recreation Products wants to put a blast of fresh air into your front suspension system and smooth out bumps and whoop-de-doos. Gone is the guess-work of properly setting up air-oil forks. Skyway Air Spring Fork Caps come with a handy chart that explains in a simple, easy-to-understand way how to calculate the proper amount of oil for the compression ratio you desire. Skyway promises you’ll glide on compressed air for the smoothest ride you’ve ever experienced. The skyway system for Honda CRs retails for $11.95 with circlip fork caps. For Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki off-roaders the price is $14.95. See your local dealer or write to Skyway Recreation Products, Dept. CW-12, 12300 Gladstone Ave., San Fernando, CA 91342. Telephone: (213) 365-3172.
Want the chain that comes standard on most Japanese and many U.S. and European motorcycles? In case you D.I.D.N.’T. know, it’s D.I.D. chain, made by Daido Corp., also manufacturers of rims and spokes. D.I.D. chains feature shouldered bushings, shouldered pins, solid rollers, and are pre-stretched. The result, says Daido, is increased chain life and performance. For full information on the D.I.D. line, contact Daido Corp., Dept. CW-12, 885 Centennial Ave., Piscataway, NJ 08854.
Glatt International, Inc. has “seen its way clear” to introduce the Gemini 2000 face shield which sports a self-locking dual-lens system. It is constructed of heavy duty, high-grade, U.V.-stabilized, scratchresistant Lexan. Each lens will stay locked in position until unlocked by simply pulling slightly forward before relocating it. This easy, one-hand operation enables the wearer to switch to an alternate lens while riding. It is also good for desert riding and snowmobiles because of the extreme high and low temperature durability. The Gemini attaches to all motorcycle helmets, including those with chin protectors. The Gemini 2000 dual-lens shield retails for $6.95. Dealer inquiries are invited. For your own interest, contact Glatt International, Inc., Dept. CW-12, P.O. Box 51, East Rutherford, NY 07073.
DASH IT ALL
Radiomate is a radio bracket that fits most Honda motorcycles and will accommodate a C.B. radio, A.M.-F.M. radio, cassette player or stereo tape deck. It is claimed to be shock-resistant, custom-fitting and easy to install, with just two bolts, on your handlebar assembly. Radiomate has been contoured to ride on your existing speedometer and tachometer without vibration (1). Also included is Radiomate’s new “Dash-it, Stash-it.” assembly (2) for quick release of your radio and fast snap-in installation. Radiomate retails for $29.95. For more information contact Adapt Engineering, Dept. CW-12, 15631 Tustin Village Way, Tustin CA 92680, (714) 542-7135, or your nearest Honda dealer.
HERE’S THE SCOOP
Yoshimura R&D of America is now selling an easy-mount air scoop for use with Lockhart oil coolers. The scoop allows mounting of a Lockhart cooler on the lower triple clamp of air-cooled, four-cylinder Hondas and Kawasakis. The scoop forces air through the cooler, improving its efficiency. The Yoshimura R&D of America air scoop is hand-made of aluminum, polished on the outside and painted gold on the inside. It comes complete with all necessary oil lines, brackets and ties, and retails for $ 18.95 from Yoshimura R&D of America, Dept. CW-12, 5517 Cleon Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91603. (213) 9852331.
JACK BE NIMBLE
Now there’s a new way to get your motorcycle off the ground. The Hart Cycle Jack lifts bikes so that anything on them can be easily reached. When it’s placed at the balance point of the motorcycle, either end can be lifted with two fingers. Great for all maintenance and repairs. The Cycle Jack is constructed of highstrength tubular steel and has a tough, rubber center pad for chrome pipe protection. Model E-400 for enduro and off-road bikes has a maximum weight capacity of 400 pounds and retails for $19.95. Model S-600 for street machines has a capacity of 600 pounds and sells for $21.95. Inquiries and orders should be directed to Hart Cycle Jack Co., Dept. CW-12, 2774 S. Pierce St. Denver, CO 80227. Add $2 for postage and handling when ordering.
PICK A PECK OF PIPES
Bill Wirges, Inc. has all-new highand low-mount exhaust pipes for Kawasaki KX250s and 400s. Designed to provide an increase in usable power, these direct-replacement pipes are supplied complete with welded-on mounting brackets. Available now, the KX250-400 pipes offer the exclusive Bill Wirges sounddeadening rear-cone baffle and muffled rear section that ensure quiet performance. For additional information on this and other Kawasaki-related accessories, write or call: Bill Wirges, Inc., Dept. CW-12, Box 408 Route 2, Princeton. IL 61356. (815) 875-3356.
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