The complete 1977 Honda line, far as we know, is described in general in Honda’s 12-page ad section elsewhere in this issue. Most of the news has been announced in bits and pieces earlier, with the exception of the performance version of the 750, the one delayed for reworking to meet the latest competition.
I was pleased with the article “British Spoken Here” in your December 1976 issue. I have done business with several of the dealerships listed and found them to be extremely helpful. Here are some others I have been well satisfied with: Suzuki of Albertville, Rt. 5, Albertville, Ala. 35950 (for Triumph and BSA).
One year after I bought my 1974 Suzuki TS185 I entered a 40-mile Cross Country race and took 1st in my class. In the next 12 months I entered 10 Cross Country races, two Enduros and, of all things, a Trials event, all on my 185. Only twice did I fail to finish: once because of rider error and once because of the oil pump gasket.
Building a Bike That’s Twice as Good as the One You Bought is Easier Than You Think
BOLT-ON POWER PRO-TEC CAMSHAFT OILER
AFTERMARKET EXHAUST SYSTEM
CARBURETION: THE SINGLE BEST THING YOU CAN DO
PRO-TEC CAM, PISTON AND VALVE SPRINGS
PRO-FAB TRIPLE CLAMPS
PRO-FAB SWINGING ARMS
Sometimes motorcycle manufacturers and the general public have different ideas when it comes to the use of a particular machine. Take the Yamaha TT500 for example. Yamaha built the bike for casual dirt riding; for fun, in other words. To Yamaha, fun means not falling off at speed so they built a chassis that favors straight-line stability instead of cornering prowess.
Insurance is Expensive and Confusing. But You Can Steer a Line Between Too Much and Not Enough.
Seven years ago, when I first began riding motorcycles, I went about it with as much logic as I could muster. I sought the advice of friends who were experienced riders. I perused road tests and how-to articles in the bike magazines. I shopped around, comparing prices and dealer services, and, ultimately, bought a Honda CB350.
One of the men who works for this magazine rides off-road bikes and raises horses. He had a casual conversation with his insurance agent recently and came up with a surprising fact: If his son is riding a horse around the neighborhood and wipes out the neighbor’s chickens or the artichoke harvest, the damage will be taken care of by the father’s homeowner policy.
Add-on ignition systems suffer from the handicap of a bad reputation. For at least 50 years companies reputable and otherwise have offered the gullible all manner of devices, from widgets to intensify the spark to instruments with flashing neon lights claimed to illustrate the high degree of zap reaching the spark plugs.
The goal—victory in open class motocross—is the same for the men behind the Husqvarna 390CR and the Yamaha YZ400 monoshock. Also similar are the figures and specifications for engine displacement and power, for racing weight and wheel travel.
AS TRADITION WOULD dictate, the Husqvarna 390CR is built around the 390 engine. The 390 engine, in turn, is new and was designed by men who first took a long and experienced look at Husky’s 360 engine. The first step was to use the 360’s extremely compact magnesium cases.
New and Improved, as they say in the soap ads, fits the Yamaha YZ400 nicely. The starting point for Yamaha’s newest monoshock is the monoshock unit itself, around which, figuratively and literally, the new model bike is built. For the second generation of monoshock, Yamaha called in Dr. DeCarbon, the man who holds the vital patents on the principles dealing with oil and gas shock absorbers.
The state of production motocross has moved a big step forward. What we have in the Husqvarna 390CR and Yamaha YZ400D are two racing bikes which are different, and at the same time similar. It turns out that power is power and weight is weight and in racing the chap who arrives first gets the champagne and the check.
The Best Men And Machines From An Excellent Series
Roger De Coster
If you answered Roger DeCoster to all three parts of the quiz, you not only get an “A,” but you’ve also summarized the 1976 Trans-AMA motocross series. For the third year in a row Roger was the overall winner. Having wrapped up his fifth World motocross championship, the amazing 32-year-old Belgian proceeded to make a veritable shambles of the Tran-AMA series, winning seven of the 10 events, and probably would have won eight were it not for a clogged air filter in the muddy series opener.
Step-By-Step Techniques For Keihin and Mikuni Quads
IDLE SCREW CONFIGURATION
IDLE CIRCUIT CONFIGURATION
There are many uses to which a hard-earned buck can be put. But an unnecessary maintenance expenditure definitely isn't one. Because of limited experience and knowledge, the average motorcycle rider may be wasting more money than he or she realizes.
What One Man Learned about the Baja 1000 . . After it Was Too Late.
THE FIRST OBSTACLE
WORK AND PLEASURE COMBINED
MORE GOOD NEWS
AT LONG LAST, THE RACE
After the contingency line crowd disappears, the Baja racer finds himself deep in thought. He tries to remember all the dangerous sections of the course, but there are too many. Delays bring frustration. Changes in weather bring uncertainty.
Kenny Has Plans, Anaheim Stadium Agrees With Marty and More New Contracts
HARLEY-DAVIDSON AND MOTOCROSS
HOWERTON SIGNS, LACKEY DECLINES, HEIKKI BIDS FAREWELL
POMEROY ENDS THE LOVE AFFAIR
KARSMAKERS BACK TO YAMAHA
MORE ON ROBERTS
AMERICAN MX FINALS: BIRTH OR FUNERAL?
AMERICAN MX FINALS RESULTS
D. Randy Riggs
Walter Villa rides for Harley-Davidson in Europe and has won the 250-cc and 350-cc world titles more times than we can recount. But the only time he’s raced in the U.S. was at Ontario and he didn’t do well. Did poorly, in fact, maybe because he wasn’t used to American courses or riding on slicks or because U.S. riders are more aggressive than Europeans.
WHEN THIS ADVENTURE began, the true identity of the Phantom Duck of the Desert was a mystery. So it remained through the Phantom Duck unorganized Barstow-to-Vegas Memorial Trail Ride, and so it is now. Desert guys say the Duck has been around for years.
Ancra tie-downs, rated at 4500 pounds tensile strength, are manufactured from aircraft-quality, wear-and-weather-resistant one-inch nylon webbing. The cam-lever locking buckle is easy to release, but will not vibrate loose. The red tie-down straps come boxed in pairs, and each has one vinyl coated hook and one zinc plated hook. Ancra tie-downs are available from Rocky Cycle Co., Inc., Dept. CW-3, 1250 Elko Dr., Sunnyvale, Calif. 94086. Telephone (408) 734-3750.
Rocky Cycle Co., Inc.
Wisco Division of ESB Inc. offers a motorcycle battery that they claim holds its charge in storage up to 40 percent longer than conventional batteries. The battery is named Hibernator and has a low rate of power loss that enables the battery to retain power when the motorcycle is used infrequently or is stored for the winter months. The Hibernator is available by contacting Wisco Division, ESB Inc., Dept. CW-3, 1222 18th St., Racine, Wisc. 53403. Telephone (414) 637-9131.
Rocky Cycle Co., Inc.
GAS TANK FOR BULTACO
Flash Plastics has a gas tank replacement for Bultaco. Made of plastic, this tank holds 3.5 gallons of premix but retains Bultaco styling and mounting method. Each tank comes with a leakproof aluminum cap and all mounting hardware and has a one-year warranty against defects. It uses stock Bultaco petcocks and fits all Pursang and Frontera models from 1971 through 1976. It comes in Bultaco red and blue, but other colors are available on request. Suggested retail price is $59.95. For more information contact Flash Plastics, Dept. CW-3, 425 29th St., Hermosa Beach, Calif. 90254 or see your local Bultaco dealer.
Rocky Cycle Co., Inc.
SUPER SPOILER HELMET VISOR
Lynn Wilson Motorcycle Specialties is distributing a helmet visor called the Super Spoiler. The visor features side skirts to help block out low sun rays and mud splashes without creating blind spots or tunnel vision. It has three-position vertical adjustability so the wearer can set the amount of shading required. The Super Spoiler comes in a range of colors and is priced at $4.95. Contact Lynn Wilson Motorcycle Specialties, Dept. CW-3, P.O. Box 653, Chatsworth, Calif. 91311.
Here’s an economical means of keeping a motorcycle’s running gear sparkling clean. An old paint brush, and a soupy mixture of ordinary modeling clay and water is all it takes. For years I've been crumbling scrapped clay into water to produce a mixture about the consistency of mortar used in brick laying.