Butler and Smith, BMW importers for the U.S., sends along a useful warning: “A word to the wise—purchase only motorcycles that comply with U.S. standards. “Many purchasers who have bought motorcycles from foreign dealers are experiencing considerable difficulties in passing them through U.S.
I hold in my hand the latest copy of the American Motorcyclist Association News and, once again, I find no mention of side hack racing. Side hack racing has consistently been ignored by the AMA since the inception of this type of racing. The reasons for this escape me.
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.
More Sport and More Speed Make the F2 the Best of the 750 Hondas
Memo to the test crew: Listen: This wine-tasting technique, cleaning our palates between tests so we can better report on each new bike, is a great idea. It works. Nothing like spending a few weeks on a pair of muscle-bound Twins and switching to a brace of commuter scooters to put one in the mood for a sporting 750 Four.
The Automatic Transmission Works, the Engine Has Been Improved, but the Custom Seat is a Pain in the. . .
Designing motorcycles must be the most thankless task on earth. Last year Honda introduced the 750A, the old reliable Four with a torque convertor and two-speed transmission replacing the hand-operated clutch and standard gearbox.
Response to our February “Insider’s Guide to Daytona” was so good we’re going to give you more of the same throughout the racing season. Obviously, we can’t do each and every major race and track, but we’ll select some of the most popular and important in different locations around the country and fill you in on the interesting details.
It’s since been an a AMA number National of years Road Race was held at Sears Point. Since that time the track has undergone a number of changes, there are many new faces in racing and the latest equipment is naturally superior to that of the past.
Do you know the way to San Jose? If you don’t and follow the AMA Camel Pro Series, you ought to find out. Because not far from the city lies the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, home of some of the best dirt track racing on the national circuit.
Loudon town situated is a sleepy halfway little between Concord and Laconia, New Hampshire. Laconia was the motorcycling event in the northeast in the Fifties. It was a true Gypsy tour, a term long since deleted from the AMA vocabulary.
In the July and August 1976 issues of CYCLE WORLD, we provided instructions for modifying the forks on many common street bikes. Suggestions for rear shock and/or spring replacement were also offered. In subsequent issues, CW has utilized the suspension dyno section of its road tests to provide this information for current onand off-road machines.
The Race Got Shortened, Baker Got a Win and Everybody Else Got Tired of Talking
Daytona is always full of surprises, never mind that the actual racing usually follows the form book and the usual winners can find their way to the winner’s stand with their eyes closed. For the 40th anniversary of the Daytona 200 the weather, the teams, the tire people and the governing bodies all combined, er, efforts, which is not the right word, to give the fans more surprises than even the longtime crowd expected: The Daytona 200, which is supposed to be 200 miles on Sunday, was actually the Daytona 100.
A Trackside Look at Alternatives to the Game of Motorcycle Monopoly.
Racing the door chief of the Dick Harley O’Brien racing stands garage at and grumps. He’d rather be fishing, thank you. and no, we won’t be seeing any factory 750s in the race on Sunday. Inside the garage, the soft Italian patter spoken by the two mechanics assigned to the Aermacchi lightweights doesn't equal the Midwestern twang we’ve come to expect from this racing team.
Daytona’s course more motorcycle than AMA week pros is and of their 750 racers at the speedway. There’s the beach, the hot spots, the constantly changing street scene. Somewhere between the professional riders and the tourists come the supporting events; motocross and enduro, production and lightweight road racing.
A Much Better Dual-Purpose Bike than the Looks Would Indicate
an't take your eyes off Suzuki for a second. Soon as the 1977 TS250B. latest in Suzuki’s dual-purpose line, rolled into the shop the crew replied with jokes. A chrome fandangle on the exhaust pipe! A side decal that didn’t match the tank decal!
A Sophisticated and Comfortable Twin that Offers A Lot for the Money
It was inevitable that Suzuki would eventually get into the four-stroke market after producing nothing but two-strokes for so many years. And in tackling this new market, one would guess that they would enter in a gentle sort of way, without making waves, for Suzuki has by tradition been a conservative company.
Christmas past is safely in the past and Christmas future is ’way off there somewhere, many moons from now. Surely at this moment no kids are thinking about Christmas presents, namely minicycles. It is therefore safe to report on the Suzuki RM80 and Yamaha YZ80, two of the best minicycles ever made.
A DG-Converted Suzuki RM80, for Kids Who Can Afford to Go to the Head of the Class
DG RM80B IMPRESSIONS
Speed costs money-how fast do you want to spend?” This simple philosophy has been applied to the Suzuki RM80B by DG Performance Specialties with impressive results. DG specializes in motocross performance modifications. It is a true performance facility, often working in conjunction with factory personnel on developmental engineering.
More Flash and Extra Spunk Combine to Make a Sporting Commuter
Just what is it about mid-displacement four-stroke Twins that endears them to so many members of the motorcycling population? Many things, from economy to ease of maintenance to reliability to peppy performance, plus an added bonus of a fairly low initial cost; all important factors that spell success in terms of sales.
Quite a few new product releases are passed around the CYCLE WORLD editorial offices each month for consideration. Most are of the utilitarian variety, good products, but rarely eliciting a truly enthusiastic re sponse. Others are standard stuff, with cosmetic changes to fool Irving into think ing they're really different than the ones that Julius manufactures.
Those Gray-Faced Men Who Did So Much for High-Performance Cars Are Not—Repeat Not—Going to Do the Same for Motorcycles.
The government's relationship with the automobile has been acrimonious and stormy, but it has chosen to treat the motorcycle with benign neglect. For the past 10 years, the feds have had the power to run the cycle makers through the emission and safety wringers much as they’ve done with the car boys.
The Latest from Russ Darnell, More on the AMA MX Schedule, and Hanna Wins the Supercross Series Opener
LATEST FROM HONDA IN MOTOCROSS
RUSS DARNELL MOTOCROSS SCHOOL SCHEDULE
RUSS DARNELL MOTOCROSS SCHOOLS
WORLD ICE SPEEDWAY FINAL
THE PASSING OF DOUG SCHWERMA
D. Randy Riggs
MR. PIBB SUPERBOWL OF MOTOCROSS SOUTH Twenty-year-old Bob Hannah started off the Supercross Series in the proper frame of mind and in the right manner by winning the series opening event on the manmade motocross in Atlanta Stadium, riding a Yamaha YZ250.
We welcome your technical questions or comments. We get an enormous amount of mail, but we attempt to answer as many letters as possible and we’ll publish those we think are of interest to our readers. We’ll also print some helpful hints and how-to’s reflecting frequently asked questions.
Kable Keep by JT Racing eliminates any possibility of the front brake cable hanging up on fork crown bolts. Each Keep comes complete with instructions and all mount ing hardware necessary for easy installa tion. Universal-type mounting makes it easily' adaptable to any make motorcycle. The price is $1.95. You can order directly from JT Racing. Dept. CW-6, 303 W. 35th St.. Suite D. San Diego. Calif. 92050. Telephone: (714) 479-9696.
JT Racing. Dept
New Bel-Ray EXP 4-stroke motorcycle oil is formulated from the finest petroleum base stocks and is claimed to cut friction and increase power in all 4-stroke motors. EXP's detergent system fights sludge. var nish and combustion chamber deposits for cleaner engines. Bel-Ray says EXP mini mizes cylinder scuffing. ring sticking. and protects against rust and corrosion.
JT Racing. Dept
HARLEY TRANSMISSION COUNTERSHAFTS
Andrews Products announces their transmission countershafts for the Harley Davidson Sportster. These countershafts are direct replacement items, which fit all Sportsters from 1957-1977. Manufactured to specifications from a heat-treated alloy steel, these countershafts are claimed to be stronger than the stock items they replace. Every countershaft is 100 percent warran teed against defects in workmanship. For further information, write or call Andrews Products. Dept. CW-6, 9872 Far ragut. Rosemont, 111. 60018. Telephone: (312) 678-4014.
JT Racing. Dept
FAIRING FOR GS750
Vetter Fairing Company announces a new hardware kit to fit the Suzuki GS750. Windjammer ill fits more than 35 dif ferent motorcycles and comes in silver. white or black. The standard Wind-jam mer comes complete with 12-volt head light, clear windshield, side reflectors. completely illustrated instruction and all necessary hardware. Contact Vetter Fair ing Company. Dept. CW-6. Rantoul, Ill. 61866. Telephone: (217) 893-9300.
JT Racing. Dept
EXHAUST SYSTEM FOR SUZUKI
J&R Exhaust Systems has introduced their new Challenger system for the Suzuki GS750. The system comes with the J&R Retro-Flow mechanical baffle, which is within + I2db of 83db level. A glass pack silencer is also available. Features include an oil and filter which can be changed without removing the sys tem, and the center stand and side stand do not have to be removed. The system is said to increase performance and corner; ing clearance. Available in black or chrome, the system comes with gasket set and installation instructions. There is a 100 percent warranty against defects in mate rial or workmanship. For additional infor mation write to J&R Exhaust Systems. Dept. CW-6, 1967 N. Glassell, Orange. Calif. 92667. Telephone (714) 998-6410.
JT Racing. Dept
Lightweight forks for most popular late model motocross bikes including Suzuki RM. Husky. Honda and Yamaha. are now available from Simon Setup. The 1½-in, diameter fork tubes are claimed to be the largest on the market and to provide more rigidity per given weight. The materials are heat-treated 4130 steel alloy fork tubes. 4140 steel alloy axle, and forged triple clamps. 1 Simon's spring-air forks bolt on with no machining or fabrication necessary. The suggested retail price is $325 a pair. For further information write Simon Setup. a division of Dynamic Enterprises. Dept. CW-6, 2625-D Miller Ave.. Mountain View, Calif. 94040. or call (415) 948-3470.
JT Racing. Dept
Advanced Cycle Products' Rot Stop is claimed to protect leather, rubber, vinyl and wood products from ozone, oxygen. and the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Available for $2.29 (8 oi.) or $2.98 (12 oz.) from Advanced Cycle Products, Inc., Dept. CW-6, 3633 W. MacArthur, Suite 410. Santa Ana, Calif. 92704. Telephone (714) 549-8707.
Reader Comment: “Every bike should be tested by average riders. If the experts only talk to the experts, it leaves us average riders wondering.” Editor’s reply: “Enclosed is a picture of Our Leader, taken during a recent test.”