Progress ruined my perfect record. The downfall began in innocent circumstances; a warm afternoon, Daylight Savings Time and the chance, for once, to leave the office on schedule. Too good a shot to waste, so I ignored the test Multis parked in the garage and rolled out my own Single, for a trip home the back way.
I am 16 and was convicted of several motorcycle thefts and sent to a Development Center. Since I have no plans of taking up my old habits when I get out, I decided to put my knowledge to good use. I think if owners knew how their bikes were stolen, half the battle would be won.
I bought a set of Lester mag wheels for my Honda Gold Wing last year, and had to choose a rear tire for the 16-inch wheel. I chose a 5.10-16 Pirelli primarily because its outside diameter was very close to the 17-inch Bridgestone that came with the bike.
No victory celebration yet: Off-road motorcycles are involved in an undeclared war, one that will continue for at least the forseeable future. We can’t celebrate winning because it’s a long way from being won. We can report a major battle and a major victory.
New professional riders in Husqvarna’s history have drawn more attention to the brand than Dick Burleson and Malcolm Smith, names nearly synonymous with the Swedish concern. Burleson has been National Enduro Champion three years in a row and Malcolm owns more ISDT Gold Medals than any other American.
This portrait of a 1962 BSA Gold Star 500 Clubman is to attract your attention. It comes from Tom Agner, of the Gold Star Owner's Club. The club was founded in the U.S. four years ago and has more than 250 members. It’s allied with the Gold Star Club in England, publishes a bi-monthly booklet and has an annual get-together.
Type faces, that is. Readers with an interest in printing or design may notice we’ve changed and updated some of the department headings used in every issue, and that the letters are related to those we’ve had for years as the magazine’s identifying title.
New name on the masthead, is more accurate. We’ve had a staff vacancy for close to a year, looking for the right man for the job. We found him. The name is Tony Swan. That may be familiar, as he’s written for such diverse publications as Esquire, Better Homes & Gardens (as Auto Editor and Travel Editor) Motor Trend and Autoweek.
Must stop this play on words. But there’s no way to miss the comic strip appearing in this department for the first time anywhere. The writer/artist is Tim Barela. He knows motorcycles firsthand, draws well and has a keen eye for the human side of bikes.
A timely notice. Mexican and U.S. officials working through the Commission of the Californias wish motorcyclists to know that Americans and Mexicans crossing the border in either direction should be aware and informed of laws affecting their bikes.
Seldom has an article generated more response than did the story about helmet research in the April issue. We can’t remember when we received more letters, or had a clearer division of reactions. Other researchers and safety people and riders with personal or close experience with helmets liked the story.
Everything You'd Want In an ISDT/Enduro Off-Road Mount
The blue will hit you right between the eyes, extra bright, extra sharp, and one short ride will be enough to give you that burst of exhilaration in the pit of your stomach. Few off-road motorcycles have ever come across as being almost exactly spot-on in production trim and yet here one is, bigger than life with a price tag under a thousand bucks!
A legendary motoring journalist habitually referred to racing fans with a taste for statistics as Figure Filberts, meaning people who are nuts about numbers. Fans who don’t care about official records and finishing orders and lap speeds and all the rest are usually baffled by people who do care.
The Pocono region of Pennsylvania encompasses 2400 square miles of mountains, lakes, streams, and woodlands. The brochures we obtained from the Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau, however, made us wonder just how much attention the tourists give to the great outdoors.
Mid-Ohio is a different sort of race track. The owner is at the same time a prudent businessman and a racing enthusiast, so he began with a track he built on his own property, out in farming country, and has expanded I along with the sport, mostly because the track is clean and well-run, and because he's booked events which appeal to him.
In July of 1932 the city fathers of Los Angeles presented the unemployed of that city with a stadium into which decades of sports-mad onlookers would witness events unheard of at the stadium's opening. The first major event there was the tenth Olympic Games, then came USC football and then the baseball Dodgers and the Los Angeles Rams.
There night are races those to who day prefer races and vice versa, but it’s not often that racing fans can get to see both on the same weekend, and each a spectacular dirt mile track event as well. The Indy Mile has been around for a good number of years, but last year was the first time a night race and day race were run back to back.
The Gold Wing Gets Some Refinements, Misses Others
Funny, it doesn’t seem like two years-plus since Honda blew the collective mind of motorcycledom with the introduction of the formidable GL1000 tourer. Remember? It was a concept that took more than a little time to digest properly.
Declining a free trip to Mexico just to go see my younger brother may seem a little crazy. Some friends who are also teachers asked me to accompany them on a trip south of the border during the nine-day Easter break but I declined because I hadn't seen my 13year-old brother or my mother for two years.
T'NT, Qualifier and MX-3 175s: Three specialized machines built from a common parts bin
Fact and Folklore: Ever since motorcycles became specialized, for as long as there have been fun bikes, racing bikes, off-road bikes and dual-purpose bikes, we’ve all agreed that a machine built for one purpose isn’t good at anything else.
No Matter What Your Dirt Bike is Or How and Where You Ride It, Preparation Can Make It Better
No matter how much thought a motorcycle manufacturer puts into a machine designed for off-road riding, no matter how high the quality or how exotic the components, most riders make changes to fit their bike to their personal preferences and style of riding, and to their own physical build.
This stuff ain't soda pop. the makers say and the makers are right. The little packet in the picture and the strange mixture in the plastic jug are a new idea in restoratives, which is not to say the drink is for entertainment. Working up a sweat in motocross or tennis or any form of exercise means getting thirsty.
Dick Ford is one of those old (chronologically speaking) hot rod and machinery freaks with whom southern California abounds. At present he works for Briggs Cunningham’s Museum looking after the care, feeding and restoration of Briggs’ little gems and since Dick is a nice, neat and clean person who does nice, neat, clean and positively gorgeous work it looks as if he will stay there the rest of his life.
Not Even Traditional English Weather Can Stop the American Road Race Team
With the odds stacked against them, the American team fought their way to a tremendous victory in the seventh of the annual match races against the British in the three-meet Easter series. The young American eagles showed determination more often associated with the British bulldog, once again proving as they did in 1975 that if they have to the Yankees can race in the rain.
Anytime motorcycle riders get together, there are stories of accidents. Crashes of one sort or another are as much a part of the sport as helmets and boots. However, the stories that get passed along seem to do so on a basis of sheer carnage quotient.
Billy Uhl Makes it with Maico, Kenny Breaks His Jinx and Long Beach is Lookin' Good
LOOKIN’ GOOD IN LONG BEACH
SHEENE TOPS BAKER IN 500-cc GP OPENER
KENNY BREAKS HIS JINX AT IMOLA
BILLY UHL AND MAICO TEAM UP
BURLESON IS AMA S AMATEUR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
TRAGEDIES TAKE ICING OFF IMOLA 200
D. Randy Riggs
Motorcycle racing got a fine bit of promotion at the Formula One car races in Long Beach. Major show for the western U.S. Grand Prix was, of course, the cars. But because the promoters need to provide more than a two-hour race for the weekend event, they are always in the market for supporting features.
Everything About Assembling a Kit Bike Turns Out to be Harder than it Looks
When I first got involved in building my "mini-RTL" trials bike I thought it was going to be simple and cheap. My friends at the Budget Bog Wheeler in Denver had fixed me up with a Sammy Miller HiBoy frame at a good price, and my compadre Bob Nickelsen, manager of American Honda's trials team in Gardena, California, had built me a beautiful little TL-125 engine, bored and stroked to 173 cc.
It’s KTM west of the Mississippi and Penton east of that famous running mass of mud, but whatever the decals say, both motorcycles are identical and neither needs an introduction. We’ll concentrate here on the 1977 models of KTM, a complete line of competition-oriented off-road machinery.
Should you be so lucky as to have the problem, here are a few wrinkles to insuring your bike that apply if you are in a high tax bracket. First, anyone who makes more than $30,000 a year probably has considerable assets to protect. Liability on motorcycles (and four wheeled vehicles as well) should be pegged considerably higher than minimums.
The men at Koni have called us to account on the technical description of their product, as it appeared in our May issue. Two points. One was simply in error. We said the Koni is of single wall construction. It is double wall. No excuse for that.
Nirvana, Inc. has an addition to the growing preservative/cleaner product line. It is called Protect-It and its claim to fame is that the vinyl and rubber cleaner allegedly is non-slip. The product kit consists of the three types of cleaners: ProtectIt 1 is for vinyl and rubber. ProtectIt 2 cleans chrome, and Protect-It 3 is for painted and unpainted surfaces where no buffing is needed.
1977 Honda CR125
Fun ’N Fast introduces a new skid plate for the 1977 Honda CR125 they claim will protect cases and exhaust pipe. The skid plate is made of steel and bolts on in minutes with no special tools required. The price is $23.50 and the part number is SP40 C. For further information contact your dealer or Fun ’N Fast Inc., Dept. CW7, 18143 Napa, Northridge, Calif. 91325. Telephone: (213) 886-5664.
Flanders Co. has a 17¾in. long tire iron they say can make changing a motorcycle tire a lot easier. The iron has a one-inch lip to help get a good grip on the tire bead and slightly rounded corners to keep you from pinching tubes. The tire iron is available from your dealer or from Flanders Company, Dept. CW-7, P.O. Box 2297D, Pasadena, Calif. 91105. Telephone: (213) 6812581.
A new idea offered by DRI Industries could save hours of sorting through old coffee cans, trips to the hardware store, and perhaps even a lot of money. The Nut & Eolt Shop has 25 drawers and 51 individual compartments and contains nearly 2000 pieces of hardware. Included are hex nuts, bolts and machine screws, wood screws, sheet metal screws, flat washers, tooth-lock washers, split-lock washers and cotter pins. A complete set of industrial fasteners with diameters from pencil-point #6s to 5/16" with a full line of lengths and threads come with the kit. Heads of all kinds—flat, round, pan and hex heads are included and there are nuts to fit everything in the set. Each piece is claimed to be high-grade, zinc-plated steel. The purchase price is $24.95 plus $3.90 for shipping and handling. Write to DRI Industries, 8200 Humboldt Ave., Dept. CW-7, Minneapolis, Minn. 55431
Dri-Slide Bike Aid is a dry film. molybased lubricant. A handy 4-in. x 8-in. carry-along plastic case called a Bike Aid First Aid Kit is foam cushioned lined, and contains a 4 oz. can of Bike Aid, two screwon needle point adapters for lubricating those hard-to-get places, and a small lubricator with pocket clip. Bike Aid is applied in liquid form and dries to a thin plate that is claimed to lubricate and inhibit rust without attracting dust. Try your local motorcycle dealer or write Dri-Slide, Inc.. Dept. CW-7, Fremont. Mich. 49412. Telephone: (616) 7740831.
Beck/Arnley announces the new Bolger Chain Tool. This chain tool is built from heat-treated alloy steel and will fit all standard size motorcycle drive chains. It will push the link pin completely out and will convert to a masterlink riveter in seconds. A detailed instruction sheet is supplied with each tool. Available now from your Beck/Arnley distributor.
BMW cockpit fairings
A higher airshield for BMW cockpit fairings is available from Krauser. The windscreen is three inches higher than the standard BMW fairing and helps provide resistance to air flow while shielding the rider from wind pressure. The cost of the airshield is $39.95. It is available from Bob Beach Motorcycle Ac cessories, 2673 W. River Pkwy., Grand Island, N.Y. 14072. Telephone (716) 7734960. Krauser is designing cockpit fairings with the new windshield for other big touring bikes and will announce their availability soon.
Tour & Trail announces the availabilityof of custom safety bars for most 1977 touring bikes. Constructed of high tensile strength tubing, these bars offer folding footpegs. precise fit and chrome. Sugested retail price is $32.95. For more information write to International! Florida Cycle Supply. Dep.. CW-7, P.O. Box 5245. Jacksonville, Fla. 32207 or call (904) 733-3363.
Cast alloy wheels for the Suzuki GS750 are available from Lester Tire & Wheel Company. The wheels will accommodate tube or tubeless tires. All instructions for installation are included and the stock hub design is used, so no additional adapters or spacers are needed. For more information, contact The Lester Tire & Wheel Co.. Dept. CW-7, 26881 Cannon Rd.. Bedford Heights. Ohio 44146. Telephone: (216) 232-9030.
A heavy duty clutch spring for the late model (1971-1977) wet-clutch Sportsters is said to provide 20 percent more holding power than even the latest dual springs from the factory and is a direct replacement component. For further information contact Trock Cycle. Dept. CW-7, 9540 Berwyn Ave., Rosemont, Iii. 60018. Telephone: (312) 678-3500.
For more information, write to Nirvana, Inc., P.O. Box 7557, Daytona Beach Shores, Fla. 32016 or P.O. Box 445, Orinda, Calif. 94563. continued on page 121 Continued from page 119