What percentage of motorcycle owners do all, part or some of the care and feeding of their machines. I don’t know, but when I become King, messing with one's motorcycle will be required for all. On the grounds that firsthand involvement with the bits and pieces is good for the soul.
I read Tony Swan’s article “Encounter in Santa Paula” in your July issue, and was very pleased to read a true story that drove home a well taken point on safety. The point I would like to make is not 100 percent foolproof, but the system I have used in the last 12 years has worked thus far.
I own a 1976 Yamaha YZ125. The owner’s manual recommends changing fork oil and transmission oil every three races. Since I don’t race, I’m not sure how often these oils should be changed. Does the oil and gas in the monoshock unit require maintenance?
Parents, do you know where your children are? We know where they are. We saw them not more than 10 minutes ago headed toward the beach on their moped, teetering along three up with at least one surfboard adding to the general peril. Bareheaded.
Balanced Suspension and a Willing Little Engine Make the Latest Street Monoshock a Play Bike Even Serious Riders Will Like
Mention dual-purpose motorcycles around a group of seasoned riders and the reaction is always the same: They don’t work, dual-purpose bikes aren’t good on pavement or off, it’s a great idea but no, thanks. Even so, uncounted thousands of dual-purpose motorcycles have been sold since the Yamaha DT1 was introduced in 1968.
Even Starting Last, it’s No Contest for Kenny Roberts
RESULTS SONOMA CLASSIC SEARS POINT INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY AMA CAMEL PRO SERIES
Someday someone's going to figure out a way to get around a road circuit faster than Kenny Roberts, but if the Sears Point Sonoma Classic, mid-point on the 1977 AMA Camel Pro Series tour, is any indication, the method will have to include a system of boat anchors and flat tires.
The Product is Still Good, but the Label is Misleading
When it comes to surrounding concepts, language makes a vague fence. Any language. Whether it’s Japanese, English or Gaelic, one man’s eggplant is very likely to be another man’s solanum melogena. It’s a matter of perspective. Complicate varying perspectives with the naturally evasive language of the product planner or the advertising copy writer and you wind up with words that glitter at a distance and vaporize under scrutiny.
Loudon, second biggest date on the AMA's Camel Pro Series calendar, is first in the hearts of many road racing fans. It's shorter than Daytona, the action is visible all around the course, and there's usually more action to see. The action tradition was more than amply upheld this year.
Street, Touring, Dirt and Dual Purpose— Here Are the Bikes We Think are Tops
HONORABLE MENTION BMW
HONORABLE MENTION HARLEY-DAVIDSON XLCR
HONORABLE MENTION HONDA CB400F
HONORABLE MENTION KTMIPENTON
HONORABLE MENTION YAMAHA XT500
My goodness but this annual award section is fun. Every year as the model year ends and hints of the coming year begin to arrive, the staff and consultants sit down and fight over which bikes are best. Big conference. We collect the desert crazies, the racers, our two cowtrailers, the touring nut, ol’ “Been riding since 1942,” the executive who has a cafe racer stashed in our warehouse, the British Twins (one owns a BSA, the other a Triumph.
Make One of the Best Better with an Aftermarket Swing Arm
SCOPE OF MODIFICATIONS
THE TEST BIKE
"To consider the power, the smooth response, the handling and the ride is to declare that the Yamaha YZ400D has no peers in class." Thus concluded our March, 1977 road test of Yamaha's open class production motocrosser. In the half-year since, no new MXers have been introduced that would oust the YZ400D from its prime position.
The Best RM Yet: Take it Out of the Crate and Win!
When the first RMseries Suzukis were introduced they drew a lot of attention. Here was a hike that looked right. Suzuki's R&D troops had finally done it or had they? Riders who had experienced the old I'M models were cautious about buying any all-out dirt bike from Suzuki.
There are those who maintain that stadium racing is only one step (and a couple millenia) removed from the gladiatorial arena; that more than a few fans of this form of motocross show up simply to see bikes and bodies defying (if only briefly) various laws of physics; that stadium motocross courses are, accordingly, laid out to augment catastrophe, with little regard to bringing out the best capabilities of the machines or preserving the structural integrity of their riders.
Honda’s XL100, XL125 and XL175, as Seen by Henry Manney and Friends
you are no doubt used to seeing in the specialist motorcycle magazines photos of gorgeous people all decked out in multi-colored rainiment, engaged in testing the latest Nudibranch 125 MX. Said people drone on about the state of the art and how a few slight changes might be made to turn the bike into a world-beater and drinking their bleeding Watney's Red Label nattering away about how only DeCoster can really extract the best out of the Nudibranch, as if it were Scarlatti's own harpsichord instead of a (hastily) mass produced toy.
The Easy Way and the Right Way Are One and the Same
BASIC PROCEDURES WIRE FINDING
WIRE IDENTIFICATION, VEHICLE
CONNECTOR WIRING, VEHICLE
CONNECTOR WIRING, TRAILER
TYING IT UP
PROPER WIRE CONNECTIONS
SOLDER AND IRONS
Seems most of us, at one time or another, have undergone a neartraumatic experience when attempting to wire the light on a trailer, evidenced by the use of vile and explosive language, and followed by fits of extreme depression. The symptoms may be recurrent, and are often triggered by an apparition of flashing red lights in one's rear-view mirror.
Lackey Tops in British MX GP, Read Doubles at Isle of Man, Tony D. Hangs Onto AMA 250 MX Title
LACKEY WINS BRITISH MX GRAND PRIX
ROBERTS LEADS CAMEL PRO SERIES AT MID-SEASON
READ WINS AT ISLE OF MAN
SHEENE LOSES ONE; MICK GRANT WINS ONE
JAMMER GETS JAMMED—AGAIN
BELL TO YAMAHA
American Brad Lackey set a U.S. record for motocross at the British Grand Prix: He won. It was the first time an American has been overall winner in a world-title motocross event. (And it can also be looked upon as proof that the latest works Honda bikes are as good as they looked when they appeared at the U.S.
Motorcycle touring enthusiasts are offered a new type of tent which is light-weight, compact and can be put up in 30 seconds. It’s called FasTent and because of its no-poles design, it weighs only 5 lb. 14 oz. (including pegs and waterproof rain fly) and folds up to fit inside a circular stuff sack 11 in. around and five inches high. FasTent measures 8 ft. long by 54 in. wide, and is supported by a flexible frame made of a continuous loop of coiled spring steel which is constructed as part of the tent, thereby eliminating bulky poles. The tent can be put up and taken down by one person. Features include floor, rear window, inside stowage pockets, bug-proof insect netting, double slide nylon coil zippers, breathable rip-stop roof section, flame-retardant nylon and double needle, lap-felled structural seams. FasTent sells for $129.95 and is distributed by The TourEquip Co., Dept. CW 10, P.O. Box 66337, Baton Rouge, La. 70896. Telephone: (504) 925-5646.
HONDA GOLD WING FENDER
Drag Specialties Inc., is offering chromed, full-dress-style front fender trim for the Honda Gold Wing. It is said to be simple to mount and attractive when installed. The price is $16.95 and available from Drag Specialties Inc., Dept. CW-10, 6868 Washington Ave. S., Eden Prairie, Minn. 55343.