Turner Watson lives next door. He's 65, a retired engineer and a good neighbor, always willing to swap tools and shop manuals when need arises. Until recently Turner was the only adult in the neighborhood who showed any interest in my work.
Your August “Roundup” column discussed the Environmental Protection Agency’s planned noise emission regulations for motorcycles and contains several inaccuracies which should be brought to your readers’ attention. The column would seem somewhat premature since, contrary to statements which were made, the Agency has not yet proposed motorcycle noise standards.
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Yes. relations between the Feds and the motorcycle industry (such as it is) are harmonious compared to the Car Wars, but is that a thing to be praised or regretted? More to the point, what can you. as rider and motorcycle buyer, expect out of the tightening web of government regulation?
Expert help, spare parts and mutual aid societies for the best of the thoroughbreds
Italian motorcycles are, well, different. Always have been. From past until the present, from the days when the American companies vied to see which could make a large V-Twin and all the English builders had wars over which 500cc Twin was better than the dozen from down the road, right up to the sure knowledge that the Big Four Japanese factories will compete in terms of bigger Fours, Italian motorcycle makers have followed their own instincts.
From the Motorcycle Industry Council comes a press release about a press release, namely an announcement by Secretary of the Interior Cecil D. Andrus. As a follow-up to the latest executive order concerning off-road vehicles on federal land, Andrus repeated that the order will only ban vehicles from fragile areas actually threatened with serious damage.
Champion's latest contribution to the motorcycle racing scene is this 109-ft. hot air balloon, which made its debut at the British round of the 1977 world Formula 750 championships at Brands Hatch. A 1:500 scale model of Champion's standard 3-in.
This looks like the real thing. but it's really a garden variety Yamaha enduro in attack bike clothing. The dressup— which includes muzzle flashers for the fairing-mounted cannons—was performed by Venice. California designer Gerry Weigert.
Here's a nifty new entry from Montesa that will do everything but climb trees, if seeing is believing. And if the tree is a small one. who knows? Based on the 348cc Cota Trial, the 348 Trail has a different primary and final drive for higher top speed (along with different gear ratios), two-place seat and rear footpegs.
After some promising performances by a prototype machine, Husqvarna is now marketing its new automatic motocrosser. the 390 AMX. Husky began its experiments with automatics with its 360 Enduro model, and the 390 AMX uses the same system of automatic clutches (Husqvarna’s official name for them is “free-wheeling devices") as the smaller machine.
Even though the transition to a new breed of police motorcycles—from the standard Harley-Davidsons to Hondas, Kawasakis, Moto Guzzis and Suzukis (forthcoming)—has been going on for awhile, the cop bike pictured here still managed to catch us by surprise.
If you've been thinking your KZ1000 is a little too sluggish, maybe what you need is the Dunstall treatment. With the KZ engine opened up to 1100cc (from the stock 1015cc). Dunstall claims horsepower gains ranging from 3.1 hp to 11.6 across the powerband (3000 to 9000 rpm).
Act II of Honda's Yearly Show: Many Improvements, Nothing Really New
Hard on the heels of the completely new and mostly different line of Hawks, Honda called another press conference for presentation of another batch of 1978 models. Every model in the show has been improved to some degree, only one was actually new.
When the Yamaha technicians whipped the dust cover off the bike at stage center, the press responded with cries of “Oooh” and “Aaah” and “What is this, some kinda joke? What are you guys up to?” Sparkling under the spotlights was the dohc Four seen last spring at the 1977 dealer show, except that at close range the first detail noticed was the badge.
The Beast from Breganze; Guaranteed to Boost Your Adrenalin Index
We're certain that in some only half-forgotten life the Laverda Jota 1000 was a pterodactyl. Or perhaps an Assyrian winged bull. Or a Baldwin locomotive. Or some giant from Middle Earth. Better yet, all of the above. It’s as elemental as a rock slide and as direct as the charge of a rhinoceros.
O my goodness o my goodness when the Enfield India appeared at the CW offices there was a certain but indubitably numerous outbreaking of Peter Sellers accents not to mention a disposition on the part of the flashing-eyed young ladies to bedeck themselves in bangles mmmm yes certainly.
First things first. What we have on dis play here is a Ducati 500GTL, a 500cc Twin. a rare and new and-most of allItalian motorcycle. This machine is not like mass-produced motorcycles. Figures and comparisons in the normal vein have no meaning here, so any reader tempted to consider this as simply another 500cc Twin is advised at the outset not to continue.
Open class Maicos have been the choice of many semi-pro and pro motocrossers for years. Why? Partly because of their legendary handling and smooth power. Partly because a production Maico with minor modifications is competitive against most other companies' prototype racers.
How To Get 10 Years' Worth of Experience in 10 Minutes
We are all experts and we are all beginners. Every motorcycle enthusiast begins with a blank slate. We go from there into what we learn the hard way, what we read in the magazines and what our friends tell us. It follows that we all know some things other people don’t know and they know things we don't know.
How to Get the Most from Leading-Axle and Straight-Leg Forks
STRAIGHT VS OFFSET
THE KEY TO SUCCESS
THREE IN ONE
THE LAST LAF
When primitive man became fatigued from dragging heavy objects over rough terrain, he invented the wheel. When motocross man became fatigued from riding heavy objects over rough terrain, he invented the long-travel fork, the air-suspension fork, and (re-invented, actually) the leading axle fork.
Proof Positive that Soichiro No Longer Controls the Company
All right, let’s cut the giggling and have some quiet in the back of the room there. We’re entertaining questions from the floor. And they’re fair questions: Does the world really need a mini-chopper? And if so. is this the machine you want to put under your son or daughter for their first experience in motorcycling?
The rise and fall of a company which put engineering first, sales second
Of the more than one hundred Japanese motorcycle companies that failed to survive until the great export boom of the 1960s, Marusho is the only one an American is likely to have heard of. Marusho was recently referred to as a classic in the CYCLE WORLD “Letters” column.
Footwear has long been a problem for the daily and touring rider. Shoes aren't safe, they quickly become scuffed and stained and the wind flaps your legs without mercy. Work or hiking boots are clumsy and don't look right in the office. Racing boots are generally fragile and don't hold up to daily use.
Hennen,Baker 1-2 at Silverstone; Glover Becomes Youngest AMA MX Champ; Camel Pro Series Continues Hot
The final round of the world championships for solo classes and 500cc sidecar was held in England at the ex-airfield Silverstone circuit. It was the first time ever a world championship road race meeting of this nature had been held on the mainland as all previous rounds had been on the controversial 37.75-mi.
Broc Glover, a 17-year-old Californian, is the new AMA 125cc national motorcross champion, a title he owes in substantial measure to Yamaha Motors teammate Bob Hannah, the defending champ, and to an AMA rule which says there will not be duplicate prizes in case of ties.
Harley-Davidson continues to dominate the flat track action, but Kenny Roberts' runaway superiority on pavement, combined with his ability to finish in the points in other events, seemed to indicate the AMA Camel Pro Series No. 1 plate would wind up back in Roberts' hands as the season rolled into its final eight events.
Talk about your uphill battles—that’s all that Jim Thompson and the other AMA hillclimbers do all summer. Thompson happened to do it better than anyone else at the mid-season AMA National Hill-climb, though, to take the Formula A share of a $6000 purse.
Lancer Leathers offers custom tailored jackets for the touring rider. These jackets represent classic police or H-D styling, in a choice of 16 selected colors, have built-in kidney belt, comfort styled “action” back, side lacing adjustkment, inside map pocket and heavy duty brass zippers and snaps. Lancer’s unique cross-over collar allows full zip-up sealing for cold weather, or two snap-open positions for improved ventilation. A custom tooled matching belt is optional. Lancer Leathers also manufactures custom matching leather pants and one-piece touring outfits.
Martek Products, Inc.,
RM125B ROD KIT
DG Performance announces its connecting rod kit for Suzuki RM125B. This rod kit comes complete with rod, pin, lower bearing and thrust washers. The rod sells for $29.95 and is available from DG Performànce Specialties, Dept. CW-11 , 5552 La Palma Ave. East, Anaheim, Calif. 92806. (714) 996-4430.
Martek Products, Inc.,
HONDA FOUR IGNITION
Martek Products introduces a transistorized electronic ignition. The Martek 440 is specifically designed for the Honda 750, 550/500 and 400/350 four-cylinder motorcycles. The electronic ignition is completely contained within a single unit which is attached directly to the engine in place of the stock base plate and breaker points. With the Martek 440, there is no external black box which must be mounted on the motorcycle.
Martek Products, Inc.,
Wiseco Piston, Inc., has forged kits for most popular applications. The firm states the pistons are forged with a high silicone alloy for minimum expansion, greater skirt control and longer piston life. Kits come with SuperStrength rings, and other needed parts. Applications include Honda 750, Kawasaki KZ650 and 900, and Suzuki 750. For further information contact Wiseco Piston, Inc., Dept. CW-11, 7201 Industrial Park Blvd., Mentor, Ohio 44060.