My friend The Philosopher has raised self-deception to the level of art. "First," he says. ticking off the steps of his logic finger by finger, "I'm not gonna crash. No way. If I was going to crash, I wouldn't ride. So I don't need a helmet for protection.
Came home from working at the beach last week knowing my Yamaha was going to have to have new tennis shoes that weekend. I was in a total dilemma as to what tires to get for the way I ride, when what do I find amidst my stack of junk mail but my good ol' August subscript of CYCLE WORLD, with a great big article on street tire tests.
If you thought I sounded enthusiastic about Honda's Carburetion Manual, wait until you hear about the new (1977) Honda Electrical Manual. Everything I said about the earlier manual holds true in terms of clarity of description and excellent illustrations but the electrical manual shows many test hook-ups and procedures that can be done in the home shop—even hints on where to pick up inexpensive test components.
Some of us have been through this before. About 15 years ago the car manufacturers discovered that drivers like powerful cars. So they began to make powerful cars. Then the social critics discovered that the factories were selling the public what the public wanted to buy.
KTMs are made in Austria by Kronreif and Trunkenpolz Motor-Fahrzeugbau KG. With a corporate name like that it's no wonder they are marketed simply as KTM (formerly Penton on the east coast). KTMs are common in the winner's circle at both enduros and motocross.
Legal thrills at the dragstrip: All it takes is money to turn your superbike into an ET-eating quarter-mile weapon.
Grudge night at the drags. Pay $2, sign on the dotted line and you get to face off against your buddies in a real, no-if-ands-or-buts race on a real dragstrip. Find out just how fast your bike really is, discover what 120 mph feels like, all perfectly legal, without bothersome police or confusing corners getting in the way of the fun.
The Kawasaki Z1-R is a mean, aggressive-looking motorcycle right off the showroom floor. Fitted with a Yoshimura Stage II performance kit, the bike's behavior matches its looks perfectly: violent. Everything starts to happen at 5500 rpm.
A GS1000 is a strong street bike. An R.C. 1176cc GS1000 gives new meaning to the word lunge. You can't tell from appearances. The motorcycle looks stock except for the R.C. exhaust system and wheelie-bar brackets welded onto the swing arm. Even after starting the engine, the changes aren't immediately obvious.
Hailwood doesn't believe in his legend. He isn't technical. He's 38 years old. But he always liked the loM, so ...
Comebacks are catastrophes. Most people are not in a position to make them, and the ones that are usually shouldn't. Particularly not the ones loosely referred to as legends. Most legends are dead, or shelved. People like them like that. And heroes are absolute.
A 350cc, 4-Speed, Two-Stroke with a Powerband Equal To a Four-Stroke
Montesa. Chances are if you started racing motocross within the last couple of years, you have never ridden one. You may not even have had the chance to look at one up close. And a shame it is. The new Cappras are fine hikes. It is truly refreshing to look at a motorcross bike that is different.
Mike Baldwin starts last, runs over Aksland's debris, brushes the wall—and wins
RITTER WINS SUPERBIKE PRODUCTION
EMDE TOPS 250 EXPERTS
"Skip's carbs were tumbling down the track and I hit them, went about six feet into the air. It cracked the wheel. Lucky I had a tube." Mike Baldwin, a privateer riding his own bought-and-paid-for TZ750 Yamaha. had just won the AMA Grand National/Camel Pro Series road race at Sears Point Raceway, near San Francisco.
How many times have you heard from spectators lining the fences "Boy if I had wonna those trick road racers I'd show Kenny Roberts where to get off." But who has 45 hun for a trick road racer? Other spectators may have doubts about doing 175 round the banking at Daytona ... well, the clever Nipponese in the person of KSK Enterprise KK of Tokyo have looked after us again.
What are the needs of the Magellan-minded tourer? Granitic reliability, for openers. Comfort that will measure up against thousand-mile days. Handling that will make the thousand-mile day fun. Luggage that's simultaneously handy and secure.
Rollers, Balls, Pins, Shells and Bushings ... Each Bearing Type Has Its Own Job To Do.
Bearings are intended to support and locate rotating mechanical bits—in a word, shafts. This they do with varying degrees of precision and/or efficiency. Their design is dictated by many things, not the least of which is cost. There are bearings in your motorcycle's engine, gearbox, steering head, swing arm pivot, and wheels, just to hit upon the obvious.
The reason I know it didn't happen in 1972 is because I was riding a Moto Guzzi Ambassador that year. And the reason I know it didn't happen in 1974 is because that is the year BMW put an auto-lock on its starter systems so you couldn't start a Beemer in gear unless you held the clutch lever in, and if my bike had had this setup there'd be nothing to recall after all these years.
"King Kenny" Roberts wins 500cc World Championship; Glover takes 125cc USGP and AMA 125cc Championship; Tripes wins 250cc USGP by a hair; Eklund still leads Springsteen in Camel Pro Series
HANK SCOTT TAKES TWO
GROUP FOUR DUCATI WINS NELSON LEDGES 24-HOUR
SPENCER TRIES A 750 ... AND LIKES IT
GLOVER WINS U.S. 125CC GRAND PAIX
AND IT'S GLOVER AGAIN ...
AMERICANS DOMINATE U.S. 250CC GP; TRIPES WINS
BOL D'OR CHANGES
QUICK, WHERE AM I?
KING KENNY IS WORLD CHAMPION
IT'S STILL EKLUND, WITH SPRINGER GAINING...
Whatever Hank Scott and tuner Carl Patrick did to their XR750 during intermission at the Sacramento Mile, worked. Sacramento is a revival on the Camel Pro Series schedule. The old track Sacramento was closed eight years ago. Then the California Exposition provided a mile track, a classic horse track, and promoter J.C. Agajanian took a chance and brought motorcycle racing back to the state Capitol.
Years of trail riding had passed beneath my wheels before I finally came to the day when I decided I really had to find some new and interesting riding. Between friends who knew where to ride, and hearsay about this or that place, and later on taking part in enduros, which offered pre-planned, marked routes, I'd never felt much pressure to discover anything new on my own.
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Hiiesalu air shocks have bodies fabricated from cast 356-T6 aluminum, then anodized for greater wear resistance. The shafts are 1-in. diameter 20-24 aluminum with 0.028-in. thick chrome plate. The reservoir is cast to the main body and total fluid capacity (230-250cc) is said to be nearly twice that of competitors. Hiiesalu shocks don't use springs. They have dual air chambers that control movement both ways. Damping is externally adjustable, using an Allen wrench. Oil weight and volume can be varied as can air pressure. They contain an aluminum/silicon/ bronze bearing for long life and are rebuildable. Hiiesalu shocks carry a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and a 6-month warrantee against failure. Price is $249. A nitrogen bottle for filling shocks and forks is also available for $65. If ordered together the bottle is only $45. Contact Hiiesalu Mfg. Co., Dept. CW-11, 120 W. Cypress Ave., Burbank, Calif. 91502. Telephone (213) 845-7161.
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DG has just introduced their new line of sports clocks. First in a series is Bob Hannah at the 1978 Hangtown race. This is where Bob started his unbelievable 24-moto winning streak. The clock has a transistorized mechanism, measures 18 x 23 in. and sports Bob's signature on the face of the clock. The motocross clock sells for $34.50 and is available at DG dealers or DG performance Specialties, CW-11, 1170 Van Horne Rd., Anaheim, Calif. 92806. Telephone (714) 630-5471.
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Hatch Accessories has a glove designed for Trials riding—by Bernie Schreiber. winner of four world Trials rounds. They are made from nylon and leather; the palms are soft with ribbing for a positive grip when wet, the backs are nylon with protective padding. The thumb and first finger have reinforcing patches of leather, and elastic is used at the wrist. The leather is white, the nylon is red, padding blue. $13.25 at your local dealer or contact Hatch Accessories, CW-11, P.O. Box 7257, Van Nuys, Calif. 91406. Telephone (213) 873-2141.
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Moto-X Fox now has racing apparel. Combination leather and nylon pants, gloves, and chest protector/shoulder pad are available. MX Fox claims this is the first chest protector designed for motocross instead of being adapted from ice hockey. Free color brochure is available from Moto-X Fox, CW-11, 520 McGlincy Lane, Campbell, Calif. 95008. Telephone (408) 371-1221.
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REMOTE RESERVOIR SHOCKS FROM TRICKIT
Number 1 Products, Inc. introduces the "RS" high performance remote reservoir shock absorber. A gas system provides air-free operation for less fade and maximum heat dissipation and oil capacity. Available with a complete selection of straight-wound and progressive springs in high quality chrome-silicone wire with black epoxy finish, the "RS" shocks are 100% dynamometer tested and matched in pairs at the factory. They are available for all motocross bikes in lengths from 12 to 16½ in. and are rebuildable. The price is $99.95 a pair. For further information contact Number 1 Products, CW-11.4931 N. Encinita Ave., Temple City, Calif. 91780. Telephone (714) 630-5471.
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The Face Case is a zippered case for flat face shields. It features a YKK #5 tent zipper and is made from heavy denim. It has three separate compartments for carrying several different color shields, for day and nightime riding convenience. It is available from Jordan C. Phillips,CW-11, Loch Lane, Port Chester, N.Y. 10573. Telephone (914) 939-4455. Price is $9.95 postpaid.
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The new MXL belt features a combination of leather, nylon, Velcro and flexible steel struts. The leather and steel struts keep the belt from rolling down and the double Velcro tongues insure a proper fit. Available at dealers everywhere.