No point in even debating this nonquestion. Anybody who's been running around on top of an engine for more than six weeks knows . . . Things Don't Fit. Further, they don't fit in three general ways. 1) Things you buy at the store or from a catalog or through the mail, only to learn that attaching the bolts isn’t half the battle.
Your Long-Term Report on the Suzuki GS550 in the March issue was well received and enjoyed at our offices. However, I would like to point out two discrepancies in the article which evidently resulted from a misinterpretation of some advice from the dealership which serviced the bike.
When we first heard that "60 Minutes" had sent a crew to visit the Mojave Desert and do a story about off-road recreation, we were pleased and hopeful. "60 Minutes" is probably the best known and most respected television program in the U.S.
With only six months experience riding motorcycles, Ernest O'Gaffney decided "I'd like to see my name in a record book." So he hitched a Cycle Kamp trailer behind his Kawasaki KZ1000 and headed from New York's Empire State Building to the Empire State Building—by way of Europe.
Yes, there really is a diesel-powered motorcycle. Powered by a 200cc German Farymann diesel engine, the lowslung diesel cycle can hit 25 mph with the 3.5 horsepower Single clattering along at a maximum speed of 3000 rpm. Engineer Fritz Hochhut has a private collection of old motorcycles, cars and engines.
Those wonderful people who decided that tricycles could go too fast, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, have been asked by two doctors to place controls on minibikes, minicycles, and all off-road motorcycles. Before making a decision about regulations, the CPSC has contracted for a "study on human factors analysis of accidents involving twowheeled off-road vehicles."
Over a year ago the EPA began a series of public hearings on proposed noise limits for motorcycles. The EPA proposal was very stringent, so stringent that most large displacement air-cooled Twins could never hope to meet the standard. To support the arbitrary numbers the EPA scheduled one of the three public hearings in the retirement community of St.
Biggest news at the Can-Am factory in Valcourt. Quebec when a group of motorcycle journalists visited the facility last winter was the development of a 500cc four-stroke Single. A working prototype has been built at Valcourt, but it was in Florida when the editors were in Quebec.
Kawasaki , Honda CR, Suzuki RMN, and Yamaha YZF Go For it
The High Costs of 125 Motocross
No racing class is more popular or more competitive than 125 motocross. At the top of the scale, the factories field professional teams, battling it out with exotic works bikes and top riders for world and national titles. At the entry level, 125 motocross is the logical starting place for the young rider who wants to take his first shot at real racing.
Just two issues ago (Cycle World, April 1979) we declared the Suzuki GS750 the best all-around 750cc motorcycle, in spite of the fact that the competition had tried for three years to equal the Suzuki's brilliant combination of handling, power and flexibility.
The Smallest of the Monoshock Enduros Is Nimble, Tough and Surprisingly Fast
One drawback to modest virtue is that it's so, well, modest. When Yamaha introduced the high-volume serious enduro bike in the form of the YZ-descended IT line, the big fuss was made over the big engines. The IT400 and IT250 went like blazes.
BMWs have always had a reputation for utility, a reputation with few detractors and a reputation which appeals to a small group of fiercely loyal owners. In years past—long past—there was little else about a BMW to appeal to most riders and BMWs were considered good for long-distance touring and for dragging around sidecars.
Can a Honda Hawk Challenge the Yamaha RD400s in 410 Production Racing? The Answer Is Just Around the Corner
Like many other racing classes, 410 Production club racing is fiercely competitive and dominated by one kind of motorcycle: Yamaha's RD350/ 400. Until last year, the Box Stock class in most areas was similarly filled with Yamaha two-stroke Twins.
One of the few actual criticisms contained in our test of Honda's CX500 concerned the front forks. They give generous travel, soak up little bumps and ripples and don't have much stiction. They are soft, which means the ride is smooth and comfy and adds to the pleasure of the bike.
America's Best Hope for an Open Class World Champion Challenges Heikki Mikkola at the U.S. Grand Prix at Carlsbad
Bradley Gene Lackey, 25, has pursued the 500cc Motocross World Championship for six years. He could have earned big money during that time, if only he had stayed in America and raced AMA Nationals for a large Japanese firm. Instead, Lackey chose the hard way, heading for the motocross homeland before it was fashionable, challenging the European masters on their own turf: The Grand Prix circuit.
Before Brad Lackey left for Europe. he voiced a great deal of excitement about his new works Kawasaki. It is designed around a single large shock, vertically mounted just behind the swing arm pivot. The design goals were to build a superior rear suspension, keep the center of gravity low and, naturally, give the Kawasaki factory riders an advantage over their competition.
Purple Paint and Pilgrim Pump; a Most Peculiar Motorcycle
Henry N. Manney III
Here we have another one of our celebrated Barnyard Salons especially photographed for those readers who say don't we ever get anything but sparkling new wonders? They will also say what in Tophet is a Scott. to which we reply a Scott is the motorcycle that made two-strokes respectable.
No brakes! No brakes!" yelled Wes Cooley at his pit crew when he pitted for gas on lap 13 of the 100-mile, 26-lap Daytona Superbike Production final. His bike hesitated once, twice, three times as his crew pushed him off, then finally fired on all four cylinders and was off, still leading.
Regular readers know we featured the Yoshimura Suzuki GS1000 in the May issue. At Daytona this year, Yoshimura R&D of America team, riders Ron Pierce, Wes Cooley and David Emde finished first, second and third in the Superbike Production race.
In theory the 250cc Expert race at Daytona should have been a chance for Americans to see how good the works KR250 Kawasakis really are. Reigning 250cc (and 350cc) World Champion Kork Ballington of South Africa was entered in his first U.S. appearance.
Soooooooooeeeeeeeee!" screamed a frenzied fan, standing just a few inches from the back of Dale Singleton's head as Singleton yelled into a reporter's tape recorder. A group of maybe 50 well-wishers and supporters stood in a bunch 15 ft.
Jammin' Jimmy Weinert out-foxed Bob Hannah to win the Eighth Daytona Supercross. Weinert won the first Supercross held at Daytona eight years ago and Saturday's win gives him the distinction of being the only two-time Daytona Supercross winner.
The Much-Rumored New Road Racer Is Alive and Well in Australia
Kawasaki's new F750 road racer is alive and well and just finished secret testing in Australia. The configuration of the two-stroke, reed-valve, four-cylinder engine is unique. Cylinders one and four are forward and outside the centerlines of cylinders two and three, a layout which results in a unit 2 in.
Fortunately for us, during the winter months a book or two occasionally arrives for reviewing in aid of which we get read them of course. Phil Irving is an Australian engineer who was sort of a legend in the industry at one time, not only having a hand in the Velocette and AJS works but also serving a stint as Chief Engineer to Vincent-HRD.
Husqvarna's continuing and longstanding domination of the Open class in off-road Baja events has been upset. Bruce Ogilvie and Chuck Miller rode a modified IT400 Yamaha to victory in the Mexicali 250, the first SCORE Baja race of the season.
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The Bosch Halogen light gives up to 100 percent more visibility than standard lights. They have a computer designed lens teaching to the right of the rider without blinding oncoming traffic. For price and information contact Helmet House, CW-6, 2115 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, Calif. 90404. Phone (213) 828-6405
Lockhart, the oil cooler people, have a new way to dress up the rear of the old scoot and carry tour gear too. It’s called the Tail Piece. Made from aluminum with a die-cast cargo deck and vinyl deck mat, it combines rigidity and light weight. Parts are assembled using aircraft fasteners, completely eliminating welding. Available in black epoxy or polished aluminum. Check your local dealer or contact Lockhart Industries, CW-6, 15707 Texaco St., Paramount, Calif. 90723 or call (213) 633-4551
NYLON TOURING SUITS
Lancer’s Tour Mates are made from wear resistant nylon (50 percent Antron Nylon, 50 percent Viscose), and use leather to reinforce stressed areas. Jackets are satin lined, pants are nylon lined. Cross-over styling, full Velcro leg adjustments, adjustable kidney belts and snapon fur collar are standard on all touring suits. A quilted thermo liner is an option. Check your local dealer or contact Lancer Leathers, CW-6, 10233 North 19th Ave., Phoenix, Ariz. 85021. Phone (602) 944-1783
HONDA CR250R ALUMINUM SWING ARM
Frias Design has an aluminum swing arm for the 250R Honda. It weighs only 4 lb., is built from 6061 aircraft alloy and finished in a choice of red or gold. All stock bolts etc. are used for installation. Price is $179.50 from Frias Design, CW-6, 12353 Delphey, Chino, Calif. 91710 or call (714) 627-0265
HONDA CR125R GOODIES
DG already has performance parts for the new 125 Honda. They offer a Pro Kit that includes porting, pipe, bigger carburetor and air cleaner for $315.00. They also have a kit to turn the 125 into a 100. It goes for $410.00. A 1-in. longer swing arm, made from aluminum is also available. Or how about air caps for the forks, or FIM side plates or 8 gauge spokes? For more information contact DG Performance Products, CW-6, 5552 Van Horne Rd., Anaheim, Calif. 92806 or call (714) 630-5471
75 SECURITY CABLE LOCK
The Maxim cable comes in two lengths and diameters. Diameters are ⅝ in. and ¾ in., lengths are 6 or 7 ft. Both feature large steel locking areas with fully concealed joints and tubular key locks. For further information write or call Maxim Lock Co., CW-6, 4314 Western Ave., Chicago, I11. 60618, (312) 539-0626