What luck!” I said to myself as I rode out of the rain and up to the front door of the hotel. As suits one of the finer hotels in our area, this one has a marquee, an impressive structure all the way across the drive. Fine place to park in the rain and not only was there a sheltered bike-sized spot across from the front door, behind the spot was parked an older Corvette, which I recognized as belonging to a friend.
Having been an avid motorcycle enthusiast for 15 years, I would like to congratulate you on your magazine. Your concisely written tests, unbiased opinions, and entertaining articles are well appreciated. In your February, 1979 issue, “Computer Motorcycle Testing” article, please remember in this computerized world that few computers own or ride motorcycles.
About a year ago we evaluated a new air pump from S&W. Called the Mini Pump, it fit easily into an enduro jacket or tool pouch. It would inflate a 3.00-21 tire in less than 2 min., and could be used for pressurizing shocks and forks. We think the Mini Pump is the greatest, and wouldn’t think of leaving for the wilds without one.
On the surface, a meeting called by Transportation Secretary Brock Adams so automobile industry leaders could discuss the design of the "car of the future," should have little to do with motorcycles. But there's a connection. A number of reasonable people met at the two-day session to “re-invent the car,” in Adams' words.
The Finest Superbike Made Grows Longer, Lower and Wider for the American Rider
Like all other forward-thinking motorcycle manufacturers, Suzuki last year watched the sales of Yamaha Specials climb out of sight. And like all the other forward-thinking motorcycle manufacturers in Japan, this year Suzuki has introduced its own Specials.
The Middleweight XR Is Better On The Trail Than It Is On The Spec Chart
Middle children have it tough. The biggest kid in the family gets the headlines and is instantly appointed the leader. All the good stuff begins at the top and the biggest has the prestige (and muscle) to keep the others in line. The littlest arrives with a built-in excuse; he may not be able to do things as well, but then he’s the baby of the family and gets attention because he's so cute.
In every issue of Cycle World, we report on how various motorcycles perform when new. We run them on the track, ride them on the street and through the canyons. Then we strip them down to reveal inner strengths and weaknesses. But our investigations can’t tell us how well a machine will hold up after the shine fades and the odo rolls into the thousands.
The Last Two-Stroke Sport Bike Holds One Advantage Over Its Four-Stroke Rivals: It Wheelies At Will.
The Yamaha RD400 is still with us, carrying the flag as the largest two-stroke street bike now sold in the United States. 1979 is the RD’s fourth year of production, and the machine that made its name as the slightly bigger replacement for the RD350 finds itself in a changed marketplace.
Sammy Miller’s 1964 Revolution Just Gets Better Every Year
Trials bikes would look very different today had not Francisco Xavier Bulto in 1964 invited Sammy Miller to spend a few days at the Bultaco factory in Barcelona. The few days stretched to 12 and at the end of his stay, Sammy rolled the prototype Sherpa T out in front of the factory engineers and Señor Bulto.
The first Hugon fairing I saw was on a Yamaha XS750 piloted by an artist friend. Unfortunately, he became so enthralled with mentally painting the Marin County landscape that he ran the bike into the back of a stopped car. The Lexan fairing escaped with only scratches.
Two Months After Breaking His Back, King Kenny Is Back on Two Wheels
Presstime flash! Roberts wins in Austria!
Just 17 days after his Sears Point test session, Kenny Roberts won the second Grand Prix in the 500cc World Championship series, in Austria. Roberts finished six seconds ahead of Suzuki mounted Virginio Ferrari after a back-and-forth dice that ended when Ferrari ran off the racetrack.
The Big Maico Motocrosser is an Excellent Desert Bike
Early in 1978 we tested a new 450 Maico Magnum motocrosser. All the test riders were highly impressed with the Magnum's cornering and good handling. The big 450 engine had so much torque it seemed only right to try the machine in the desert, and to no one's surprise it worked as well in the desert as it did on a motocross course.
Lackey Leads World Championship; Superbowl Gets Charitable; Suzuki Finishes Cannonball Baker Run
FIRST BIKE FINISHES CANNONBALL BAKER
CHARITABLE SUPERBOWL OF MX
HANSFORD'S KAWASAKI SHAKES TOO MUCH
PADDLE TIRES OUTLAWED
FATE AIDS SHEENE
SCHREIBER WINS IN SPAIN
LACKEY TAKES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS LEAD
For the first time in the history of the “event,” a motorcycle finished the Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. George Egloff, Wendy Epstein, Ken Ward, Steve Ward and Dirk James teamed up to ride a Suzuki GS850 in the 3000-mile race from Darien, Connecticut (home of Mike Baldwin) to Redondo Beach, California in 43 hours, 32 minutes.
I own a 1976 Honda CB400F on which I’ve installed a Dyna-III electronic ignition. It’s keeping the battery discharged, to the point that the electric start and turn signals won’t work. A fast workout on the highway will cure this, but only for an hour or so.
For Harley-Davidson owners who want more performance, Drag Specialties may have the answer with their W&S/Mega-drag high performance parts. Over 150 items are available for the serious builder of performance machines or the casual rider wanting more power. Drag Specialties has prepared a special Megadrag catalog. To get one write Drag Specialties, CW-7, PO Box 9336, Minneapolis, Minn. 55440.
Esprit has a new line of leathers for street and touring riders. They have four styles of jackets for men, one style for ladies and matching pants. Colors are black, brown and buckwheat. For more information write to Esprit Products, CW-7, 1511 Alum Creek Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43209.
TZ 250 RACING FRAME
Made from 4130 aircraft seamless tubing, TIG welded and featuring an oval section swing arm, this new frame from D.K.G. weighs only 37 lb. Fuel tank, steering stem and shock bolts are aluminum. Axle and swing arm bolts are made from hollow, heat-treated, stainless steel. Tapered roller bearings are used at the steering head and swing arm pivot. A flush-mount aircraft filler cap is included and custom mounts are available upon request. For price and additional information contact Dave Garoutte, CW-7, 105 Molino Ave., Mill Valley, Calif. 94941 or call (415) 388-6324.
SUPER LIGHT PISTONS
New from Wiseco are forged, super light pistons for Suzuki, Yamaha and Honda 125 motocrossers. The piston walls are thinner than normal, reducing weight and allowing greater engine rpm and response. Two chrome-plated, Swedish steel rings measuring 0.024 in. are used. Greater piston skirt control, better combustion heat transfer, improved compression, and increased horsepower are claimed. The pistons are available in sizes from standard to .080 in. oversize. Contact Wiseco Piston, CW-7, 7201 Industrial Park Blvd., Mentor, Ohio 44060.
HALLMAN SUZUKI DR FRAME KIT
Torsten Hallman now has frame kits for the DR Suzukis. The proven Aberg Yamaha frame is used with modified engine mounts so the DR will slip right in. The kit consists of frame, steering bearings, aluminum swing arm and aluminum engine mounts. Frame bracketry will allow fitting the new RMN tank and seat. Other combinations are available when special ordered. Price is $795. from Torsten Hallman Racing, CW-7, 1300 Hill St., El Cajon, Calif. 92020. Phone (714) 442-0431.
For Harley-Davidson owners who want more performance, Drag Specialties may have the answer with their W&S/Mega-drag high performance parts. Over 150 items are available for the serious builder of performance machines or the casual rider wanting more power.