Near the end of his letter, a man who likes old bikes, our stand on helmets and this magazine writes “You sound like my kind of biker.” Which is a nice thing to hear. And yet, I wonder if the credit shouldn’t be wider than that . . . Friday afternoon, quitting time and I’m headed out of the industrial park where we have our modest shop.
Regarding the Daytona coverage, it was stated in several articles that Ron Pierce’s bike suffered mechanical difficulties during the last lap of the Bell 100 Daytona superbike race. This morning we found this to be untrue. We discovered that it had been an electrical problem rather than mechanical.
Remember when you were a kid—well, just past a kid—and stumbled upon some pursuit which really set you to staring into the distance at the dinner table? In my day, old National Geographics were good for that, what with camel caravans across the Urp Depression or a safari via Citroen halftrack to Karakorum.
Recalls sound like a good idea. If a manufacturer discovers an unsafe feature on a motorcycle, the recall procedure enables the manufacturer to contact the owner and have the bike returned for repairs. Unfortunately, recalls got mixed up with the Department of Transportation and the whole Pandora’s Box has run into something called Product Liability (which the attorneys call an “emerging area of law” meaning they don’t understand it either).
The last couple of years have seen the return of the four-stroke Single dirt bike. Yamaha started the ball rolling with the TT500 and Suzuki followed with the DR370. Then Honda introduced its long awaited XR series of machines. All of those bikes had frames and other major parts engineered especially for them.
Suzuki’s original GS400 and now the latest GS425 is what’s known as a Nice Little Bike. Nice Little Bikes get ridden to and from work or the bank or school or the store. On the way to the bank or work or school, Nice Little Bikes may be thrashed in a contest of speed with a fast car or other NLB, and on a curvy road they invite riders to imitate Kenny Roberts.
They Aren’t Stylish, but English Riding Suits Are Dry
Belstaff Trailmaster XL500
No matter what else one can say about the English—oil leaks and electrics come to mind—one must grant first that the English lead the world when it comes to being batty about bikes, and second that their weather is awful. Rainy and cold and all that.
All or Part, the GS1000XT Kit Definitely Looks Unique
Paul Dunstall Organization, Inc.
Paul Dunstall Organization, Inc.
Paul Dunstall Organization, Inc.
Everybody’s got their own idea of good styling and opinions are divided on how a sports bike should look. So it's no surprise that the distinctive, flashy Dunstall Suzuki we recently tried drew a lot of looks and a lot of comments pro and con.
Honda Technology Makes This the Best Dual Purpose Bike Going
Paul Zeek The perfect dual purpose bike, accord ing to a Cycle World comparison of dual purpose bikes last year, remained to be built. It still remains to be built. even now that Honda has produced the XL500, the closest yet to the perfect on-off road machine.
Everything Italians Are Famous for—It’s Red, Makes all the Right Noises and Goes Fast.
For pure art on wheels, no one can equal the Italians. Possessed with a passion for speed and road racing, the Italians have been producing beautiful and exotic motorcycles since their industry started back in the early 1920s. With a flair for superb machining and casting work, the Italians have spiced the pages of history with many magnificent machines which have now become classics of incomparable stature.
Finding Out the Hard Way What Not To Do in an Endurance Race
Wheels and Tires
Yoshimura exhaust and Mikuni smoothbore carbs
Barnett clutch kit
Racer 1 S-3 Turbo Fairing
MX Fox shocks
What better way is there to test performance products and modifications than by racing in a six-hour endurance event? If anything can go wrong or break, it will during an endurance race. So when Pat Eagan and I rode a Suzuki GS750E to second place 750cc in the annual American Federation of Motorcyclists (AFM) six-hour at Ontario, we gave a number of products the acid test.
Bad Brad Took One Moto, Mike Bell Put on a Show, and Gerrit Wolsink Paced Himself to Another USGP Win.
Whats a four letter word to describe this GP? Ask the 31 riders and the thousands of fans on hand and you'll get a unanimous answer: HEAT! The riders knew they were in for a killer when the temperatures climbed into the high 90s during Saturday's practice.
In most parts of the country, including the Southern California hotbed of road racing, Honda MT125R Singles have taken over the 125cc GP class in clubman events. But Bill Payne 38, a Southboro, Massachusetts, truck mechanic, won the 1978 American Association of Motorcycle Road Racers (AAMRR) Formula IV Championship with a TA125 Yamaha he bought in a basket for $150.
Improving exhaust systems began to get difficult when the factories learned how to make the systems work well in stock form. Since then it's become harder still, as the federal and some state bodies laid down their own rules for noise and emissions levels.
Jack Johnson Wins Baja Solo; Kawasaki Cleans up at Memphis Drags; Pierce Impressive at Le Mans;
JACK JOHNSON WHIPS BAJA INTERNACIONAL SOLO
BELL HELMETS CONTINGENCY
KAWASAKI DOMINATES I.D.B.A. MEMPHIS DRAG RACE
TESON/BERNARD TOP FUEL XS11
PIERCE FASTEST, HONDA WINS
With teammate Larry Roeseler side-lined with a knee injury, Jack Johnson rode the 403 mi. Baja Internacional by himself, taking the overall victory with a time of 7:39. Before finishing the fastest Baja Internacional ever, Johnson survived a crash into a tree and a ride through an uncontrolled brush fire.
In the August, 1978 Cycle World KZ650SR test there was a comment on the lag just off idle on the 1977 Kawasaki 650s. I have an early KZ650C that has this annoying glitch. In the test, Cycle World fiddled with this problem until an advance curve from a KZ900 cured the glitch.
Bates’s latest products are detachable saddlebags and tote boxes. They are constructed from ABS plastic, lined and weather sealed. Convenience items include single key locks and stay-open hinges to make packing easier. Available in black or a variety of custom colors. For more information contact Bates Industries, CW-8, P.O. Box 240, Long Beach, Calif. 90801. Call (213) 435-6551.
Bel-Ray grease is perfect for motorcycle use because it is completely waterproof. It is used by top factory motocross and enduro teams and by ISDT champions. It keeps lubricating under the toughest conditions and won't wash out of bearings and bushings. Available from any dealer who carries Bel-Ray products.
COAST CYCLE TANK COVER
Offering protection for your gas tank and convenient storage, the Coast Cycle Tank Cover is available in a variety of colors to fit all large Japanese motorcycles (except the Gold Wing) and post-1969 BMWs. The standard model Commuter has a pocket on each side, an emblem on top and sells for $28.95. It is ideal for gas tank protection under a tank bag. The deluxe Interstate ($41.95) has a Velcro-closed pocket on the left, two open pockets and a zipper-closed pocket on the right and a clear plastic map pocket on top. All tank covers are made of vinyl and include a scratch-proof inner surface. Available from Coast Cycle Imports, CW-7, 1325 Fuchsia St., Oxnard, Calif. 93030.
THE MXL BOOT
National Hydron has joined the plastic boot craze with a polyurethane boot. It is unaffected by oil, water, gas and most other chemicals. The anatomically designed liner is machine washable and provides extra protection. Ankle movement is facilitated by stainless steel pivots and full ankle movement is claimed. Motocross models are red with semi-smooth soles. Enduro boots are blue with cleated soles. Sizes 7 through 13 are available for $139 to $149 depending on the location of your local dealer.
PERMATEX CLEAN AND QUIET
Permatex has a cure for noisy disc brakes. Called Clean and Quiet, the kit consists of a can of disc cleaner and a can containing a special chemical that prevents squealing. Available from almost any auto parts store.