Steve Kimball gets credit for the early warning. The Hurt Report. the study of motorcycle crashes that's already been the source of some surprises, was released in preliminary form some time back and a copy has been floating about the office since.
I liked your November 1979 issue because you put more little motocrossers in it. I like the 50, 80 and 100. I like to see more of the little bikes. I don't see much of the 100 and 50 and I liked your 80 test because I like to see which is better, the Yamaha, Suzuki or Kawasaki.
Unorganized isn't the half of it. Not only was there a Fifth Annual Barstow-to-Vegas Memorial Trail Ride, Political Protest and Silt-Flinging Festival, and not only was the ride not organized by the Phantom Duck of the Desert, by order of the court this year, but the 1979 event consisted of at least three rides, none of which was really organized and each of which was fun and politically useful.
With or without the optional scorching flame paint job on the gas tank the Harley-Davidson Wide Glide (no foolin) is the most outrageous customized motorcycle to ever come from a major motorcycle manufacturer. Starting out with what could have been a Super Glide.
Insurance for motorcycles is expensive, and it can be hard to find. We all know that. Yamaha is now doing something about it. Because of insurance regulations. Yamaha can't get into the insurance business, but Yamaha has reached an agreement with an existing insurance agency so customers have instant insurance if they want it.
Not your usual sort of museum, but something fans of old British motorcycles will enjoy is a private collection, now open to the public. Lewis Peterson, whose business is A&A Motorcycles, 110 La Port, Arcadia, Calif. began gathering up English machines several years ago.
That various government bodies, federal on down to the local JP, either don't like motorcycles, ignore them or work against two-wheel transportation. isn't news. What motorcycle enthusiasts have in common is enthusiasm for motorcycles.
One of the non-racing highlights of Daytona, right along with touring the town and admiring all the hikes, is Harley-Davidson's show. Not only has Harley and all the other factories flattered custom hike builders by making production machines look like customs, every ear H-D puts on a tribute to the reworked jobs of all styles.
Everywhere you look these days there are experimental suspension systems. Suzuki has tried a multi-linkage front fork assembly on Grand Prix motocross bikes and Kawasaki is successfully campaigning the Unitarak rear suspensions. Now Honda, which has hitherto stuck to conventional suspensions.
Cameras rule. When those demon promoters convinced ABC's Wide World of Sports that what the program needed was a confrontation among the best riders in the world. they told us the program would he fun, and mostly for television. and that they didn't especially care if any fans showed up.
Yamaha introduced the last really new rear suspension seen on a production motorcycle. The year was 1974, and the mono-shockers reached the showroom floor only after a couple of developmental years on the Grand Prix circuit. Now Kawasaki has come along with another new idea in rear suspension, the Uni-Trak, and has done the near-impossible in offering the Uni-Trak to the public just one model year after the idea appeared on the team bikes.
Racetrack Testing Two High Performance Tires That Work Better Than Their Name Suggests
Motorcycles. (especially big, heavy motorcycles), with 17-in, rear tires are becoming more and more common. The smaller diameter, larger-footprint tires are one way to improve straight-line traction, tire mileage and load-carrying capacity, as well as contribute to the esthetics of the semi-chopper But most 17-in.
One of the biggest problems faced by off-road riders is carrying tools. Not only what to carry, but how to carry them. Many firms offer bags that attach to the rear fender, the handlebar crosstube or the top of the tank. We have tried them all. Most will carry enough tools to repair a minor breakdown but all have disadvantages.
A Better Chassis Wrapped Around the Most Exciting Engine in Motorcycling
When Honda's CBX was introduced in 1978, it was a spectacular inline Six, dual overhead cam 24-value monster motor wrapped around the least amount of motorcycle Honda figured would support it. Only the original figures weren't exactly right.
An All-new 650 Four,25O Singles and Better-Than-Ever Monoshockers From Yamaha.
Now that Yamaha has its, uh, Special success leading the other factories into look-alikes in the laid-back mode, 01' No. 2 has gone the copiers one better for 1980: Yamaha has introduced new road machines done as Specials, and for which there are no Standards.
The German Government's Approach to Motorcycle Safety May Be a Frightening Look Into Our Own Future.
If you've ever worried about what the "safety" concerns of NHTSA chief Joan Claybrook and the mechanical meddling of the EPA could lead to, imagine this scenario: You wish to change the handlebars on your 1973 Honda CB750. The bars you buy at your local motorcycle shop are approved by the government for your year and model.
A New Rear Hub and Adjustable Shocks Make the '80T a Better Bike Than the '79N
Suzuki's RM125 has seen more than its share of winner circles. Last year (1979) like the rest of the RM line, the 125 received major design and styling changes. Mechanically the '79 RMN was very good. but the Star Wars styling met with mixed reaction.
What we have here, in the form of Yamaha's 750 Triple being boosted into an 850, is the chance to squeeze one more joke out of the old good news-bad news routine: The bad news? Yamaha hasn't changed the XS750 much. And the good news? Yamaha hasn’t changed the XS750 much.
A few months ago we started hearing good words about a firm in Oregon that makes plastic gas tanks. Plastic tanks for motorcycles aren't a new idea, Don Vesco and a couple other firms have been producing plastic tanks for several years, but most are based on one shape.
Here we have another nice book from Haynes in Merry Old, just in time to pass away those dreary winter months. Of some 159 pp. and incorporating numerous nice clear photographs, big enough to see fascinating detail, John Robinson’s nine chapters manage to cover the subject quite well.
Four-stroke 1000s are scheduled to challenge the two-stroke 750s and 500s at Daytona.This is what they'll be like
More things are unpredictable in racing than simply who will win a race. Take, for example, rules. Specifically, consider the rules for the 1980 Winston Pro Series road races. As this is written, press releases have arrived from Daytona International Speedway stating that the 1980 Daytona 200 will be open to 1025cc four-strokes, 750cc two-strokes with 23mm intake restrictors, and unrestricted 500cc twostrokes.
Just When We Thought All Was Lost, the 1980 GS550 Turns up Faster Than Ever
Just when some of the guys around the Cycle World offices were beginning to feel that all was lost, that the EPA and NHTSA were succeeding in a terrible scheme to gut our sport and turn our bikes into slugs, a ray of sunshine broke through the dark gloom and a note of joy sounded amidst the wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Everyone knows that the wheels should be aligned on the family car because misalignment shows up as unusual tire wear. Alignment of motorcycle wheels is actually more critical, yet less obvious and more often overlooked. Most riders don’t worry about wheel alignment and those who do usually count on the stamped marks on the swing arm.
It Took a Durable Combination to Win the First Daytona 200
Every country has its great legends of speed. In England it is often the story of great TT races on the Isle of Man during the classic years of the 1930s, while in Italy it is usually the many great world championship wins by Moto Guzzi, Gilera. F. B. Mondial, and M. V. Agusta during the 1950s.
Making up one's mind on the basis of a first impression isn't fair. In stead, it's normal but even so we'd better begin by noting that the Bates Supershield made as good a first impression as any add-on we've seen in some time. First, the instructions were useful and concise.
How Springs Can Work for You in Your Motorcycle's Suspension.
Coil springs have been such an integral part of motorcycle suspensions in the past three decades that it's been far too easy to take them for granted. Simple and reliable, they’ve been silent servants in the war against potholes and bumps and the maintenance of as smooth and as comfortable a path for the enjoyment of our pastime as possible.
For those who are keen to work out a few of the formulas that apply to springs, here goes. The relationship between the spring's load (L), deflection (e) and spring rate (R) is as follows: where L is in pounds (lb.), d is in inches (in.) and R is in lb/in.
How Well Earned Is BMW's Reputation? 293 Owners Provide the Answer
Over the years. devoted owners have given BMWs a mystique that borders on legend. According to True Believers, BMWs just get nicely broken-in at mileages where other, lesser brands wear out. And, they claim, Beemers are smoother, quieter, more comfortable, more reliable, better finished ...
There are more-and larger-factory teams racing motocross in America than in any other form of motorcycle racing in the world. But despite the intense competition, it usually isn’t too difficult to predict in advance the winner or champion of a particular race series.
Italians will always have fond memories of the 54th running of the International Six Days Trial (ISDT), after their KTM/SWM-mounted team took the World Trophy over the West German and East German teams. Several Italian riders also took class victories in the event held in the Siegerland area of West Germany.
Vance Loses Two Pro Stock Titles in Two Weeks; Broc Glover and Yamaha Retain 125cc MX championship; NMRA Announces Discounts
Bob Carpenter and his CM Performance Kawasaki defeated Terry Vance and the U.S. Suzuki/R.C. Engineering GS1000 to take the NMRA Pro Stock title for 1979. Carpenter's win came at the last race of the NMRA season, at Ontario Motor Speedway, California.
Officials of the National Motorcycle Racing Assn. (NMRA). a division of NHRA, have announced that members will receive 10 percent discounts on purchases from several firms. An NMRA membership costs $20 and includes a membership card.
Sid Pogue took the JDBA Pro Stock championship title marking the second Pro Stock title lost by defending champion Terry Vance in the span of two weeks. Vance's R.C. Engineering Suzuki lost second gear in a preliminary round, giving Vicki Farr the round win and a chance against Pogue in the finals.
The amateur, unsponsored enthusiasts who make up the bulk of Bonneville competitors had a great time at Speed Week 1979. Take Rick Coatman, who set two records with a Honda CBX. Last year, Coatman and bike owners John Dalton and George Forsythe (all from Greeley, Colorado) were promised help for their CBX effort by the head of Honda R&D in America.
Team Yamaha's Broc Glover of El Cajon, California, wrapped up his third consecutive AMA 125cc National Motocross Championship with one race still left to be run in the nine-event 1979 schedule. Glover clinched his title with a conservative fourth place finish at Metrolina Speedway Park in Charlotte, North Carolina, aboard his Jim Felt-prepared factory OW-42 works bike.
One week before the United States 125cc Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio. Belgian rider Harry Everts clinched the 1979 World Championship at the Irish round of the series aboard his Sylvain Geboers-tuned watercooled Suzuki RA works bike. Everts had dominated the series right from the beginning in what was his first season with Team Suzuki, and now he can add his 125cc title to the 250cc World Motocross Championship he won in 1975 while riding for Puch.
This book has nothing whatsoever to do with a poker game but instead is a collection of shortish magazine-length articles about various four-cylinder motorcycles manufactured in the past. Fortunately for our sanity, the book doesn't go into the plethora of Japanese multis now available to the unwashed masses as most of the bikes described here were built when owning a Four made one a man of substance.
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Jofa has a variety of shoulder pads to fit just about anyone's needs. All pads are fully adjustable to six positions. Jofa pads are manufactured from closed cell material with air holes. Vital areas around the shoulders and upper arms are plastic covered for added protection. Jofa pads are available from most motorcycle dealers.
California Side Car Co.
California Side Car Co. has a commuter sidecar designed for middle weight motorcycles. It is made from fiberglass painted black, and will bolt on the left or right side of the motorcycle. It comes complete with upholstery, carpeted interior, taillight, windscreen and torsion bar suspension. For prices or more information contact: California Side Car, CW2, 1630 Oregon Ave., Long Beach, Calif. 90813. Phone (213) 432-8880.
California Side Car Co.
Vetter Corporation has a new mid-sized fairing called the Quicksilver. It is designed and sized for lightweight sport and touring bikes. The unit measures 25 in. across and weighs 16 lb. including hardware (a Windjammer weights 35 lb.). The Quicksilver features black accent turn signals, a rectangular sealed beam headlight, pebble grained interior and black edge trim. Windshields are available in two sizes, regular and sport. A rectangular quartz headlight is also offered as a replacement. The Quicksilver is available in black, white and silver. Price including all hardware is $199 plus freight, tax and installation. For more information and a free brochure, write: Vetter Corp., CW-2, Route 136 East, Rantoul, I11. 61866.
California Side Car Co.
KAWASAKI GEAR BOX
The Kawasaki gear box is made from high strength plastic and measures 13 by 13 in. It can be used as a shop organizer, pit box, van storage box or any place a strong box is needed. They are available from any Kawasaki dealer for $7.95.
Photographers, we need your photos for Slipstream. We're looking for photos that make us smile because they say something about motorcycling. Submissions should be made to Slipstream, Cycle World, 1499 Monrovia, Newport Beach, Calif.