Just about the time the green flag waved for the Daytona Supercross final, I was sitting in the back yard of a farm in rural Volusia County, Florida. The farmhouse has been converted into a bar, the bar is a meeting place for motorcycle enthusiasts of the type usually known as Outlaws.
Thank you for your coverage of the 1979 Pro Stock Champions. We drag racers appreciate the ink in a magazine as widely read as yours. Because Cycle World is a respected journal of motorcycling, I must ask for a retraction of the erroneous information in the Race Watch article.
Ever think you'd see signs like these? Official government messages, displayed before a captive audience of thousands, coming right out and encouraging the use of motorcycles? Neither did we but on Feb. 24, 1980 the actual sign shown here appeared in bright lights, on the Santa Monica Freeway south of Los Angeles.
Once Again,There’s a New Performance King in the 750 Class.
Bigger is better, as a design concept, has a few problems when it comes to motorcycles. Fortunately the major motorcycle manufacturers have begun to figure this out and there are a whole passel of new motorcycles available that offer better performance through less weight.
Remember the first DR370 Suzuki? It had a funny sized fourstroke single cylinder engine bolted into a decent frame, but the general styling and suspension travel were comparable to 1968 enduro bikes. The same bike received a square headlight and different paint for '79 .
Picking the Right Lock or Alarm Requires More Than a Look at the Box.
Maxim 75-11 Cable Lock
Stop & Lock
Anyone who ever parked a motorcycle on a dark street and walked off to a five-hour double feature knows the feeling. You look back over your shoulder one last time and think, “Nice Bike. I hope it's there when I get back.” All through the movie people around you laugh and have a good time, while you remain mildly troubled, remembering how vulnerable your bike looked sitting by the curb.
Introducing The Schoolboy Scrambler, A Street-Legal, Woods-Worthy Four-Stroke For Kids Of All Ages.
Motorcycle critics are terrible snobs. When Yamaha’s research began to pay off, when the Specials sold well and inspired imitations, we reporters said in effect, Fine. So Yamaha learned what most people think motorcycles should look like and builds models that look like that, but what about the younger set?
200-mile Formula One Expert Freddie Runs Away, Pons Finishes And the Four Strokes Prove Their Point
We have regulations here.” said the AMA official when asked why New Zealander Graeme Crosby and his Yoshimura Suzuki were gridded number 48 on the Daytona Superbike Production starting grid. “If people aren’t going to follow the regulations, then they shouldn’t come here.” The problem started in a heat race.
He just teels so bad when he loses.” said Fred Spencer, Sr. about his son. popularly known as Fast Freddie. “He just feels like he let everybody down. They weren’t even going to run the 250, but I guess I talked them into it. We just didn't have the motor, and it does make a difference here.
Yamaha 650 Owners Say It’s What Motorcycling Is All About
Yamaha 650 owners tell us their machines are motorcycles. “You remember motorcycles. They have a pulsating throb instead of an electric motor whir. . . . They’re narrower than your car. . . . You can actually adjust the valves without removing the camshaft.
While Ignoring the Present, Britain Designed for the Future.
Knowing how to do it, the axiom goes, doesn’t get it done. And so it was with the British motorcycle industry in the mid-Sixties. While Britain’s motorcycle leadership faded, starting with the smallest motorcycles, the large, successful British companies ignored the losses of companies like James and Francis.
A Cross-Country Jaunt Suits the Interstate Just Fine
No sooner had we finished the six touring bike comparison test in the May issue than it was time to leave for the annual goings on at Daytona. Sitting in big silver birds isn’t any fun; sitting on big motorcycles, to me, is fun so the natural thing to do was load up the 1980 Honda GL1100 Interstate, the motorcycle we all picked as our cross-country favorite, and go to Daytona.
The First Little Red Racer Has Plenty of Power and Not Enough Suspension.
Honda is the last of the Japanese giants to produce an all-out 80cc racer. The popular XR75, now an 80, has been around forever, but it never was intended for the track. Building a competitive motocrosser for the 80 class is more difficult than might be imagined.
Honda's new CR80 is a dynamite bike except for the shocks. And the shocks are bad enough to hamper a true evaluation of the bike, so we started calling around for replacement shocks. DG Performance has a complete list of mini bike accessories including shocks, fork and engine kits and sent a pair of KYB remote reservoir shocks and a Terry fork damper kit.
Sooner or later every motorcycle stops running. It can happen on the way to the post office, pulling into your own driveway, or 40 miles west of Howling Moose, Wyoming, with night falling, not to mention snow. Research tells us that most breakdowns occur on bleak, isolated roads, just before dinner.
Can-Am MX/250/370/400 Can-Am Qualifier/175/250/370/400 Honda CR125/250 Honda XR185/250/500 Husqvarna CR125/250/360/390/400/450 Husqvarna WR175/250/360/390 Husqvarna OR250/390 Kawasaki KX125/250 Kawasaki KDX400 Kawasaki KLX250 KTM MX125/250/400/420 KTM Enduro 175/250/400/420 Maico MX250/400/450 Maico Enduro 250/400/450 Suzuki RM125/250/400 Suzuki PE175/250 Suzuki DR370 Yamaha IT175/250/400 400 Year, model and engine size_ Did you buy it new or used?_ What type of riding do you use this bike for?
An Unbreakable Motorcycle, but We’d Rather Have the Standard.
Living with Yamaha’s XS750 Special for a year was much like living with a roommate for a year. First you notice the conveniences but later you become annoyed with the quirks. Having lived with Yamaha’s Triple now for 10,000 miles and a year we can say it makes a good mate.
Thanks to our old friend Lee Cowie in St Louis we have another nice book to review, this time Black Smoke which follows Rich Mixture (ho ho) and like the latter, is another amusing and informative collection of columns from an Australian motorcycle paper.
Getting more horsepower from a two-stroke is relatively simple: align the ports, bolt on a larger carburetor and install a good expansion pipe. Presto, more power. And it doesn’t take long to do the complete job. Four-strokes are another problem.
Phil Cancilla is an oldtime racer, tuner and sponsor, a straightahead builder, the kind of guy who can rummage around in the toolbox or the back of the truck and come up with the three unrelated parts that can be converted into the device you need in time for the race.
Bell and Howerton Win Supercross Openers; First Woman Runs In Daytona 200
WORLD ICE RACING CHAMPIONSHIP
SUPERCROSS SERIES OPENERS TO BELL AND HOWERTON
USGP NUMBER 10
CHIVINGTON IMPRESSES WORK
Women in racing always attract a lot of attention,mostly because of the nature of American media. You can count on a television talk show host or national general interest magazine to find it oh so unusual that a pretty young thing jumps on one of those .
I’ve been considering trying to fit my 1979 Honda CX500 Deluxe with dual front disc brakes. I think it would look great, so if it would improve braking just a little. I’d be willing to do it, realizing it will cost around $300 in parts. It seems like a disc plate would bolt right on to the right side of the wheel and my brake cylinder is the same one as is used on the GL1000 and CB750F. There’s a custom shop nearby that says it could weld a bracket onto the right fork slider.
Brad Lackey and Len Weed have combined forces to produce a modern book about motocross. It contains over 400 photographs and there are chapters about physical training, track tuning, starts, throttle, brakes, direction changes, jumps, terrain, lines, passing, and practice. Price is $9.95 plus 95¢ postage for Americans or $1.50 postage outside the U.S. From Cleansheet Enterprises, CW-6, P.O. Box 241, Tarzana, Calif. 91356
BANANA SWING ARMS FOR RMs
CRF’s aluminum swing arm for RMs is one inch longer than stock and banana shaped to accept 17.5 in. long shocks. The CRF arm is 3 lbs. lighter than stock and gold anodized. The shape of the arm doesn’t change the rear suspension geometry when long shocks are used and the swing arm is fully guaranteed for one year, Price is $175. from Crotch Rocket Factory, CS-6, P.O. Box 2084, Goleta, Calif. 93018. Phone (805) 968-1786
BIG BORE KITS FOR YAMAHA’S
Increasing the power output of Yamaha’s XS750 18 to 30 percent is easy with a Big Bore Kit from Powroll. Kit #171 increases the engine size to 815cc and costs $90. Kit #172 has larger sleeves to go with the piston parts and punches the motor out to 897cc. Price of the Max kit is $150. Installation is also available from Powroll. For more information contact Powroll, CW-6, P.O. Box 1206, Bend, Or. 97701 or call (503) 382-6395.
AIR/OIL FORK TOOL
There seems no end to the different products that S&W can make from the plastic bodied air pump. The latest is a tool to set the fork oil level. The tool is valuable to street as well as dirt riders. Proper fork oil changes require precise oil refill levels. These levels are easily produced by setting the depth on the metal suction tube and sucking the excess oil into the pump. Price is $3.95 from your local dealer.
RUKKA RAIN SUIT
The Rukka rain suit is made of polymid (25 percent) and softened PVC (75 percent). The combination of materials, welded seams and triple flap crotch makes the suit waterproof. Other features are a clear plastic map pouch and double flapped leg bottoms, Europe’s most popular rain suit sells for $84.95. Contact Bavarian Cycle Works, CW-6, 385 8th St., San Francisco, Calif. 94103, (415) 863-7255.
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.