Got a call from a man back east, a good guy who agrees with me that people who only like one kind of motorcycle are missing all the other kinds of fun. He has a CBX and a Low Rider, nice illustration of extremes, and in the course of our talk he mentioned that he bought both from the same dealer.
First I will state my credentials—I am an active motorcyclist. I enjoy reading about the latest bikes. I am also a feminist and so found your editorial in the recent May issue rather disillusioning. Let me say that there were points in your editorial with which I agreed.
Several years ago one of our guys had a brilliant idea. What the world needs now. he decided, is a new and more sporting Harley-Davidson. You could begin with the traditional configuration, a V-Twin, fore and aft, air cooled. It should have enough displacement to give good highway performance, but not be so big that it had to be heavy or compete with Harley’s existing models.
High-Style, High-Performance Motorcycle Born in Surveys and Focus Groups
XJ65O MAXIM I
Yamaha’s XJ650 Maxim I is an unusual motorcycle. What makes it unusual isn’t its semichopper styling, nor its 12.91 sec. at 103.09 mph quarter-mile time, nor its 57 mpg on the Cycle World mileage test loop. And while the XJ650 is light(470 lb. with half a tank of gas) for its size and stops very well (requiring 133 ft.
This is a Harley survey. So forget rationality. Forget acceleration times, weight, stopping distance, cornering clearance, vibration level, horse-power and all the other conventional means of comparing motorcycles. They don’t apply.
Harley Sportster engines are known for a lot of things. They are known for their spare, aggressive good looks, the deep, unrhythmic shuffle of the 45° V-Twin at idle, low-end grunt, and for inspiring admiration in those who like tradition and simplicity backed by years of refinement.
An Open Class 400 Enduro That's Great, And Not So Great
Suzuki introduced the first PE, a 250, in November 1976. We got the first one off the boat and took it to Baja for a non-stop 1000 mile torture test. It endured the 1000 miles with one flat tire, a front punctured in the first 3 miles, the kick stand return spring broke and the shift lever came loose and fell off; end of problems.
It’s An Economy Twin in Cafe Trim ,With Lots Of Power and Lots Of Carb Problems
Hedging bets pays dividends. When Yamaha’s Specials perked up sales and attracted attention Suzuki, like the others, did some quick thinking and came out with the L models; bucko bars, stepped seats and all the other things Yamaha used.
You have to take Randy Mamola seriously these days, simply because he is one of the most talented and promising young American road racers. In the last 500cc World Championship road race of 1979, in France. Mamola led for five laps and finished second behind Barry Sheene, ahead of third-place Kenny Roberts.
The 1980 motocross season brought with it giant leaps forward in the technology of the factory bikes campaigned on the national circuit. Part of this was because all the factories want to win. and part of it—also due to the factories wanting to win and being willing to spend what winning takes—came because the American Motorcyclist Association dropped the claiming rule.
Class distinctions. Motorcycles built to be the top of their line or for competition take advantage of the best components. Their builders make sure they’ve provided the extras, the good stuff. Other bikes, those that aren’t destined for racing or aren’t the finest in their class, or were built a couple years ago, don’t always have these features.
With Team Yamaha’s Mike Bell leading in points after opening rounds at Seattle and Oakland, the 1980 Supercross Series headed for Atlanta. Daytona and Houston. Dismal weather for the third year in a row greeted riders and fans at the open-air Atlanta Stadium where new Team Honda rider Chuck Sun rode a Pro-Link works bike to his first major victory.
Sorry to begin with a negative but the main thing about “On Any Sunday II” is that the movie, entertaining though it is and although the film contains at least a glimpse of several of the staff, is not a sequel to “On Any Sunday.” The original OAS wasn't a racing movie.
I purchased a 1973 Yamaha RD 250 last spring and have had trouble with it all summer. The bike runs well until dropped into sixth gear. Once in sixth, there is no power at all and it acts doggy. The only way I can gain any speed is to drop it back into fifth gear.
The SuperFox jogging suit from Moto-X are available for $45 from Moto-X dealers Fox is made from washable 100 percent or directly from Moto-X Fox, CW-7, 520 acrylic triple knit material and features McGlincy Lane, Campbell, Calif. 95008. white trim on a red background. All sizes Phone (408) 371-1221
INTERNATIONAL MOTORSPORTS SWEATBAND
The IM sweatband fits under helmets and keeps perspiration out of the rider’s eyes. They are also great for running, racquetball, football, baseball, tennis, basketball or any rigorous sport where sweat gets into eyes. The band has a highly absorbent front and fully elasticized back. Colors are white, red, yellow, blue, orange and green. They are also available with motorcycle brand names screened on the front and company names can be applied if ordered in large numbers. Price is $3.95 from International Motorsports, CW-7, 3845 Stoddard Ave., Riverside, Calif. 92501. Phone (714) 781-5849
BELL MAGNUM III HELMET
Bell’s new Magnum III is the lightest Snell ‘75 approved helmet Bell has ever made. Designed for off-road use, the Magnum III is constructed from five layers of fiberglass then lined with brushed nylon. The finish is fade proof and a five-snap visor is standard. Sizes start at 6-7/s and continue to 1-Vs in Vs in. increments. Additionally the Magnum III meets or exceeds Snell '75, ANSI Z90 ‘79 and DOT standards. The Magnum III is available in white, blue, red and yellow for $79.95 from Bell dealers.
MALCOLM SMITH TOURING SUITS
The MS Suit is made from 400 denier urethane coated nylon covering and an insulated inner lining. Features include a two way nylon zipper, four pleated front pockets with storm flaps, hand warmer lower pockets and a corduroy lined neck. The pants zip all the way from the ankle to the waist, making them easy to put on over boots. The suit is available in two styles; a one piece suit or a separate jacket and pants set. The one piece suit goes for $ 135. The separate jacket is $86.55 and the pants $67.45. See your dealer or contact Malcolm Smith Motorcycles, CW-7. 7563 Indiana. Riverside. Calif. 92504
QUARTZ LIGHT FROM FLANDERS
The newest from Flanders is a 7 in. quartz-halogen headlight. The light is made by Marchal specifically for motorcycles. It is available with a 6 or 12 volt bulb and replaces most standard 7 in. headlights easily. The light meets California Highway Patrol and D.O.T. standards for highway use. Price is $59.95 from dealers or contact Flanders Co., CW-7, P.O. Box 2297D, Pasadena, Calif. 91105
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.