We were sitting around the bar after the closing sessions of the International Motorcycle Safety Conference and somebody said something along the lines of, the best thing about meetings like this is that all sorts of different people get together and exchange ideas.
In reference to your article in June's Cycle World (Race Watch) on ice racing, whatdayamean 'report to Siberia for training'....? Hey, up here in Canada our lakes and rivers are frozen solid for four months out of the year ... not too different from the Russians.
Emission-controlled motorcycles have become a fact of motorcycling life, though mostly a sad fact. Since federal emission laws were enacted we've encountered numerous rideability problems with emission controlled bikes. So it was with concern, skepticism and a little disgust that, we heard California planned to go ahead with even more stringent emission rules for future motorcycles.
Trials bikes have been made for years by small motorcycle manufacturers that afford to produce relatively few of the specialized models each year. The largest motorcycle manufacturers tried to produce trials bikes for a boom that never occurred and since that time, fewer and fewer trials bikes have been available.
Colorado repealed its helmet law in 1977 after Congress took away the Department of Transportation's authority to coerce states into enacting helmet laws. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), that arm of the DOT that campaigns for helmet laws, 55 mph speed limits and air bags in cars, didn't like what Colorado had done.
Several months after selectively leaking the contents of their report on helmet law repeals, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has officially sent out the report. The contents of the report are not surprising, i.e. lots of charts and studies prove that helmets reduce head injuries to motorcyclists involved in accidents and the elimination of helmet laws has resulted in an increase in motorcyclist fatalities.
If it works, don’t fix it, the saying goes and Harley-Davidson is following that belief with its 1981 model line. Having come up with such radically new models as the FLT-80 Tour Glide and the belt-drive Sturgis in 1980, Harley-Davidson has quietly passed out packages showing its 1981 model line and the contents are less than radical.
And now, a change of pace. All during the model year this magazine has piled superlative atop superlative. For 12 months we haven't met a motorcycle we didn't like. We've told you that the 1980 machines are wonderful, so we come to the end of the 1980 models and say ...
The papers were full of warnings. Two weeks before the first-ever motorcycle road race at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, a state newspaper ran a headline right out of an ad for a teenage horror film. It said, "Cycle Invasion Strikes Fear at Elkhart Lake."
A Simple, Honest Bike for the Man Who Doesn't Demand Electric Start or High Performance.
Simplicity, light weight, low price and high mileage have their appeal. There are motorcyclists who cannot imagine anyone needing six cylinders and 700 lb. of machine. There are those who don't want a machine they can't maintain in their own garage with their own tools.
All eyes are watching the starting gate as the starter turns the card sideways, signaling 10 sec. until the gate drops. Will the drag to the end of the long straight be won by a yellow, red, or green motocrosser? Engines scream, the gate falls, and an orange machine pulls quickly away from the sea of yellow, red and green.
Surely there is no motorcycle more specific in design and intent than the Ducati. It's not a multi-purpose or dual purpose machine. A Ducati is used soley for sport; it's made to carry an excited rider down a snake-like road satisfying a lust for speed.
Why Honda's CB750 Custom is the first 1981 motorcycle we have for test says a lot about the bike. The 1981 model went on sale in July, 1980 because the 1980 model sold out so soon. Obviously, the 750 Custom is a popular motorcycle. It shouldn't be any surprise that a Honda 750 is enormously popular.
"It's important to me to have a place in history," Craig Vetter told a group of journalists assembled at his 38-acre mountaintop studio for the introduction of the Mystery Ship. "I want to be remembered as a person who made a contribution." Vetter, 36, has touched motorcycling before.
Tankbags are the best all-around carrying device that can be connected to a motorcycle because they are adaptable to all kinds of motorcycles, are small enough not to get in the way while being large enough to carry the necessities of life such as six-packs and a week's dirty laundry.
Waving small American flags and cheering, 30,000 fans watched as LOP rider Marty Moates became the first American to capture the overall win at Carlsbad's torturous USGP. And a convincing win it was. Marty tallied a perfect score by winning both motos, a feat seldom accomplished on the notoriously rough Carlsbad course.
I never paid any attention to motorcycles. Oh, I knew they existed, but I never noticed them. I put them in the same category as tractors—they were there, but not important to me. Then one fine and fateful day my husband brought home a motorcycle for my son, who was nine.
Trying to be competitive on a stock 125 motocrosser has in the past been almost impossible. Suspensions and motors needed reworking for pro racing and sometimes even club events. Our 1979 YZ125F was the least competitive in our 125MX shootout (June, 1979).
Ogilvie and Miller Overcome Baja, Cars and Competition; Lawson Leads Superbike Points Race with Atlanta Win.
OGILVIE/MILLER WIN BAJA INTERNACIONAL
SPENCER WINS LOUDON SUPERBIKE
LAWSON WINS ROAD ATLANTA SUPERBIKE
Bruce Ogilvie and Chuck Miller overcame two head on crashes to win the 1980 running of the Baja Internacional. This year's course measured about 241 mi., which the competitors ran twice. Yamaha teamsters Ogilvie and Miller were second off the starting line but quickly took over the lead.
I have a problem that may be common to other owners of middle-weight motorcycles with frame mounted touring fairings—my front suspension. In January of 1979 I had a Windjammer SS fairing installed on my 1978 CX500. In July of last year I noticed the forks had started leaking a slight amount of fluid, so I installed new fork seals, making sure the seals were seated squarely in their bores.
The Mini Moto is designed to look like a Moto III and offers the same features. The full front protects the rider's nose, mouth, chin and teeth from direct impact with the ground. Like larger models, the front is vented and contains a dust filter. Available colors are red, yellow, or blue in sizes 6 ⅜ to 6 ¾ in ⅛ in. increments. Price is $84.50 from any Bell helmet dealer.
The J.T. Ventilator is a combination chest protector/shoulder pad that lets air flow through perforated plastic plates. The Ventilator features adjustable elastic side and arm straps and a removable bib that attaches to the back for rider identification. Five color combos are available for $61.95 from dealers or J.T. Racing, CW-9, 303 W. 35th Street-C, National City, Calif. 92050. Phone (714) 479-9696.
BIG BORE KIT
Ontario Moto Tech has a 68mm, 900cc piston kit for the Honda 750F. The kit comes with oversize cylinder liners and installation doesn't require machining. When the big bore kit is used in conjunction with a CB900 crankshaft, the size increases to 1002cc. All Ontario Moto Tech pistons are pressure cast for light weight, the 68mm units weighing only 172 grams. They also have engine kits to turn a Honda 750 into an 823, 836, or 870cc machine. For prices and details contact Ontario Moto Tech, CW-10, 6850 Vineland Ave., Unit 16, North Hollywood, Calif. 91605. Phone (213) 766-7101.
NITROGEN CHARGING SYSTEM
Here's the solution to pressurizing forks and shocks at home or the races. The Pro-Gas System is an aluminum cylinder that holds 22 cu. ft. of nitrogen, has a cylinder pressure gauge, shock attachment unit with gauge, regulator and high pressure hose. Available accessories are: a braided steel line for use around welding outfits, quick disconnect fittings, front fork filling kit, adapter for filling Yamaha Monoshocks and a steel rack. The complete unit stands 2 ft. high and weighs only 16 lb. Price for the Pro-Gas System with hand-pieces for filling forks and shocks is $198. From Pro-Gas, CW-10, 1263-A E. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, Calif. 92805. Phone (714) 722-8170.
FIBERGLASS TOTE BOX
Bate's Tote Box is designed to complement the newest Bates saddlebags and is available in black or white. Gold striping is also standard if the buyer wants. Other custom colors to match factory paint and custom stripes are available at extra cost. The Tote Box features a lid stay, five-pin tumbler lock, passenger back rest, weather sealing, and a soft black rayon lining. Bates also offers a new soft bag that fits into the box. The Tote Box measures 19.5 in. long, 19.0 in. wide and 13.0 in. high. Weight is 10 lb. Price is $89.50 from Bates Industries, CW-10, P.O. Box 240, Long Beach, Calif. 90801.