We were in bed, shortly after 11 p.m. on a weekday night. Kate was home, Joe was home, but 18-year-old John was still out. Going to his pal’s house to work on the pal’s new bike. he said, so I wasn’t worried. He’s a reliable kid... The telephone rang.
You have often mentioned the fraternity that bikers all seem to share and we thought we would let you know of an experience we had coming home from Laguna Seca recently. We were on Highway 198 when we threw the sideplate of our master link on our Honda CB750 LTD. Unfortunately, we were not carrying a spare master link.
Reading-type enthusiasts have over the years undoubtedly run across articles or even books by Richard Renstrom, a gent who apparently was collecting and restoring old bikes before such a pursuit came to be big business. What with the appearance of omnibus books in the automotive world, he undoubtedly thought it was time to dig into his voluminous files for a similar series on motorcycles; this Vol.
Professional politicians are currently disappointed in us, the electorate. They say in former times we knew our places. We took account of individual circumstances, like what sort of jobs we had, where we were born, what our parents taught us and then we went down to the courthouse and signed up as members of a political party.
Suzuki is in some ways the most cautious of the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers. It was the last of the major companies to introduce four-stroke motorcycles, the last Japanese company with a shaft drive bike and the last with a one-liter-or-over shaft drive bike.
Fairings are wonderful devices that can either provide lots of weather protection and change the shape of a motorcycle significantly or offer little protection and maybe even enhance the appearance of a bike. The perfect fairing, which we’ve all designed in our mind’s eye, would be light in weight, provide perfect weather protection, be small and unobtrusive yet have lots of cargo room, be easy to install yet mount solidly and take away nothing from handling.
If you are clever it is possible to sneak through life without ever changing a motorcycle tire. The rich sometimes get by with frequent trade-ins or by paying someone else to do it. At the other extreme are those of us who, in the early days of minimum wage, avoided the issue by purchasing old bikes that blew up or seized (four-stroke vs.
Everybody who's been to the motocross races and watched the factory bikes has wondered what they're like to ride. We know most of the outside stuff; built with titanium, handmade by the best mechanics in the business, parts and technology and cost-no-object beyond an engineer’s dreams.
Serious enduro competitors have been building their own mounts for years. By adding lights, spark arrester, speedo and tool kit to a motocrosser the super serious come up with a bike that handles better and is lighter than most stock enduro bikes.
Free Power Doesn't Exist, But Here's an Inexpensive Power Boost for the IT175
About the only complaint we could muster about the IT175G was the pipey powerband. And Yamaha responded by telling us about a modification that not only eliminates most of the peakyness, but adds 2.25 bhp, too! The modification requires cutting the airbox and replacing the silencer.
Life Can't Pass You By As Long As There Are Triumphs.
The rain came down in solid sheets, like one of those B-movie monsoons where you suspect they’re dumping a watering can in front of the lens. It was the kind of downpour a friend of mine from Texas calls a toadstrangler. Barb and I were waiting it out in an abandoned barn along the road, standing one foot back from the door, perfectly dry.
A Sophisticated Little Twin For Beginning Enthusiasts
Suzuki remembers. Back one generation or so ago there was a boom in motorcycles, with a sudden increase in interest by people who previously hadn’t been interested. When most of us reflect on that not-too-distant past we think about lusty big Singles, the Norton Manx and BSA Gold Star, or about Harleys with electric start and overhead valves, or refined BMWs or...
At Unadilla's 250 USGP of Motocross, National Champion Kent Howerton Beat World Champ Georges Jobe, and the Winner's Rostrum Was Solid Suzuki
MOTO ONE: HOWERTON BEGINS PROVING WHO IS BOSS
MOTO TWO: JOBE MAKES HOWERTON EARN THIS ONE
Kent Howerton came to the grass covered hills of Unadilla Valley Sports Center with everyone expecting him to win the United States 250cc Grand Prix of Motocross for the second year in a row. There was no reason to expect he wouldn’t. In the period since his last victory at Unadilla, Team Suzuki’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” scored the overall victory in the International class of the Trans-USA Series and went on to dominate the 250cc Nationals—picking up the 1980 Championship—to prove that he is the winningest rider in America.
When King Kenny Roberts Comes Home To Play, No One Can Stand In His Way
"It’s easy to forget just how good Kenny Roberts really is,” a reporter confessed to Ken Clark, Yamaha’s National Racing Manager. “The thing people don’t realize,” replied Clark, “is that he’s getting better. It isn’t like he’s hit a plateau or anything, he’s actually improving all the time.”
Pons Killed In England: Carpenter Strikes Back With Suzuki; Mega-Buck Mugen Wins U.S. 125cc MX Grand Prix
PATRICK PONS KILLED AT SILVERSTONE
CARPENTER BEATS VANCE TWICE IN PRO STOCK
MUGEN’S O'MARA WINS MUDDY MID-OHIO 125CC USGP
GLOVER AND SUN LEAD NATIONAL MOTOCROSS POINTS
GOLDEN STATE RACEWAY, SONOMA, CALIFORNIA
WASHOUGAL MOTOCROSS PARK, WASHOUGAL, WASHINGTON
Reigning World F750 Champion Patrick Pons, 27, was killed in a crash at the British 500cc Grand Prix at Silver-stone. Pons, riding a Sonauto/Gauloises-sponsored Yamaha, died of head injuries. Pons won the 1980 Daytona 200 on a Yamaha TZ750.
Being very much into Nortons I sit here in my apartment and it’s 47° outside. Well, I’m very glad my bike is cooling off out there. Anyway, I happened to lay down my bike last week and put a hole in the primary cover. So being a little mad I took the cover off as fast as possible and started the machine.
The newest models from MX Fox are called Fox Factory Shox. They are an air/ oil/spring shock designed to fit all late model dual shock motocross bikes. Features include two stage progressive or Straight rate springs, adjustable high and low speed rebound and compression damping, and 30 sec. disassembly for adjusting and maintenance. The remote reservoir models are designed for hard riding pro motocrossers and go for $275 complete with mounting hardware and springs. The same basic shocks without the reservoir cost $225 a pair and work fine for trail riding, enduros and non-pro racers. And the reservoirs can be purchased and added on later if desired. Fox Shocks are available from Fox dealers or Moto-X Fox, CW-11, 520 McGlincy Lane, Campbell, Calif. 95008. Phone (408) 371-1221.
BARNETT CLUTCH KIT FOR THE GS1100
Barnett’s GS1100 kit uses copper plated steel alloy drive plates and high silicone content heavy duty clutch springs; greatly extending the life of the clutch. Barnett says the copper plating dissipates heat faster than unplated parts, reducing slippage and wear due to deformed parts. Barnett clutches are available from dealers or Barnett Tool, CW-11, P.O. Box 2826, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. 90670. Call (213) 941-1284.
Cowboy hats are the latest fad and DG has one of the nicest designs we have seen. They are made from high quality straw with a permanent block and come in sizes 6 ⅞ to 7 ⅝ in ⅛ in. increments. Rainbow bands with motorcycle logos or the DG logo are offered. Straw weave and coloration vary as does the hand selected feather plume, giving each one a custom look. Price is $24.50 from DG dealers or directly from DG Performance, CW-11, 1170 Van Horne Road, Anaheim, Calif. 92806. Phone (714) 630-5471.
K & N DUAL OVAL FILTERS
These compact 4-into-2 filters are available for Honda CB750, CB750F, Suzuki GS750/1000, and Kawasaki KZ1000. They also fit 29mm Mikuni smooth bores. The filters are made from washable gauze that's bonded to vinyl ends. Additionally, the ovals have bright chrome backs. Check your local dealer or contact K & N Engineering, CW-11, P.O. Box 1329, Riverside, Calif. 92502.
Jardine’s fairing is a handlebar mount design that’s made from high impact acrylic. It’s a precision moulded unit assembled with plastic safety screws that are designed to break away upon impact. Mounting is quick and simple, employing handlebar clamps and stalks much like regular wind screens. The Jardine Fairing is designed to sell for around $100. It’s available from local dealers or from Jardine Headers, CW-11, 7142 Belgrave Ave., Garden Grove, Calif. 92641. Phone (714) 893-7594.