This past June, a colleague and I left Pennsylvania on an 8000 mile cross-country trip. Dave piloted a 1979 CBX fully equipped, and I was on my 1979 GS850. This letter is to express our sincere thanks to Mike and Allen at Precision Cycle Sales in Carlsbad, New Mexico for providing us with some great tips and also to Gary and the staff at The Handlebar in Durango, Colorado for helping us with some stripped threads in the sump of my GS. Gary went well out of his way to help a total stranger.
Motorcycle riding is dangerous, right? And naturally motorcycle racing must make the bomb squad look like a safe alternative, if public opinion is any indication. Official numbers, however, aren’t so grim. Hard, cold facts really don't exist when it comes to safety statistics.
Is Honda's First Open Motocrosser The Best Open Motorcrosser?
When Honda tackles a project, the men in charge proceed in their own way, to a degree that approaches obsession. When Honda went after the 500cc world motocross title in 1978 Brad Lackey rode an RC450 to second. In 1979, Graham Noyce took first, and in 1980, Andre Malherbe won the class for Honda again.
Kawasaki Launches a 1100cc Attack on the Superbike Class.
Kawasaki returns to the Superbike wars in 1981 with a new family of 1000 and 1100cc street machines relying as much on light weight as sophisticated features for their success. Star of Kawasaki’s 1981 lineup was the KZ1100GP, an all-out, no-holds-barred sport bike with a claimed 115 horsepower from its 1089cc, eight valve, fuel injected, four cylinder, air cooled powerplant.
Last year when the 1980 Honda Hawk arrived we were both gratified and slightly disappointed. There had been rumors the EuroHawk, with its rearset pegs, sixspeed transmission, sporty bars and extra horsepower, was at last destined for our shores.
Pro-Link Suspension Makes the CBX,GL500,XRs and Watercooled CRs as Exciting as the CR450 and CB900F.
DIRT AND PLAY
XR250R AND 200R
Deciphering Honda’s priorities is easy. At 5:30 a.m. on the morning of the 1981 show, the press was yanked from their beds and packed into a bus. Breakfast, 6:30 a.m., was the Japanese hotel’s version of a western picnic lunch, gobbled on the bus.
Nearly Ready Or Not, Honda's NR500 Is the World's Most Exotic Motorcycle
We couldn’t believe it. The tour bus pulled off the high speed track and there stood Soichiro Irimajiri, the creative force behind the dominant racing Hondas of the Sixties, the CBX Six and CX500 Twin. Next to him was an NR500. Until this moment no outsider had been allowed to stand this close to Honda’s four-stroke racer.
When our GS450S test bike arrived from Suzuki a few months back we were all glad to see another light-to-middleweight sport bike gathered into the fleet. Hyperbikes, touring rigs and the occasional high style cruiser are all right in their places, but for the day-to-day zapping of oneself about town on errands or a weekend run up the canyon, a smaller, tidier sport bike is the thing.
Like that mild mannered reporter for the Daily Planet, Kawasaki's KZ750 LTD doesn't look like the sort of motorcycle that's faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive. After all the LTD, like Customs and Specials and L models, is assumed to be more for show with its stylish small gas tank and stepped two-piece seat and handlebars that say you're not going to Daytona to ride in the Superbike race.
Right off the top, the bottom line: What you see here is a turbocharged version, of the CX-based GL500. As you can see it’s an absolutely beautiful motorcycle, with the function of a Guzzi Le Mans or BMW RS, the flash of a Mystery Ship. What you see, you may never get, or even see again.
BMW is a company that forges ahead in a slow and normally cautious manner. Radical design concepts, styling or mechanical, are usually shunned in favor of gradual refinement of the Boxer Twin born in the early Thirties. But, when BMW does make a radical design decision, they like to make the introduction an event to remember.
Lackey Second In The World; Vance And O'Brochta Win Two Drag Titles Each
LACKEY SECOND IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
VANCE TAKES IDBA PRO STOCK TITLE
SCHLACHTER WINS ROAD ATLANTA F-1 RACE
LAWSON'S INCREDIBLE PENNSYLVANIA WEEKEND
MORIWAKI PILOT KILLED
Great American Hope Brad Lackey’s quest for the 500cc World Motocross Championship came down to the last race of the season, in Luxembourg. Going into the race Lackey and his Kawasaki UniTrak were just one point away from Team Honda’s Andre Malherbe of Belgium, and the Championship was within reach.
I own a 1977 Honda 750F, and since I am a gas mileage enthusiast (55 mpg average over 41,000 mi.) I am interested in one aspect of the bike that seems to be debated by some. The question; how many miles downhill can I coast with the engine off?
The M-300 electronic cruise control is designed to hold the throttle at a steady speed for highway riding. It features a push button switch, indicator light and automatic shut-off when the brakes are applied. Price is $59.95 from Moe’s Cycle Supply, CW-1, 2424 Hanford Road, S.W., Atlanta, Ga. 30315 Phone (404) 763-2900.
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BOLGER FRAME BRACE
Joe Bolger makes and sells this frame Stiffening device to improve handling of four-cylinder Japanese motorcycles. Many bikes lose handling stability with the addition of more horsepower and racing slicks, and the standard answer is to add brace tubes to the frame. Bolger says that he tried conventional bracing before developing this bolt-in device, which replaces the rear engine mounts. The Bolger device uses a pre-load bolt to push against the engine, greatly increasing rigidity of the swing arm pivot area of the frame. The device has been tested on Superbike Production machines and sells for $95. More information is available from Joe Bolger Products, Inc., Barre, Mass. 01005, (617) 355-2226.
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YAMAHA RD RACING PIPES
Now RD Yamaha owners can lose 12 lb., gain 8 bhp and improve cornering clearance just by bolting a set of Toomey Racing pipes onto their stock RD. Designed by Erv Kanemoto, the Toomey Racing pipes feature hand-built alloy silencers, tapered head pipes, hand-built mid-sections (to hold more accurate dimensions than more common stamped pipes) and TZ250 rubber rear mounts. The set of two pipes weight just 8 lb. (the stock set weighs 20 lb.) and sells for $195 retail. From Toomey Racing, Dept. CW1, 25901 Belleporte Ave., Harbor City, Calif. 90710, (213) 539-4324.
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Cold weather riders can be more comfortable by using High Point’s newest invention, heated grips. The grips are designed for both on and off-road use. Any bike that has provisions for running a headlight will furnish enough power to operate the heating coils inside the grips. Available from any High Point dealer for $24.95.
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RAIN GAUNTLET GLOVES
Esprit’s Rain Gauntlet is an all-leather cold weather glove with brushed nylon foam lining to help eliminate wind chill. Its full length gauntlet has a zipper which helps secure the gauntlet over outer wear. Also featured are adjustable wrist bands, chamois covered finger backs for wiping moisture from faceshields, and a handy storage pouch in the cuff. They are available at most motorcycle dealers for $29.95.
The M-300 electronic cruise control is designed to hold the throttle at a steady speed for highway riding. It features a push button switch, indicator light and automatic shut-off when the brakes are applied. Price is $59.95 from Moe’s Cycle Supply, CW-1,2424 Hanford Road, S.W., Atlanta, Ga.