An open apology to all those I have advised to whip right down to the nearest motorcycle riding school: Listen. I indorsed the program then, I still do but I had no idea how involved such a project can be. Journalism is how I learned this. Back when the Motorcycle Safety Foundation first issued its instruction manuals and began training instructors, I knew about the ^program in a professional way.
You were right when you said, “If you like the Maxim I, you’ll love the Midnight Maxim. I always thought it had too much “black” in the pictures and I disliked them until I saw one. But now I feel Yamaha has finally made my kind of bike. I can’t wait to swing my leg over, push the starter button, put it in gear and go!
Cycle Week in Daytona Beach in 1980 was not a success. There was the usual good racing, but downtown the attention paid to bikers by the various law enforcement groups, plus the rumors and alarms in the local newspapers, amounted to harassment.
Touring motorcycles, according to popular definitions, are large, heavy, powerful and comfortable. Now, the only thing a touring bike really has to be is comfortable, but because the most comfortable bikes have been big and heavy and powerful, that’s what a touring bike is.
Maico’s handling superiority is well known. Even people who have never ridden a Maico know they handle best. Year after year Maicos go around corners easier and with more precision than other brands. Strange that a small family owned company on the edge of the Black Forest in Germany can consistently build bikes that out-handle any in the world.
It was at an earlyseason Grand Prix last year that Kenny Roberts leaned his YZR500 into a turn while still braking hard, the forks bottomed, the rear wheel a foot off the pavement and the front wheel turned slightly to the inside. Spectators gasped, photographers fired off frames and Roberts continued around the corner, exiting on two wheels and winning the race.
Most large motorcycle manufacturers have been experimenting with watercooled 125cc moto crossers for a couple of years. Honda even had a works 250 that was watercooled last year. Since most suc cessful racing designs eventually end up on production bikes, it wasn't a big sur prise when three of the big four intro duced watercooled 125cc racers for 1981.
Upon arriving in Daytona Beach from a cold climate, as much of the crowd does every year, several things are immediately apparent. First, the air is warm and there is no snow. In the daytime you can see palm trees everywhere and at night you can hear their dry rattle in the soft tropical breeze.
Freddie Leads and Breaks, Schlachter Leads and Slows, Singleton Makes Two Out of Three.
"Gimme a towel!” shouted Dale Singleton, wrestling his way out of the grip of three friends waving an empty champagne bottle. Bubbly wine ran down Singleton’s face and dripped off his nose, and he blinked furiously, trying to get the champagne out of his eyes.
To many, the Battle of the Twins at Daytona this year was an event for Real Motorcycles. Those who might wonder what exactly was meant by Real had only to listen to the field of big Twins warming up on the grid. All 66 of them. The Superbike Fours and GP twostrokes might have the unmistakable wail of thoroughbred race engines going for them, but the Twins produced a deep, motors-from-hell bass that shook the earth when they fired up.
To the fastest team, goes the victory. To the innovators go more time on the old drawing board. To the best showman went the hearts of the crowd. And that was Daytona's Supercross. The fastest team was Suzuki. That was no surprise. Daytona is fifth in the Supercross series and coming into the event Team Suzuki had won all four of the pre ceeding events, with two consecutive wins for Darrell Shultz and one each for team mates Mark Barnett and Kent Howerton.
Fire in the Pits, Failed Draft on the Banks, and Cooley Wins for Pops
Fire. The same stuff that makes pistons go down and wheels go round makes people's hearts stop for a moment when it has something to do with pit stops. And for Freddie Spencer at Daytona, his Superbike race refueling stop had a lot to do with fire.
THE GIANTS OF SMALL HEATH The Giants of Small Heath by Barry Ryerson 184 pp + Motorsports 6115 Gravois St. Louis, Mo. 63116 No, this nice book is not about science fiction or an English cousin of Wilt the Stilt, but another tome on BSA. You may well ask why yet another treatment of the subject since BSA is as dead as Queene Anne and furthermore, except for a run of the overrated Gold Stars, never produced a real enthusiast’s motorcycle but Giants is not your average motorcycle book.
One of our staff members has a theory about engine displacement in street bikes. He also has theories about hamster migration and the rings of Saturn, but never mind about that. He claims there are perfectly rational reasons for the classic displacement levels in motorcycles; that there will always be a need for 250s simply because an economy of size is lost when you go to a 350.
The situations are endlessly familiar: You saved for months and finally purchased a beautifully-chromed 4-into-l exhaust system for your beloved Yamaguchi 50 (never minding that it has only one cylinder). A week later, your neighbor’s pet beagle, Amos, decides to stake it out as his territory.
Kazuo Yoshima is developing a cold-air carburetor teed system to work with CR carburetors, and Honda has tested the system. Built of fiberglass, the system takes cold air from in front of the engine and feeds it back into an airbox (with air cleaner) attached to the carburetors.
After reading two articles on fuel injection in the September, 1980 Cycle World, I was curious to find out about converting my ’78 KZ1000ZIR. Initially I was considering turbocharging, but after reading several articles concerning overheating and the cost, I’ve changed my mind.
The folks at Terrycable have come up with a way to improve front and rear sus pension quality without changing internal parts. Adding an aluminum pulsation damper to forks or shocks or both will help he wheel follow irregular terrain and remove the sharp blows that a rider usually receives after hitting a square lip. The res ervoir attaches with supplied hose clamps to any convenient place on the motorcycle. The kit contains all of the pieces needed for the modification. Price is $130 per unit from Terrycable, CW-6, P.O. Box 1321, Hesperia, Calif. 92345. Phone (714) 244-9351.
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The ABS plastic Maxi-Packer top box fits almost any tail rack, has a weather proof seal around the lid, opens from the side, has dual taillights and a generous Capacity. The Maxi-Packer weighs 12 lb. It's available in black or white for $121.95. For more information contact Kutter, CW-6, Box 642, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50703. Phone (319) 236-9606.
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SUPEREX STEREO/INTERCOM SYSTEM
The Superex system will move outside sounds to the inside of your helmet where they're easier to hear. A central control module makes the system adaptable to any tape deck, AM/FM radio or CB. Speakers mount inside any helmet with out drilling or damaging modifications. Quick disconnects are standard so getting on and off your bike is simple. For more information contact Beach's Motorcycle Adventures Ltd., CW-6, 2763 West River Parkway, Dept. 3, Grand Island, New York 14072. Phone (716) 773-4960.
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International Motor Sports' new grip features built-in wire grooves. Wiring grips to the bars so they don't come off during competition is standard practice with pro motocrossers. In fact it's good practice on any off-road machine. It's es pëcially important when surgical rubber grips are used as they come off easily when exposed to water. The I MS grips are made from a soft rubber, have four wire grooves in each grip and come with the proper safety wire. Price is $4.95 from dealers or contact IMS, CW-6, 3845 Stoddard Ave., Riverside, Calif. (714) 781-5849.