Reworking a phrase made famous by a former political person, I am not a kook. I own an admirably useful truck, with which I carry bikes and trash and furniture. I have a cherished car, the sort now forbidden by law ... which is to say it responds to the throttle and makes satisfying noises.
I have been riding since I was 17 years old and now I’m 35. Up until last year I’ve had English bikes, and was a firm backer of the UJM theory. I knew they were faster, got better mileage, were more dependable, etc., than my Beeza, but I still didn’t consider them real bikes.
Until the last couple of years motorcycle safety legislation (usually read helmet laws) was argued on a straightforward approach. Either you felt that freedom of choice was all important or you felt that it was more important for all motorcyclists to use a minimum amount of protective equipment, i.e.
When the new administration moved into the White House all the news was about the President and a few of the top appointments. Certainly there has been enough furor raised about Al Haig and James Watt. But some of the assistant positions and regulatory department heads may end up being more important to motorcyclists because of the people named.
When Robert Burford was the speaker of the Colorado legislature, he co-sponsored the legislation for the Sagebrush Rebellion, an effort to wrest control of public land from the federal government. Now Burford has been named director of the Bureau of Land Management, the agency that administers much of the federal land in the West.
Seldom does a day pass when the Cycle World office doesn't get a stack of letters and several phone calls from motorcyclists who need basic information about motorcycling. The questions are reasonable enough. Where do I find a motorcycle riding class?
Depending on your point of view, the vehicle pictured here is either the world’s most expensive street-legal tricycle, the most perfectly aerodynamic Honda SL175 in existence, or a 500 lb. conversation piece with triple disc brakes.
Anybody who owns an old motorcycle soon discovers that the search for parts is a never ending battle against the forces of evil and inflation. Mostly old bike owners (as opposed to the owners of old bikes?) discover parts sources and plug themselves into a grapevine of secret parts caches.
The capital letters GT have been applied and misapplied to such a variety of vehicles over the years their meaning is nearly forgotten. From the Italian Gran Turismo, the title was originally bestowed on a small, select group of automobiles capable of delivering a competent driver over the twisting Alpine roads and wideopen autoroutes of Europe in civilized high speed comfort.
Once upon a time Husqvarna motorcycles were the ultimate racers. They were competitive motocrossers straight from the packing crate. They came with good forks, Girling shocks, chrome-moly frames, 21-in. front wheels, high mounted front fenders, beautiful tanks, expansion chamber exhaust systems and full-blown racing engines.
For a change we now have a book on Ariel motorcycles as a break from the flood of BS material coming across the pond. This one is a largish paperback with 316 pp of small print and pix by Peter Hartley, who has been responsible not only for a couple of books on Bookstands days but is the son of Laurence Hartley, the Ariel tuner of his time.
A Big Japanese Sport Bike For The Man Who Doesn't Want A Four
Clothes, our mothers told us, don’t make the man. That’s not always the case with motorcycles. On bikes, the shape of a gas tank or the length of the handlebars or the curve of the seat not only tells the rider what the bike is, but it tells ot-her riders what kind of a rider this is.
A Scorching Tale of Speed, Pressure and Captive Flame
What with rampant inflation, the world arms buildup and casual sex for sale on our nation's streetcorners, most of us don't spend much time thinking about piston rings. You can hardly blame us. Of all the parts in the reciprocating engine, the piston ring is certainly one of the least complicated, surpassed only by the head stud, or possibly the base gasket, for its apparent sim plicity.
When Honda introduced the twincam 750 in 1979, the new machine was a rebirth for Honda's traditional sports bike, a good excuse to use the cylinder head first seen on the factory endurance racers and a shrewd move in the sales department.
The Chassis Is Updated, But It’s Still Horsepower That Makes Can-Ams Fun
CAN-AM 400 QUALIFIER
It’.s been two years since Can-Am unleashed the openclass Qualifier enduro bike on the dirt world. The bike’s progress in that time, we’re happy to report, has kept pace with the competition, though not in always predictable ways. When the original Qualifier 370 was tested a couple of years ago we concluded that, “As a first year open enduro bike, the Qualifier isn’t bad.
Tucked in, helmet bobbing against the gas tank in response to bumps, I peer through the windshield and slice through traffic in a series of gentle arcs. The bike reacts instantly to the slightest pressure applied to the clip-on handlebars.
Honda’s plans to compete for the national championship have been an open secret for nearly a year. Team Honda already had a Formula One bike for road racing, CR250-derived short track and XR500-based TT machines. They did some testing late in 1980 with a chain-drive CX500 engine in a flat track chassis.
The 1981 AMA National Enduro series was one third over before any rider could boast of more than one overall win to his credit. The three-way tie for top honors was broken at the Little Harpeth National run in Grinders Switch, Tenn., in early April.
Kim and Gina Grinsel of Hanover Park, Ill, won the Racewatch name-thatracebike contest announced in the May issue (page 171). As seen in the contest photo, David Aldana's new racebike is a Daihatsu. Kim and Gina have received the original print of the photo, autographed by Aldana, as well as moderate fame.
The start of the 1981 AMA Supercross Series marked the beginning of the new motocross season in America. Three riders from Team Suzuki have dominated the 1981 AMA Supercross Series so completely that all reigning Supercross champ Mike Bell of Team Yamaha can do is follow in their roost and hope to be left with fourth place.
Add to your list of incredible things to do the laugh-a-minute sport of ice racing. As seen in the detail photo, ice racebikes have long steel spikes mounted on the tires, making impossible lean angles entirely feasible and making any unfortunate crasher subject to perforation.
Mark Homchick, 24, finished eighth in the Daytona 200 this year, his second AMA F-l race. Homchick, riding a TZ750 for Paul Dahmen and EPM Wheels, had competed on the bike six times before the start of the Daytona 200, entering five club races and the 1980 Laguna Seca National.
Racing luck is a cliche. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes . . . consider Freddie Spencer’s first three months of 1981. Houston. Freddie has the water-cooled CR250-based short tracker. He walks away with his heat and the engine blows its cool in the main.
Reigning Pro Stock Champion Terry Vance won the NMRA Top Fuel race held in conjunction with the NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta. Vance, riding his Byron Hines-built Fueler with a Suzuki GS1100 engine installed for the first time, won without facing Bo O’Brochta’s Kawasaki, which blew up on the starting line.
Andrew Ciriot of Deland, Florida was the first entrant to correctly tell why the machine shown in the May issue, page 171 (ridden by Wes Cooley, David Aldana and Ron Pierce) is a racebike. The bike is a racebike because it has Slick tires. Notable other guesses included the rear wheel stand (disallowed because the stand is permanently attached to the bike), the race-style handlebars (disallowed because we didn’t think of it first) and the team of excellent riders aboard (disallowed because they are not permanently attached to the machine).
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The English are a complicated people with a complicated sense of humour. For instance if you observe that Bert Stodge is a “nice fellow,” some Englishman will be sure to enquire what you have against him. The title of this book is in itself reminiscent of a popular mechanics’ quote when faced with an awkward task, such as shoehorning a Harley 61 ohv Twin into a Harley Hummer frame.
Bag Man soft luggage is made from waterproof Cordura, snaps on and off any make or model motorcycle and is available in tan, black or brown colors. Bag Man luggage is available from local dealers or directly from Bag Man. Price is $125. For more information call (217) 356-1020.
PERFORMANCE WORKS SWING ARM
Performance Works has a chrome-moly racing swing arm for Kawasaki l000s. The arm is lighter and stronger than stock. The unit comes complete with needle bearings, axle, spacers and adjusters. Price is $585 from Performance Works, CW-7, 7861 Alabama Ave. #9, Canoga Park, Calif. 91304. Phone (213) 999-5396.
MALCOLM SMITH GEAR BAGS
Malcolm has a gear bag size to fit any need. The bags are American made, of urethane coated nylon and come in a red, blue and yellow color combination. Check with your local dealer or contact Malcolm Smith, CW-7, 7563 Indiana Ave., River side, Calif. 92504.
National Hydron's new model 900 goggle features an anti-scratch, anti-fog lens. The new goggle has a wide angle view, fits into all of the new closed face racing helmets, has a quick change lens mounting system and the strap is wide and strong. MXL Flip-Tab tear-offs are easily fitted to the 900 goggle. Replacement lens are available for $3.49. The model 900 sells for $16.25 at MXL dealers.
Castre's newest MX glove is called the Warrior. It is designed like a hocky glove with heavy padding on the back of the fingers and hand. The palm of the curved glove is soft leather, the back is tear re sistant nylon. The wrist features terrycloth to absorb moisture. Price for Warrior gloves is $29.95 from Castre dealers or Castre, CW-7, 836 Miii Road, Lancaster, Penn. 17601 Phone(717) 569-4546.