When I first read the letter reproduced ere I thought I already had the answer, ome time back we got an appeal from a id whose parents didn’t like motorcycles, gave him all the free advice he could use and ever since I’ve used that answer for what I define as family problems.
The first article I read in the December ssue was the test on the FXRS. Good Drakes and mileage, improved handling, ubber mounted engine. This sounded Dretty good until I saw the list price of £6990! How in Hell can they charge that nuch? They’re using about the same old engine and while the tech improvements ^re admirable, they’re pretty sad comDared to Japanese technology.
Racing and history were at the core of this week’s office debate. It started when Joe Scalzo sent in his article on 20 years of racing for the January 20th Anniversary issue. And it hasn’t ended because the letters have just started coming in about Scalzo’s comments, so if anyone missed the story, go back and check it out.
Chalk up another name on the hig. pressure motorcycle list. Moto Mor ini is the third factory to officially ar nounce a turbocharged motorcycle though rumors of turbo Kawasakis an Suzukis keep floating around. Morini is one of Italy’s smallest motor cycle manufacturers, but surprisingly turbo cycle is a comprehensive package It’s not just a turbocharger hung on existing model, which, in the case of Moi ini might not be a good idea.
When Kawasaki announced the 1982 model lineup, the really new motorcycles were embargoed because Kawasaki’s PR department didn’t want any dealers surprised before the dealer meeting. That meant last month’s new Kawasaki story didn’t include photos of some of the new bikes.
How to Build a Better motorcycle When the Best Isn’t Good Enough
The latest trend in street motorcycles is the sport look, and the new Kawasaki GPz750 version of the already well-established KZ750 is a good example of the type. It’s basically a dohc, eight-valve, plain-bearing KZ750 Four done over with angular styling lines that scream out “SPEED.” It comes with a larger gas tank, a sport fairing, bright red paint with silver and blue stripes and everything else—well, almost everything else—is done in black, from black chrome exhaust pipes to a crinkle black cam cover.
The word heritage normally brings to mind a birthright, a legacy or something inherited. HarleyDavidson has a Heritage model, a nostalgically styled celebration ol American touring and their venerable V-Twin. The motorcycle has been around, in one form or another, for a long time, so no one questions the name.
What’s Long, Wears Chains and Throws a Roost from California to Kansas?
The hail of rocks continued long after the howling screech and blizzard of dirt disappeared over the hill. Click-click-CLICK-clickity-click-THUDclick; pebbles and stones and bits of granite and clods the size of eggs tumbling out of the sky, hitting the ground 500 ft.
Brad Lackey and Mike Guerra Are Working Their Way Toward America’s First Motocross World Championship.
It was a bad year, 1981 was, for Brad Lackey, the first American to camIpaign Grand Prix motocross seriously. He started out on his own riding a CZ in 1971, arriving in Europe halfway through the season and marking up a best finish of 11th place.
DeCoster and Honda Build a Bigger, Better—and More Demanding—Motocrosser
Honda raced openclass motocrossers in world championship racing tor several years Before producing an open MXer. Every year test riders would go to Honda’s new model show, looking for the open bike that wasn't there. The bike finally arrived last year.
Racing, unlike history, mathematics or biology, is not a subject that can be committed to memory and, thus learned, applied wherever applicable. Nor is it like so many purely physical sports that reward the development of muscle and little else.
Better Filtering, Less Restriction and Easier Cleaning
Suzuki's new RMX motocrossers made a big splash with most owners but it didn't take long to learn the stock air filter caused more restriction than necessary. And extreme care was called for when cleaning and replacing the stock filter. K&N has come to the rescue with replacement filters that make maintenance easier and less frequent.
Hard Lessons and Sweet Victories for Team Hammer, as Seen by the Junior Partner
WHEELS AND BRAKES
FUEL CAPACITY AND REFUELING
Bruce Hammer's motorcycle is more famous than he is. He's the guy who loaned his black-and-orange No. 52 TZ750 Yamaha to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. for the Winston Pro Series advertisements seen dozens of times in magazines and newspapers last year.
Exactly how much stuff will fit into the BagMan saddlebags I don't know, not in a scientific way, even though there must be some cubic dimension filed away somewhere. Instead, I know I could cram one week’s worth of clothes for street and all-weather riding, plus a module of cameras and lenses, a soft portfolio case, a nylon stuff bag with basic spare parts, a clutch cable and a clutch tool-—I’ll explain about those two in a minute—into both bags.
Two of Honda’s Smallest Hit the High Mileage Trail
When Craig Vetter, designer of Windjammers, Mystery Ships, lightweight wheelchairs and his own mountaintop house, invited us northward to San Luis Obispo for a motorcycle fuel mileage contest everyone at the office immediately took stock of the gas-miserly bikes we had on hand.
Bring Harry Maillet Your Bike and Your Wallet, and Take Home a Superbike for the Street.
Horsepower isn't as simple as it sounds, and there are motorcycles that give horsepower a bad name. Building a bike with an incredible amount of top speed or acceleration isn’t the same thing as a building a motorcycle that’s fun to ride on the street.
Traffic Tickets Are Never Fun and Usually Expensive, But There Are Ways To Tell the Truth And Reduce The Consequences
David D. Mallet
Drat. You've been blitzing along California's unofficial roadracing course (Highway 1) with such savoir faire that King Kenny may consider an early retirement. Alas, you glance into the rearview mirror and feel the sudden need for a large bottle of Rolaids.
An Early, Unauthorized Look at the Three-Cylinder Grand Prix Two-Stroke and the AMA Formula One V-Four, Four-Stroke.
Imagine our surprise when the call came. Freelance photographer Mush Emmons was at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif. to shoot photos for Paul Newman’s race car team. So there’s Mush, laden with cameras and lenses, out on the course, when a motorcycle flies by.
Bombardier is a Canadian corporation that makes rapid transit trains, large industrial equipment, snowmobiles and, in the off season, orange motorcycles. CanAm has built a reputation on fast, powerful engines, sometimes in chassis that weren’t up to the engine’s potential.
Sam Wills holds the Top Fuel dragracing E.T. record, yet he rides a bike built in a shop located 250 miles from the nearest dragstrip suitable for a top fuel bike. “We don’t test,” says Wills when asked how he can dial in a racebike without using a local dragstrip.
As we left the diner a man came over and asked if the BMW R65LS was turbocharged. No, we told him. Oh, he said, walking away. Later at the gas station the attendant took our card and asked if the bike had “any computer stuff” on it. No, we said, and he looked disappointed.
Riding at night is a great way to check your headlight adjustment. Nighttime is also good for snipe hunts and record runs down deserted highways. About the only problem with motorcyling when the sun goes down is that things smaller than the Golden Arches get hard to see.
The long awaited big book about Harley-Davidson has at last arrived from Haynes Pub. where Harry Sucher (author of a similar tome on Indians) has had it in germination for quite some time. There has been very little written about Harleys in hardcover form anyway, mostly due to the factory's resolute non-cooperation, and traditionalists will be glad to know that Harley hasn't changed on this either!
Ever consider judging a book by its cover? There's surely a temptation here. The title is "Superbikes" and the initial reaction is, Gee, superbikes. We all know about them. Superbikes are the high performance machines as in Honda 750, and they're the road-racing cannons ridden by Freddie and Eddie and Wes.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE BRITISH MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY
Haynes Publishing Company
Haynes Publishing Company
Whatever Happened to the British Motorcycle Industry
Henry N. Manney III
Every British bike book we have reviewed recently has a short explanation of WHTTBMI which is v nice I suppose but here is a whole book on the subject by Bert Hopwood, an able designer and writer who worked in that selfsame industry since the thirties in all the big factories.
Fascinating fun, wheelies. Motocross stars and road racing champions carry the front wheel under power and unicycle over the finish line. Wheelies are a display of skill and bravery and control. Even those of us who say the uplifted front tire costs you speed and requires taking chances that you don’t need to take and may even get you pitched into the weeds or written up by the police know, deep in our secret hearts that yes, common sense is all well and good but it would be neat, now and then, to be able to wheelie.
Burleson Wins Title No. Eight; Wise Tops Superbikers Again; NMRA honors Vance & Hines; Bruce Penhall Talks On TV
Dick Burleson won his eighth consecutive AMA Enduro Championship by finishing second overall in the season’s final event, the Wheeler National Enduro in Tulsa, Okla. Burleson said he will retire from national competition in 1982 and devote more time to doing research and development for Husqvarna.
Team Honda’s Steve Wise won the staged-for-television Superbikers competition for the second straight year, beating Honda’s Graham Noyce and Kawasaki’s Eddie Lawson. In theory the race pits top riders from all aspects of racing on equal terms.
The National Motorcycle Racing Assn. (NMRA) honored 1981 Pro Stock Champion Terry Vance as Rider of the Year. The NMRA is the motorcycle drag racing affiliate of the National Hot Rod Assn. (NHRA). The NMRA also selected Byron Hines, Vance’s friend, tuner and business partner, as Mechanic of the Year.
Speedway World Champion Bruce Penhall appeared on the nationally syndicated Merv Griffin television talk show. In his conversations with Griffin, Penhall talked about winning the championship and said he wanted to defend his title in 1982.
The AMA-affiliated, amateur-oriented Dragbike organization remains a haven for Harley-Davidsons, Triumphs and other motorcycles eclipsed by Japanese bikes in NMRA and IDBA drag racing. And there’s no better example than 47-year-old Pete Hill, who rode his 84 c.i., 1947 Harley knucklehead to the 1981 Dragbike Top Fuel championship.
Mamoru Moriwaki remains racing’s most innovative privateer with the aluminum-framed Kawasaki endurance and Formula One machine he made for Australian Wayne Gardner. The frame has rectangular cross-section aluminum tubes and is lighter, lower and shorter than Moriwaki’s chrome-moly chassis.
John Dixon of Wallace, N.C. blasted his two-wheeled, rocket-powered device down the Fayetteville, N.C. dragstrip in 6.996 sec., shutting off power after 1000 ft. and coasting through the timing lights at 161 mph. The run was timed by officials of the AMA-affiliated Dragbike organization as a stunt for a TV show, although the press release announcing the run and claiming it as a world record makes no mention of a back-up run, normally required for setting records.
Roger McPhail and his VHR-sponsored GS1100 have set records in both NMRA and AMA/Dragbike competition. McPhail, 29, from Norwalk, Calif., rode his Suzuki to a 10.50 sec., 129.68 mph Superstock A record for NMRA. In AMA/Dragbike competition under less stringent Superstock AA rules, McPhail went 10.41 sec. and 131.66 mph.
Jeans and sportswear manufacturer Wrangler has agreed to sponsor the 1982 AMA Supercross Series, posting a $75,000 point fund and advertising and promoting events in the 12-race Wrangler Supercross Series.
Team Honda’s Mike Spencer started out as an AFM club racer and landed a lucrative factory ride. How did he get good enough to go from racing a KZ550 in Box Stock to getting in the Superbike and Formula One winners’ circle at AMA Nationals? “You have to be out there doing it and going as fast as you can,” Spencer recently offered as advice to club racers with their eyes on professional racing.
Specialization has been a good thing for motorcycles and lots of motorcyc1e accessories like tires and seats and handlebars. Except for the biggest companies, most specialized accessories have been produced by different companies, so Vetter, for instance, might produce big touring fairings and maybe Shoei or somebody else would produce small handlebar-mount fairings.
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Answer Products has a new line of motocross clothing including boots. Pants are a nylon/leather combo that feature fulllength knee and shin protection. Bright colors, stretch side panels, removalable hip pads and sewn-on logos are featured. Boots made by Gaerne offer plastic shin protection. Boots have reinforced toe and shank plates. They are available in red, blue or black. Jerseys and T-shirts are made of 100 percent cotton. For prices or information contact an Answer Products dealer or Answer Products, CW-3, 27967 Beale Court, Valencia, Calif. 91355. Phone (805) 257-4411.
MINI NUMBER PLATE
Cycle-Am’s growing line of injection molded plastic accessories now includes stylish square number plates for mini bikes. Price is $6.95 from Cycle-Am dealers or contact Cycle-Am, CW-1, 23954 Craftsman Road, Calabasas, Calif. 91302.
Superjugs are high-density polyethylene dent proof, crack proof and indestructable one gallon containers. The cap has a ¾-in. threaded plug in its center that accepts a pouring spout or faucet. They’re approved by most agenies including ANSI/ASTM D3435-78, UL, ASTM and DOT 34-5. They come in natural or red with a lifetime warranty. Price is $22.95 in white, $24.95 in red. Available from motorcycle and auto parts stores.
SIDI ROAD RACING BOOT
Sidi Corsa boots feature layers of leather at the heel and toe and a triple layer at the shift lever contact point. Seams are double sewn and soles are vulcanized and sewn. The Corsa is 12 in. high with snap and zipper closures. They are available in sizes 6 through 12 in black. Another model, the Cecotto, is similar but has additional padding and comes in a red/white/blue color. For more information contact Cosmopolitan Motors, CW-3, Hatboro, Penn. 19040.
This cap fits 10, 12 and 14mm spark plugs and its upper part can be bent to any desired shape. Most sizes of plug wire fit into the threaded terminal and a strong clamp ensures permanent mating. The other end of the cap fits tightly over all sizes of plugs and extends far enough to cover most of the porcelain. Price is $4.95 from dealers or contact International Motorsports, CW-1, 1189 La Cadena Dr, Riverside, Calif. 92501. Phone (714) 781-5849.
SPECTRO FOUR-STROKE OIL
Spectro has a new oil designed for engines that use a common oil for the engine and gearbox. It’s perfect for most street bikes and four-stroke dirt bikes. Available from most motorcycle dealers.
KRYPTONITE CARRYING BRACKET
Kryptonite locks are excellent bike locks, but carrying one on a bike isn’t easy. Kyrptonite has solved the problem with a bracket that bolts to the rear shock’s top bolt. The bracket holds the lock out of the way of the rider and places it in a handy to use place. Price is $12.95 from dealers.
Web-Cams newest addition is cams for Kawasaki’s 900/1000/1100 superbikes. Several grinds and lifts are available. For prices and applications contact Web-Cam, CW-3, 1663 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa, Calif. 92627. Phone(714) 631-1770.
FOX STREET CLOTHES
Fox Superstreet jackets and pants are made of water repellent nylon, have reflective safety strips and inside waist belt. They’re available in a red/silver or blue/ silver color combination. Jackets cost $74, pants $69. They’re available from Fox dealers or Moto-X Fox, CW-3, 520 McGlincy Lane, Cambell, Calif. 95008. Phone (408) 371-1221.
GOLD BELT DEBRUZER
The DeBruzer is a one-piece injectionmolded crossbar pad. Inside the DeBruzer are air chambers and ribs to help cushion impact. Installation is simple, requiring no tools or ties. Just slip it over the crossbar. Price is $5.95 in red, yellow, blue and black. At dealers or from Gold Belt, CW-3, 7045 Darby Ave., Reseda, Calif. 91335.
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Photographers, we need your photos for Slipstream. We’re looking for photos that make us smile because they say something about motorcycling. Submissions should be made to Slipstream, Cycle World, 1499 Monrovia, Newport Beach, Calif.