Riding to work this morning I came up on a full dress Gold Wing; barndoor airing, extra lights, teardrop saddlebags, he works. The rider wore a pea-soup green rain suit and an open helmet, inside of which was a man of my father’s generation. I was your basic cafe commando crouched over the tank bag on the CJPZ.
I am writing in response to your October issue in which you reviewed the A-Trak. Since the device has been reviewed in all the major publications and yours was the only publication that found it without merit, I feel compelled to respond. I believe the performance advantages of the A-Trak to be beyond dispute. In the recent Superbikers competition Mike Kidd won the second heat on an essentially stock Yamaha YZ 465 equipped with an A-Trak
Not every year does the direction of motorcycle design change. Sometimes motorcycles follow the same design direction for decades with little variation. This year is important. Several new trends are starting, some of which will be more important than others.
Good ideas never disappear forever, and neither do good names. Honda knew that a road going 500cc Single was a good idea, one whose time keeps coming back, and they knew the Ascot name was useful, because the XR500-based Honda TT machine has had a successful racing record at Ascot.
The story on Eddie Lawson's Kawasaki Superbike in the February issue contained a few errors. For the record, Lawson's Superbike was run with different compression ratios at different racetracks. For most Superbike events, the engine had 10.9:1 c.r.
All the concern in recent years about motorcycle safety is providing information about technique, and that's a good thing. The latest new source of information on how motorcycles are ridden comes from the Motorcycle Safety Department of Northern Illinois University at DeKalb.
Big engined motorcycles frequently manage to be just as economical in fuel consumption as smaller bikes despite The additional power. Where they don't fare so well is with insurance, which is normally paid for depending on engine size. Now that a number of turbocharged motorcycles are becoming available, providing the performance, weight and price of much larger machines, it might seem that they could escape the insurance penalty of a large engine.
Sometimes it's impossible to find that elusive little thing that you need. Most likely it's a tool and you know there should be one, because a tool like you have in mind is the only way of doing a job. If you are like us, the solution is to make it yourself so you have it the next time you need it.
When Kawasaki's new GPz75O was tested in the March, 1982 Cycle World, we reported with some skepticism that the intake ports were ported and highly polished. Never had we seen a stock motorcycle with such a beautifully ported head. Non-standard, we called the treatment.
Yamaha Unleashes the Engineers on a Super New Do-Everything Mid-Size Bike.
At first it didn't make sense, why Yamaha would produce another fast, sporting 550cc street bike when the company already makes one of the fastest and best 550 sports machines. Besides the question of why try to beat the Seca 550, there was the question of how to beat the Seca 550.
Honda Reinvents the V-Four; Discovers Torque and Compliments Willie G.
Engines. Year in, year out, step-through to world championship, if there’s one thing Honda is most famous for, it’s got to be engines. All types and sizes and kinds, from the old reliable to designs everybody else has forgotten to configurations never before considered, what Honda does best is make engines.
Yamaha has the distinction of being the first Japanese manufacturer to build an open class motocrosser that threatened the European makes' supremacy. The 1980 YZ465 would out-drag, out-jump and out-brake all the others. Maico, the best in class until the YZ465 came along, countered with a fire-breathing 490 for '81 and regained the drag-race award.
Rumors of a big roadgoing Single from Honda have surfaced with annual regularity for about three years now, probably starting about the time XL500 owners noticed their dual purpose machines made remarkably good street bikes. Enjoyable off-road, they were also light, economical and fun to ride on the pavement.
A Double Feature at Houston's Astrodome, Featuring New Rules, New Riders, New Machines And Two Victories For the Old Guard.
Compressing the rear suspension with his considerable bulk, Tex Peel checked chain tension on his Harley XR750. Rickey Graham had just put the bike into the TT final at Houston, the opening meeting of the AMA/Winston Pro national championship season.
A Late Model Introduction for an Automatic, a Bigger Twin, and new Small Singles for Dirt and Street.
When Suzuki proudly displayed its collection of new 1982 motorcycles last fall, there were some noticeable gaps in the lineup, mostly at the small end. Suzuki representatives just smiled when asked about more models that could be on the way.
In a late model introduction, Suzuki has become the third Japanese manufacturer to join the Turbo Wars for 1982, following Honda and Yamaha in unveiling a turbocharged middleweight sport bike. The version shown was an early prototype rather than a production model, which means that nobody has yet been allowed to ride the bike or start it up and there may be some minor design changes before it reaches the local showroom floor.
Leather jackets and motorcycling go together about as well as pistons and rings because what motorcyclists need most in clothing is well provided by leather. Leather jackets aren't perfect; they are relatively expensive, not entirely waterproof and not as warm as the best insulated suits.
Why Shaft-Drive Bikes Jump Up and Down and What Can Be Done About It.
Like death and taxes, the drive characteristics of shaft-drive bikes are considered inevitable. Twist the throttle and the back end comes up. It's the price you pay for the clean running and low maintenance of a shaft. The first time we'd ask about it, we'd get the response, "It's 'cause the pinion's trying to climb up the ring gear.
Curses on the inventor of the bread box. When that otherwise useful appliance arrived it became a benchmark. Things were bigger/smaller than a breadbox. From there we evolved into evaluating from the standpoint of something else, as in faster than speeding bullets, busier than hogs on ice, etc.
When Kawasaki introduced the Uni-Trak, people scratched their heads and mumbled and pretty much agreed that Kawasaki had figured out the right place for the shock. Putting it vertically behind the engine and low in the chassis made sense.
Nothing makes a more lasting impression on a motorcyclist than the sight of an empty parking spot that used to contain his bike. If the motorcycle was chained and locked, outfitted with alarms and spotlights and protected by everything short of a minefield and it still got stolen, chances are it was hit by a pro.
Motorcycles are for riding, so to many of us the very idea of packing our machine into a box and loading the box onto a truck (later, maybe even an airplane) and sending it off not under its own power seems to be, well, non-motorcycling. On the other hand changes of job, assignment overseas, buying or selling a vintage or racing bike thousands of miles away are part of the sport.
When Yamaha introduced its first V-Twins, for the 1981 model year, the XV920 was an obvious stepchild. Mother really did like the Virago 750 better, had in fact designed the Virago to look American and appeal to the American market; pullbacks, peanut tank, stepped seat and an engine configuration similar to you-know-who.
Honda Works Motocrossers: Where The Races Are; Sun Tops Florida Winter-AMA Series
Honda works bikes for World Championship and AMA National motocross racing are different for 1982. The 124cc reed-valve, water-cooled RC125M has a claimed power output of over 32 bhp at 11,000 rpm and a claimed dry weight of 194 lb. The wheelbase is 57.9 in.
Team Honda's Chuck Sun, the 1980 National 500cc MX Champion, won seven of eight 500 motos in the four-round Winter-AMA MX series. Sun dominated on his Eric Crippa-tuned works Honda through the Orlando, St. Petersburg and Cocoa rounds, but when the series returned to Orlando for the final, Sun retired from moto one with a split gas tank seam.
Frenchman Cyril Neveu won the fourth annual Paris-to-Dakar trans-African 6000-mi. race on a Honda XR500. Neveu beat 370 entries in and on all sorts of vehicles (including 130 motorcycles) to win, taking his third overall victory. Neveu rode a Honda France-sponsored 500cc XR500 modified with a 10.6-gal.
Curt Comer, 1981 U.S. Trials Champion, will ride for Montesa in 1982. Comer will defend his U.S. title and will compete in selected European events, including the Scottish Six Days Trial. Comer will work as a sales rep for Cosmopolitan Motors, the U.S.
The scene is a press conference held by Suzuki to introduce four made-for-television motorcycle films sponsored by the company. Warren Reid is introduced and takes the podium. He talks about hi switch to Suzuki's works motocross team, from Kawasaki.
AMA/BUDWEISER GRAND PRIX ENDURANCE SERIES Road Races
AMA WRANGLER SUPERCROSS SERIES Motocross
AMA WINSTON PRO SERIES Road Races
AMA TRANS-USA SERIES Motocross
FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Road Races
FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ENDURANCE Road Races
FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES 500cc Motocross
FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES 250cc Motocross
FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES 125cc Motocross
FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Observed Trials
AMA/DRAGBIKE DRAG RACING
IDBA DRAG RACING
NMRA DRAG RACING Pro Stock
NMRA DRAG RACING Top Fuel
FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Speedway Team
ISLE OF MAN TT
TROPHEE des NATIONS Motocross
MOTOCROSS des NATIONS Motocross
INTERNATIONAL SIX DAYS ENDURO Off road
We get letters from people wanting to know where they can go to see the racing they read about. Here's a listing of some of the most famous events. For more information on a specific event, contact the sanctioning organization. For AMA and FIM events, try the American Motorcyclist Assn.
Chuck Sun, 1980 AMA 500cc National Champion, member of the 1981 Motocross des Nations and Trophee des Nations championship team, and winner of the 1982 Florida Winter-AMA 500cc Series, offers these words to kids with big-time racing ambitions: “You have a lot of time.
Team Honda's David Bailey was asked what advice he'd give an eight-year-old with his eyes on a factory ride and a National Championship. This is what he said: "At the age of eight there's other things to do. There's no rush to get into it. My dad didn't start racing until he was 13 and he accomplished quite a bit.
Curt Comer Jr. has finally arrived—he's 1981 AMA/NATC National Observed Trials champion. He did that by winning five of the year's eight events. Comer’s championship ended the decade-long Lane Leavitt/Marland Whaley/ Bernie Schreiber stranglehold on national honors.
I recently purchased a 1981 Honda CM400A. Due to Chicago weather, I stored the bike for the winter months. My question to you is, after receiving a variety of answers from friends and dealers, is it safer to drain the gasoline from the tank and lines or fill the tank completely with gasoline and add Sta-bil or some similar product?
Arthur Fulmer carries a wide range of sound systems for bikes. Tape players, stereo radios, CBs and speakers are available. For applications and prices contact Arthur Fulmer, CW-5, P.O. Box 177, Memphis, Tenn. 38101. Phone (901) 525-5711.
DRAG SPECIALTIES LEATHER JACKETS
Drag Specialties' newest leather jackets feature top-grain leather, zippered arms, breast pocket, front pockets, and one model has a zippered arm pocket. Storm flaps keep chilling wind from passing through the front zipper. Lining is quilted nylon and inside pockets are standard. From dealers in black only for $169. Mens sizes 38-56, womens sizes 32-42.
Applying Rain-X to plastic goggles, shields or windshields will reduce surface static, bug sticking, and water adhesion. The effect is long lasting and wet weather vision is greatly improved. Price is $4.85 from dealers or Malcolm Smith, CW-5, 7653 Indiana, Riverside, Calif. 92504. Phone (714) 687-1300.
BIG 4 TOURING SUIT
Big 4's touring suit is waterproof nylon and has a quilted lining. It's insulated with something called Poly-slim that claims warmth without bulk. Features include a snap-down collar, internal knit cuffs, fulllength leg zippers, waist belt, removable stirrups, three large external pockets and one on the inside. Available in a blue/tan color combo, sizes small through extra large for $99.95. Call Big 4 toll free, 1-800-541-5550.