When I first sat down to electrically pen these thoughts on paper, the working theme involved failure. I had just got home from failing in a quest. It’s a quest of long standing. I cannot bear not to know what’s on the other side of the mountain.
I was very impressed with your recent test of the BMW R100S/E and I would like to add some information. My source, a friend’s five-year-old son, tells me that BMW will market their motorcycle at all local Sears stores and possibly Wal-Mart. Further, we have obtained some wind tunnel tests which may be of interest to you.
Just what a spark plug goes through in the average motorcycle was displayed for the Cycle World staff recently when a crew from Champion Spark Plug Co. drove their portable chassis dyno and computer into our driveway. Fastened onto this dyno was a Yamaha XJ650 and plugged into the Yamaha’s engine were thermocouple spark plugs that transmit temperature information from the tips of the plugs to the computer.
With Every Sports Chassis and Miracle Motor You Get Your Very Own Video Arcade
When Honda unveiled the 1982 models the headline news was the 750cc V-Four engine. Water-cooled, crankshaft set across the frame, shaft drive, double overhead camshafts working four valves per cylinder, the new motor wasn’t like anything seen before, not from Honda or anybody else.
Two Intrepid Motorcyclists Discover The True Meaning of Sidecars (if Not Life) On A Trip To The Brass Monkey Rally
Enthusiasts of any product or activity get more fanatical as their numbers get smaller. Motorcyclists are more enthusiastic than car drivers, BMW riders more enthusiastic than Honda riders, Ducati owners more enthusiastic than BMW owners, and on down the list until it comes to sidecarists.
Carnival owners have known for a long time that people will pay good money to sit in small, bullet-shaped containers that provide an exaggerated sense of speed, and it may be that sidecar makers have tapped a more complex strain of the same weakness.
Factory Help For Privateer Racers, From Yamaha's Competition Support Program
New models are wonderful. Incredible power, flawless handling, bulletproof geartrains, there’s nothing as good as that new bike . . . at least for the first few weeks or races. As the thrill becomes normal there arises a question: Is this all there is?
This Motocrosser in Enduro Disguise is Fun, Competitive and Priced Right.
What with all the headlines about umpty-horsepower open class enduro and motocross bikes, it’s easy to forget that size isn’t everything and that sometimes it’s more fun to have just enough of everything and be able to use it. The IT175 is Yamaha’s way of reminding us.
The Katana Sword Trims and Shapes Suzuki's Powerhouse
Only a person of severely jaded sensibilities could look at last year’s Suzuki GS1100E and call it a conservative motorcycle. After all, it had 16 valves, Twin Swirl Combustion Chambers, adjustable suspension, a built-up box section aluminum swing arm, and it was, for the second year in a row, the world’s quickest production motorcycle.
Still the Essence of Motorcycle After All These Years.
No motorcycle has ever exuded toughness like a Harley-Davidson Sportster. The staggered beat of its 45° V-Twin engine is a strong, powerful sound, muffled or not. All the business pieces are hung out in the open, where riders and the less fortunate get to see them.
Faster Than Its Race-Prepped Rivals, Able to Beat a Works Bike to The First Turn... And We Didn't Change Even The Grips
Suzuki racers and many dealers were mighty upset with their factory during the early months of 1981. The new Floater motocrossers did not arrive until early summer and many racers simply got tired of waiting, and switched brands. Most quickly switched back to Suzuki once the new Floaters arrived and they saw how good they were.
Remember when tires had two numbers written on them? One was the rim diameter and the other was the width of the tire, and both were written clearly in inches. A 3.50-19 tire fit on a 19 in. rim and had a tread that was approximately 3.5 in.
The Latest Flat Trackers From Harley, Honda and Yamaha
Racing may or may not improve the breed, a debate that has enlivened bench racing since benches were invented, but there’s no question that competition is invention’s harsh stepmother. Early in 1981 Honda and Yamaha tackled the AMA’s Winston Pro dirt track races, specifically the miles and half-miles that are so classically American.
Hansen Leads Supercross Points After Seven Races; Jorgenson and Can-Am Win At Ascot; Springsteen Bags Number 30
HANSEN IS THE FAST GUY AT ANAHEIM
HANSEN WINGS AGAIN AT SEATTLE SATURDAY
BARNETT RETURNS TO FORM AT SEATTLE SUNDAY
HANNAH ALL THE WAY AT ATLANTA
SHULTZ WINS DAYTONA SUPERCROSS BY A WHEEL
BARNETT DOMINATES HOUSTON NO. 1
BARNETT WIRES HOUSTON AGAIN
AMA/WRANGLER SUPERCROSS SERIES POINT STANDINGS
SPRINGER MAKES THE SACTO MILE HIS 30TH
ASCOT TT TO CAN-AM
SMITH AND STEWARD WIN ARRA FOUR-HOUR
VINTAGE RACING AT DAYTONA
DRAGBIKE SCHEDULE CHANGES
RUSSIAN TOPS ICE RACING
LAWSON WINS AT TALLEDEGA AND RIVERSIDE
Honda’s intense factory motocross effort failed to produce a single championship in 1981 but the big red squad has returned in ’82 with a vengeance. Red machines filled the starting line for the Anaheim Supercross and Honda teamsters Darrell Shultz and Donnie Hansen shared the lead through Turn One.
I own a 1978 Honda 750. All the single cam 750s used a dry sump lubrication system. It seems like a very good system and I was wondering what advantages and disadvantages this system offers and why the manufacturers no longer use it. Joseph Bradley Wabash, Ind.
GMS leather gloves have padded palms and thumb/forefinger. Both models feature Velcro closure on the wrists. The road race model has padded finger backs and the summer gloves have perforated backs for air flow. The road race models cost $29.95, the summer touring go for $24.95. In black only at dealers.
ARAI RACER REPLICA HELMETS
You can have an Arai Snell '80 approved Astro helmet finished in the same colors and design used by Freddie Spencer, Dale Singleton or Wes Cooley. The $200 helmets feature Arai’s new shield system that adjusts to three positions, including fully open or closed, using just one finger. Each comes with clear and smoke tint scratch-resistant shields and a carry/storage bag. See your local dealer or contact Arai Helmet, CW-7, P.O. Box 421, Tenafly, N.J. 07670.
Many times it’s possible to get more power from stock motocross bikes by simply increasing the air flow to the air filter. Some racers cut holes in the sides of their stock airboxes, but water also enters. Pro-Vents let air in, keep water out. The one inch plastic discs have louvered vents that can be directed away from water splash. They will work in almost any airbox, with installation as simple as drilling holes in the airbox and slipping the discs in. They come eight to a package for $8.95. Contact Pro-Vent, CW-7, 19715 49th Ave., Arlington, Wash. 98223. Phone (206) 435-2780.
FOX HEAT BEATER
Racing during the middle of summer always becomes uncomfortable and sometimes it becomes unbearable. Moto-X Fox has come up with a solution called the Fox Heat Beater. It’s a terrycloth garment that fits over the shoulders of the rider and has pockets to hold crushed ice. The ice slowly melts during the rigors of competition and the water wets the terrycloth, cooling the rider. Fox says the pockets are large enough to keep a rider cool through a 45 min. moto. The Heat Beater goes for $19.95 from dealers or Moto-X Fox, CW-7, 520 McGlincy Lane, Campbell, Calif. 95008. Phone (408) 371-1221.
MALCOLM SMITH SKID PLATES
Malcolm has aluminum skid plates for most popular off-road bikes. They feature round-head bolts, heavy-duty clamps and easy installation. Prices start at $28.50 from dealers or Malcolm Smith, CW-6, 7563 Indiana Ave., Riverside, Calif. 92504. Phone (714) 687-1300.