Suburban bikers have an extra dimension. In common with our city and country kin, we get to hit the open road, commute to work, go for day trips to the woods, etc. All these things are good. But there are days, usually the Saturday when you promised to do all the things around the house you didn’t do last Saturday because you’d gone riding in the woods instead, when you’ve just got to take a little ride, have a pocket adventure.
I’m writing in regard to Harley-Davidson’s protest on Japanese imports. Harley thinks (and it well may be) Japanese motorcycles are taking some sales away from them. But why can’t Harley make a bike that will go as fast, shift and idle smoothly and provide a competitive price?
Markland’s touring chrome adds flash without weight by employing chrome plated ABS plastic. The rust-proof plastic parts are double plated and claimed to be durable and non-peeling. Several parts are available including brake caliper covers ($75 a pair), radiator spoiler ($75), fairing accents ($55), saddlebag light rails ($200/225), and truck light rails for $130. Contact Markland Industries, 3500 Carriage Dr., Santa Ana, Calif. 92704. Phone (714) 754-1151.
JT RACING V2000 VENTILATOR
JT’s newest chest protector features a lot of cooling vents, dual spandex side straps, moulded neck and trim foam pieces for extra protection and comfort. Plastic covers are furnished and easily snap onto the front panels, blocking air flow for cold weather riding. They’re available in red/yellow, red/white, black/yellow, blue/yellow, or any combination of these basic colors. Price is $89.95 from JT Racing, CW-1, 303 W. 35th Street, Suite D, National City, Calif. 92050. Phone (714) 427-0971.
KONI ADJUSTABLE STREET SHOCKS
Koni’s 7610 features externally adjustable damping. The adjustment wheel is located just below the top shock eye, Springs are progressively wound tapered silicon wire and a three-position cam is placed below the spring to adjust preload. They’re available for street models of BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Moto Guzzi, Suzuki and Yamaha. Check your dealer for prices and applications.
These handlebars are made of cold-drawn 2024-T3 aluminum and feature a bolt-on aluminum crossbar. Claimed lighter than chrome-moly steel bars but just as strong. They come in anodized colors: blue, gold, red, silver or black. Get them from local dealers or contact Inter-Am, 3050 Pullman, Costa Mesa, Calif. 92626. Phone (714) 557-7941.
METZELER MULTI-CROSS REAR TIRES
Metzeler’s new Multi-Cross rear tires come in 4.10-18 and 4.50-18 sizes. They feature Metzeler’s five-four knob pattern, four-ply rated nylon cases and an updated compound that’s claimed to work on all ground surfaces. The small size costs about $57, the larger one goes for $74. At local dealers.
Anybody who has bought boots lately knows that prices are sky high, so high that it is more important than ever that new boots last a long time. AXO street boots, made in Italy and imported by Moto-X Fox, are expensive at $105, but a pair worn by one of our riders is holding up well after a year’s worth of hard service.
All motorcyclists have been paying for a motorcycle emissions law adopted eight years ago in California. That was when the California Air Resources Board set emission standards for motorcycles, standards that would ultimately include a 1 g/km limit for hydrocarbons.
The Look of Speed, The Feel Of Formula One, With More Power Than Ever.
The Suzuki Katana is an acquired taste. It takes some getting used to, the radical styling, the humpback tank, the two-tone seat, the clip-on handlebars, the rearset footpegs. In the seas of imported motorcycles flooding the U.S., the original 1982 Katana looked different and functioned more like an exotic Italian sports bike than a product of industrial Japan.
Terry Vance Was The First Man To Go 200 mph In The Quarter. He's Not Sure He Wants To Do It Again.
Stock Suzuki GS1100s do not suffer from a lack of power, hurtling a rider as fast as or faster than he wants to go. The stock GS1100 engine makes 105 horsepower. Build it into an 1170cc road racing engine and a stock GS1100 becomes slow by comparison, the racebike doing wheelies and sliding and threatening to flip over backwards or spin out at the slightest provocation.
More Power, More Speeds and Proof That Two Shocks Can Be As Good As One.
Desert racing is a highly individual experience; courses range in length from 70 to 1000 mi. They cross 100 mph dry lakes and miles of sand dunes, blitz down dry washes, speed across desert dotted with bushes, go up and down seemingly impossible rock hills, and sometimes go forever through waist-deep whoops.
...and the Official Obituary of England's Superbike Revival
All that remains is the bike. Sitting astride a Hesketh for the first time, the rider is overwhelmed by the sheer mass of it: There is a lot of bike both in front and behind you. Being a creature of habit, I instantly go for the clutch and throttle for a feel: The first is heavy, something I can never understand when it comes to hydraulic clutches, as it is no problem to build in sufficient mechanical advantage to make them feather-light, as Honda has proved with the V45; but the release action (which is what counts) is very, very smooth, and once in motion never intrudes.
Probably the most common problem off-road motorcycle racers, enduro competitors and motocrossers encounter is trying to see clearly. Most events are either dusty or muddy as hell. Of course the racer’s goggles quickly become coated with a thick layer of dust or mud or a combination of both.
No High-Speed Thrills, No Distant Horizons, Just All the Motorcycles You Ever Hoped To See
James F. Quinn
The age of motorcycle overspecialization hasn’t reached the Highland House, a restaurant at the corner of Highways 22 and 41 in Highland Park, Illinois, some 15 mi. north of Chicago. On any Sunday (forgive me, Bruce Brown), its parking lot will be filled with the widest, wildest assortment of motorcycles this side of downtown Douglas during the Isle of Man’s TT Week.
Kawasaki’s 1982 KX250 motocrosser was the only 1982 250 MX racer from Japan without water-cooling. We liked the bike anyway. It had many nice features like an engine with competitive horsepower, enduro-type torque, fresh styling and a disc front brake.
You Remember the Honda CB650? Well, Forget It. You Already Have? Okay, Now Look At the Nighthawk 650.
Hold it! Don't turn this page. Look, we know what you're thinking. You streetracer types looked at the picture, noticed the black engine, the funky mufflers, the stepped seat and the horizontal-apostrophe gas tank. "Groan. Another boulevard special," you thought.
Husqvarna goes into 1983 as the only major manufacturer of off-road bikes still using dual rear shocks. The new style Ohlins shocks have hydraulic bottom-out cones, much like the ones used in most forks. The new extremely canted shock placement and the hydraulic slowdown cones make the new Immediate Track Control (ITC) as good as any of the single shocks, according to Husqvarna.
KTM’s 1983 line consists of eight models; two are 500cc four-strokes; one an MX, the other an enduro bike. The other six models have two-stroke engines. Two 125cc liquid-cooled bikes are offered; a motocrosser and a cross-country bike.
Maico fans will have an exciting 1983. If you’ve been waiting for the long-promised gear primary drive engines, the wait is over. The ’83 490 and 250 motocrossers have completely new engines, designed around straight-cut gear primary drives.
Nobody has been making tankbags in this country longer than Eclipse, and the experience has been used well, the current Eclipse tankbags being as useful and reasonably priced as anything made. Now Eclipse has expanded its offerings to include, among other things, soft saddlebags.
Magoo Chandler Wins TV Race; National MX Restructured; Big Brother Helps McDonald Win F-2 Championship
CHANDLER FIRST IN TV RACE
NEW MX RULES
McDONALD FAMILY STILL ON THE GAS
CALIFORNIAN SCHREIBER SECOND IN WORLD TRIALS CHAMPIONSHIP
DAVE ALDANA RIDES THE WORLD'S MOST UNUSUAL RACEBIKE
PRIVATEER WINS BOYCOTTED, SHORTENED TRANS-USA SERIES
CUNNINGHAM TAKES ENDURO TITLE
GIBSON GETS WORKS YAMAHA RIDE
KAWASAKI TRIES GPZ750 SUPERBIKES
HONDA TESTS 750 SUPERBIKE
Show business has its moments. When Danny Chandler crossed the line the winner of Superbikes IV, the made-for-TV show, it was the best finish of the best race in the event’s history. And it came from the worst field in the event’s history. Politics did it.
I was particularly interested in Herb Abell’s letter to Service in the December issue regarding a high-speed wobble problem he encountered with his 1982 GS1100E Suzuki when he switched from the stock OEM tires to Dunlop Sport Elite tires.