During the reign of that mass delusion known as Pop Art, one of its prophets said that thanks to the miracles of space age science and communication, every individual on the face of the earth would someday be world famous, that is, would appear on television for 15 minutes.
All right, you guys! What the hell’s going on? I’m referring to The Sunday Ride, Alice’s Restaurant by Bill Shiffmann. Being a Bay area boy, I’ve been taking Highway 35 from 92 to Santa Cruz for many a year, and I’ve enjoyed almost every trip.
Brooks T-Line jackets feature T-81 Thinsulate insulated lining. The new material is thin, washable, and durable. Inch for inch, it’s claimed twice as warm as other synthetics or down. Two styles plus a vest are offered. For prices contact any Brooks dealer.
GOGGLE FOAM OIL
Keeping the dirt from filtering through the foam vents on goggles has been a major problem in years past. Terrycable has the solution, a special oil that’s dabbed into the foam vents before riding. The oil attracts dust and keeps it from entering the goggles and getting into the rider’s eyes. The oil is safe on your skin and doesn’t harm the plastic goggle frame or the foam filters. The oil and dirt can be easily washed from the foam with mild detergent between rides. A 4-oz. bottle goes for $3.95 from dealers or Terrycable Racing Products, 17336 Eucalyptus, Hesperia, Calif. 92345. Phone (714) 244-9351.
MALCOLM SMITH PRO-RING CHAIN
This O-ring chain is designed for open class motocrossers. The 520 chain features heavy-duty side links and nickle plating. Of course it can be used on smaller engines as well if weight is of no concern. It costs $73.63 from Malcolm Smith dealers.
DECOSTER MX GLOVES
These gloves have goatskin palms, foampadded backs, elastic joints and knit cuffs. Available in sizes 8, 9, 10 and 11 for $26.95 .Get them at local dealers.
CYCLE-AM STADIUM GRIPS
Cycle-Am’s new grips have two wire-tie grooves so they don’t move around or pull off during competition. They cost $5.95 in black, blue, green or yellow.
BELL ROADSTAR HELMET
Bell’s Roadstar features a handlaid fiberglass shell, a clear flip-up face shield with multi-position detent, closure snaps molded into the shell, recessed shield edges to reduce wind noise, foam-lined chin strap, brushed nylon interior and DOT and Z90.1 safety certifications. Price is $110 from Bell dealers.
ESPRIT RAIN SUIT
Esprit’s new rain suit is made of polyurethane coated nylon and all seams are heat sealed to prevent leaks. Sleeves and back are extra long and Velco fasteners ensure airproof sealing at the ankles, wrists and front. The two-piece suits are available in sizes from small through extra large in royal blue, black, yellow or orange. Price is $34.95 from local motorcycle dealers.
As a factory rider, Filice was Rookie of the Year. As a privateer, he expects to do better.
For Jimmy Filice, the 1982 season was as bad as the 1981 season was good. And 1981 was very good. Filice began the season as a full member of Yamaha’s road racing team, while riding AMA dirt events for the factory-backed but not-quite official Roberts/Lawwill effort.
For a while, it looked like AMA-organized professional motocross was on the ropes. Major factories had pulled out of series long-ago committed to, non-negotiable demands were being made and a lawsuit had been filed by the AMA against some of its industry members.
From the Folks Who Brought Us VHD, TRAC, FOIL and CVCC Comes TBBYES (The Baddest Bike You’ve Ever Seen)
The guy drove a ’57 Chevy, primer grey and jacked up with huge wide rear tires and a staggering idle punctuated by deepthroated bursts of rpm. He leaned out of his window at a stoplight, sneered at the kid on the brand-new Honda CB450 in the next lane and laughed, “This car turns elevens.” The year was 1970.
Teaching an Old Duck New Tricks, as in Power! ...Speed! ...Performance!
Big Twins have their appeal. There’s a comfort in their large, well-spaced power pulses, a delight in their exhaust cadence, a mystique in their ability to cruise quickly at low rpm. Big Twins also have their limits. As sold for street use, Twins aren’t very quick, making less power and delivering less performance than smaller four-cylinder motorcycles.
Suzuki caught the other motocross manufacturers napping when they introduced the first Full-Floaters three model years ago. No other brand’s rear suspension came close to match ing the sheer smoothness and comfort of the Full-Floater.
A Stylish Fairing, a Fix for the Carbs, Some Suspension Tuning; Oh What a Difference a Year Makes.
Cornering is light and precise.
Sometimes you feel you could think the Vision into a turn.
What we’re dealing with here is one of those age-old, universal questions. Granted that it might not rank up there alongside “To be or not to be?” But then, how many people ever actually wondered whether they wanted to be? Or whether they preferred the alternative?
Several months ago Mr. Editor Girdler came up with what he fondly declared to be an original idea: because motorcycle batteries are a weak link in the system, and because car batteries and cables are large and powerful enough to endanger the bike’s components, and because the faddish factories are dispensing with the reliable kick lever for backing up the electric leg, why, what the world needs now is jumper cables for motorcycles.
Contained by a corrugated metal fence, a mountain rises, sun spots and shadows, dull and bright, rust red and chrome silver. To some, a pile of junk. But to others, that heap of motorcycle frames and crankcases and sidecovers and carburetors and gas tanks means a spare engine for racing; a bike back on the road without waiting three weeks for an out-of-stock part to be ordered by a dealer; a restoration completed; a lost sidecover inexpensively replaced.
It’s Not the Turbocharger That Makes the XN85 So Sporty. It’s Everything Else.
It’s All Controlled By Common Sensors.
Getting something for nothing may be part of the human dream. It’s certainly what makes Las Vegas and TV game shows successful. It's also what makes turbochargers so intriguing, that idea of getting something for nothing, turning wasted exhaust energy into more power at the rear tire.
Six Speeds and Torque Make Big Hills Little Hills.
When the last 250 KTM Enduro was tested, it arrived as one of seven enduro machines in a comparison test. Before the test began the KTM looked as though it would be the winner. Based on the KTM motocrosser, but with a big gas tank and lighting kit added on, the KTM enduro had the most suspension travel, a beautiful chrome-moly frame and hardware that could be sold as works of art. After six days of testing against the competition the orange and white bike didn’t stack up as well.
Jeff Flaherty’s homemade motorcycle works better than it looks.
Universal. For a few years now, motorcyclists have sniffed indignantly at the mere mention of the word. If they used it at all, it was with disdain, in a disparaging manner, as an insult. Universal has become a synonym for boring. For compromised.
When Mike Baldwin was racing a TZ750 he put double effort into his choices of gearing. First, he did the usual racer routine of working out the right sprockets for the engine and the track. Second, when he installed the sprockets of his choice he put them on backwards; the numbers showing how many teeth faced inward.
Face shields for open face helmets have undergone a lengthy development from flat pieces of acetate, to the bubble shield, to various flip-up and sliding face shields. Progress has come at each step along the way. Latest in this line is the Castre fogfree shield, a flip-up, double lens shield.
Who’s Riding What In 1983; Bruce Hammer Founds John Woo Memorial Safety Project; Steve Wise Proves His Critics Wrong.
JON WOO MEMORIAL SAFETY PROJECT
WISE IS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
SMITH/ASHCRAFT WIN FRONTIER 500
FORMULA TWO THE HARD WAY
RACING IN 1983 The AMA Winston Pro Series becomes the Camel Pro Series, Suzuki and Yamaha scale back their U.S. road racing efforts, Eddie Lawson heads to Europe, and motocross gets one national champion—those are the headline stories for the 1983 racing season.
I have a 1982 Sabre and love it except for one problem. The 85 mph speedometer is useful only about two thirds of the time. Is there a way to modify it to read something more useful, like 125 or so? Dave Munsinger Mt. Prospect, III. It’s possible to substitute the tach and speedo assembly from the 1983 Sabre in the 1982 Sabre housing.