Graduation time. June, the end of the school year, the quest for careers and jobs and all that. Even so, despite knowing that graduation season is followed by people looking for work, this call was different. Nice sounding young man, who gave his name and asked if I could spare a few minutes of my time to help him.
In your March issue you mention the Suzuki 450E selling for $ 1500. I’d like to know what part of the country they’re being sold at this price because I’m retired and prices here are much higher. Charles Sharp Las Vegas, Nev. We would also like to know where $1500 1983 Suzuki 450s are available, because we can’t find any.
This is another in the series of very attractive, well-written, highly informative motorcycle roadracing annuals. What can you say? Except that it’s as good as the Motocourses that preceded it. It’s a valuable reference book. Fun to read.
Although the actual effect of the Harley vs. Japanese tariff action won’t become clear until the 1984 model year, we now have enough of an outline to report the basic facts, the sides of the question and even a few vague predictions. History: Harley-Davidson filed for emergency relief against imported motorcycles.
Motorcycling was the fifth fastest-growing sport in America during a three-year period ending in 1982, according to a nationwide poll on sports participation. Last year, some 12 million people participated in motorcycling, making it the 24th most popular sport, reported pollster A.C. Nielsen Co. In popularity, motorcycling ranked ahead of sailing (10.6 million participants), snowmobiling (8.5 million) and soccer (8 million).
Thanks to an East Coast newspaper and a reader in Titusville, Fla., we have the story of a motorcyclist who says that he's going to marry his bike. Really. Fed up after two divorces and a bitter split with his girlfriend of four years, the man, who lives near Miami, decided to give up on women.
After the April issue went to press we received a directory of motorcycle salvage yards from the Motorcycle Industry Shopper. MIS is a trade publication offered to dealers that features service and parts listings. The directory has 22 pages of salvage operations nationwide and serves as a handy guide to the reader who might be looking for obsolete or used parts.
As rumored, Suzuki has joined Honda in declaring a truce in the AMA-factories motocross squabble (Cycle World, April 1983). Suzuki announced its approval of AMA’s revised motocross format and schedule, and said it would participate in the 1983 series.
In the wake of the adoption by the California Air Resources Board of emissions standards so tough that catalytic converters probably will have to be fitted to 1984-and-later motorcycles, comes this news: An environmental researcher has asked Congress to consider banning catalytic converters.
First thing we wanted to know, was why someone would go and name an off-road bike after the Mexican bandit-revolutionary. Strange, you know? Not really. Wrong Villa. Turns out it’s Francesco, Italian road race champion of the '60s, not Pancho, the scourge of the Rio Grande valley.
Ever gone to the store for a couple of staples, say, beer and chips, and walked out with two grocery sacks full of goodies? Who among us hasn't, right? No problem if you're four-wheeling. On your bike, though, it’s a different matter. Unless you have a pair of saddlebags permanently affixed to your bike, chances are that occasionally you'll be caught with a big load and nowhere to put it.
This is the answer to the question: What do you get when you spend $200 for a street helmet. A lot, as it turns out. The list: Kevlar/fiberglass shell, DOT and Snell 80 approved; an opening big enough and wide enough to provide the wearer with almost-panoramic peripheral vision; a sturdy, thick (2mm) face shield that’s pre-curved for an easy fit; a seven-click mechanism that opens the shield with the push of a finger; and a nifty closing device that drops the shield quickly and neatly with a press of a button on the left side of the helmet.
Continental’s new Super Twins feature a wide, rounded profile, high-speed V-ratings and high-load carrying capacities. Prices vary according to size. Get them at most dealers.
MUSIC’N MOTION STEREO SYSTEM
Yamaha’s new stereo system places the speakers in the mirrors. A Toshiba KTS-3 Personal Stereo with FM tuners mounts over the bike’s steering head and features a quick release plug so the unit can be hand carried or taken indoors. The tuner also has a protective cover to keep it out of sight and bad weather. The really nice part of the whole system is being able to use it on bikes that aren’t equipped with fairings. Price is $329 at Yamaha dealers.
HYDRAULIC BRAKE BLEEDING KIT
Bleeding brakes has become more difficult now that many bikes have brakeactuated anti-dive fittings. The normal technique of pumping fluid through the lines may not be effective. This vacuum pump simplifies brake bleeding and does a better job. Instead of forcing fluid and air through the lines, this pulls the air out of the bleed holes. It also eliminates spilled fluid. It costs $27.30 at dealers, or contact Neward Enterprises, 9551 Archibald Ave., Cucamonga, Calif. 91730. Phone (714) 987-8975.
Throw the milk crates away, there’s a better way. HRP's new workstand is constructed from T-6 aluminum and plastic, rated at 500 lb. load and fitted with a built-in tool tray. They go for $69 in all factory team colors. Check local dealers or contact HRP, P.O. Box 2109, Sun Valley, Idaho. Phone (208) 726-4343.
ATK FORK BRACE
This aluminum fork brace is designed to bolt on Japanese street bikes in less than 3 min. The parts are machined and polished and the center bridge adjusts to eliminate binding. It goes for $69.95 from ATK Leitner Corp., 2650-C Walnut Ave., Tustin, Calif. 92680. Phone (714) 731-5114.
The competition has heated up since Kawasaki reinvented the modern high-performance Four a decade ago. Back then the 903cc Z-l stood alone, fast when the rider wanted speed, docile when the rider didn’t, and reliable all the while. It was the prototype of a new class, the 1000cc Superbikes, and it spawned a generation of pretenders to the throne.
The story behind motorcycling’s most famous picture.
Rollie Free never got old. He began riding motorcycles in the early Twenties. He was a racer, a tuner, a dealer. He rode Harleys, Aces and Indians, Singles, Twins and Fours, and in his spare time he twice drove in the Indy 500. He was active for four decades.
With all the variety in big bore dirt bikes, there have been some surprising gaps in the class. Sure, there are two-strokes and four-strokes, motocrossers and enduro bikes and even a couple of special desert models with long-travel suspension and big gas tanks, but something was missing, too.
Drag strip elapsed time, otherwise known as the original E.T., has in recent years become a yardstick of motorcycle performance. At first E.T. was reserved for those who spoke drag racing jargon. Then, because numbers are easily explained and understood, the magazines began listing strip performance right along with top speed and miles per hour, because everybody who'd been to the drags knew what the letters meant and everybody who cared about performance had been to the drag strip.
With a big-bore kit in his tractor motor, Kenny Roberts wins the Daytona 200 enduro.
Three laps into the Daytona 200, Kenny Roberts was fighting not for the lead, but for control, his Yamaha sliding sideways on the banking at 180 mph. He’d planned to run the 200 miles as the endurance race it is, and his plan hadn’t included trouble, again.
Freddie Spencer and the Honda Interceptor overwhelm the Superbike competition.
HOW DO The 750s Compare
Freddie Spencer won the Daytona Superbike race, which ran pretty much the way it would have if Freddie had written the script. Freddie rode a superbike based on the VF750F Interceptor, and so did second-place Mike Baldwin, third-place Dave Aldana and fifth-place John Bettencourt.
The Battle of the Twins goes to Jay Springsteen and the Harley XR1000.
Officially Daytona's Battle of the Twins took place on Friday, and Jay Springsteen and the GP version of the XR1000 gave Harley-Davidson its first win at the speedway since 1969. Actually, the battle took place during Thursday practice.
The pleasures of a middleweight Twin, the price of looking like a big Twin.
When the Virago 500 began its trip down the drawing boards, Yamaha’s designers must have figured the task was more like play, a working vacation perhaps. The original Virago was a 750, an air-cooled V-Twin with shaft drive and full cruiser treatment, as in stepped seat, small tank and high bars.
It looks like last year’s factory racer, but something got lost in the translation.
Kawasaki is famous for many things but building open class motocross bikes isn’t one of them. The big green machines somehow haven’t been a match for the others in the class, in fact the 1981 models were so far behind the factory took model year 1982 off: no production bikes, instead they built a prototype with all new everything and ran it in national races.
Here it is, uncut, uncensored, direct from the clubhouses and garages of America, the most complete listing of clubs for motorcyclists ever produced. By now we're getting better at this. In the last couple of years we've accumulated the names and addresses of dozens of clubs.
More inside info from Daytona, including Supercross, F-2 and pit notes; Vance sets Pro Stock Records on a Honda, then parks it; Freddie Spencer wins 1983’s first Grand Prix
VANCE & HINES HONDA SETS PRO STOCK RECORDS
VANCE PARKS RECORDSETTING HONDA
RIDER STRIKE CALLED OFF
SPENCER WINS FIRST GRAND PRIX
THE DONNIE CANTALOUPI SCHOOL OF ROADRACING
NETO FIRST IN DAYTONA F-2
DAY TONA 200 NOTES
BALDWIN WINS TALLEDEGA SUPERBIKE RACE
HANNAH WINS DAYTONA SUPERCROSS
HANNAH LEADS SUPERCROSS SERIES
Terry Vance rode a Byron Hines-prepared CB1100F Honda to victory at the first NMRA Pro Stock race of the 1983 season, in Gainesville, Florida. Vance's first pass on the bike, which never set a wheel on pavement before the event, produced an 8.42 sec. E.T. Vance set both ends of the NMRA Pro Stock record with his best pass, turning 8.40 sec. at 156.79 mph.
About six months ago I purchased a new 1980 Kawasaki KDX250. I love everything about it, especially the power, except one thing bothers me. It spits lots of black exhaust oil onto the back fender and all over me. I leaned it out one notch but that didn’t help.