Spring. A wonderful word for a wonderful time of year. On this otherwise normal April workday morning I walked outside and was surprised. The air felt good. Warm, calm, fragrant even. And the sun was stronger than I expected. For the previous several months I'd been routinely checking the thermometer at the front door, deciding whether this was a morning for a jacket, or a riding suit, or a jacket underneath a riding suit.
This is in response to Mr. David Allen’s letter concerning the inability of his local dealership to stock the necessary repair parts for his motorcycle. He thinks manufacturers should require their dealers to stock normal replacement parts for all the bikes the dealer sells.
Vintage Cycle Works has a kit to change Yamaha’s SR500 Single into a Manx look-alike. The kit consists of English-made aluminum-alloy gas tank, fenders, fiberglass seat, rear sets and clubman bars. It costs $598.50. Contact Vintage Cycle Works, 8510 Sonneville Dr., Houston, Texas 77080. Phone (713) 460-1041.
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On Any Sunday cassettes are available in BETA or VHS for $59.95. The complete, unedited version is duplicated on high-quality video tape. Get them from motorcycle dealers or RCR Enterprises, 9440 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 604, Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210.
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For hot summer races check out vented motocross gloves. These have Spandex sides, padded leather palms, and vented backs that also provide excel lent protection from roost. All sizes, in cluding kids, are available in almost any imaginable color combination. They cost $21.95 at O'Neal dealers or directly from O'Neal Distributing, 9555 Owensmouth Ave., Chatsworth, Calif. 91311. Phone (213) 998-1049.
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WIDE GLIDE WINDSHIELD
This lightly-smoked windshield fea tures an etched Harley-Davidson logo and wings for that custom look. It comes with chrome-plated mounting hardware for only $49.95 from Harley-Davidson dealers.
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Cycle Seller is a new monthly publica tion devoted exclusively to used motorcy cles, parts and related items. Subscrip tions are $12 a year and first-time subscribers receive a free 30-word aj, with photo. Cycle Seller, 2849 Louisiana Ave., No. New Hope, Minn. 55427. Phone (612) 546-0244.
BIKE BANS, HELMET LAWS, FEDERAL TASK FORCES: A LEGISLATIVE ROUNDUP
VETTER RUN TRIES FOR 300 MPG
SUGGESTIVE DUCKS, AROUSED PUBLIC
CAMEL PUBLISHES PRO SERIES RACING GUIDE
FREE THE SPEED LIMIT
ALL ABOUT OIL
NEW RULES ADOPTED FOR STURGIS RALLY
KAMIKAZE REPORTERS ATTACK CYCLIST
Summer finds us well into the legislative year, and as usual the folks who make the laws—federal, state and otherwise— are doing their damndest to justify their existences. Some of the things they’re considering are: an outright ban of motorcycles from public streets at night, new mandatory helmet laws, the prohibition of helmet speakers, and an anti-crime resolution that makes no distinction between recreational motorcyclists and outlaw gang members.
An open-road comparison of the best and the biggest in full-dress touring.
YAMAHA VENTURE ROYALE
HONDA GOLD WING ASPENCADE
All methods of travel have a luxury class. You can drive a Cadillac, sail a Westsail, fly a Learjet... or ride a fully equipped, no-options-spared motorcycle of the type known as a dresser. For eight years now Honda’s Gold Wing has been America’s favorite touring bike.
The better they are, the harder they are to improve.
The problem with being the best of anything, is that there's only one way to go. You can get worse and everybody soon knows it. They're looking for it. Stay the same or improve and nobody notices. Suzuki's RM125 has that problem. For the last couple of years it has been the best 125 motocrosser available out of the crate.
The theory and practice of softening the bumps, or what motocross has taught motorcycle engineers.
Magic carpets have nothing on a current motocross bike, at least not when it comes to suspension. Pluck a street rider or the owner of a 1972 dirt bike off his machine, put him on, say, a Suzuki RM250 and send him down an obstacle course of holes, bumps, rocks, ledges, and gullies.
Debut of Europe's latest and hints of what may come.
The best thing about events like the recent Motor Show in Bolo gna, Italy, are the rumors. They float about every year and not one of them isn't exciting. True or not true, they range from the expected to the bizarre. V-Fours, V-Sixes, opposed-Fours, Turbos.
It was always a great play bike. Now it's a great race bike.
Competition proven. Race-bred. Ride a winner. Sure, we’ve all seen the ads, but when it comes down to the fine print, the winning bike and the production bike usually share name, paint and a few parts. Not this time. Honda’s new XR500R (which shares nothing with the original XR500R except the name) really is nearly identical to the off-road racers and it really is a winner.
While the other guys copy that American Twin, Suzuki updates the British Twin. The result is a great motorcycle and a great bargain.
Once before, this choice was offered. It was a generation ago, when big bikes meant big V-Twins and newcomers appeared with lighter weight and more performance from their smaller, higher revving parallel Twin engines. The V-Twins used to be Harley-Davidsons and, for a while, Indians.
Despite publicity generated in the world of airplanes and racing cars, turbocharged motorcycles haven’t set the sales charts on fire. Honda, then Yamaha, and then Suzuki have put turbo models on sale only to learn that while lots of people like to read about them, and while the new techniques and problems gave the engineers many happy hours in the lab, when it comes to actually buying, most bike nuts would rather get their performance from bigger engines than from added air pressure.
Motorcycles and music are just magic. Running Down the Road, Born To Be Wild, Leader of the Pack, The Motorcycle Song, Motorcycle Mama, even I Don’t Want a Pickle, all are motorcycle songs. Bikes just fit into songs. But songs don’t just fit into them.
Red Wave sweeps racing as Spencer, Baldwin, Hannah, Breker, Malherbe and Noyce win for Honda; Yamaha and Roberts take Imola 200.
ROBERTS WINS IMOLA 200
SPENCER WINS FRENCH GRAND PRIX
MOTOCROSS RESULTS HOTLINE
GIBSON SECOND IN DUTCH 125cc MXGP
YAMAHA’S ROTARY-VALVE MOTOCROSSERS
WARD, HANNAH, BREKER TOP CMC SERIES
HONDA WINS FIRST 500cc MXGP
SPENCER WINS ITALIAN GRAND PRIX
HANNAH ON NATURAL ABILITY
Warren M. Price
Mike Baldwin rode his Honda Inter-ceptor-based Superbike to untouchable leads in both heats of the Budweiser Pro-Am at Riverside Race-way, turning 1:28 lap times in the process. Kawasaki’s Wayne Rainey was second overall, finishing an uncontested second in the first heat and fighting a fierce battle for second—won by inches—with Fred Merkel (Honda) in the second heat.
How to cure suspension ills without spending $400 on a new shock.
How easy it sounds, when you read that the solution to your handling problems is to pitch the stock rear shock and replace it with a $400 substitute. Just unbolt the old one and bolt in the new one. There. All fixed. Suspension parts have changed since a new set of shocks cost $30.
It now seems the turbocharger epidemic has infected almost every manufacturer and engine configuration. They all have one thing in common: they’re all four-strokes. What about a turbo-charged two-stroke? Is it possible? What would the power band be like?