For 30 seconds, I was impressive. I'd pulled into a parking lot for a break. While I was adjusting my luggage, another bike rolled up. The guy walked over and eyed the fairing, the tank bag and saddlebags bulging with foul weather gear and emergency equipment.
In regard to Carl Uelinger’s request (September, 1983) for a copy of the Rollie Free picture, the Vincent Club of Southern California would consider providing posters with Rollie’s picture and a list of the records he established. Those interested should write to the Vincent Owners Club of Southern California, care of Tom and Mari Andrus, 1061 E. Providencia St., Burbank, Calif.
Al Simmons has new custom pillow-top saddles for all Honda V45 and V65 Magnas and 1981-82 Yamaha 750 and 920 Viragos. The seats feature button-tufted Naugahyde upholstery over a fiberglass base and a dual density molded form cushion. An 8-in. self-supported backrest is also available. For information write Al Simmons Inc., Town Hill Rd., Terryville, Conn. 06786 or phone 800-243-1392.
Al Simmons Inc.
Targa’s new brush guards are formed of solid aluminum with two mounting points and are designed to fit most ⅞inch tubular handlebars. They are available in two styles, a universal bend for cable operated front brakes and a custom bend for ATVs with hydraulic front brakes. Suggested price is $23.95 a pair at most dealers. From Targa Accessories, Inc., 10 McLaren, Suite B, Irvine, Calif. 92714, (714) 472-1022.
Al Simmons Inc.
CR480 gas tank
Malcolm Smith Products has introduced a 3.7-gal. tank for the 1983 Honda CR480 . It works with the stock mounting hardware, stock seat and petcock and doesn’t reduce steering lock. It is avail-able in red or white from your dealer or write Malcolm Smith Motorcycles, 7563 Indiana Ave, Riverside, Calif. 92504, (714) 687-1300.
Al Simmons Inc.
Cycle-Lite's SST auxiliary light functions as a flashing brake and taillight. When the brakes are applied, the light flashes rapidly. After the bike comes to a stop, the light flashes once per second as long as the brakes are held on, and when the brakes are released the light flashes once every six seconds as a strobe light. Available through dealers or Cycle Lite Inc., 10415 N. Church Road, Algonquin, Ill., 60102 (312) 658-8655.
Al Simmons Inc.
Scott USA has introduced mini goggles designed to fit smaller helmets. Suitable for younger riders as well as for those who experience fit problems with larger goggles Available through local dealers for $12.95 or contact Scott USA, P.O. Box 2030, Sun Valley, Idaho 83353. Phone (208) 726-7268.
You’re on a cross-country ride. Alone. Unfamiliar territory, deserted back road. Late at night. The bike suddenly emits a heart-stopping rattle, and dies. Stranded in a strange land. You remember seeing a lone pay phone a couple of miles back down the road.
Honda has more of everything. The fastest is faster, the quickest is quicker, the biggest is bigger.
Performance has never had a bad name, but a look at the 1984 Honda street bikes gives performance a much better name. A quick review of history, or at least last year, brings to mind all those new Honda engines. There were V-Twins in new directions, and tidy inline Fours with low maintenance features, and of course there was the Interceptor.
Kawasaki's surprises: the return of the sporting (and then some) 900, and the birth of a wet, dual-purpose big thumper
For some time now, Kawasaki has stuck by the inline Four as the heart and soul of its large-displacement, high-performance sport bikes. No toying with exotic configurations; while competitors worked in recent years to develop V-Fours and other designs, the folks at Kawasaki remained faithful to their commitment, concentrating instead on re-thinking and refining what they already had.
Husqvarna remains the only major dirt bike manufacturer using twin shock rear suspension. Why not? It works. Husqvarna is heavy on tradition, light on experimentation. If a part has worked well on past models, it won’t be changed just to be different.
Can-Am’s line for 1984 is one of the largest ever:eight models. The Canadian-Austrian-British motorcycles are offered in motocross, enduro, trials and roadracer forms. Heading the lineup are four motocross models: 125, 250 and 500 two-strokes and a 562cc four-stroke Single.
The Kawasaki GPz750 makes a good case for simplicity and straightforward engineering. Wayne Rainey used a race-bike based on the GPz to win the 1983 Superbike Championship even though, on paper, the Kawasaki shouldn’t have been competitive with the Honda V-Fours ridden by Rainey’s main competition.
History can’t be ridden, exclusivity doesn’t win trophies and style can hardly be defined, let alone sold. This brings us to Moto Guzzi in general and the 1000 SP in particular. Moto Guzzi has a history, one going back to just after WWI. They are exclusive.
Husqvarna has built a loyal dealer network and a following of repeat buyers. Husky buyers and dealers are usually experienced off-road enthusiasts who rely on Huskys looking and acting the same, year after year. Changes usually occur slowly and carefully.
Yamaha’s XT/TT500 has been one of the most versatile motorcycles in recent history. The TT is a good playbike and the XT a good dual purpose bike in stock form, and they’ve been used for moto-cross, touring and even road racing with minor changes.
The race goes to the swift, and the title to the consistent.
After 34 races won by 18 different riders on six makes of motorcycle using four types of engine, the Camel Pro/AMA Grand National Championship came down to math, grit and a sort of homemade luck. Better still, the title was decided at the last race of the season and that final, also by luck and circumstance, distilled the season.
BMW DOES FOR THE INLINE FOUR WHAT IT DID FOR THE BOXER TWIN.
If you had been building motorcycles with the same engine configuration for 60 years, you’d have to have a very good reason to change. For BMW, the reason was need. BMW needed to offer a flagship that would directly compete with Japanese motorcycles.
Mud was what American riders wanted, and mud was what they got at the 58th running of the International Six Days Enduro (I.S.D.E.) in Wales. But the Swedish team won the Battle of the Bogs and their first ISDE victory in 60 years. The U.S. team, with 25 riders and an unprecedented support crew of over 150 volunteers, lost 1982 national enduro champion Terry Cunningham to serious injuries sustained while practicing before the ISDE started and then lost one rider from each of its Trophy and Vase teams early in the week, which eliminated any chance of winning.
Aclutch is a mysterious thing, lurking behind a polished or painted cover and known to the rider only via the handlebar control lever. Its job is simple enough—to transmit power from the engine to the transmission when engaged, and to interupt the flow of power when disengaged.
Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. pulled out of U.S. road racing one week after taking the Superbike Championship for the third consecutive year. New Superbike champion Wayne Rainey; two-time Superbike champion Wes Cooley; crew chief Rob Muzzy; mechanics Steve Johnson, Mark Johnson and Ken Funkhouser; machinest Al Nowocinski; and racing manager Gary Mathers all lost their jobs in the move.
In regard to a service inquiry entitled “Cold Starting Blues” from the November, 1983 issue: I am the owner of a VF750F Interceptor and I had the same cold-starting blues until I accidently found out what the problem was. If the slightest amount of throttle were applied, the bike would crank and crank.