Careless, is what I was. Last summer was banned from a public park. I got nad and wrote about the incident. In he essay (the November, 1983 issue) I irged everybody to join the AMA and ABATE. Then I sat back, figuring I’d done all I could. Wrong. What I hope to do now, with your help, is make up for that.
I intend to ride my Honda CB750K through the Wisconsin winter (most of time below zero). I’ve been riding for 3 years but never before through the snow and cold. Any tips you can offer would be appreciated. Jose Santos Madison, Wis. People have ridden and do ride motorcycles in winter climates.
After motorcycles and products are tested, they don’t just disappear. Some bikes are kept around for up to a year, while they pile up thousands of miles. These you get to read about as long-term reports. More often, a bike stays around for another month or two.
Ohlins has introduced a new line of gas shocks for street bikes. They are available for most Suzukis, Yamahas, and Kawasakis, at $289 a pair at local dealers. For information write to Simons Inc., 2625 Miller Ave., Mountain View, Calif. 94040, (415) 948-3470.
These stuff packs are a good alternative to normally-shaped soft luggage. Sold in pairs, they can be separated and used one per bike if desired. They are made of vinyl-backed Cordura nylon, have nylon straps and quick-release plastic buckles. These water-proof bags feature an exterior lash-down pocket so fishing poles, a jacket etc. can be easily reached. Best of all, the pair only costs $69.96. To order contact Rev-Pack, P.O. Box 175, New Cuyama,
Russell Performance’s replacement water and oil cooler hoses for Honda Interceptors are reinforced with braided steel covers. Anodized fittings complete the custom look. The set costs $94.99. Contact Russell Performance, 20420 South Susana Road. Carson, Calif. 90745.
Moriwaki exhaust system
Champion Moriwaki has introduced a new Moriwaki racing exhaust system designed to deliver maximum cornering clearance and power. The new system features a finned aluminum silencer and is available to fit Kawasaki GPz/KZ750s, GPz/KZ550s and Yamaha Seca 550s. $275 from dealers or direct from Champion Moriwaki USA, 1980 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, Calif. 92627 (714) 642-2040.
The Helmet Bag
The Helmet Bag protects helmets on the way to or at the racetrack and is made of nylon cordura with a fleece lining. A nylon zipper opens the top of the bag to make it easy to put in and take out a helmet. Available for $29.95 from dealers or COD from Tony DeSimone, 6014 Emerson, Rosemont, I11. 60018, phone (312) 825-8290.
Nip 'N' Strip
This simple tool makes wire stripping a simple, quick job. Wire sizes from 12 to 26 gauge, even double and triplestrand wire, are stripped with one squeeze of the handle. Price is $12.95 at motorcycle dealers. Contact Graydon Ltd. 15935 Minne-sota Ave. Paramount, Calif. 90723 for more information. Phone(213)531-7142.
Bel-Ray hand cleaner
Bel-Ray’s hand cleaner removes dirt, grease, grime and paint but doesn’t dry out hands. It comes in a 16 oz. tub that’s easy to take along to the races or it can be tucked into a corner of a saddlebag for clean up after emergency road repair. It costs $2.95 at local dealers.
Targa triple clamps
Targa Accessories offers a Kawasaki GPz bar conversion kit that allows use of tubular handlebars for a more upright riding position. The kit has a cast aluminum triple clamp adapter with a black anodized finish and is suitable for GPz550, 750 and 1100 models. The kit retails for $69.95 through dealers and accessory stores. Contact Targa Accessories, 10 McLaren Suite B, Irvine, Calif. 92714 (714) 472-1022.
The Escapade motorcycle trailer features independent trailing-arm suspension with dual air shocks, a rust-proofed steel frame and a locking fiberglass body complete with floormat, sport wheels with 4.80-12 inch tires and running and taillights. The trailer has 17 cubic feet of capacity and will carry 350 pounds. It sells for $895 from dealers or direct from Escapade Inc., 224 W. Wash-ington St., Milwaukee, Wis. 53204, (414) 645-1691.
On January 1, the year wasn’t the only thing that changed in California. Thanks to new rules enacted by the California Air Resources Board, motorcycling also changed. It became a little more complicated, and potentially more costly. The new rules required that street motorcycles, beginning with the 1984 models, be fitted with devices to control the evaporation of fuel into the atmosphere.
The American Standard of motorcycles, or... A nice place to sit while the world glides by.
FORGET ABOUT GEOGRAPHY FOR A MINUTE, AND think about the Honda Gold Wing. Think of it as an American motorcycle. Deep, down inside, that’s what the Gold Wing is. This is deeper than the engine and deeper than the parts in the engine. Inside all that, there was an idea.
So this is why Yamaha wants to race production motocrossers
Yamaha’s Racing manager, Kenny Clark, surprised everyone when he announced the Yamaha factory works motocross bikes would be modified production bikes during the ’84 season. Sure we thought, we’ve heard that one before just before they rolled out the $50,000 works wonders.
Tlurbos are no good," the American journalist said. “They don’t make enough power.” Across the table in the restaurant sat a small group of engineers from Kawasaki, recently arrived on a fact-finding mission. They had invited reporters to dinner, asked what they thought of the turbocharged motorcycles already on the market.
To be fair, this evaluation is premature. Boots, like tires, eventually wear out, and a fair evaluation could only be written after these boots have worn out. That way, we could give you a good idea how well they hold up. As it turns out, our Fast Lane boots from Bates aren’t worn out.
How the Barstow to Vegas race became a victory for us all.
Quiet determination aside, Louis McKey is an ordinary man. He retired a few months ago and his wife is half worried he’ll tackle too much and half worried he’ll be home for lunch every day. McKey likes his grown children and his hobbies. If you live any place big enough for a residential street, there’s a Louis McKey on your block.
DESPITE THEIR APPARENT simplicity, motorcycles conin thousands of parts and e the result of the thoughts thousands of men and years experience. Exactly how all these parts ork doesn’t matter to the lotorcyclist, unless he likes ikes, likes to understand them and work on them and ride them with the knowledge of what makes them work, and why.
Like tractors, off-road motorcycles can be identified by their color. Hondas are red, Yamaha and Suzuki motocrossers are yellow, and Kawasakis are green. The green that is Kawasaki green is not your basic grass green, or forest green.
Uninvited, the tall, dark stranger wandered into our garage. “Good lookin’ KTM ya got there. Hmm, water-cooled and all. Never saw a water-cooled 250 enduro bike before. Do enduro bikes really need water-cooling?” Good question. The answer that comes first to mind is no, they don’t.
At first I didn’t like the idea of the old man hanging around, but he didn’t get in the way and at times was useful; like the time he scooped up the needle bearing assembly before it hit the floor after I had accidentally knocked it off the workbench.
A LITTLE MONEY AND THE RIGHT PARTS TRANSFORM YAMAHA'S TT600 INTO A SWEET OFF-ROAD BIKE.
When we tested Yamaha's TT600 (September, 1983), we found much to like. The basic package had a strong, good-looking frame, nice engine, and reasonable handling as long as the bike was ridden slowly. Faster riders didn't like the soft suspension and wanted more power.
When the Al-Can Highway was opened to civilians in 1946, Cecil Tipper and his Harley were ready. Or so they thought.
When Cecil Tipper left home in Birmingham, Alabama, in May, 1946 and headed for Dawson Creek, starting point of the Al-Can Highway, what he had in mind was a change of pace. Tipper had been a bomber pilot in the war just ended. He’d flown 35 missions in a B-17, coming through safe and sound but ready for some decompression.
Ray Battersby’s book claims, in its subtitle, to be “A definitive analysis of the factory’s roadracing motorcycles.” It is not. Instead, it is a fascinating history of Suzuki’s European (and U.S. Formula One up to 1975) racing efforts through 1981 as seen with considerable inside information supplied by designers, racers, mechanics and managers responsible for the factory’s competition work.
Reigning 500cc World Champion Freddie Spencer tested two versions of a new four-cylinder works 500cc Honda racebike at the Surfers Paradise racetrack on the east coast of Australia in mid December. The two bikes had totally different frame configurations.
If an 18 inch rear wheel were put on a Honda XR350R or XL600R would the fork travel have to be extended one inch to compensate and retain the stock steering characteristics? A buddy told me it wouldn’t change the way they handle enough to notice.