Before I get down to the business at hand, which is resigning my position, I need to pay a back-handed compliment and make some explanations. Explanations first. I am not a magazine editor. I am instead a reporter, a motorcycle nut and a lucky man, not quite in that order.
In the case of the "all wise 55", our rulers are obsessed with the illusion that it is "good for the masses." Since politicians are generally a reflection of the people who feed them, we shouldn't be too surprised at their duplicity. As long as the constituency is living in Disneyland, who can blame the politicians for treating us as imbeciles?
This fiberglass sport fairing features tubular steel brackets that mount to the motorcycle's frame. To get a free brochure covering models and prices contact Greer and Associates, 1945-D Placentia, Costa Mesa, Calif. 92627. Phone (714) 646-4854.
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Arai MXV helmets
Arai's MXV helmets are vented for cooler riding in hot weather. Air enters under the visor, passes over the lining and exits through the neck pad. Accessory visors can also increase air flow. The MXV features a washable lining and removable mouth guard. They come in red, blue, black, yellow or white for $149.95. A Brad Lackey design (shown) costs $176.95 and is available in four, three-color combinations. At motorcycle dealerships.
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These aluminum canister mufflers replace the stock units, install in 20 minutes and retain stock headpipes. They are repackable and don't require removal of stands or hinder maintenance. No performance claims here, just good looks, light weight and a mellow sound. They are available for all GPzs; 550, 750 and 1100GS; 500, 750 and 1000 Interceptors; Nighthawk S, 750 and 1100 Sabres. $129 from dealers or KWB Marketing Group, P.O. Box 756, Brea, Calif. 92621. Phone (714) 779-5318.
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Metzeler Laser front tire
Metzeler's Laser front tire is designed for performance, even in wet conditions. Metzeler says it's unaffected by rain grooves, and works well with any brand rear tire. The Laser is available in touring, sport touring and super sport models, in a broad range of sizes. See your dealer for prices and applications.
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Flak Jak 2
HRP's Flak Jak has been redesigned to improve rider freedom of motion. The breast plate is trimmed at the top, the suspended shoulder plates are adjustable and move without binding. Body contact points are padded but placed so air flow isn't disturbed. The unit is designed with extra room around the rider's neck and the edges are rubber padded. Available in red, blue, white, yellow or black, in solid colors or any combination of them. Price is $89. See your dealer or contact HRP, P.O. Box 2109, Sun Valley, Idaho 83353. Phone (208) 726-4343.
Due to the delicate nature of the subject—that means we're going to offend nearly everybody—this essay begins with two letters defining the problem. "I am the unfortunate owner of a 1978 Yamaha XS750, unfortunate because the No. 2 connecting rod spun a bearing, damaging the rod and the crankshaft beyond repair.
Honda's V65 Sabre is a giant of a motorcycle. It weighs 594 lb. with half a tank of gas. The seat height is 33 inches.
This is a giant-sized motorcycle. It's heavy, tall, and enormously powerful. Controlling all this power and all this weight requires lots ot effort and lots of care. A little too much throttle and the super-torquey V-Four can make for a wild ride.
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Just how much motor can be stuffed in a motorcycle? Think about it. You can bore out most any engine a millimeter or two and stick in big pistons. Some can be stroked a little. An increase of 10 percent in displacement is reasonable. Then there's the engine conversion, the 650 engine in the 500 frame, the small custom frame for a production engine.
Old friends are good to have. They bring continuity and balance, a baseline from which to measure. If there's a drawback it's that we worry about them when things aren't going well. Against that, it's an extra pleasure when things get better.
Bumbling down the road near our office recently was a barely mobile example of how oddly illogical the human animal can be. It was an old, English sedan from the era of little pointing hands that popped from the roof to signal turns. Even allowing for changing times, these cars were not good cars.
A Belgian and a Frenchman give the Germans a 1-2 finish in the Paris-to-Dakar.
While it's true that American riders have put in impressive performances abroad in the past few years, dominating the Trophee and Motocross des Nations on the dirt side of things and notching the first four positions in last year's 500cc World Racing Championship, there is one event that U.S.
port bikes have been getting faster and bigger; 900s and 1 000s becoming 1 lOOs, 1 lOOs becom ing 11 50s; all the time gaining length to accommodate single-shock rear suspensions and weight from the addition of fairings and tail sections and framework supports demanded by current road-racing fashion.
Suzuki's 250 Full-Floater, single rear shock motocrosser first appeared in 1981. The last of the Japanese giants to switch to single rear shocks, the Full-Floater quickly gained a reputation as the best, and the smoothest. The Full-Floaters weren't copies of the other systems either; the Floater used a rocker over the shock, similar to Kawasaki's Uni-Trak, hut the big difference lay in how the shock was compressed; the RM's system lets the shock ride between the rocker and the swing arm, allowing shock compression from the swing arm at the bottom and the rocker at the top.
While the Nighthawk 650's engine screams, Pee Wee Gleason waits. The dragstrip lights flash yellow yellow green and the Nighthawk jumps off the line, tach needle on the peg as Gleason slips the clutch, feeding the rear tire as much power as it will take.
Britain takes on the world again, this time with a carbon fiber road racer
A 180° tandem Twin has a unique balance problem, now solved.
You may not be able to count on the British motorcycle industry for much these days, but one thing you can make book on is that someone on that lush green isle is working late into the foggy night, bolting together another in a long series of British World Beaters.
The season begins with a revolution in machines, while rider rivalry takes up where it left off.
Every year the Camel Pro/AMA Grand National championship begins with a doubleheader at the Houston Astrodome, and every year all interested parties say it's nothing but bonus points, that the results of the short track and TT races don't forecast anything about the rest of the year.
A list of all 281 motorcycles made in America, where they came from, and when they died.
Whether you consider this as so much trivia, or as important historical research, doesn't matter. There have been at least 281 different motorcycles manufactured in the United States. That’s right, 281. We have the names, almost all the dates and locations where they were produced, all this the result of years of research.
Technical information about motorcycles doesn't come better than this. Phil Irving, the man most responsible for the Vincent V-Twin motorcycles, also wrote about motorcycle design. His articles were published in the Thirties and Forties in the English magazine Motor Cycling.
Though they are now used primarily in industrial applications rather than as motorcycle powerplants, Villiers twostroke engines were common to a wide variety of small British bikes produced in the years following WW II. Attempting to chronicle the products of all the manufacturers that used these engines was undoubtedly difficult, but this book has done so successfully.
Jerry Hatfield has already had his introduction. He was the author of the Rollie Free story (CW June 1983) and the man who provided the wonderful picture of the hero at speed. Hatfield knows and cares about racing, motorcycles and history. Despite evidence to the contrary, getting the historical facts isn’t the hard part.
The clubs and organizations that are devoted to the various forms of on-the-road motorcycling have long deserved more attention and exposure. Right? Right! There are hundreds of motorcycle organizations that, along with the American Motorcyclist Association, sponsor national and regional events in the form of rallies, tours, charity rides and other get-togethers.
Handlebar-mount fairings have come a long way since the you-cut/drill/grind-it days of steel-strap mounting systems. When the manufacturers of those windshields said universal fit, they probably meant it; it's just that one-size-fits-all usually translated into an exhausting afternoon of trying to cajole the blasted device onto the motorcycle, all the while accompanied by skinned knuckles and language that would shock a Welsh coal miner.
Danny LaPorte, the 1982 250cc Motocross World Champion, will return to contest the 250cc championship in 1984. LaPorte, who finished second in the 1983 championship, had previously told reporters that he would ride in the 500cc class in 1984.
In the March, 1984, Service column, Chris Hanley described a problem with a deceleration wobble on his CB1100F. I purchased a CB1100F last year also, and after about four months, the same problem developed with my bike. After experimenting with the same things as Mr. Hanley, I had the dealer torque the steering head bearings to the maximum value (87 ft.lb.).