One day I will get out of prison (save the applause) and I plan to get one of those Honda Aspencade Gold Wings (no I'm not going to steal it!) Anyway, Where can I get the Dual Rear Wheel Conversion Kit? I think it’s a useful accessory. Or have I been locked up too long?
Tired of being uncomfortable on that new scoot? Tony Haas has the answer: a custom seat. The seat can be constructed on the original seat base or with a new base if you want to have the original intact when it’s time to sell. Tony starts with multiple density foam, based on the rider’s weight, then positions the bucket to the rider’s specifications, covers the seat with 32 oz. vinyl, then stitches it with nylon. Six colors and 25 patterns are available. Options include leather, two-tone combinations, and extra width. Prices start at $129.95. Contact Tony Haas, Powerhouse Rd., Memphis, N.Y. 13112. Phone(315) 689-6779.
Malcolm Smith Trim Fit boots
Malcolm's new boots are made in Italy of 100 percent leather. They have quick-laces, two buckles and a Velcro flap closure. Plastic shin guards add protection, as do steel toe guards and lots of padding. They are available in blue and white, red/white/blue, and blue and yellow for $134.95. Sizes from 4 through 12. At Malcolm Smith dealers or Malcolm Smith Motorcycles, 7563 Indiana Ave., Riverside, Calif. 92504. Phone (714) 687-1300.
Wheelsport Air phone
This intercom system doesn't use batteries or the motorcycle's electrical system. In fact it's powered by sound waves. The complete system costs $34.95 for two riders. An optional adapter connects the unit to personal stereos like the Sony Walkman for $11.95 each. From at Wheelsport, P.O. Box 4768, Portland, Ore. 97208. Phone (800) 547-8028.
Metzeler mini motocross tires
Metzeler's Multi-Cross pattern 5/4 lug is now available in 2.75-17 and 4.10-14 sizes which should fit most Japanese minis. See your dealer for prices and availability.
If you're tired of freezing your hands these gauntlets will help keep them warm. They're made of 32 oz. vinyl, fleece-lined, have reinforced openings to ease entry, a sealed mirror stem hole and a reflective outside stripe for better night visibility. They go for $54.95 from Hansen Design Co., P.O. Box 3302, Bellevue, Wash. 98009.
MX training video
This one hour, full color MX training video is narrated by World Champion Brad Lackey and Dean Miller. It covers daily training, stretching, running, mental attitude, nutrition and racing. It's available in VHS or Beta for $49.95 from Badco, P.O. Box 21625, Concord, Calif. 94521.
The Daytona 200 is America's premier motorcycle race. It says so right along the bottom of the $12 T-shirts that were sold during Cycle Week. There are other reasons the race is important, of course. Some of the best riders in the world, including both of America’s 500cc road racing world champions, were at Daytona this year.
YAMAHA'S CURE FOR THE MID-DISPLACEMENT SPORT-BIKE BLUES.
Despite success in other markets, Yamaha has in recent years displayed a knack for building good sport bikes nobody wants to buy. The examples are numerous. The sporting, shaft-drive Seca 650 received plaudits from the press, yawns from the public.
Seen from the peak of the wind-blown mountain, our novice enduro rider was a speck, a cold, wet man on a cold, wet machine. Every attempt to conquer the rocky and rutted slope of our special test ended in a bail-off, made worse by the presence of those with more experience and no mercy.
HOW SUZUKI'S X6 HUSTLER SHOCKED THE WORLD IN 1966, AND WHAT IT'S LIKE TODAY.
From the perspective of 1984 the X6 Suzuki is a toy. Borrowed for purposes of nostalgia, the X6 was housed in our garage . . . and disappeared, dwarfed by the Honda V65 and Kawasaki Ninja, overshadowed by the Yamaha FJ600 and Harley FXRDG, towered over by 250cc enduros.
How nice it is when something new comes along that’s useful and attractive. The Vetter Bullet is like that. It's a compact one-size-fits-all fork-mount fairing. There aren't a lot of gaps in the fairing business. All kinds are made and sold, with the factories equipping touring bikes with full fairings and their sport bikes with tiny racer-look fairings.
Chrome. A motorcycling tradition, one could say. For as long as it's been practical, the factories have been plating exhaust pipes, handlebars, etc., and the owners have been polishing the chromed parts and sending other pieces off to the plating works for more of the same.
The waitress at the Steak and Shake on Volusia Avenue pauses to watch another squadron of motorcycles stream by, making for Daytona International Speedway a few miles down the road. She then returns to her task of dealing out plates of food to a group of men sitting at a table near the window.
The record book says Kenny Roberts won the 1984 Daytona 200. Right there in black and white it says Freddie Spencer was second. Black ink on white paper, stark facts, names and numbers: none can do justice to what happened at Daytona on a sunlit Sunday afternoon when Kenny Roberts beat Freddie Spencer.
The old adage "You can't tell the players without a scorecard," no longer applies to American motocross. This year the players are the same but the scorecards keep changing. The situation came about when two supercross promoters, Stadium Motorsports and Pace, decided to split from the AMA and form their own supercross series.
If you walk along the main street on an August afternoon," wrote Carson Smith McCullers in Ballad of the Sad Cafe, "there is nothing whatsoever to do." Mr. McCullers never visited Daytona Beach’s Main Street on a March evening. Hundreds of motorcycles parked rear tire to curb line the street while thousands of people mingle by, stopping every now and then to examine a particularly interesting specimen.
Wayne Rainey is a modest man and surely would be the first to say that his Formula Two win at Daytona doesn't mean he'll do the same when he goes to Europe to race for the 250cc world championship. But it was an encouraging way to introduce Rainey to the Europeans and vice versa.
If it can be pushed, prodded, kicked, cursed or cajoled onto two or three wheels, you'll see it at Daytona. Touring rigs encrusted with so much chrome and festooned with so many lights that the wheels and engine are barely visible through all the glitter.
Due to circumstances beyond even Honda’s control, the Superbike race was more like a comparison test: how much faster Freddie Spencer’s factory VF750F was than the support and private Hondas, and the Hondas in turn compared with everything else.
Racing isn't simple. If it was, the Battle Of The Twins would have been a classic confrontation, with three-time BOTT champion Jim Adamo on the Cagiva-labeled Ducati vs. Gene Church on the vintage Harley-Davidson XR1000 aboard which Jay Springsteen trounced Adamo last year.
When the Daytona pioneers talk, you can almost smell the salty air and castor-based oil, feel the sand between your toes. From 1937 until 1960 the 200-mi. national championship race at Daytona Beach was on the beach itself, a north run up the hard-packed sand, a short left turn, a run south on a paved (public, but closed for the event) road, another 180° left and back onto the beach.
Ever been stuck at a traffic signal, waiting for the light to change, and wished your motorcycle could trip the signal light switches? It's not as hard as you think. First, the weight of a car or motorcycle is not what trips the signal lights.
AMA Touring Schedules National Championship Poker Run and Field Meet
Western Timed Road Run
Eastern Timed Road Run
1984 Rally Schedule
1984 Grand Tour Schedule
"The most ambitious rally ever planned" May 21—28 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado is presented by Motor Cycling Americas. The six-day rally includes daily tours of the surrounding scenic areas, an antique motorcycle show, a swap meet, motorcycle-related movies and all the standard rally awards and touring events.
Riding enduros is always fun. There's the clean country air, the challenge of competition, the chance of winning a prize or hauling your bike out of mud and rocks. Enduros are a great fun, even if the science of actually keeping the specified times isn't as well known as we like to pretend it is.
Eddie Lawson won the first 500cc Grand Prix of 1984, in South Africa. Riding the latest version of the Yamaha V-Four, Lawson finished 13 sec. ahead of privateer Raymond Roche’s RS500 Honda. Roche crossed the finish line 0.2 sec. ahead of Barry Sheene on an ex-Mamola Suzuki.
One of the year's long-term bikes is a Harley-Davidson FXRS, the new model with the E-motor engine, etc. Great bike, especially for those long Sunday rides. One of our men was on such a ride and at the point he was furthest from home, discovered the starter wasn’t cranking at normal speed.
I've encountered conflicting advice on tubing cables. I've been told that light motor oil is good, and other sources have recommended moly-based sprays. Can you solve this conflict? Rick Kjarval Chicago, Ill. First check to see if the cable should be lubricated at all, as several manufacturers advise against lubing Teflon lined cables.