An old friend, a good buddy of long standing, is about to pass away. It's almost certainly going to be an unceremonious death, one you won't read about in the obituaries, so there will be no mourners dropping by to offer condolences, not even a private service for those near and dear.
Jerry Hatfield's A Tale of Two Champions (July, 1984) was both entertaining and educational. However, the statement that no rider since Joe Leonard in 1954 has won more than six nationals in one season is incorrect. Jay Springsteen won seven nationals in 1976, a remarkable feat for which he should be given credit.
These aluminum silencers absorb noise and produce a rich, hearty sound, according to the manufacturer. Less restriction, more power and better airflow are claimed. For prices and application, contact Yoshimura Research and Development of America, 4555 Carter Ct., Chino, CA 91710. Phone(714) 6284722.
These high-performance connecting rods are made of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy billet, X-rayed to insure quality. They have been tested in street, drag-racing, roadracing and on dynamometers for five years. They are claimed to be the strongest and lightest connecting rods on the market. The rods are available for many Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki engines. Price and application can be obtained by contacting Fast by Ferracci, 1372 Edgewood Ave., Roslyn, PA 19001. Phone (201) 836-2333.
Plastic off-road boots were the rage a few years ago but didn’t prove popular due to lack of feel. Nava has just introduced a new plastic boot that’s claimed to be as flexible as leather. The Flex-Boot is alleged to be waterproof, flexible and totally rebuildable. Other features include a multi-pivot ankle, fast-action buckles that are unaffected by mud, a drain hole (should the boot get completely submerged) and a choice of sole styles. Currently available in off-road models in full sizes 7 through 13 for $200. Check your local dealer or get more information from Nava USA, 5729 Ward Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Phone (800) 368-6282.
This teardrop air cleaner features a smooth, chromed cover, high-capacity Uni-filter and tapered velocity-stack mounting flange. Price is $54.95. The unit is also available with a hand-engraved, scroll-design cover (in black or chrome) for an additional $30. The air cleaners are available at dealers or contact: Al Simons Co., Terryville, CT 06786-0283. Phone (203) 582-9633.
The Optimax tire line of high-performance touring and sport tires have unidiretional tread pattern (front and rear). The H-rated Tourmax and V-rated Sportmax have large tractic blocks with diagonal water-shed grooves that improve wet-weather traction. The tube/tubeless Carlisles have a lifetime guarantee and a 30-day free trial. They are available from Carlisle dealers, or get more information from: Carlisle Tire and Rubber Co., P.O. Box 99, Carlisle, PA 17013. Phone(71 249-1000.
These aluminum silencers absorb noise and produce a rich, hearty sound, according to the manufacturer. Less restriction, more power and better airflow are claimed. For prices and application, contact Yoshimura Research and Development of America, 4555 Carter Ct., Chino, CA 91710.
While it's been said that in the spring a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of love, by late summer a motorcycle enthusiast's thoughts turn to next year’s motorcycles. By now, all the 1984 models have been introduced, all the tests read, all the comparisons made.
Not only is imitation the sincerest form of flattery, it’s very often a prerequisite for sales success. Which means, then, that Suzuki may well have designed a bankbuster with its latest offering, the GV700GL Madura. Because from the highest notes of its cruiser styling to the baritone boom of its V-Four exhaust, the Madura has a distinct air of familiarity.
The King of Open-Class Enduros— but only after some fiddling
Sometimes, the best forward progress is made by going in the opposite direction. And Husqvarna’s newest enduro bike, the 400WR, is a perfect example, for it has achieved some much-needed performance improvements through a design change that seems like a step backward.
Searching for upward mobility at hillclimbing's annual mecca
An auspicious beginning to a hillclimbing career it was not. There I was, sitting in a particularly pungent portable outhouse, relieving my-self of pre-climb, er, tension, when the first rule of port-a-cans was driven home: Thou shalt always bring thine own toilet paper.
At the time, it seemed like the greatest idea since the invention of the wheelie: a dual-purpose bike with performance. “It” was the KL600R, Kawasaki’s long-awaited entry in the Open-class dual-purpose sweepstakes. And when the KL was introduced late last year, it looked to have it all: a 600cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine that not only had four valves but dual overhead cams; that was not air-cooled but liquidcooled; that used not just one engine counterbalancer but two.
If you fancy yourself a high-stakes gambler, consider what BMW has just done: wager 60 years of success with opposed-Twin motorcycles on the K100, an entirely new inline-Four. Now back that bet with a $110 million investment in development, tooling and the construction of a new factory as BMW just has, and the wager takes on proportions that are too rich for even a fat-cat Las Vegas gambler to handle.
AFTER 10,000 MILES WITHOUT MUCH TENDER, LOVING CARE, IT'S RUNNING BETTER THAN EVER
Ten thousand miles in the life of a good motorcycle isn’t much. A couple of trips across the country amount to that much mileage. Anyone with a tough butt and a pocketful of plastic money can rack up 10,000 miles on a bike in a couple of weeks.
Dave Roper, the 35-year-old New Yorker noted for his Vintage roadracing prowess here in the U.S., has become the first American in the 77-year history of Isle of Man racing to win any kind of event. His victory came in the Island's Historic TT race, an event limited to four-stroke machines manufactured between 1945 and 1972, and two-strokes built between 1945 and 1967.
What you see is what you get. That old saw is certainly true of F1 Mufflers. What you see is a slip-on, aluminum-bodied replacement muffler that looks as though it came off of a racebike. What you get are racebike looks. What you don’t get is racebike performance or racebike noise.
AMA Touring Schedules National Championship Poker Run and Field Meet
1984 Rally Schedule
1984 Grand Tour Schedule
The United Sidecar Association and its Northern California chapter are presenting the Sierra Sidecar Spectacular III in Mariposa, California on August 17-19. Pre-registration fees ($8) include entrance to the rally grounds, camping, Pre-registration payment should be mailed before August 1, to 1310 Gold Rush Way, Penryn CA 95663.
My 1980 Honda 750F is definitely biased toward top-end power; it comes on at about 6500 rpm with a real burst of acceleration. This may be great for racing, but many of us ordinary street riders could use more mid-range power. There are a lot of performance parts available for twin-cam Honda 750s: big-bore kits, exhaust systems, cams, etc.
The YZ490 Yamaha we tested in the July 1984 issue survived its month-long test period without any major spoke problems other than the normal occasional loosening when the bike was new. But after the test was written, one of our pro test riders raced our YZ490 on a motocross track that has a lot of stadium-style jumps, and disaster struck: Nine spokes in the rear wheel broke before practice was finished.