Issue: 19841201

Saturday, December 1, 1984
DECEMBER 1984
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Articles
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0001.xml
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2
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NISSAN
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NISSAN
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0002.xml
tableOfContents
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3
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CYCLE WORLD
PREVIEW'85
TESTS
RIDING IMPRESSIONS_
DEPARTMENTS_
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0003.xml
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4,5
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Advertisements
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SUZUKI
SUZUKI GS550
SUZUKI
700E
SUZUKI
ES SERIES
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0004.xml
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6
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Champion Spark Plug Company: COPPER PLUS
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Champion Spark Plug Company
COPPER PLUS
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0005.xml
article
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DEPARTMENTS
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CYCLE WORLD EDITORIAL
Is there life before death?
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PAUL DEAN
I think the inscription on my friend Charlie’s T-shirt says it best: “Life’s a bitch, and then you die.” That’s all in good fun, naturally, but still, I find there’s a mountain of truth in those seven little words. Not that I’m a prophet of doom or one of those poor wretches who manage to find a dark cloud in every silver lining.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0006.xml
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CHAPARRAL
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CHAPARRAL
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0007.xml
masthead
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0008.xml
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9
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ClassicMotorbooks
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ClassicMotorbooks
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0009.xml
article
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10,14,15
CYCLE WORLD LETTERS
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CYCLE WORLD LETTERS
Notes from the Guzzi philes
Four-wheeled H-D accessories
Mis-reading between the lines
Reader Information
Bring on the Bonnies
Another KLR on the loose
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A letter from B. Parrette in your October, 1984 Letters column criticizes Cycle World's supposed lack of honesty in describing the Moto Guzzi's reliability and simplicity compared to a BMW. I wholeheartedly disagree with Mr. Parrette’s assessment.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0010.xml
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CENTURION LTD.: TMX 2000
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CENTURION LTD.
TMX 2000
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0011.xml
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12,13
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Kawasaki: 750 TURBO
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Kawasaki
750 TURBO
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0012.xml
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14
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Advertisement
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0013.xml
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MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY COUNCIL, INC.
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MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY COUNCIL, INC.
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0014.xml
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15
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BIC
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BIC
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0015.xml
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15
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IPDA
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IPDA
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0016.xml
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15
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NORTH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF MOTORCYCLE REPAIR
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NORTH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF MOTORCYCLE REPAIR
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0017.xml
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16,17
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Competition Accessories Inc.
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Competition Accessories Inc.
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0018.xml
review
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18,19
DEPARTMENTS
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CYCLE WORLD NEW IDEAS
Vetter Fiber 200
Kerker K-Series Exhaust
Back rest pack
The Survivor
Swallow MT345 Knobby Front Tire
Malcolm Smith Bike Crate
EverRest Pad
Pro-Armor Body Protector
Vetter
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Vetter
Vetter Fiber 200
$74.95
Vetter’s open-face model 200 helmet features a fiberglass shell, five snaps for attaching a face shield or visor, a blue terry-cloth lining and Snell 80 certification. All popular colors and sizes are available for $74.95 from Vetter dealers.
Vetter
Kerker K-Series Exhaust
$325
Kerker’s K-Series exhaust for Yamaha’s XJ 1100, XJ600 and the Suzuki GS1150 improves power, retains the sidestand and centerstand, and doesn’t interfere with drain-plug and oil-filter access. The K-Series systems use a 4-into-l-into-2 configuration, and come with Kerker’s Comp III silencer baffle that claims competition flow rates and legal noise levels. Price is $325. Contact Kerker, 7900 Deering Ave., Dept. 86, Canoga Park, CA 91304; 1-800-423-5246.
Vetter
Back rest pack
$29.95
Designed to mount on a sissybar, the Rev-Pack is made of vinyl-backed Cordura nylon, is waterproof and is easily cleaned, according to the manufacturer. The pack is basically one large, 1650-cubic-inch compartment that rolls into a 4-by-8inch bundle when not in use. The pack has a suggested retail price of $29.95 and is available from Rev-Pack, PO. Box 175, New Cuyama, CA 93254; (805) 766-2454.
Vetter
The Survivor
$349.95
Here’s a new concept for overnight campouts. Called The Survivor, the unit combines a tent, sleeping bag and air mattress into a portable package that measures 9.5 by 18 inches. Set-up time is claimed 2-minutes, including inflation. When inflated, the Survivor measures 36 inches high by 39 inches wide at the head, and 26 by 28 inches at the foot. The attached 9-inch-thick air mattress measures 93 inches in length and can be zipped off the tent and used as an emergency raft. Other interesting features are a total weight of less than ten pounds, vent screens to aid circulation, and two large air-dump valves for rapid deflation. Price is $349.95. For more information contact the Working Press, 15250 Ventura Blvd., Suite 310, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403; (818) 872-3066.
Vetter
Swallow MT345 Knobby Front Tire
$33
The newest additions to Swallow’s line of tires are two Metzeler-copy front knobbies. A 3.00-21 sells for $33 and a 2.75-17 minicycle tire goes for $22. Swallow tires are available at motorcycle dealers. For more information contact PJ Company, 2410 S. Sequoia Dr., Compton, CA 90220; (213) 639-1000. Outside California call 1-800421-5001.
Vetter
Malcolm Smith Bike Crate
$14.95
Malcolm’s Bike Crate is actually a plastic milk box for motorcycles, not milk. The box has reinforced corners, carrying handles, and it’s tall enough to get both wheels of most bikes off the ground. Price is $14.95 at motorcycle dealers.
Vetter
EverRest Pad
$41
This sleeping bag pad features a special medium-density foam with a surface of valleys and peaks. The sleeping surface promotes air circulation and the waterproof bottom keeps the user dry. The EverRest comes in two sizes; 60 by 21 inches ($41 ), and 72 by 21 inches ($44.75). The 60-inch model rolls into a 6.5-inch-diameter bundle, while the larger pad makes a 7.5-inch-diameter roll. EverRest pads are available from Sierra West, 6 E. Yanonali St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101; (805) 963-8727.
Vetter
Pro-Armor Body Protector
$89.95
Hallman’s Pro-Armor is orthopedically designed to transmit impacts from the shoulder plates directly to the main body harness. Made of thermal plastic with PVC foam padding and terry-cloth padding, the Pro-Armor claims comfort and protection. The Pro-Armor sells for $89.95. Optional forearm protectors cost $12.95 and a sticker kit costs $3.55. The Pro-Armor is available at motorcycle dealers who carry Hallman or Rocky Cycle accessories.
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0019.xml
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REPUBLIC TOBACCO
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REPUBLIC TOBACCO
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0020.xml
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Advertisement: 4-H
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4-H
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0021.xml
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CAPITAL CYCLE CORPORATION
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CAPITAL CYCLE CORPORATION
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0022.xml
article
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20,21,24
DEPARTMENTS
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CYCLE WORLD ROUNDUP
The Cologne Show: Eurobikes for' 85
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DAVID EDWARDS
If the motorcycles on display at the Cologne Show were any indication, the American rider’s version of that old saw about the grass always being greener on the other side of the fence—you know, that the Europeans always get the good bikes—may be on the verge of extinction.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0023.xml
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22,23
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Ford: FORD RANGER AMERICA'S TRUCK
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Ford
FORD RANGER AMERICA'S TRUCK
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0024.xml
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25,26,27
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Philip Morris Inc.: Marlboro
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Philip Morris Inc.
Marlboro
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0025.xml
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28
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BMW of North America. Inc.
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BMW of North America. Inc.
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0026.xml
article
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PREVIEW '85
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1985 NEW MODEL PREVIEW
A promising year lies ahead for motorcycling. New markets are being tapped, companies that have been hibernating are back in the wars once again, and more than a few new models are going to knock your socks off.
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Nineteen eighty-four will undoubtedly be remembered as a watershed year for motorcycling. From the threshold of 1985, we can look back on the previous year, snicker at Orwellian portentions, and see that 1984 was really a year in which the Japanese motorcycle industry paused to catch its breath.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0027.xml
review
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30,31,32
PREVIEW'85
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HONDA’85
A serious Shadow, a EuroVF1000R and a Rebel yell of a different sort
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Honda has succeeded in the motorcycle business by being daring, often first, and always unpredictable. Last year, while unsold inventory, a stiff tariff and a global recession forced most motorcycle manufacturers to offer fewer models, Honda unleashed a surprising number of new machines.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0028.xml
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Advertisement: CYCLE WORLD/ODME
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CYCLE WORLD/ODME
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0029.xml
review
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34,35
PREVIEW '85
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KAWASAKI
New from the folks who brought you the 900 Ninja: a baby Ninja, a half-a-Ninja, and a V-Twin cruiserbike that is no Ninja at all
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The celebrated arrival of the 900 Ninja last year signaled an emphatic victory for Kawasaki. For over 11 years, Kawasaki had relied almost exclusively on its air-cooled, two-valve-per-cylinder engine technology; and while many of these engines produced remarkable horsepower, some fresh new designs from other corners of the Orient had begun to relegate Kawasaki’s motors to middle-of-the-road design status.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0030.xml
review
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36,37,38
PREVIEW '85
OFF-ROAD RIDING IMPRESSIONS
KAWASAKI
Kawasaki’s KX Motocrossers for 1985
Kawasaki
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Kawasaki
KX500
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Kawasaki has two words to say about its motocross lineup for 1985: big, and wet. “Wet” refers to the fact that all of the KX models are liquid-cooled for ’85, including the Open-class KX500. And “big” means that more emphasis than ever before is being placed on the two biggest models, the KX250 and KX500.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0031.xml
review
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39,40
PREVIEW '85
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SUZUKI
These are just the teasers; Suzuki’s real blockbusters for 1985 will be a late Christmas present
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What you see here is an unfinished symphony, the first chorus of Suzuki’s 1985 score. Most of the bikes pictured on these pages are revisions of existing models; but just after the first of the year, Suzuki plans to release several completely new models.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0032.xml
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41
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DENNIS KIRK.
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DENNIS KIRK.
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0033.xml
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42,43
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B&W T Co.: Kool
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B&W T Co.
Kool
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0034.xml
review
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44,45,46
PREVIEW '85
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YAMAHA
If a five-valve-per-ylinder hot-rod doesn’t light your fire, try a 85-horsepower musclebike that Yamaha hopes will dip into the nines
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You could sum up Yamaha’s newbike lineup in one word—fast. The 1985 line includes what promises to be: the world’s fastest 700-class cruiser; America’s fastest, best-handling 750-class sportbike; and the quickest bike sold anywhere.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0035.xml
review
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47,48,49
PREVIEW '85
OFF-ROAD RIDING IMPRIESSIONS
YAMAHA
Wave goodbye to the yellows, say hello to the red and whites.
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Yamaha’s dirt-bike lineup for ’85 is quite different from what we’ve come to expect from that company over the years. Historically, Yamaha has offered a complete line of motocross and enduro models, plus some four-stroke Singles and a few low-priced, two-stroke fun bikes.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0036.xml
review
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50
PREVIEW '85
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HUSQVARNA
Radical changes for a conservative company
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After years of being the last bastion of dual rear shocks, Husqvarna has given in and equipped all three of its CR motocross machines, as well as the 125 and 500cc cross-country XC models, with single-shock rear suspension that utilizes an Ohlins damper.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0037.xml
review
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51
PREVIEW '85
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KTM
Proof that not all off-road tricknology comes from Japan
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KTM’S 1985 lineup of motocross and off-road racers incorporates significant changes for this small, Austrian manufacturer. All models now use liquid-cooling and have a steeper, 26.5-degree steering head angle, and all are equipped with an upsidedown front fork and single rear shock that are both made by White Power.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0038.xml
review
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52
PREVIEW '85
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CAN-AM
Bikes for trails, trials and the tribulations of motocross
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This year, Can-Am’s lineup marks an official acknowledgement of an unofficial corporate identity. The company now offers more enduro bikes than it does motocrossers, capitalizing on the great success that Can-Am riders John Martin and Geoff Ballard have had in national enduros.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0039.xml
review
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52
PREVIEW '85
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CAGIVA
The world’s most complete line of non-Japanese motorcycles
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For most riders in America, Cagiva doesn’t mean much. But for most European riders, Cagiva stands for a company that, in just a few years, has grown to be Europe’s largest manufacturer of two-wheeled vehicles. And now, with a complete line of new-for-’85 bikes, the Italian firm is out to permanently etch its name in the mind of every American rider.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0040.xml
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Kerker
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Kerker
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0041.xml
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54,55
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Chevy trucks: VORTEC V 6 POWER
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Chevy trucks
VORTEC V 6 POWER
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0042.xml
review
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56,57,58,59,60,61
CYCLE WORLD TEST
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HONDA CR500R
BECAUSE JUST HORSEPOWER ISN'T ENOUGH
HONDA
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HONDA
CR500R
$2598
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There's a Universal Truth concerning motocross riders in general, and Open-class riders in particular: They want horsepower. More power, perhaps, than they need or can even use. But they want it nonetheless, and that leads to a second Universal Truth: The manufacturers are delighted to give the people anything the people want.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0043.xml
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62,63
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R.J REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY: Camel Lights
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R.J REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY
Camel Lights
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0044.xml
review
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64,65,66,67
CYCLE WORLD TEST
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HONDA VF700S SABRE
FROM WILD TO MILD, IN JUST THREE YEARS
SPECIFICATIONS
HONDA
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HONDA
VF700S SABRE
$3398
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When the Honda Sabre was unveiled just three short years ago, it was a 750cc definition of the word “new.” Its engine was a type that hadn’t been seen in modern motorcycle history, a 90-degree, liquid-cooled V-Four, with twin cams for each cylinder bank and four valves for each cylinder.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0045.xml
article
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DEPARTMENTS
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CYCLE WORLD RACE WATCH
Maybe they should call it the Motocross and Trophee des USA
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KEN VREEKE
On an individual basis, America’s top motocross riders are arguably the best in the world. As a group, they are unquestionably devastating. Case in point: For the fourth consecutive year, a team of America’s best berm-slayers were dispatched to the Motocross and Trophee des Nations competition to wage war with the top riders from 13 other countries.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0046.xml
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CASTRE, INC.: C-2000 ROAD RACE GLOVE
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CASTRE, INC.
C-2000 ROAD RACE GLOVE
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0047.xml
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California Accessory Warehouse
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California Accessory Warehouse
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0048.xml
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Advertising Council
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Advertising Council
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0049.xml
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Suppertrapp Division Moller Corporation
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Suppertrapp Division Moller Corporation
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0050.xml
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72,73
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SUZUKI: GS1150 E/ES
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SUZUKI
GS1150 E/ES
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0051.xml
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Advertisement: CYCLE WORLD
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0052.xml
article
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DEPARTMENTS
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CYCLE WORLD SUMMARY
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Missing an issue? They’re available from Old Del Mar imporium, P.O. Box 1126, Redlands, CA 92373 for $3.75 postpaid.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0053.xml
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Advertisement
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0054.xml
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75
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Motorcycle Mechanics Institute
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Motorcycle Mechanics Institute
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0055.xml
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Kawasaki
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Kawasaki
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0056.xml
article
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77
DEPARTMENTS
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CYCLE WORLD SERVICE
Keeping your Kaw cool
Plexiglass tips
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I have a 1980 Kawasaki 1300 and use it to pull a large Cycle Kamp trailer. I’ve also experienced overheating problems while doing so. A call to Kawasaki received the response, “We’re not surprised; the bike wasn’t built to pull a trailer.” My Gold Wing had run borderline hot but never boiled while pulling the same trailer, but I wanted to keep the Kawasaki.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0057.xml
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77
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AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE MECHANICS SCHOOL
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AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE MECHANICS SCHOOL
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0058.xml
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77
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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0059.xml
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77
77
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PJ1 LUBRICANTS: PJ1
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PJ1 LUBRICANTS
PJ1
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0060.xml
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77
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Advertisements
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Paser Instrumentation Inc.
CARB STIX
Paser Instrumentation Inc.
CARB STIX PRO
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0061.xml
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78,79,80
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CW SHOWCASE
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0062.xml
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81
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Advertisement
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0063.xml
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81
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Advertisement: CYCLE WORLD
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0064.xml
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81
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Advertisement: Cycle World
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Cycle World
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0065.xml
article
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DEPARTMENTS
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CYCLE WORLD SLIPSTREAM
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We need your photos for Slipstream. We’re looking for photos that make us smile because they say something about motorcycling. Submissions should be made to Slipstream, Cycle World, 1499 Monrovia, Newport Beach, Calif. 92663. Only black and white prints, 8 by 10 in., should be sent.
CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0066.xml
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83
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Bell Helmets, Inc.
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Bell Helmets, Inc.
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CycleWorld_19841201_0023_012_0067.xml
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84
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Philip Morris Inc.
MELRIT
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