To HEAR SOME PEOPLE TELL IT. TO day's greatest threat to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not nuclear war. Not inflation or crime. Not famine or poverty. Nope, to them, the scourge of mankind is that old demon horsepower: and any vehicle that has lots of it obviously is an instrument of the devil.
Please! No more on the secret bikes of Japan (November, 1984 issue). I used to be happy with my RZ350 until I saw the RZV500s at the racetrack. Now you're tempting me with a half-dozen more highly de sirable, frustratingly unavailable street rockets.
For those riders who have been grooving their brake shoes for years, pre-grooved brake shoes now are available for most dirt bikes and ATVs from Hy-Tech Motorcycle Components. Grooved brake shoes channel water and muck away from the drum and shoes, a feature that extends lining life and improves braking efficiency. The grooved brake shoes cost $7.50 to $15 a set depending on application. They are available from dealers or directly from Hy-Tech, 12860 Bradley Ave., Sylmar,CA 91342; 1(818) 362-5534.
Continental's V-rated (up to 150 mph), high-load capacity Supertwins (990 lb. rear, 830 lb. front) are designed for use on Honda's Aspencade, and other heavily loaded bikes. The 120/90-18 front and 140/90-18 rear tires are designed to be fitted as a matched pair for optimum performance and mileage. The Supertwins are available from motorcycle dealers.
The Bates Collection
The race-track styled Bates Collection street jackets come in three styles. All feature an action back and sleeveand body-length tailoring for riding comfort. Complete riding suits with a sporty European look feature custom-tailoring, a choice of color and zip-to gether pants and jacket. For prices and information contact Bates Industries, P.O. Box 420-W. Long Beach, CA 90801; (213) 435-6551.
Classic clocks and prints
Halmar Enterprises is offering an 8 x 10-inch quartz clock that features a line drawing of either a Norton Manx, a Vincent Lightning or a Velocette KTT. Mounted in a Lucite frame, the clock can be used free standing or wall-mounted. Price is $34.95. Prints of the same motorcycles are also available without the clock for $3.95 each. To order (Visa and Mastercharge okay) contact Halmar Enterprises, P.O. Box 474, Lewiston,NY 14092;(416) 356-6865.
Brooks announces a new boot that features Oiltan leather claimed to be more durable and easier to clean than regular leather. A soft, breathable insole, 14-inch-high top and mini-lug Vibram sole increase function, and no-rust harness buckles add a distinctive appearance. For prices and availability phone Brooks Sportswear at 1(800) 662-3615.
The Superbelt is designed for back and kidney support while riding, and features a flexible, injection-molded polyurethane back for added support, vented mesh for good air flow, and Velcro closures. The Superbelt is available in red, blue, black or white, in three sizes, for $29.95 at local dealers.
JT's new ALS1 off-road/motocross helmet has an integral visor that directs air to cooling channels in the liner, and the shell has recesses in the sides for a better goggle-strap fit. This DOT-approved helmet also features a removable, washable liner and removable fit pads. The ALS-1 is available in red, blue, black, white or yellow in sizes small through extra large for $159 from dealers or JT Racing, 515 Otay Rd., Chula Vista, CA 92011; (619) 421-2660.
Six months ago. when the factories were treating new-model information as though it were as secret as the formula for Coca-Cola, the clairvoyant staff of this magazine pondered the coming model year in September's "Roundup." Now that most of the `85s have been released, a tabulation of our predictions is in order.
Attention. middleweight sportbike fans: Dust off your zip-back boots and break out the studded-palm gloves, because Kawasaki thinks it's got the perfect bike for you in its new Ninja 600. And judging by the pilot-production models that Cycle World sampled during a recent press introduction, that assessment may be spot-on.
There's a half-truth lurking in the back of almost every American motorcyclist's mind, a scenario entitled Where Motorcycles Really Come From. The image is of massive Japanese board meetings and monstrous R&D departments with legions of engineers bent over their drafting tables.
If California's reputation as a lazy, kick-back kinda place has reached Italy. perhaps that explains the name of Moto Guzzi's first 1985 entry, a bike introduced late last year that just might be the ultimate in easy-to-ride touring bikes.
DRAG RACING. it's WILD. IT'S WEIRD. AND IT'S AS UNIQUELY American as any sport you're likely to find Regardless of whether it manifests itself as a wide, smoldering strip of rubber laid down by a nitro-breathing brute or an impish chirp of the tires by the family sedan, the American passion for drag racing runs deep.
THE WAY EDDIE LAWSON RODE in the opening laps proved that it was going to happen. The year was 1983; the place Daytona; the event the 200miler. Lawson was riding Yamaha's evil-weavel 680cc Daytona Special, a machine that even Kenny Roberts had called uncommonly violent, and newcomer Lawson was riding it hard.
THE CAMEL PRO SERIES. THE nine-month, 33-race chase for the AMA Grand National Championship. is motorcycle racing at its edge-of-the-seat. inches-apart best. And no one knows that better than Ricky Graham. In 1982 he won the championship by the slim margin of two points; two years later he won the title again-this time by a single, solitary point.
EMBARRASSING IS WHAT IT WAS. David Bailey had left the start line 20 feet behind everybody else, and on this day there would be no stirring slashes through the pack, no oohs and ahhs from the crowd as Bailey picked off rider after rider. On this day there was only dead-last; and whether you're playing tiddleywinks or racing motocross, dead-last isn't a good feeling.
THE "O'SHOW" HASYET TO PLAY on Broadway. and it hasn't reached the silver screen, but it's been a box-office smash for Supercross. for Honda and for its star. Johnny O'Mara. It's been five years since the show first started, when O'Mara originally burst into the National motocross spotlight, and in that time he has captured two National titles and a multitude of individual wins.
FOR NONBELIEVERS. DUAL-PURPOSE BIKES ARE A CONfusing concept. contradictions on wheels. With their empty numberplates and motocross styling, these motorcycles seem to boast a racetrack heritage, but nothing could be farther from the kind of riding they're really meant to do.
In TV's annual gathering of the clan, 30-year-old Kent Howerton dusts the motocross kids, the roadracers and the flattrackers to take his second Superbiker crown.
"I can't believe I won this thing... it's like a dream come true. It feels good to go out a winner." -Kent Ho werton on his win and upcoming retirement. "It's time to get serious~" -1983 Superbikers champ Eddie Lawson just before a broken transmission put him out of the final.
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BY NECESSITY. A FOUR-STROKE Single can't help but be heavier than a two-stroke of the same displacement. A four-stroke does, after all, have a lot more parts. Even so, four-stroke Singles don't have to weigh 30 or 40 pounds more than comparable twostrokes.
HUSKYS FOUR-STROKES ARE the widest dirt Singles currently in production. But they don't have to remain that way. Pro-Circuit has a Husqvarna Four-Stroke Kit that transforms the big lungers into lighter, skinnier, more powerful denizens of the dirt.
FOR MOST MOTOCROSS MAchines, the goal is simple: win races. But the primary mission for Honda's 1985 CR 125R goes far beyond the trophies and grins that accompany individual victories. In fact, winning races is a mere by-product of a much narrower, more sharply defined goal that Honda has set for its 125.
If you've always wanted to see the annual Daytona 200-mile Formula One race but never have, there's bad news: you never will. That race has been replaced as Daytona Speed Week's main event by a 200-mile Superbike race. The new 200-miler will be held on the traditional Sunday early in March, and the Formula One race will be Friday afternoon.
Making fairings for sportbikes isn't an exact science. In fact, it's barely a science at all, because the matter of designing sporty fairings is based as much on aesthetics as on streamlining. And buying fairings or lowers is based even more on how-it-looks rather than what's-it-do.
I'm in the process of building a quarter-mile bottle rocket based on a 1972 Kawasaki H1 500 Triple. I need to know what I can do to make it go quick. I had in mind adding expansion chambers, fiberglass reeds, an aluminum gas tank to lighten the bike, and larger carburetors.
The Pensacola Sunrunners Motorcycle Club is holding its fourth annual `Welcome to Florida" safety coffee break for motorcyclists traveling to Daytona Motorcycle Speedweek. Starting at sunrise every day from March 2 through March 6, they will be operating on Interstate 10 at the first rest stop in Florida.
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.