As HOWARD BEALE PROCLAIMED IN Network. I’m as mad as hell. And I’m not going to take this anymore. I'm mad because I'm tired of being discriminated against. Not discrimination based on my race, color, creed or sex, or even on the fact that I'm one of those screwballs who ride motorcycles; I'm talking about discrimination from within the motorcycle industry, based on my physical size and my eyesight.
I was interested in the new Suzuki GSX-R 1100 shown in the January issue, but captivated by the Suzuki FalcoRustyco. I prefer high performance in a bike and currently ride a Honda CB1100F. I can't afford a new bike as often as quarter-mile times get quicker, but I want Suzuki and the rest of the Big Four to know that the FalcoRustyco in a liter-bike version looks worth my hard-earned money when I can trade.
At least looking like Terry Cunningham is as simple as visiting your Husky dealer—riding like Cunningham is more difficult. All of the Team Husky riding gear, from boots to jerseys, is now available with '86 graphics. To see it all for yourself, head to the nearest Husky dealer.
Designed to have a European look, Sport Racks are narrow, heliarcwelded, electrostatically painted black and are individually designed for most late-model motorcycles. Price is under $50 at motorcycle dealers. More information is available from M/C Enterprises, 7721 Deering Ave., Canoga Park. CA 91304; (213) 887-6520.
A street version of the Mag-4 offroad helmet, the ST features flow- through air ventilation, a removable. washable lining that wicks away perspiration, and an adjustable visor. It is available in sizes from 6-3/4 to 7-34 in black, white. burgundy or champagne for $149.95 at motorcycle dealers.
If you are tired of cold ankles when riding without motorcycle boots, Regaboots might be for you. Made of heavy leather, these zip-on spats keep the cold from entering your pant legs, provide ankle protection and generally make riding in shoes or sneakers more comfortable. Regaboots are available in several colors and styles. Sizes range from 5 through 12 in regular and extra-wide widths. The full-length model shown costs $38: a shorter model goes for $32. To order or get more information, contact Regaboots, 9016 Wilshire Blvd., P.O. Box 345, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Phone (213) 932-1895.
The Agressor is a mini-windshield designed for the '85 V-Max and Maxim, Suzuki Intruder and all Harley-Davidsons without fairings. Featuring four-point, quick-detach mounting hardware, the Agressor is designed to protect the rider from wind blast. The shield sells for $79.95 in smoke, and $84.95 in black/bronze. You can find the Agressor at motorcycle dealers everywhere. More information is available from National Cycle, Inc., 2200 Maywood Dr., P.O. Box 158, Maywood, IL 60153-0158; (312) 343-0400.
Honda enters the shoulder-pad market with the TX-10, which is claimed to be more comfortable than other shoulder protectors. The TX-10 features ventilated, individually adjustable plastic front and rear panels, adjustable shoulder/arm pads and quick-release nylon buckles. Available only in white with Honda graphics. the TX-10 can be purchased at Honda dealers.
A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO, THE Cycle World staff predicted the kinds of motorcycles that would be available in 1985. We batted a little better than .500 on those predictions, which isn’t bad, but we were sure we could improve on that mark for the 1986 model year.
To further acknowledge the current trend in Japan toward large singlecylinder streetbikes, the third Sound of Singles race was held recently at the Tsukuba Circuit. This is an unusual race and gathering, because it is the antithesis of the more common type of roadrace involving multi-cylinder and two-stroke engines with lots of horsepower.
Milan ’85 may be the show that marked a turning point in the attitude of the Italian bike industry toward itself. There’s evidence of a new confidence and a renewed willingness to invest in the future. Only time will tell if that confidence is justified, but at Milan it had its outward manifestations in the many new models on show, most of which look to be available for the public sooner rather than later as is usually the case.
AFTER A TWO-YEAR REIGN as the king of the big streetbikes, the Yamaha FJ1100 finally has been outdone. Some company has succeeded in building a liter-class motorcycle that is a better streetbike than the FJ1100. The company? Yamaha.
WHEN THE FJ1100 WAS INTRODUCED in 1984, everyone expected it to be the outstanding sportbike that it is. But most people were surprised to find that the addition of a tank bag and a couple of soft saddlebags could turn the FJ into a sport-tourer par excellence.
A tale of poodle-bikes, UFOs and man-eating burros
PITY THE POOR CT110. IN A TIME when 100-horsepower 750s are commonplace and dirt bikes have enough acronymed gizmos to almost need a separate alphabet. Honda's little red CT110 trail bike stands alone as motorcycling’s most unspectacular product.
NOT TO WOORY: SPORTBIKES ARE ALIVE AND WELL IN VARES
DUCATI LOVERS NEED NOT HAVE worried. Ever since Cagiva acquired that Bologna-based manufacturer of desmo engines and uncompromised sportbikes, Ducati loyalists have been concerned that the character of Cagiva-Ducati motorcycles would change, degenerating into the less sporting, even the ordinary.
YAMAHA'S V-TWIN ENGINES, whether in 750cc, 920cc or 1000cc form, have always found friends at Cycle World, even if the styling that surrounded those torque-heavy motors has not. With the 1984 XV1000 Virago, though, Yamaha finally gave its cruiserbike a much-needed shot in the styling arm, and came away with a bike that was a runaway sales success.
ERNST STRAHM BUILDS SOME OF the most mind-blowing bikes in the world; outrageous two-wheeled flights of fancy that make other motorcycles look plain and derivative by comparison. A 34-year-old motorcycle dealer from the little town of Madiswil.
Husqvarna takes pride in its racing heritage; that much is obvious from the record book. With 16 U.S. national enduro championships, a long string of Baja 1000 wins and decades of success in the International Six Days Enduro, Husky has a corporate trophy case that is one of the fullest in the business.
HISTORY HAS A STRANGE WAY of changing, depending upon whos telling it. A good example is the belief held by most motorcycle historians that by the end of 1923, the fastest man in the world on two wheels was an Englishman. Claude Temple, who had ridden a V-Twin Temple-Anzani to a speed of 108.84 mph,
THOUGH SOME PARTS OF RED WOLVERTON'S record-setting XP4 and XP3 are in the hands of an American collector, both machines ceased to exist as complete entities long ago. And that fact dismayed Ace enthusiast John Patt, a leading light of the antique motorcycle scene in the U.S.
IF YOU WERE AN EXECUTIVE FOR A Japanese motorcycle company and wanted to see your product in action, this year's ISDE in Alp, Spain, was a good place not to be. Of the 35 American team members who went to the event, only eight rode Japanese bikes.
FANCIERS OF OPEN-CLASS TWO-Stroke enduro or desert bikes have seen their choice of mounts dwindle three brands: Husqvarna, KTM and Can-Am. Then, of course, there are the build-it-yourself models—such as the Cycle world Kawasaki we call the KXE500. Taming the '85 KX500's potent, quick-revving engine was our first objective.
IT'S TOUGH TO BE COMPETITIVE on a Japanese 250cc enduro bike. The reason is simple: There are no Japanese 250cc enduro bikes any more, aside from Honda's not-so-serious XR250R four-stroke. So unless you want to ride a Yamaha or Kawasaki 200 in the 250 class.
With a living legend and a bit of Black Magic at his side, the former dirt-tracker is poised to become roadracing's next superstar
KING KENNY ROBERTS IS HIS mentor, Honda provides his money and his motorcycles, and history is his ally. At age 25, Wayne Rainey is well-equipped to become the dominant force in American roadracing. Last fall, the former dirt-tracker from Norwalk, California, signed a fat, factory roadracing contract: three years of guaranteed employment with Honda at a salary he'd rather not discuss.
Can you recommend the proper procedure for protecting the cosmetics of my motorcycle while it is storage in Hawaii for about eight months? It will be in a dry garage, but there still is a lot of moisture in that climate and perhaps some traces of salt in the air.
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.