HERE'S TODAY’S QUIZ IN STREETBIKE Economics 101: How much is one more tenth of a second in the quarter-mile worth to you? How much are you willing to pay for one more mph in top speed or a 0.001-percent reduction in lap times around a road-race track?
THE GERMAN ON THE FZR OBVIvously was a superb racer. Every time he’d get a clear sightline through a corner, he would attack it ferociously, throwing the Yamaha down until it seemed that sparks were flying off of everything below the gas tank.
I enjoyed Steve Thompson’s article on the “Proliferating Poseurs” phenomenon (At Large, March, 1987) and agreed with his thoughts 100 percent. Manhattan currently is swimming in a sea of yuppies who wouldn’t know a P-40 from a Perrier bottle, yet they’re outfitted in preaged Avirex leathers festooned with fighter squadron patches.
if you suspect your crankshaft of some crooked dealings, Devon Machine’s Acu-Tru truing fixture can help it straighten up and fly right. The device establishes zero at one bearing journal, and the included dial gauge checks runout at the other journal, which the firm claims makes truing a simpler, quicker task than if both crank ends are used as centering points. Suggested retail price is $247.95, and you can get the straight dope from Devon Machine Inc., 725 First Ave., Rockford, IL 61108.
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Swain PolyMoly coating
Lunching an engine has nothing to do with coating its internals with Shake n’ Bake. Swain Technology’s PolyMoly coating, though, is designed to keep your engine from deep-fat-frying its pistons. In fact, Swain claims that spraying its 0.0005-inch layer of molybdenum, tungsten and Teflon on pistons reduces friction sufficiently to result in lower oil temperatures. The coating costs $12 per piston, and you can get more information from Swain Technology Inc., 35 Main St., Scottsville, NY 14546; (716) 8892786.
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Acerbis Elba enduro headlight
Perhaps if Napoleon had an Acerbis headlight/numberplate, he would have been able after he saw Elba. Who knows? We do know, however, that Acerbis’ injectionmolded plastic Elba features a 6-volt bulb, a brake hose guide and easy mounting. It’s available from your dealer in red, white, blue, green, yellow, black or Honda red for $36.95. You can find out more from Acerbis Plastics USA, 10911-H Wheatlands Ave., Santee, CA 92071; (619) 562-1440.
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Pro-Series aluminum megaphone
With SuperTrapp’s Pro-Series aluminum megaphone, a Yamaha 350 Warrior can sound as mellifluous as William Buckley, or as frenzied as Sam Kinison—depending on how many of the 12 included discs you use. The rubber-mounted exhaust uses the stock header pipe, and is approved by the U.S.D.A. Forestry Service as a spark arrestor. Suggested retail price is $149.95, and you can hear more by contacting SuperTrapp Division of Moller Corp., 1222 Research Park Drive, Davis, CA 95616;(916)756-5069.
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Going for the burn's fine for Jane Fonda, but for some riders it’s unavoidable, especially with their clutch hands. The Easy-Clutch, though, can reduce the force required to squeeze the clutch lever by up to 44 percent, thus diminishing fatigue, according to the manufacturer. Installation needs no tools, and it’s available for most bikes or ATVs with cable-operated clutches, for $39.95 from Burkey Enterprises, 3921 E. La Palma Ave., Suite J, Anaheim, CA 92807; (714) 6300501.
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FZR1000 seat cowl
For FZR1000 pilots who prefer to ride the way George Thorogood drinks—alone—Yamaha offers its seat cowl to suit. The ABS plastic cowl complements the FZR's appearance, with color-matched graphics, and a tiny pad covered with the same textured black plastic used on the saddle. Suggested retail price is $89.95, and it’s available from your Yamaha dealer. But go alone.
UNLESS YOU’RE RICH AS A ROCKEFELler, and buy a new motorcycle every time the old one’s oil gets dirty, you can’t afford not to do maintenance. But for the uninitiated, armed with little more than a service manual and a dose of enthusiasm, keeping your beloved collection of alloy, steel and plastic in top shape might be tougher than it looks.
DEEP IN THE HEART OF T EXAS. AND THE BEEHIVE STATE OF Utah, might seem like the last places on Earth you'd look for the salvation of American motorcycling. It’s there, though, where you'll find a pair of candidates for the task: the Texas Sport Bike Association and the Utah Sport Bike Association, non-profit organizations open to riders of every stripe, despite the Sport Bike appelation.
In anticipation of a flood of new models to be launched at the end of this year by the Italian manufacturers, the upcoming and highly important Milan Show has been prolonged in its duration. The show will now start on Saturday, November 21, and will run for nine days until November 29.
When police start riding sportbikes to catch speeders, it’s time to slow down. It used to be that the police here in Japan rode modified 650 Honda Nighthawks, chasing down the perpetrators of traffic crime, but that’s changed now with the FZ750P police bike.
For years, the Bimota firm in Rimini. Italy, has experienced difficulty in obtaining factory cooperation from both Honda and Suzuki; but rumors coming from both East and West indicate that Yamaha’s successful relationship with Bimota is about to undergo a change.
Giorgio Casolari is well-known to Ducati owners around the world as the owner of Gio.Ca.Moto, one of the world’s largest suppliers of spare parts for Ducati motorcycles. In recent years, Casolari has endeared himself to the fanatical owners of early V-Twin and single-cylinder Ducatis by re-manufacturing crucial components no longer available from the factory.
Nick Harris is not only one of Britain’s leading motorcycle journalists, but also the BBC’s radio commentator for all two-wheel events aired on the network. Now his love of motorcycle racing has led him to come up with an news-based audio-tape program that captures the GP racing scene on a monthly basis.
That’s right, the long-lived Matchless name will soon he back, with production of the new single-cylinder, Rotax-engined Matchless G80 scheduled to begin in July. First unveiled at the Cincinnati Trade Show in the U.S. earlier this year, the G80 will be built at a rate of 100 bikes per month during the second half of 1987, doubling to 200 per month next year in order to meet the substantial orders that builder Les Harris says the bike has attracted.
Fifty years ago. Hap Jones was denied the right to be the first person ever to cross the Golden Gate Bridge, simply because he was riding a motorcycle. On the morning the bridge was to open, the wire services had already snapped Jones’ picture and proclaimed him the first person to cross because he had pushed his bike to the very front of the line.
WHEN YOU'RE ON THE road and it’s time to stop for the night, there are two distinct approaches to the situation. 1) You can find the local No Surprises motel with free HBO, and spend the evening putting quarters in the Magic Fingers machine; or 2) you can plan ahead and stop at a place like the Isaac Randall House, and spend the evening basking in the glow of interesting people and good old-fashion conversation.
KAWASAKI EX500 VS. MOTO GUZZI V65 LARIO VS. CAGIVA SS650
Old roads and new Twins in the birthplace of America
DICK LEANED ON TUE COUNTER AT GARDNER CYCLES. gazing out the window at the Kawasaki EX500, doing very little to disguise his lack of interest in the motorcycle. "Ed and I don't see too many Japanese motorcycles around here,” he said, and then turned a much more approving glance toward the two bikes parked beside the EX, a Moto Guzzi V65 Lario and a Cagiva/Ducati SS650.
THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE GETting ready for your favorite Sunday morning ride, then going out to the garage and . . . and finding that your bike has a dangerously low tire. Inflating it with the cobweb-covered bicycle pump over in the corner would be agonizingly slow work—if it works—and a gas station is farther than you care to ride or push the bike.
Team Cycle World visits the Island to master Manx 101
1420 hours, Thursday, June 4th, 1987:
0545 hours, Friday, May 22nd, 1987:
0720 hours, Monday, May 25th, 1987:
1355 hours, Saturday, May 30th, 1987:
1436 hours, Thursday, June 4th, 1987:
PARADISE. BY DEFINITION. CANNOT BE FOUND ON Earth. But you can come close to it, if you're a motorcycle racer. If you're good enough to qualify, you can race on the TT Mountain Course on the Isle of Man. Nothing else you experience before or after will compare with it.
FEW AMERICANS RECOGNIZE THE NAME TERRY Shepherd, but that is not because cw's Isle of Man Team Manager has done nothing of note in motorcycle racing. Quite the contrary. Born 56 years ago in Liverpool, Terence Sagar Shepherd has succeeded in just about everything in roadracing from riding for the factories to building his own racing bikes—including the engines.
At one time the Isle of Man TT was the most important motorcycle event in the world. Spend a week there and you’ll believe it still is.
ITS NOT MUCH OF AN ISLAND. REALLY. THE ISLE OF Man. Just 33 miles long and 12½ miles wide, it lies quietly in the Irish Sea, midway between England and Northern Ireland. But for 80 years now, as May gives way to June, the Isle of Man grows exponentially in stature as it welcomes thousands upon thousands of motorcyclists, there to take part in TT week, one of the sport's great happenings.
EVER SINCE CYCLE WORLD INtroduced American motorcyclists to the Isle of Man a quarter-century ago, the TT Mountain Course has been the scene of countless memorable races. You could hardly expect less from the Island, a place seemingly designed to make legends and create heroes.
THERE'S A STANDARD QUESTION THAT MOTORCYCLE people ask any time they encounter a brand-new mode! of bike: "How is it?" But when confronted with Yamaha's radical-looking new Trailway 200, most people ask, “ What is it?” Indeed, the TW200’s 5-inch-wide, semi-knobby front tire and equally cleated 8-inch-wide rear seem to say “dirt” loud and clear, while its .full lighting and turnsignals strongly suggest street-legality.
NOTHING CAN SCREW UP A GOOD, sound design quicker or more thoroughly than trying to improve it. Because in the process, it's often meddled with and gussied up until its fundamental goodness gets hopelessly compromised. Improvements and innovations have their place, but sometimes it’s better just to leave well enough alone.
TOM CRUISE WAS THE ONE WHO INSISTED. SOMEONE like Maverick, the cocky fighter pilot Cruise played in Top Gun, wouldn't ride anything but a Kawasaki Ninja. Such was the tough sportbike image Kawasaki had crafted with its first Ninjas that there wasn’t any other choice.
Building an unbreakable—and almost unbeatable—desert racer
MARCH. 1986, ANY DESERT race in the country: "A Kawasaki desert bike? Nobody wins on a Kawasaki in the desert!” June, 1987, Baja California: Larry Roeseler and Ted Hunnicutt win the Baja 500 on a Kawasaki KX500. It marked the fifth overall win for a KX500 in a year.
RIIING RIIING RIIING “Hello, CYCLE WORLD? This is U.S. Suzuki calling. We’re looking for three LT80 Quad Sports that you borrowed a few months ago.” “Sorry, we must have a bad connection. It sounded like you said you wanted the LT80s back.” “That's right, all three of them.” “Well, uh .
The wild man speaks out on the dangers of motocross
In the summer of 1982, Danny "Magoo" Chandler was the best motocrosser in all the world. He won the 500cc USGP, the Superbikers competition, both motos of the Trophee des Nations and both motos of the Motocross des Nations. And he did it all with a certain flair and wild-man style that made him a crowd-pleaser all over the world.
You’ve read all about it here— twice, in fact. So this marks the third time the subject has been discussed in this magazine. And it just might be the last. We're referring to the inaugural Trans-Americas Rally, the 9000-mile, 3 1-day motorcycle competition that was scheduled to begin on August 1 of this year in Mexico City, and conclude on August 3 1 in Toyaktuk in Northwest Canada.
I own a 1971 CB350, and I would like to make it into a roadracer. Is this a good idea, or am I just spitting in the wind? Do you think it would do any good at a race track? Gary Hoffman DuQuoin, Illinois No. Yes. No. Pops Yoshimura and Honda's Racing Services Corporation never succeeded in turning the CB350 into an effective roadracer in its day, and modern motorcycle designs have so thoroughly passed it by that there's not much hope for it outside of vintage racing.
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, CA 92663. Only black and white prints, 8 by 10 inches, should be sent.