I CALL 'EM 'FELICULIDS,'" SAID THE all-knowing, all-seeing Ron Lawson. “Fa lick ya whats?" I asked. “Feliculids,” he replied coolly. “Uh, how do you spell that?” I inquired, trying not to seem too terribly confused. “I don’t do spellings,” he said.
AFTER THE FUNERAL SERVICE, ALLAN Girdler and I walked around to the back parking lot of the church and climbed into my van for the drive to the cemetery. Somehow, we lost track of the funeral procession in the labyrinth of suburban streets in Corona del Mar.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the test on the 1988 Honda Hawk GT and the accompanying article, “The View From the Real World,” with opinions from the three Cycle World readers you invited along. I recently took a demo ride on the Hawk GT and was impressed with just about everything the bike had to offer.
Ted needs a new fork for his Superbike. Should you tell him about the G.C.B. Special Racing Fork, with its single, central shock absorber that has 14 adjustments for rebound damping and 6 for compression? Should you tell him about the two separate spring systems for fine-tuning? Does he need to know they retail for $2500 from Storz Performance, 1362 Tower Square #2, Ventura, CA 93003; (805) 654-8816? Nah; you buy one, and then blow his doors off.
Poor Ted spent his whole inheritance trying to find just the right handlebars. If only he'd known about Dynabars. The multi-adjustable bars can be repositioned by loosening only one Allen bolt and one set-screw per side, and they feature indicator marks to ensure symmetrical settings. The Supersport model retails for $99.95, and comes with its own Allen tool. Don't be like Ted; contact National Dynatronics, 334 E. 9th St., Suite 11, New York, NY 10003; (212) 982-0314.
Baja Products brace
Anyone who's had braces knows their prime function is a means of forcing the patient to make pay ments on the orthodontist's BMW. But the Brace from Baja Products is different. The ⅛-inch-thick, 6061T6 aluminum piece reinforces the stock plastic chainguard on Honda XR models, and comes with the necessary mounting hardware. Suggested price is $24.95-far cheaper than a car payment-and it should be painless to install. You can extract more information from Baja Off Road Products, 25108 Marguerite Parkway, Suite B-126, Mission Viejo, CA 92672.
Octoput Tank Pocket
"Dear me," fretted Ted, "wherever shall I put my Vuarnets, my Dunhills and this recently acquired speeding ticket?" Why, in this Octoput Tank Pocket, of course, Ted. Made of vinyl, it sticks to your bike's gas tank via suction cups, and features two pouches-one of which is removable-for your assortment of oddments. It's available in black, red or blue for $29.95 from your dealer, or contact Slope & Associates, P.O. Box 5449, Fullerton, CA 92635; (714) 871-9118.
Graydon Proline Axcalibar
Legend has it that to become King of England, Arthur had to extract Excalibur from a stone. But you can get Graydon Proline's Axcalibar a lot more easily, just by extracting money from your wallet or bank account. The heat-treated, nickelplated, chrome-moly steel axle is available for most four-wheel ATVs, for $299.95. To get yours, don't bother calling the Lady of the Lake; instead, contact Graydon Proline, 15935 Minnesota Ave., Paramount, CA 90723; (213) 531-7142.
Craftsman Pro Set 2000
Sears' latest high-rise tool condo is so big that if King Kong saw it, he'd grab Fay Wray and try to climb it. The 62-inch-tall chest and rollaway can hold 2000 lbs. in the 47-sq. ft. storage space provided by 20 foamlined drawers, and a weatherproof, locking drop-front panel helps keep your Whitworths safe and dry. The Pro Set 2000 costs $1459.98, and is available through the Sears tool catalog.
Ted needs a new fork for his Superbike. Should you tell him about the G.C.B. Special Racing Fork, with its single, central shock absorber that has 14 adjustments for rebound damping and 6 for compression?
MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES. That's a traditional Chinese curse that is proving all too appropriate for many motorcycle companies. Right now is a time of changes (some, but not all. painful) in the business and economics of the motorcycle industry.
Honda debuted its motorcycle anti-lock brake system to the Japanese press in May. Derived from an English Lucas-Girling design, the all-mechanical Honda system couldn’t be much more different from BMW’s electronic antilock brakes.
IT’S DIFFICULT TO GET A true sense of adventure by touring through modern America. You don’t have to worry about getting lost so long as there’s a Texaco station to direct you; there’s little concern about food because there’s a McDonald’s at every off-ramp; and a warm bed is never farther away than the nearest Holiday Inn.
It's back, and it's still the definition of horsepower
LET'S TALK EXTREMES. LET'S TALK MOTORCYCLES without compromise, devoted to a single, unwavering cause. Let's talk V-Max. When it comes to horsepower, Yamaha's V-Max is an extreme the likes of which production motorcycling has never known.
I HAD BEEN THIS NERVOUS BEFORE, BUT THAT WAS THE time I found myself a half-mile above the earth, white-knuckling a Cessna 172's Wing strut while a jumpmaster tried to persude me that, yes, I really did want to let go. This time, it was a Yamaha V-Max that was giving me an anxiety attack.
PAUL CIVITELLO RUNS AN automobile restoration business in Waterbury, Connecticut, in the three-car garage behind his house. It's the kind of place you might take, say, a collection of parts that once made a 1932 Duesenberg. and a very fat check book.
A MASTER CRAFTSMAN LIKE Paul Civitello can make an exhaust system or convert his V-Max to chain drive; but what's a mere mortal to do if he wants to increase the performance of his Max? Some answers to that question can be found in the personal motorcycle of Gordon Wilkinson, founder of the V-Max Association.
AH. GRAND TOURING. THE TERM BE-speaks a swift, comfortable passage through the countryside, elegant and unruffled, completely divorced from the harum-scarum pace of the gotta-get-there-tonight forced march. It's a state of mind that elevates a mere trip to travel.
Of small sportbikes, national champions and California wines
CLEARLY, BUBBA SHOBERT WAS NOT A HAPPY MAN. And I couldn't really blame him. It'll be great, we had told him. You've got three weeks between races and we've got these three 250cc sportbikes. We'll truck them up to your house and then we'll spend a half-day riding up the coast before turning east and heading for the Napa Valley.
DON SHOBERT, SR. SAT WITH HIS ELBOWS ON HIS knees, surveying the meticulous Honda paddock in the heart of Daytona International Speedway. His eyes passed over two immaculately prepared Honda VFR750 Superbikes and the high-priced mechanics who had built them, stopping when his gaze reached his son, three-time Grand National Champion Bubba Shobert, laughing and talking with fans on the other side of the paddock fence.
The light-heavyweight V-Twins rumble in the streets
HARLEY-DAVIDSON 883 SPORTSTER
HONDA 800 SHADOW
KAWASAKI 750 VULCAN
SUZUKI 750 INTRUDER
YAMAHA 750 VIRAGO
THE BOTTOM LINE
IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS THE V. Back when internal-combustion engines were in their infancy some 80 years ago, the first common multi-cylinder motorcycles were V-Twins. Ever since, that timeless engine design has burned itself into the minds of motorcyclists as an archetype.
STRANGE AS IT MAY SEEM, ENDUROS these days are no longer won by enduro bikes. Each of the first three national enduros of 1988 was won by a motocross bike that had been modified for enduro use. Randy Hawkins and Dave Bertram are both riding Suzuki RM250s, and Larry Roeseler is on a Kawasaki KX250-all bikes that began life as motocrossers and were whittled into enduro trim.
REMEMBER THE HOARY APHORISM, “You can't judge a book by its cover”? Well, trot it out and dust it off, because it will serve us well here. The book in question is “America’s 50 Best Touring Roads,” as chosen by Harley-Davidson dealers and riders across the country, and its black, leather-grain cover makes it look as unprepossessing as the box it came in.
It almost didn't start, and same thought it would. never end
SO YOU THINK THE BAJA 1000 IS a long race, do you? Or is the Iron Butt Rally your idea of tough? Well, a handful of Americans who just returned from South America would beg to differ. They competed in the inaugural Trans-South-America Rally. and they'll be glad to tell you that it was a, longer, more-demanding event than has ever been held in this half of the world.
Racers will be racers. David Schultz, the man currently on top of the drag-racing world, looked to be out of the running at the recent NHRA Southern Nationals held near Atlanta, Georgia. Just before the race, Schultz had fallen off a ladder and broken both wrists.
I have a 1977 Suzuki RM80 that has been bored to an unknown displacement. It has a Wiseco piston, chrome rings, 30mm Mikuni carb, oiled-foam slip-on air filter (the stock airbox can’t be used) and other suspension and transmission modifications.