THE NEWPORT BEACH POLICEMAN caught me with my pants down; well, with my front wheel up, actually. Now, I know this kind of conduct is unbecoming for the Editor of a national motorcycle publication, but Em head-over-heels in love with and hopelessly addicted to that most juvenile of motorcycle pranks: the wheelie.
REARWARD VISIBILITY IN A JAGUAR XJ-S is dismal, but I did see the yellow-clad motorcycle messenger slip across three lanes of traffic and halt behind me at the light. I glanced ahead, down Finchley Road, and realized the guy was going to need some help when the traffic light changed.
I’M TOLD THAT IF YOU LIVE IN CALIfornia too long and don’t visit the Gold Country, the Bureau of Tourism will come and revoke your state citizenship and make you move to a flat place with no curving roads or scenic vistas. Homage must be paid.
Your articles, “The Four: The Birth of a Legend” and “Riding the Legend” (CfF, January 1989) brought to mind many wonderful memories for me. When the CB750 hit the market, I was a mere 20 years old and had been riding “real” motorcycles (Harleys and a variety of English bikes).
Barnett YSR50 dutch kit if your YSR50’s clutch is acting like you’ve got a primary case full of banana peels, maybe you need one of Barnett’s clutch kits. The YSR kit includes two heavy-duty friction plates and four springs, to put some bite back in your driveline.
FAMOUS single-cylinder IN THE 1950s Manx FOR and ITS renowned in the 1960s and early '70s for its powerhouse Twins, Norton—out of the motorcycle business since 1 975—is set to take on the 1990's with a line of rotary-powered bikes. As we previously reported (“Rotary Reality,” Of, March, 1988), Norton first began work with a Wankel engine 15 years ago and in 1983 laid the groundwork for a return to motorcycling with its Rotary police bike, and more recently with a promising rotary-engined roadracer.
IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED, don’t bother with that “try, try again’’ nonsense; just get your son to do it for you. At least, that seems to be the tactic adopted by retired motorcycle-jumper Evel Knievel. See, 21 years ago, Knievel failed—miserably and painfully—in his attempt to jump over the tall fountains outside of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
LET’S FACE IT, BlMOTAS-THOSE costly,exotically framed, Italian masterpiece motorcycles—aren’t meant for commuting. But you could probably get away with it on this one, the Yamaha FZR400-powered YB7. Apart from a serious lack of anywhere to strap a briefcase, this could be the ultimate yuppie bike, just the thing to roll up to that business meeting on when the weather’s dry enough to leave the BMW 325 en garage.
THE MARCH, 1964. ISSUE OF Cycle World featured a customized Triumph TR-6 Twin on its cover. Of course, this custom had almost every part chrome-plated, with the exception of its specially painted rear fender and stylish, peanut-shaped fuel tank.
Thomasyille, Georgia IN THE SPRING, ALL ROADS LEAD TO Daytona and a week of motorcycles at speed. But no one says that riders must travel the same road to get to the most famous and popular beach in America.
UP: To the U.S. Postal Service for an investigation which led to the indictments of Samuel Filippo and Robert Matthews, who allegedly bilked 4000 people out of a total of $1 million. In a mail campaign, the men promised a free 250cc motorcycle in return for “market research.” It seems that customers were asked to pay a $360 shipping fee before the motorcycle could be delivered to them; then they were instructed to fill out a survey, after which they could keep the bike.
Honda's GB500 takes on the perilous task of getting it right
JEEZ, THAT'S REALLY A GOOD-LOOKING MOTORCYcle,” the man with the BMW R100RT said, I standing back to take it all in. He puffed on a cigarette and sipped his coffee, not taking his eyes off the bike. “Seems like Honda can build anything they want.
Will Britbike boffins find the GB500 their cup of tea?
ONE I not OF made THE THREE in England. MOTORCYCLES YOU SEE HERE WAS Need some evidence? Well, for one thing, unlike the two veterans with which it is keeping company, it can be parked overnight without an oil slick materializing under it.
YOU'LL HAVE TO FORGIVE ME. I'M NOT fast enough for this bike. I know it's the ultimate in performance and all that, but for me, the price is just too high. Fast guys probably like the tight seating position, the stiff suspension, the spartan accommodations.
MOTHER ALWAYS SAID THAT THE ROAD TO PERDI-TION WAS PAVED WITH FAST MOTORCYCLES.BUT THEN, the new Suzuki Katana 750 might just make her smile. The Katana certainly is fast; in fact, its 10.99-second dragstrip clocking is the best we’ve attained on a production 750.
THE 1988 COLOGNE SHOW WAS A LANDMARK FOR THE fortunes of Ducati and for those passionate about the company's motorcycles, but that significance went unnoticed by many show-goers. Almost everyone assumed the new 906 Paso, intro duced at the show, contained just a big-bore version of the venerable Pantah motor, introduced in 1977.
WE HEAR IT ALL THE TIME: “I'D LOVE A BIG FOURstroke Single, but the damn things can be pure hell to start. Why doesn’t someone build a serious thumper dirt bike with an electric starter?” Good question. And it’s also one that has recently been answered.
A short talk with the man behind the newest American motorcycle company Q Even though ATK has been around for several years and has gained quite a reputation among off-roaders, many people will find the name unfamiliar. What does your company offer?
USUALLY IT’S THE SMALL THINGS THAT grind you down, the petty little annoyances that can make strong men weep with frustration. Take, for instance, touring with saddlebags as your only luggage. Most designs are little more than suitcases, and have about as much room for storage outside the main compartment: that is, none.
POWERHOUSE PRODUCTION BASIC MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE VIDEO
Work with me, baby
IT PROBABLY SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA at the time. That is, to make a video tape on basic motorcycle maintenance that would serve a novice as well as someone with a moderate amount of mechanical experience. The tyro would learn what it takes to keep his bike in the pink of good health, and how basic repairs his steed might need are performed.
Two years after his career should have ended, Fred Merkel is just getting started.
FRED MERKEL HAS A LOT TO BE grateful? Instead of being a struggling privateer burning himself out on local circuits and living in the back of a van, he’s got just about everything a good old boy could want, including an ex-model fiancée, a vast Italian villa, two topclass mechanics, a generous sponsor and two bikes tucked away in their own private bungalow.
Every year at this time, the motocrossers play musical factories. When the music stopped, this is where everyone was sitting: Honda still has Supercross and 500 National Champion Rick Johnson, 125 National Champion George Holland, Jeff Stanton and Guy Cooper, along with Pro-support riders Mike Keidroski and Larry Ward.
My 1981 Honda CM400T is a great streetbike around town, but at comfortable cruising speeds (65 or so) the vibration jiggles me off the seat and threatens to unscrew every bolt on the machine. Can a sixth gear be installed or the drive sprocket ratio be changed to help this situation?
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