TONY BENNETT SINGS ABOUT LEAVING his heart in San Francisco. Big deal. I left my collarbone in Austin, Texas. Well, that's not quite true. I went to Austin with two collarbones, and came back with four, my left clavicle snapped in two places.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BUY INTO A CONspiracy theory to suspect that there's more to the abhorrence many so-called “classic-bike” types feel for Japanese motorcycles than simple nostalgia for Old World four-strokes. You only have to peel back the cover on the anti-Japanese story a little to discover the ugly stuff: racial prejudice, resentment that a former WWII enemy buried “our” industries, and a festering suspicion that they managed to do it not with better hardware but with some dark coalition of unseen forces.
Keihin’s smooth-bore-type racing carburetors are now available for four-stroke Singles and Twins. Available in 26mm, 29mm, 31mm, 35mm, 37mm and 39mm bore sizes, these carbs come with mounting spigots and velocity stacks. A push/ pull throttle is required (sold as an option), and tuning and replacement parts are readily available. Single cylinder applications start at $204.95 and the twin-cylinder sets begin at $303.95. Get them at your local motorcycle dealer or get more information from Sudco International, 1824 East 22nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90058; 213/747-5173.
Need more power from that new Suzuki DR350 or 350S? White Bros. (14241 Commerce Dr., Garden Grove, CA 92643; 714/554-9442) can accommodate you. The company has performance cams, heavy-duty valve springs, exhaust systems, large-bore carburetors, and 390 and 420cc kits for the DRs. The Bros. can transform the DR’s playbike suspension into serious racing hardware, too. They can revalve the damping units and install heavier-rate springs that match the bike's capabilities to those of its rider. Sound like your cup of tea? Give the Bros. a call.
Sportster belt-drive kit
Owners of 1986 and newer Harley-Davidson Sportsters can chuck that messy, noisy final-drive chain and replace it with a quiet, clean, durable cog-belt drive system. Available through H-D dealers for $499.95, this kit includes front and rear sprockets, a Poly-Chain belt, polished front sprocket cover, crankcase counterbore tool, chromed belt guard, and all mounting hardware and installation instructions.
high-mileage Marathon tires
Metzeler Tires (4520 107th St. SW, Everett, WA 98204; 206/348-4000) has announced the availability of their high-mileage Marathon tires for Honda Gold Wings. Available in a broad range of sizes, these long-wearing tires feature belted casings that reduce centrifugal growth at speed, a maximum cold psi rating of 49, and high-grip rubber compounds. Additionally, Metzeler’s quality standards required the Marathons to pass a 50-percent overload test, which lets the company recommend and warranty these tires for use with trailers. Available at your local motorcycle dealer.
Keihin’s smooth-bore-type racing carburetors are now available for four-stroke Singles and Twins. Available in 26mm, 29mm, 31mm, 35mm, 37mm and 39mm bore sizes, these carbs come with mounting spigots and velocity stacks.
LESSER HOLLYWOOD DIRECTORS AND cartoonists would have you believe that we humans (not to mention talking, bipedal cats and mice) do a double take when presented with something, or someone, stunningly attractive—that we glance at the object of desire, look away, mentally process the information and then fling our heads back for another look, like someone using his eyeballs to cast for trout.
Here I am, sitting in Saudi Arabia pouring over your magazine for about the sixth time. You see, I am in the U.S. Marine Corps, and when we shipped out, we weren't allowed to bring much extra, but I couldn’t leave home without my current Cycle World.
IT COULD ONLY HAPPEN IN ITALY, A country so in love with engineering excellence that even the most far-fetched two-wheeled dreams can become reality, especially when a boatload of money is bandied about. For proof, look no farther than a bike called the Hayashi 750 by Gallina, an all-new motorcycle marque by Roberto Gallina commissioned by Japanese mega-millionaire Yoshiyuki Hayashi.
CIRCLE THE WAGONS! THE INdian, one of the most revered marques in motorcycling, looks as though it may once more be on the warpath. One problem that remains to be solved, however, is that restorers, enthusiasts and businessmen involved in rejuvenating the redskin disagree about who has the rights to the Indian name.
TO EXPERIENCED DIRTBIKE RIDers, today's dual-purpose models are under-suspended, underpowered and overweight. The recent trend towards more dirt-oriented dual-purpose bikes is promising, but still .... How can the motorcycle manufacturers be so blind?
TODAY, WHEN A HARLEY-Davidson goes 150 mph, it's big news. So just imagine what kind of news it was in December, 1965, when Cycle World ran a road test of the Harley-Davidson Super Sportster. The bike actually was a project, put together by Technical Editor Gordon Jennings and Harley tuner Jerry Branch.
DO YOU WANT TO RIDE INTO THE highlands of the Southeast, but time doesn't permit a full exploration of the fabled Smokey Mountains? Then a good bet is Mt. Cheaha in north-central Alabama. Mt. Cheaha, at an elevation of 2407 feet, the highest point in the state, is about an hour east of Birmingham, just off I-20, about 25 miles south of Anniston, and 25 miles north of Talladega.
UP: Up to all those who either loaned or donated motorcycles and memorabilia to the American Motorcyclist Association for possible inclusion in the Motorcycle Heritage Museum, which opened its doors August 16. Housed in 7000 square feet of floor space at AMA headquarters in Westerville, Ohio, the museum currently has two exhibits displayed.
Kawasaki gets a championship, Rob Muzzy adds to his reputation, Doug Chandler earns some respect and we learn what it’s like to be the Superbike champ for a day
CAMRON E. BUSSARD
ROB MUZZY CALLEED, AND I COULD TELL HE REALLY wanted to talk. The day before, I had ridden his Kawasaki ZX-7, the one Doug Chandler had used to win the AMA Superbike championship, and I knew Muzzy wanted to know what I thought of the bike. I tried to be nonchalant about it, and make it seem like screaming through Willow Spring's Turn Eight faster than I had ever gone was just another day at the office for me.
SUCCESSFUL MOTORCYCLES shouldn't be treated so shabbily. But Kawasaki's ZX-7, the basis for the Muzzy/Chandler Superbike champ and picked by this magazine the last two years as the best 750cc repliracer, has been scrapped for 1991, to be replaced with not one, but two, new Kawasakis, the ZXR750 and the limited-edition ZXR750R. Neither model shares much more than country of origin with the old ZX-7.
A short tour of the Heartland with the man from Novosibirsk
"HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE A VISITOR FROM the Soviet Union on a tour of Wisconsin?" Cycle World's Feature Editor Jon Thompson asked me over the phone one morning. "He's a geography teacher who likes motorcycles. Harley-Davidson said they'd provide a couple of bikes."
THE MAD WHIRL OF THE INTERnational Bicycle and Motorcycle Exposition, known by its German initials IFMA, in Cologne, Germany, in September revealed exciting new equipment from all four Japanese manufacturers, as well as Ducati and Bimota, and an entire line of new motorcycles from Triumph, as well as a mind-numbing array of parts, garments, and accessories for both motorcycles and bicycles.
WHEN BETTER SPORTBIKES ARE BUILT, BIMOTA WILL BUILD THEM
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU'D seen everything, here's Pierluigi Marconi, chief designer at tiny Bimota, with his Tesi 1D, an avantgarde design which just might be the machine to reshuffle motorcycle priorities everywhere. Bimota’s oft-stated commitment to the hub-center philosophy has produced a bike—debuted at the Cologne Show—which appears likely to be the first such series-production streetbike of the modern era.
HONDA'S HURRICANE 600 blew into America in 1987 and quickly proceeded to rewrite the rules for 600cc sportbikes. But by the looks of the new CBR600, that original Hurricane was little more than a storm warning of things to come. That's quite a statement considering in the intervening four years, the CBR has remained at or near the top of the class.
A NEW PASO, A BETTER 851 AND THE RETURN OF A GRAND OLD NAME
DUCATIS AS RAW-EDGED street racers that are high on charisma but low on everyday practicality? Naw. Well, yeah, maybe. In fact, the all-enclosed Paso 750 was launched in 1986 with the express mission of countering that notion. Conceived as a softer, quieter, more user-friendly motorcycle which might lure customers away from Japanese brands, the Paso’s styling understated the unique appeal of the Italian V-Twin engine it clothed.
HOW VERY FITTING. 1991 IS shaping up to be the year that the manufacturers rediscover standard-style motorcycles, and Suzuki is right in the forefront of the movement. To many riders, the ultimate example of the genre that came to be known as the Universal Japanese Motorcycle was the Suzuki GS series.
FOR THE MOST PART, THE DEVELOPMENT OF four-stroke off-road bikes has been slower than 50-weight in February. Or at least it seems that way when you compare the relatively low glamour level of four-stroke dirtbikes to the glitter and hype that typically surround off-road two-strokes.
Speed in the streets, knobbies in the valley, trials bikes on the ski jump. But where is everyone?
STEVEN L. THOMPSON
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLOrado-It's Sunday, September 16th, and the sun has fallen below the aspen-covered hills above the Yampa River Valley. It's been another breathtakingly beautiful Rocky Mountains day, full of skies so blue you think they're computer-enhanced, and air so pure and clean an urbo-suburho motorcyclist's lungs grow younger with every breath.
Eric Geboers had already wrapped up the world 500cc motocross championship before the series’ final race, held this year in San Bernardino, California. But Geboers still made the long trip to the U.S. because it would be his last chance to race here before retiring, and because the race was being promoted and run by Roger DeCoster, current Team Honda manager and five-time world MX champ.
ALL IT TAKES IS ONE FALL. YOU stare at your road rash, pondering the wisdom of riding in anything but full leathers, and you know it's going to take a long, painful time and lots of non-stick bandages for your skin to regenerate itself. Unfortunately, this realization sometimes does not mesh with certain financial realities.
CLEANING BUGS AND ROAD GRIME from helmet faceshields is a frustrating, continuous job when traveling by motorcycle. Most of us carry a bandanna or soft cloth for such chores, but they are fairly useless without water or some form of cleaning liquid.
I have a 1982 Kawasaki LTD1000 with 20,000 miles on it. It’s burning about a quart of oil every 600-700 miles. A mechanic says that he can fix the problem by putting in new rings and the other, “usual" things that go along with this. He is going to charge me about $600, and says that the engine will run better than new, but I’m worried about being ripped off.