PERSONALLY, I DON'T HAVE MUCH affection for the grumpy SOB, but Andy Rooney, that crotchety bellyacher who puts the wrap on CBS's "60 Minutes" news-magazine show every Sunday night, may have found the secret to a happier life. Sometimes, you just gotta vent some steam.
BACK WHEN JIM HANSEN WAS AD director for Cycle World, we used to have a friendly rivalry of interests, or maybe it could be better described as a running joke. Jim was essentially a dirtbike guy. He rode his big Husky in the desert and he loved to spectate at the major motocross races.
GEARS ARE PLEASING OBJECTS. WHEN you look at the load path between two gears, you can see that the teeth are just stiff, stubby levers that bear against one another, one pair after an other, artfully shaped to transmit smooth, vibration-free rotation.
In April's "State of the Sport" article, Cycle World identifies Harley-David son's 175cc Scat as being made in Italy by Aermacchi. It was not. The Scat was made in the USA by Harley, and was part of a lightweight line that began in 1947 (one year before there was a Honda Motor Co.) with the production of H-D's first two-stroke motorcycle, the 7.6-cubic-inch 5, or 125, as it was called in factory literature.
NICHE MARKETING HAS TO be one of the marvels of industrial society, and nowhere is it practiced more diligently than in the Japanese motorcycle market. And nobody plies this special craft more diligently than Kawasaki, which recently introduced two bikes aimed at inciting the interest of those few who remain unmoved by the symphony of motorcycle types already on sale in styleand fad-cnnsciniis Janan.
Honda picked last fall's Tokyo Motor Show to debut its new Super Four, a 1000cc standard with a liquid-cooled engine taken from the CBR1000 (see Cycle World, February, 1992). Now comes evidence, in the form of the photo you see here, that Big Red is very serious indeed about the Super Standard concept.
MOST ENTHUSIASTS will agree that when it comes to fanning the fires of enthusiasm and nostalgia, the name "Honda Super Hawk" is right up there with "Triumph Bonneville." It was, after all, the 305cc CB77 Super Hawk, first sold in the U.S. in 1961, that got the attention of a generation of American riders when it added amazing performance to the quality and durability that already were Honda trademarks.
If you've read Cycle World's preview of the Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 (May, 1992), you know that its engine uses a valvetrain design called "cam-inhead." Here's a photograph of the Daytona 1000's engine that reveals the details of the engine's cam placement.
Sources at BMW and Aprilia confirm that the two companies have been discussing a joint venture that would result in an all-new motorcycle built by BMW and powered by a 650cc, liquid-cooled, double overhead cam, five-valve Aprilia/Rotax single cylinder engine.
ONE OF BMW'S GREAT traditions involves refining what it has, instead of building something new. But the highly respected Bavarian firm is about to depart from that tradition, perhaps as early as this fall's IFMA Motorcycle Show in Cologne, Germany.
For fans of Indian motorcycles, the July, 1967, issue of Cycle World was a collectors' edition. On the cover was Lysle Parker's 1934 Four, and inside, five feature stories-including tests of the classic Four and an 80 cubic-inch Chief-were devoted to the great old American marque, which had been out of business since 1953.
MAYBE I'LL JUST FIND a hot tub and relax," said a smiling Shinji Kazama as he stepped off the plane that brought him home to Tokyo's Narita International Airport. Who could blame him? Kazama had just ridden a motorcycle to the South Pole and back.
SWING A LEG OVER Kawasaki's KLR65O, and you just might start thinking about the joys of compromise. You'll notice the bike's sizable proportions. With its sporty mini-fairing and motocross-like seat height, you'll notice that the KLR is fashioned to resemble a Paris-toDakar rally bike.
UP: To the Saturn Corporation, makers of Saturn automobiles, for its advertisement featuring an offroad motorcyclist. Mark LaRouche, a 30-year-old Ph.D. candidate and veteran motocrosser, is shown perched on the trunk of a Saturn sedan in full motocross attire with his Yamaha YZ490 at his side.
EVER HEARD OF THE RORSCHACH TEST? You KNOW, THE ONE WHERE A psychiatrist shows you inkblots and you tell him what you see in them? Well, that's a lot like trying to decide which 600cc streetbike to buy. Because while it's easier to see the similarities than the differences, each of the seven middleweights currently on offer are different.
THE BIKE THAT SITS IN NEIL HEMENWAY'S CROWDED garage, surrounded by a collection of Italian bikes, is Just the right color for a machine that is the black sheep of its family. It's an ebony Harley-Davidson XLCR Cafe Racer, a memorable motorcycle for a variety of reasons, not all of them good.
HARLEY'S 1977 CAFE RACER may have been a sales flop, but the dream of a truly sporting Harley-Davidson lives on. And that dream burns with a dazzling brightness in-of all placesTokyo, Japan. That's where 33-year-old Takehiko Shibazaki runs his shop, Sundance Custom Cycles, which caters exclu sively to Harley-Davidsons.
SOMETIMES WE ALL JUST NEED A BREAK IN THE ACTION. Here's our favorite way to get it: Toss shaving tackle, a few shirts, shorts, socks and a couple of pairs of slacks into a bag. Affix that bag to a bike that goes, stops and handles. Explore winding baekroads for a few days of speed.
YOU SEE THE DOG AND THE sandy road surface at the same instant. With mixed fear and hope you "pump" the brakes, applying them to sense the grip, then releasing, then applying again in a rapidly repeating cycle. You do this to ensure that neither wheel locks on the slippery sand for more than an instant, keeping your motorcycle safely under directional control at both ends.
BIMOTAS ARE KNOWN FOR being exclusive, expensive, and maybe just a little controversial. That's a reputation the marque is sure to maintain, if the company's latest offering is any sort of example. That offering is a lightweight, elegant confection called the YB8EI Furano.
MORE MOTOR AND BET1ER SUSPENSION FOR BIMOTA'S HUBCENTER WONDER
Jon F. Thompson
FAITHFUL READERS WILL RECALL that when Cycle World tested the Bimota Tesi 1D last year, we found that the bike and its alternative front-suspension system worked really well. We've just sampled the 1992 Tesi, and it's even better than last year's bike.
MUCH HAS BEEN MADE ABOUT the sorry state of the United States motorcycle market. For the last two years it's sold 266,000 new bikes per year, down from a 1973 high of 1.5 million units. The size of recent sales figures may alarm the brass at Japanese motorcycle companies.
JUST LOOKING AT PHOTOGRAPHS OF works motocross bikes is enough to set off salivary glands. Handcarved pieces of aluminum and magnesium are used for the triple clamps, shock-linkage arms and brake-caliper carriers. Ultra-expensive titanium nuts and bolts are commonplace.
IF ANY ONE RIDER AT THE USGP DEserved a factory-fettled special, it was Georges Jobé. The current 500cc world champion, Jobé (pronounced "Joe-bay") has 29 GP motocross wins and four world championships to his credit. Yet this fit-and-trim 31-year-old failed to come to contract terms with Honda, the factory for which he won the world title last year, and he almost didn't make it to Glen Helen.
FORTY THUMPERS RIPPED THE AIR at Glen Helen as the support class for the 500cc USGP. And after two 20-minute motos, the winner was 21-year-old supercross rider Todd DeHoop on a Husaberg 501 that was the absolute antithesis of the one-off factory two-strokes.
What do professional motocrossers like Stanton, Bayle and Bradshaw have in common? All three riders were instrumental in developing Dunlop's new D707 Hard Terrain tire. By refining tread and compound designs, Dunlop has developed what it believes to be the ultimate hard-terrain tire. The D707 tire is available at dealers in most popular sizes.
HJC FGX-2 off-road helmet
$143 to $165
Hjc's newest fiberglass dirt helmet is Snell 91 and DOT certified, and features such things as closable air vents, a washable liner, a stylish visor that's secured by aluminum screws, and a non-slip goggle-strap grabber. Priced from $143 to $165 and available at motorcycle dealers in solid white or six color combinations, the FGX-2 comes in sizes XXS through XXL. More information is available from Helmet House, Inc., 2360 Townsgate Rd., Westlake Village, CA 91361; 805/373-6868.
Lockhart-Phillips dualsport catalog
Interest in dual-purpose motorcycles appears to be on the upswing, so it was only a matter of time before someone brought out a catalog aimed squarely at this market. LockhartPhillips U.S.A. (991 Calle Negocia, San Clemente, CA 92672; 800/22 17291) now has such a catalog. For $2, a dual-sport enthusiast can thumb through the 48-page, full-color catalog, which offers fanny packs, jackets, silencers, fuel tanks, turnsignals, plastic bodywork, quick-disconnect fuel-line adapters and hundreds of other products to make any dual-sport adventure more fun.
Tank Shop aluminum fuel tanks
$419 to $549
Britain's Tank Shop is famous for its handmade aluminum fuel tanks. These beauties are now available in the U.S. from Clubman Racing Accessories (P.O. Box 59, Fairfield, CT 06430; 203/256-1224). Styles are available for most British bikes, with prices ranging from $419 to $549. Three dollars will get you a catalog that contains information on the tanks, as well as listings of the firm's fairings, rearsets and seats.
IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE who hasn't been cold on a motorcycle? Nah, we didn't think so. Like you, as we've searched for ways to avoid freezing our 'nads off on cold rides, we've tried just about every battle strategy we could think of, from small skirmishes to full-frontal assaults.
IT'S SHOCKING HOW COLD YOU GET RACING A MOTORcycle on ice. Imagine going 100 mph through the winter wind, hours after the sun has set and the mercury has plummeted to 20 below zero. The term "wind chill" doesn't begin to do it justice. But it's even more shocking how quickly you learn to ignore the cold, at least when you're racing in the Numb Bum 24-Hour Ice Marathon, a decade-old fundraiser invented by the Grand Prairie Motorcycle Club and now hosted by the Fairview College Foundation, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Polen, Russell disappointing in World Superbike series
Four-strokes dominate Willow F-USA
Will 1992 be the year that America finally lets loose its stranglehold on the 500cc world roadracing crown? If the results of this season's first two rounds are any indication, the answer is a resounding maybe. Last year, Australian Michael "Mick" Doohan, 26, lead rider for the Rothmans Honda squad, posed the biggest threat to American Wayne Rainey's title defense.
I own a 1985 Kawasaki 750 Turbo, and I will soon be tearing it down to install helicoils in some stripped headbolt holes. I’m considering having the head milled while the engine is apart to increase the compression ratio, which currently is a modest 7.8:1.
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 Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92663. To be returned, the photographs must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.