IS THERE ANY PAIN LIKE THAT SUFFERED by the deep, soul-burning want for titanium connecting rods and gear-driven valves? Not for me in the late Eighties and early Nineties. My first new-bike love was for the ’84 Suzuki GS1150ES, which was supported by a heavy background lust for the 1981 Katana 1100 in its so-seriouslooking Hans Muth-styled glory.
New 2014 Star Bolt delivers hip, stylish attitude at an affordable price
JUST AS WE WERE BEGINNING TO WONDER if the tuning fork company would ever awake from its recession-induced slumber, Yamaha is proving there’s still lots of fight left in its blue bones. The new Star V Star 1300 Deluxe (May) and Yamaha FJR1300A (February), both of which performed well in recent tests, are excellent proof.
In a sense, the $3995 Hawk GT on our cover was much like Honda’s current trio of 500cc Twins: a simple and rational bike designed to get the masses riding again. But with its liquidcooled 647cc V-Twin, aluminum9Ä and beam massive, frame single-sided swingarm, the 393-pound GT actually proved more agile than many sportbikes of the day, with outright performance comparable to that of the contemporary Honda Interceptor 500.
BOB HANSEN NEVER REALLY UNDERSTOOD HIS CELEBRITY. Enjoyed same, yes. He was an early inductee of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame and spent many happy hours at vintage meets and shows, signing autographs and pictures. Much later, when he was confined to a rest home (“They won’t let me go home, but the food’s good.”), he enjoyed reading the magazine stories about how he persuaded Mr. Honda to build the CB750, and how he tuned the winning Daytona 200 bike in 1970, and why he joined American Honda back when you didn’t meet anyone, nice or not, on those little step-throughs.
To you, our readers, for helping make the Cycle World/Kióe For Kids Honda CBR1000RR our most successful fundraising bike in years. According to Mary Ratcliffe of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, nearly $55,000 had been raised by mid-March, and a huge spike in online donations occurred right after our March article on the custom Honda appeared in print.
When we started REV'IT!, we wanted our own identity, so we created "Engineered Skin." Manufacturing in the fashion industry is based on a two-dimensional drawing-you have a front and a back. But most impacts are on the sides, so we moved the seams to locations with less impact.
"CASUAL FULL DRESS” was the catchline of the day at Yamaha’s introduction for the V Star 1300 Deluxe. Senior Product Planner, Aaron Bast, used the phrase to describe trunkless touring cruisers that utilize fork-mounted fairings and are generally lighter in weight and amenities than their more fully full-dressed cousins.
Naked Italian middleweight with the performance of an Open-class sportbike
AS THE OLD SAYING GOES, if you want to extract all of the potential from an engine, stroke it! Well, that’s exactly what MV Agusta has done with its three-cylinder Brutale 675 to create a new, higher-performing 800cc middleweight naked bike.
I enjoyed reading "The Road from Armageddon to Salvation" (April). For decades, we KLRistas have known this: A KLR may not the best bike for doing any one thing, but it is the best bike for doing a little of everything. Go canyon strafing one day and mountain climb ing the next.
WHEN THE PICKUP PULLED INTO OUR driveway, there was a large, mysterious oblong object in the back, wrapped in blue plastic tarps held together with bungee cords. My first thought was that it might be a stolen surface-to-air missile, but then I realized the driver was my Colorado buddy Mike Mosiman, and he’s too nice a guy to be dealing in rogue weapons.
MUST HAVING TOOLS AND SKILLS condemn us to involuntary servitude? Is having tools like owning a van, which entitles every friend who wants to move a piano to call and ask for a favor? Many years ago, my uncle bought a terrible used car that he often lent to me.
A dream day with three-time World Chai~pion Freddie Spencer at speed on six amazing superbike homologation specials and wo of their finest modern counterparts
Ten Years of Cutting-Edge Yamahas: 1989 0W-01 and 1999 0W-02 YZF-R7
1986 SUZUKI GSX-R750
1990 HONDA RC3O
1991 KAWASAKI ZX-7R
1989 YAMAHA FZR75ORR OW-Ol
1999 YAMAHA YZF-R7 OW-02
1992 DUCATI 888 SP4S
2013 APRILIA RSV4 FACTORY APRC SE
"In Miami, Freddie was riding that RC3O unbelievably. There were a few times during the season I saw him doing things and I just said, `Holy Crap.' He'd come in sideways and then pick up the throttle and keep it spinning. Impressive." -<p moved="true">Thomas Stevens</p>, 1991 AMA Superbike champion At this point, historians are scratching their heads and wondering, “So how did he win Daytona Superbike in ’83, ’84 and ’85?” “Because in the fall of ’82,1 tested the prototype 750 Interceptor at Daytona.
WE REMEMBER THE BEGINNINGS OF U.S. SUPERBIKE AS WOBbling, power-laden, four-cylinder, Japanese high-bar sit-ups in the hands of riding greats Reg Pridmore, Wes Cooley Jr. and Eddie Lawson. Yet the fact is that the first Superbike champion ship was won by Reg Pridmore on a BMW flat-Twin and Ducatis, Moto Guzzis and BMWs were to continue to win races, including Daytona.
GP mechanic, fabricator, facilitator, horse trader, handholder to the stars-Chris Redpath gets it done
Honda CB75OF Superb~ke
Suzuki TL 1000
Is Chris Redpath for real? Born in Auckland, New Zealand, "Red" says he met and worked with John Britten in Christchurch while he, Red, was with the NZ Special Air Service, during which time he also drove Pope John Paul II around for a few weeks on a Papal tour of Australia and New Zealand.
FOR THE LAUNCH OF THE NEW 1199 PANIGALE R, ITS ULTIMATE street-legal superbike, Ducati staged the first-ever motorcycle press event at Circuit of The Americas near Austin, Texas. That meant I'd be following in the actual tire tracks laid down by the likes of Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez less than a week earlier at a MotoGP test.
NEW TO ADVENTURE-TOURING? HERE is a tip: Buy the right boots. Sleek, stylish, toe-slider-equipped zip-ups that look and feel like second skin on the street will wilt off-road. Stream crossings? Kicking a big Single to life? Forget about it.
Looking for a lower-priced alternative to big-bucks hard luggage? Nelson-Rigg Survivor Edition Dry Bags are produced from 24-ounce Tarpaulin PVC that has been specially coated for strength and to prevent slipping and marking on seats and bodywork. Electroni cally heat-welded seams and airtight, roll-type closures guarantee a waterproof seal, and quick-release cam buckles and nylon soft ties simplify on-bike mounting. A Medium (39 liters; $69.95) or Large (71 liters; $99.95) seat bag can be combined with matching saddlebags (27.5 liters per side; $129.95) in orange, black and high-visibility yellow.
FF394 Epic Helmet
You say you can't find a flip-up lid with the latest Snell certification? Think again. LS2's FF394 Epic ($299.95; sizes XS to 2XL) is claimed to be the "world's first Snell M 2010-approved modular helmet" This lightweight, tn-composite design has an EPS-lined chinbar that rotates smoothly and locks securely with an all-metal mechanism. Cheek pads are sliced by laser for a maw hugging fit, the interior is hand-washable and no tools are necessary to remove the faceshield.
Horizon Rain Jacket
A sudden, leathers-soaking summer shower is not the time to sort out a new rainsuit. With a full-length central zipper, pre-curved sleeves, an elasticized waist and wide, Velcro-adjustable leg openings, Olympia's breathable, rip-stop-nylon Horizon Rain jacket ($89.99) and pants ($79.99) are all about ease of entry. Plus, the 3M Scotchlite-trim med jacket has a knit, helmet friendly hood with a rubberized neck gaiter to seal out the elements. Five unisex sizesPetite, XS/S, M/L, XL/2XL and 3/4XL-are available in either black or black/neon yellow.
ritish-designed and manufactured Knox Track Vest ($189.95---; sizes S to 2XL) offers comfort and protection beyond that of a traditional CE-approved back protector. The snug-fitting vest is made of breathable, moisture-wicking Meryl Lycra, has a )?OTLIQ4I). padded, ventilated chest and can be machine-washed when the zippered . in-place Aegis protector is removed. As for the spine protection itself, Knox uses a series of "flex channels" that follow the contour of the wearer's ! back. The vertical channels contain energy-absorbing rubber honeycomb filler that also provides ventilation. Raised ribs and perforations in the pad ded lining create paths for cooling airflow.
Q I have a Kawasaki KLX110 and weigh about 160 pounds. I was wondering what would be the best way to stiffen up my bike's front and rear suspension for trail riding. When I'm riding on the street, the suspension does not bottom out, but when I'm riding over larger roots and very small jumps off-road, it does.
Basic specs: A dohc, liquid-cooled, 798cc parallel-Twin sport-tourer with belt final drive instead of BMW’s usual shaft drive. The almost-fully faired F800ST is listed as weighing 461 lb. with its 4.1 -gallon fuel tank topped off and that its fuel-injected, counterbalanced engine makes 85 hp and 63 ft.-lb.
I have 30 years of experience with fuel additives and just read your April-issue “HP in a can” response to Jeff Diggs’ letter about the use of octane boosters. You had a great answer; it was spot-on. As I’m sure you know, octane boosters suppress or retard ignition and are usually a waste of time.
1Put angled valve stems on wheels, especially fronts fitted with two big brake rotors. Unless you’re a left-handed spider monkey, reaching straight stems with most conventional tire gauges is a bitch. 2Design seats that better fit the shapes of human butts.
Shoichiro Irimajiri designed Grand Prix engines, managed Honda's racing efforts, led American Honda and much more during his many years with the Japanese manufacturer
What was your earliest experience with Honda?
What was the most important engineering development that Honda made before quitting Grand Prix racing in 1967?
How was your relationship with Mr Honda in the 1960s?
When did you realize that Freddie Spencer had the potential to be a world champion?
What is more important, the motorcycle or the rider?
IN THE FALL OF 1985, FREDDIE SPENCER threw a huge party in Shreveport, Louisiana, to celebrate his 250 and 500cc world championships. Among the guests at this grandiose celebration was Shoichiro Irimajiri, president of American Flonda and former head of F1RC. Spencer introduced me to Irimajiri, and we became friends.
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