No question about it. Only $995 is a surprisingly low price for the new Kawasaki KZ400 Special. After all, there’s no other motorcycle quite like it. Anywhere. Only the KZ400 Special gives you the performance and reliability of a 398cc four-stroke, twin-cylinder engine. With a 2-into-1 exhaust system. The result is powerfully economical. And because of its ingenious simplicity, there’s just plain less to go wrong, too..
You’ve seen Hondas, Yamahas and BMW’s that needed a good cleaning. But can you ever remember seeing a Harley-Davidson in anything less than immaculate condition? Probably not. Because Harley-Davidsons are traditionally the most meticulously cared for bikes around. It reflects the pride that come s from owing one of these magnificent machines – such as the FLH1200 shown here. Like all the big bikes from AMF Harley-Davidson, this 4-stroke, OHV V-twin is noted for its ruggfed classic beauty. Mind-bending torque. Incomparable ride. And the deep, unique sound of its powerful engine. And then there is the heritage…
Uninitiated observers call them junkyards; those who run such places call them salvage yards. If Madison Avenue types named them, the world would have emporiums of pre-owned parts. Call them whatever you lie because we all know what’s there…Fences, Dogs and Parts Once Used.
Suppose that you need a wheel hub for your Suzuki X-6 or an engine for the ’49 Famous James you’re restoring. The wheel hubs have been back-ordered from your friendly local Suzuki dealer for two months and the last anyone heard from the snarky old dude who used to be the James dealer was that he had been the focal point of a tremendous funeral. The answer to these and similar personal traumas for bike freaks may lie drowsing in the warm summer dirt at a local motorcycle salvage yard…
…Yamaha 250 production racers have been the standard mount for beginning roadracers for ten years now, and they have dominated international 250 racing for five years. In any country of the world where roadracing exists, you will find most riders and tuners are thoroughly familiar with these machines. The engines are derived from road models, and at the present time, the frames, forks, and other important parts are shared with the street-going counterparts as well. How has this situation come about? What combination of circumstances has led this company to produce hundreds of basically simple machines that win both club events and international races?…
1974 Yamaha 250 Road Racer – History of the privateer’s best friend 10-Page Article available at www.DadsVintageAds.com
When your hands are on the grips of a Kawasaki Sports motorcycle, chances are your eyes are pointed straight ahead. Because you’re more interested in the way you see the world than in the way the world sees you. At least you should be. Because s Sports motortcycle, as Kawasaki defines it, is as diferent from an ordinary motorcycle as a lively sports car is from a four-dor sedan. And, like sports cars, our Sports Motorcycles come in models requiring various degrees of expertise. Ranging from superbikes for super bikers to smaller Sports ikes requiring less experience, but providing no less fun. Three cylinders, three carburetors, and three exhaust systems are nine good reasons why each of the Kawasaki Sports bikes delivers plenty of muscle. Sophisticate suspensions deliver the roadholding Big brakes deliver the stop you need with the go you get. And little touches like brake wear indicators and lockable helmet holders, for safety and convenience, round out the picture. So check the Yellow Pages for your nearest Kawasaki dealer. Then feast your eyes on a class of motorcycles that make the difference between a ride, and an adventure.
There have always been two types of enduro bikes – European and Japanese. Now there’s Maico’s version – tractor-like torque, motocros horsepower, bantam weight, the Maico fork and that magic chassis. Given tender loving care it might be perfect.
If you or your cycle are not equipped with Bates, you’re missing the pride and pleasure that come with owning the best…Each fairing is custom fitted to look right and work right. Famous Bates Cycolac Bags, Fiberglass Tote Box fits any rack, All new fiberglass Saddlebags, Heavy-Duty plexiglas in solar green or clear.
Team Bultaco’s Jim Pomeroy gets championship caliber engine protection from Pennzoil 2-Stroke Motorcycle Oil. Jim, considered one of the top ten Grand Prix motocross riders in the world, knows the importance of his oil…that’s why he asks for Pennzoil…Pennzoil Company, Oil City, Pennsylvania
Tests: Honda CBR600-F2; Honda Pacific Coast; Yamaha Seca II; Yamaha Virago 1100; Husqvarna 610WXC; Husaberg FE600; Features: Bolt from the Blue – Harley-Davidson and Erik Buell team up to make an all-American sportbike; Honda RC45 – V-Four victory?; Ducati 916 – Bologna’s next act; Monster Story – on the lam with Ducati’s street-smart M900 Monster; Special Section: Ten Best Bikes of 1993; Ten Best Bikes Worldwide; more
Road Tests: 1993 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Anniversary Model – touring wheels for the rich and famous; 1993 Yamaha Seca II; Husqvarna WXC360; Features: New for ’93: Suzuki – an open-class GSX-R water-pumpter heads the charge; Building a Better Bandit – Ducati unleashes a Monster; Track Tested – down and dirty with Suzuki’s new liquid-cooled GSXR750; Forever Young – Nixon at Loudon; Comparision: Hog Wild in the Gold Country – Harley-Davidson Low Rider vs. Honda Shadow 1100 vs. Kawasaki Vulcan 88; The Case for Cruisers – America’s Bikes?; more
Roadrunner III is a top line fairing taken a step farther. Tough, Hand-finished fiberglass construction for durability. Improved areo dynamic design for less weind resistance. Built-in directional / running lights are protected from damage. Side running lights make bike more visible at night. 3/16″ thick plexiglass windshield meets all federal standards…
Fix Flats in Seconds. You’ll zoom away within seconds after yu get a flat – if you have new instant Seal ‘N’ Air. The can contains a safe sealant under pressure. No tools or pump needed. Proven harmless to tubes and tires…more that 2,000,000 cans sold.
1975 Three Bond Tire Seal ‘N’ Air – tire repair and filler for motorcycles available at www.DadsVintageAds.com
We’ve always had a good time together, but that Saturday morning Stephen was up to something. He got up early, shaved, cooked breakfast – orange juice, waffles, eggs over-easy, coffee with real cream – and served it to me in bed. Very cozy. Then he set the tray aside, snuggled in close and told me the news. “This afternoon, I’m going to buy something I’ve always wanted.”
“What’s that?” I said.
“That’s nice. What kind?”
“Hold on, fella,” I said, “I’ver heard about Kawasaki. You’ll good-time yourself into the sunset and I’ll neve see you again.”
“But I’ll send you picture postcards,” he said snuggling closer.
“Forget it,” I said, “you get a motorcycle, I get a motorcycle.”
That afternoon he picked out his and I picked out mine, just my size and easy to ride. Anywhere.
Now we spend most of our week-ends riding together, and it’s super. Especially finding those out-of-the-way places where we can take a picnic and enjoy doing anything we want. Just the two of us.
Everyone deserves at least one mistake: Montesa made theirs last year with the 250cc King Scorpion. As if responding to a swift kick in the shins, Montesa has come back swinging with their best Sunday punch – the new V75 250 Enduro.
“Kenny Roberts is nothing less than a phenomenon, and he may have brought to racing the quality of inexorability, like tides and earthquakes. So it is with a disquieting sense of committing presumption that we have chosen him to be Cycle’s 1975 Rider of the Year. Kenny Roberts may well prove to be the rider of the century.”