Road Tests: Harley Davidson Rapido Sport MLS 125, Yamaha 100 L5T, BSA 250 Starfire; Customize the Harley Engine; A Day at the Drags; Honda 90 Top-End Job; Meet the Yamaha 175 Enduro; The Speedway Scene; Custome Painting -2; New Montesa Forks; Five Porting; Tips from the troops; Action Photo Contest; Miss Modern Cycle; Losers Have more fun – road racing over 50?; more
BSA motorcycles are famous for their combination of modern engineering and superb styling. And for 1972, we proudly present the finest BSA’s ever. In them, our engineers offer the most advanced motorcycles in our history, including all the latest race-developed improvements. These include such features as the No-Tank Oil System, which runs the lubricant through the frame, completely eliminating the oil tank; the lighter weight, yet stronger front forks made of highest quality alloys, and triple cylinders for unbeatable power. And these are just some of the improvements. We believe you’ll agree that for 1972, BSA offers you the finest machines on the market today.
Cover: A low-angle view of the high-performing BSA 250 Starfire
Road Tests: BSA 250 Starfire, Indian 100 Moto-cross; A look at InterAm -the soothsayer of motorcycling in the seventies; Ascot TT; Bolt-On Honda Mini-Trail Hop-Up; The Immortal Record – the story of a unique Moto Guzzi and a Franciscan monk, Luigi Cavanna; A look a motorcycling today; Custom in a box; Mini-Bike Corner; Goldstar Cowtrailer -yes Virginia there really is a Jim Hunter; more
Cover: tense moment during the recent Inter-Am Moto-Cross at Pepperell, Massachusetts
Road Tests: Harley-Davidson Baja 100, Velocette Thruxton, Greeves Pathfinder; Gary Pohlman Custom Honda 450; 1971 Model Previews – BSA/Triumph/Suzuki; Baja 1000 – team of Phil Bowers & Mike Patrick; Mini-Bike Corner – Suzuki Trail Hopper; Bay Mare Moto-Cross; Journey thru Latin America; Hopetown G.P. – Preston Petty; more
Contents: Triumph Trophy test – a touch of sanity amid the superbikes; Suzuki Rover Impression – fat-tired, funny looking and fun; Moto Guzzi 750 Sport first review; The Anatomy of a Honda Hawk, with color cutaway; Meet Mick Andrews; The racer that never raced – 1939 Supercharged Velocette Twin; Lightweight Tune-Up -you can do it!; The Pagan Special – TT-styled Triumph road racer; Rigid All The Way – stiffist Honda Four in town; Ariel Ballet – big singles can be customized too; Spitfire and Polish – Southern flavor in a BSA; Mikuni Magic; Barstow to Vegas; more
B.S.A. 30 Cu. In. Vertical Twin A-7. It’s here in the U.S.A. Not just a gleam in a designer’s eye. Not just lines on the white paper of a drawing board. Not just a job “We may bring out in ’48 – if” but B.S.A.’s bran’ new from stem to stern conception of what a Vertical Twin needs to be -and it’s here now! Clean as a whistle – no external oil leads or push rod covers. More easily and more economically serviced, wheels quickly detachable and interchangeable. Tanks come off and go on again in forty seconds flat to decarbonize. Geared oil pump, timed breather, tubular hydraulic fork designed as a unit with the frame, and, an overall weight of 365 pounds go to make this the finest sporting motorcycle the world has ever seen. Investigate before you invest. It’s better to be sure than sorry. See the B.S.A. vertical twin at your B.S.A.-Sunbeam dealers store today. Sole Importers Rich Child Cycle Co., Inc.
New action for 1965 – BSA leads the way. Shown in brochure: Lightning 650 Twin, Hornet 650 Twin, Cyclone 500 Twin, Thunderbolt 650 Twin, Royal Star 500 Twin, BSA 350, SS80 Sport Star 250, 250 Star, Starfire Scrambler 250, Red Flash 75, Super Bantam, Trail Bronc
Fourteen men, gunsmiths by trade, sat around a long boardroom table in Birmingham, England and watched as Mr. E. Otto prepared to demonstrate his invention – a bicycle. In 1861, the gunsmiths had formed the Birmingham Small Arms Company and as the musket business had been poor in 1880, they were looking about for a new item to produce…
Photo top left: the first BSA venture into the two-wheled field was this Otto bicycle, of which some 200 were built in the 1880s. The unusual “bike” steered and braked with inverted stirrup handles, pedal power was transmitted to wheels via two belts. Bell on right pedal warned traffic of its approach.
As of September 21, 1949, due to devaluation of the British pound, we have reduced the average retail prices of BSA-Sunbeam motorcycles by approximately 23% while retaining standard maximum discounts for dealers. The chart below illustrates price reductions.
Cycle-Delic! How else do you describe a switched-on, where-it’s-happening scene like BSA’s new Lightning? This is the big twin – twin cylinders, twin carburetors, and twice the excitement. Hot Rod magazine cut Lightning loose and recorded “the highest speed of any motorcycle ever tested…” 650cc, 53 horsepower, a full-race cam, an over-square engine, and a half-century of BSA know-how make the difference…
Tests: Yamaha TX500, Yamaha SC500, Honda CB175K; Features: Can America win at ’73 ISDT?; A Good Scout – 1949 Indian restoration; MC Action Showcase – Bob Grossi; H-D Mikuni Bolt-On; Fairing Buyers Guide; No-Fault Insurance – bad for motorcyclists?; Trans-Atlantic Trophy – Match Races; Muscle Kit! – BSA 600 Thumper kit; How to ride logs with Malcolm Smith; more
Cover: Michael Quinn’s 1959 Harley-Davidson 1200cc FLH Duo-Glide kicks off our special “Panhead Fever” issue.
Tests: Panhead Fever – three Harleys from the mid-fifties; Motorcycle Model Collecting – your dream bikes on a smaller scale; 1970 BSA Highboy – a matter of pedigree; Allstate 250 – from Sears showroom to the living room; 1964 Honda Benly – 154cc’s of pure charm; Italian beauty – Phil Schilling’s Ducati 750 Super Sport; 1974 Cheney BSA – a John Banks replica 500cc motocrosser; more
Cover: 1960 BSA Gold Star – A Love-Hate-Love Relationship between Karl Duffner and his Clubman
Features: 1960 BSA Gold Star – A Love-Hate-Love Relationship between Karl Duffner and his Clubman; Lindner Cycle Shop; Trophy Winning Trophy – Dick Mann’s 1949 Triumph TR5 500; How to buy a vintage Honda part 1; Dream Garage – your top-ten favorite classics; Running Down a Dream – Maxine Levy’s 1944 Indian Chief; Vintage Apparel buyers guide; more
Cover: Guy Verfaillie’s 1976 Moto Guzzi MK1 LeMans took a lot of time and money to bring back to this condition. But, then again, this Guy takes this Guzzi very seriously.
Features: 1976 Moto Guzzi MK1 Le Mans; 1962 Maserati 50cc Super Sport – to this particular collector “Life’s Been Good”; Indian Day 1993 – annual motorcycle pow-wow in Springfield, MA; Cannonball Baker Run II 1993 – Max Bubeck crosses the US on a 1915 Indian; 1965 Honda CB77 305 Superhawk -the laughing stops here; 1932 BSA Sports Twin 3-wheeler; more
Cover: Few motorcycles really really catch the eye and hold it. Jeff Gilbert’s Harley KR is one of them. This purpose-built flat tracker is representative of the style of motorcycle that ruled American dirt tracks in the ’50s.
Features: Catalog Harley Racer – Jeff Gilbert’s KR Flat Tracker; John Hateley – 25 years as a professional motorcycle racer; Shop Profile: Ventura California’s “The Shop”; Daytona ’94 – your guide to vintage bike week; 1960 Spitfire Scrambler – sensational Father/Son BSA; Robin James – restoring it right; 1954 Vincent Comet – half a Vincent or twice the fun?; Too Hot to handle – Lee Fabry’s ’70s Yamaha Factory YZ’s; more
Cover: Hondas like this CR93 factory 125cc roadracer are some of the most sought after vintage Honda motorcycles. England’s Bob Rowe owns this immaculate racer and incidentally bought it from Beorge Beale, who is currently building those Matchless G50 race replicas. Rowe bought the bike in the condition you see here, bolted on a genuine NOS Honda fairing to it and the rest is history. See part 2 of our “How to Buy A Used Honda” article elsewhere in this issue and find out which other Honda models are hot.
Features: 1969 Honda CB350 – Bill Davidson’s heavy-hittin’ lightweight; Steamboat ’93 – where do all these vintage racers come from?; Del Mar Show; How to Buy a Vintage Honda part 2 -a list of the top ten vintage Hondas; Not just a motorcycle – a Ner-A-Car; Bellissimo Beezer – Michael Adam’s Italo-Anglo BSA Rocket 3; 1929 Harley-Davidson JDH – one of Harley’s rarest, fastest and most beautiful; more
Front Cover: Connie Schlemmer coming over the top, a hillclimb in Omaha circa 1938.
Back Cover: Doug Strange with a 1952 BSA Star Twin on the 1999 Irish Rally.
Cover Stories: Treasures of the AMC – Connie Schlemmer; Doug Strange – Doug’s First Irish; A Henderson in Germany; Death Valley Run; A Trip to Wonderland – Bob Stark / Starklite Cycle, an Indian motorcycle lover’s dream; El Arte de la Motocicleta – The Art of the Motorcycle, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; The Legacy – Eddie Ryan, Bob Ross, George Hood Harley Shop; Yankee Chapter National Meet; Tejas Chapter Local Meet; more
Features: Kawasaki Brothers – Dick and Jim Robbins; Australian Super Meet; 1970 Norton Commando Fastback Restoration; BSA Triple – a Dick Mann Rocket III Replica for the street; Canadian International Show; Harley Dual-Sportster; English Lunacy; Spanish Dancer – Hugh Weaver’s pristine Bultaco Metralla; Fast One – This patriotic Triumph will blow you away; 1947 Indian Chief w/ sidecar – Don Miller – Keeping forever young, Chasing an Indian through time; more
Road Tests: Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special, Three Dual-Purpose Hondas – XL185, XL250S and XL500S, Husqvarna 390WR; The 10 best buys in motorcycling; 1979 New Model Price Guide; Features: The Rebel Rouser – a US four stroke to challenge the MX world; The Heroes of American Speedway – Bast, Autrey and Penhall; The Tragedy of Scott Autrey; Gallery – BSA Goldstar; 1000 hard fast mile on the KZ1300 Six; KZ1300 3000 miles later; The World’s quickest single; Sport: Oakland Supercross Opener; Yoshimura’s Formula One Suzuki; Winston Pro Series Preview; Mike Kidd joins the Army; more