Contents: Tests: Four for the Road – BMW R80/7, Honda 750A, Suzuki GS750, Yamaha XS750 – evolution touches the big bad 750; Kawasaki KX125; Laverda 500 Zeta; Can-Am 175 Qualifier; Hodaka SL175-A; Features: What’s happening with emissions controls? – what the feds are up to now; Profile; Dave Emde; From Sea to Salton Sea; 1928 Velocette KSS; Technical: Frame Work; more
Features: Exclusive First Ride – Triumph 50th Anniversary Bonneville; The Story behind and Iconic British Twin; Tour Test – Can-Am Spyder; Comparison – five of the biggest touring cruisers – Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic; Honda VTX1800-T; Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT; Star Motorcycles Stratoliner S; Suzuki C109-RT; On the Road – It’s “Oh Canada” on an Okanagan Valley Loop; Project Bike – Suzuki 1250S “T”; more
Road Tests: Kawasaki Z1B; BMW R90-S; Can-Am 175 MX2; Suzuki GT185; Technical: Yamaha Overhaul – when your piston tells you it’s time for a change; Features: The Horsepower Game – juggling the numbers for fun and profit; BM Wunderbike – did Volkswagen miss the boat by not making motorcycles?; more
Cover: Rich Eierstedt our interviewed rider this month displays his talents on the factory Honda motocross machines; Centerspread: Marty Smith flying his 250 motocross at Carnegie Cycle Park.
Features: Interview with Rich Eierstedt on riding for the Honda factory; Be a better motocrosser part 9, How to Pass; The Italian Grand Prix; The Baldwin 500 National; The San Jose Mile; The Baja 500; Road Tests: Yamaha 175 Trialer; Can-Am 250 TNT; Maico 450 Motocross Monster; Bultaco 125cc Pursang; Technical: Enduro/Desert Tool Set-Up; Suzuki RM125 Hop-Up Shootout; VDO’s Enduro Speedometer; Koni Performance from Thermo Flows; more
Cover: Long-time privateer John Savitski gives a berm a little click; Bikes: Can-Am 250 MX4; Maico Mods; Sport: Bel-Ray United States Grand Prix – choking on Chinese food; New Orleans Superdome – Hannah and Tripes; French 500 Grand Prix – Lackey and Mikkola up the ante; Features: Team Trucks; Saddleback Saturday; Aluminum Beercans – the Mark Porter diet; more
Cover: Tony DiStefano keeping ahead of the Saddleback bulldozer; Tests: Suzuki RM125-C – still the champion ankle biter?; Suzuki RM250-C2 – See the D too; Suzuki GS1000 – Bigger than a 501 Maico; Features: Tony DiStefano – is three enough for the D?; Touring Can-Am – north of the border; Honda RC125 – eyeballin’ the latest little red; How to Ride Series; Technical: How to tune your forks; more
Tests: Ultra-Trick DG IT175 – taking the Yamaha to the limits; Can-Am 250 MX6 – exclusive first test; Suzuki RM125T; Husky 390 Automatic; Technical: Know your Clutch; When you Break; Competition: World Speedway Action; Pioneertown; Features: Enduro Basics part 2; Minicycle Section: Honda XR80, Suzuki RM60, Yamaha YZ50; more
Cover: Chips ahoy! Gentleman Jim Holley leaps our test Honda XL600R over Larry Wilcox (of CHiPs fame), while Sheila Sieman ponders the Hollywood ticket she just received. Will Holly make it? Will Sheila get grounded? Will Larry call for Eric Enchilada and get the SWAT team after Jim?
Tests: Honda XL600-R; Kawasaki KXT250 Tecate; Yamaha IT490K; Can-Am 250/500 MXers; Semi-Official Trail Bike Shootout – KDX80 vs. PW80 wv. DS80 vs. XR80; Features: Crash and Burn Special Feature; Desert Racing; Deadly Double Jumps; Pittsburgh Supercross / Glover; Creative Wrenching on the Yamaha YZ250-K; 40mm Type 55 Bing Carb for Honda CR250; Duelin’ Mikunis; more
Open Class Warfare – The All World Open – Can-Am 500MX, Honda CR480R, Husqvarna 500CR, Kawasaki KX500, KTM MC 495, Maico Spider 490, Suzuki RM500, Yamaha YZ490 – comparing the eight MX wonders of the world; Test: Honda VF750F Interceptor; MiniTests: Kawasaki KZ550 Spectre; Honda CX650 Custom; more
Cover Test: Yamaha XS750E – Yamaha took an already appealing motorcycle, added some goodies, improved the comfort, fuel mileage and ground clearance – and then pumped in a whole bunch of horsepower; Other Road Tests: Suzuki PE250 Enduro; Can-Am 175 MX-3; Competition: The 125 U.S. Grand Prix – Rahier Triumphs; more
Road Tests: Yamaha YZ250C, Kawasaki KZ900 LTD, Can-Am 250 T’NT; Technical: How to build vacuum gauge adapters for Hondas; Competition: Trans-AMA, an overview; Features: The Movers and the Shakers; A Bike For All Reasons; Basic Rider Course, Mission Viejo, California; more
Road Tests: 1985 Harley-Davidson FXRT Sport Glide – a Saturday-night rumbler dressed for a Sunday ride; Suzuki GS1150ES; Can-Am 320T; BMW K100RS; Honda VF700F Interceptor; Suzuki 250 Quadrunner; Comparison Test: BMW R100RS vs. BMW K100RS – brudder against brudder; Riding Impression: BMW K100RT; more
Straight-line performance is the best proof of Can-Am chassis rigidity. The double-loop high tensile steel frame incorporates engine as integral part. The massive main tube, extending from seat to head stock, not only adds to overall frame stiffness, but also serves as the engine oil reservoir…Can-Am Motorcycles by bombardier
Road Tests: Can-Am 125 MX2 – once you get it into thrid gear it’ll eat anything short of a full-blown 250, Triumph T160 Trident, A Pair of Suzuki RM125’s; Features: Preview – Harley-Davidson’s all-out limited production 250 with unique rear suspension; First-Time Road Racer’s Guide; Louisville Downs National; Technical: Yamaha YZ125 Monomods; more
Road Tests: Yamaha XJ550 Seca, Yamaha YZ465H, Suzuki GS1100E, BMW R80 G/S; Features: Yamaha YZ465G Long Range Test; Byron Hines idea of a street machine has nothing to do with cruising; New Maicos for ’81; Can-Am long-term report; Husqvarna for 1981; History: The Sunbeam Model 8 “TT” 350; Technical: Kawasaki KX420 Hop-Up; The shimmed valve adjust; Endurance Testing; more
Road Tests: Yamaha YZ250G – after 5 years, a monoshock that really works; Honda CB400T; Can-Am 250 Qualifier III; Features: Harley-Davidson FLT-80 Tour Glide; Honda’s 1980 Range; English Racing between the wars as photographed then, rescued by Geoffrey Goddard and Narrated by Henry N. Manney III; Owner Survey: Kawasaki 900 and 1000 -reliability and performance please Kawasaki Owners; Technical: Turbocharging; ATP Suzuki GS750; BAE / Magnum Suzuki GS1000; Blake Yamaha XS750; Competition: Danny LaPorte; more
Tests: Kawasaki KZ1100 Shaft, Honda GL650; Features: First Look – Honda V45 Interceptor – racebike styling, a new frame and more horsepower for the V45 make this the most sporting of all Hondas; Harley-Davidson for 1983; Six new models from Can-Am; One year with Husqvarna 430WR; Danny LaPorte is world champion; Brad Lackey’s bad bike – the world-beating Suzuki RN500-32-3; Erv Kanemoto helps make Freddie Spencer fast; more
When Gary Jones finished first in the 250cc National Motocross 1974 Championship, it marked the third straight year he rode off with AMA’s No. 1 plate. And when teammates Marty Tripes and Jim Ellis finished second and third, one bike marque had emerged as the first to ever sweep the series’ first three places. That winning marque was Can-Am. And sparking its 1-2-3 finish were Champion Gold Palladium spark plugs. The premium performance spark plugs for competition and street.