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
Can you picture it? There you are at a real enduro event, waiting for your number to come up. You’re ready. You’ve done everything – slapped some duct tape on your bike, cringed as they painted little orange marks all over it and now you’re sitting there, rider card clenched tightly between your teeth, wondering how the other guys do it without drooling. Now, ask yourself. Do you think you are really up to that $1200 screamer you’re sitting on? Here is a much better way to get into enduro riding. For a lot less money you can start your enduro career on a Hodaka Combat…
Beat…but unbeaten. This is the story that’s being repeated time and time again in every muddy, snowy, dusty, rocky hill and gully across this Great Land of ours. Anywhere there are guys that live for the kick of competition and demand a well-engineered, quality lightweight motorcycle with the guts to take the rough stuff, you’ll find these little “Giant-Eaters, the Hodaka Ace 90. The weary young rider above is Larry Yount of Kennewick, Washington, who has just won the under 125cc class of the Championship (AMS) Dry Creek Trial in the rugged hills of Washington. One look at Larry and his Hodaka and you’ll know how rough the competition was. Congratulations Larry (we’re sending you a new brake lever) PABATCO is all heart. Oh, by the way, Hodaka took seven of the top twelve positions in the Dry Creek Trial, Yakima, Wash., Nov. 28, 1965.
Contents: Specifications for all Models; The Fury of the BSA; Moto-Crossers ride the dyno; The Parade of ’71’s; On the trail of the 125’s; Accessory Catalog; Motorcycle Sport Quarterly, the Buyer’s Guide edition specifically, is dedicated to solving any and all perplexities regarding your introduction to the sport of motorcycling. If the answer isn’t to be found somewhere in the tediously compiled charts of specifications or seat-of-the-pants commentary of one of our many tests…192 pages, softcover, condition: very good
1971 Spring Petersen’s Motorcycle Sport Quarterly Buyer’s Guide by Bob Greene available at www.DadsVintageAds.com
Cover: Marty Smith at Saddleback Trans-AMA finale. He didn’t need a hang glider; Contents: Shootout: Hodaka Super Rat vs. Yamaha MX100-B; Impression: Three Rokon Automatics; Wrap-Ups: National Enduro – Burleson; International MX – Sweden and Belgium yield to Finland and Russia; Trans-AMA – Roger rebounds and Suzuki skunks ever’body; Competition: Barstow to Vegas; Features: Kite Bike – one Elsinore that literaly flies; More what it’s like: John and Kookie’s Ossa SDR; Technical: YamaFix – piping in more power for the 125MX and YZ; Where to go MXing in Michigan; more
Contents: Which one has the muscle? We dyno test: Honda Four, Triumph / BSA 3, Harley Sportster, Kawasaki III, Eagle, Norton, etc.; How to choose the right bike; The 1970 Models & Specs; Latest Custom & Sports Accessories; much, much more!
Hodaka’s long suit over the past half dozen years has been its indestructibility as a trail bike and lack of majjor design changes. Has this philosophy kept them at the head of the trailbike pack though?
At the risk of boring our readers that aren’t interested in the Fair sex, we’d lie to remind you that they’re not so dumb…everyone likes a winner. They can read, too. and they’re reading all over the country about the little Aces that eat up the “Giants.” Wherther it’s Scrambles, Trials, Hillclimbs or tough Cross-country go goes…it’s in the cards…you win with Aces! And besides, Hodaka Ace 90s make a handsome piece of transportation for those precious hours when you’re not studying, working or riding in competition…everyone likes a winner…So if you’re not interested in girls, keep you Hodaka to yourself…and you’ll find that love is a many fendered thing.
Cover Photo: 1976 Harley-Davidson Liberty Edition FX1200
Tests: 1976 Liberty Edition Harley-Davidson FX1200; A Look at a new kind of Thumper – Dave Ekins tests the new TL250 Honda; The Berm Busters – Rich Cox and Dave Ekins run Honda’s CR250-M1 and Yamaha’s MX250B motocrossers head-to-head; Features: Body Tuning – phase 1; Goldwingin’ it over Europe; Don Lee’s Handcrafted Honda Cafe 750; Honda XL350 goes on a diet; Kawasaki ’76; Cannady / Webco Honda part 2; Hodaka now makes a 250 Machine!; Street Tires Buyers Guide; more
Hodaka’s Combat seems to bring out the comedian in test writers. We get a lot of comments about the bike looking weird or funky, or they say it looks lie a giant four-slice toaster. Oh well. It’s all compliments to us. Because if you read further, you’ll find that they mention first-kick starting, decent handling, and all the right kinds of horsepower. We took our basic trail bike and built it up into a racer…
Cover Photo: Dick Mann heads for the checkered flag and the money found there. It was his first win in over 12 years of trying; Contents: Daytona – Bugs Mann brings home the money; Montesa Cota; Dykes Rings; Cyclus Maximus – Elsinore – racing through the streets of a lakeside resort; More travel for DT-1 Forks; Kawasaki Bushwhacker is a winner; Overhauling the Bultaco Bandit part 2; First Annual Irwindale National Drag Championships; Suzuki 120cc Cat; Hodaka Super Rat; more
Presents all pertinent facts, specifications, prices and other related data on the new models of 35 (count ’em) different manufacturers. Covers many topics of interest to motorcyclists – riding tips, financing, insurance, legislation, protective riding apparel, accessories, comparative dyno tests of six fire-breathing 750cc musclebikes, plus a minibike section. Another chapter is on special custom built machines; and there’s a far-out pictorial display of bikes from around the world – whatever your two-wheeled kick, Motorcyclist Buyer’s Guide is here to bring you hours of pleasurable, informative reading.
1972 Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide by Bob Greene and the Editors of Motorcyclist Magazine available at www.DadsVintageAds.com
If engineering and economics make motorcycles, what does “Attitude” have to do with making Hodaka better? An invincible philosophy of sticking to one basic, proven design and improving on it has created a unique motorcycle…Hodaka…it’s an attitude…
Hodaka mounted Harry Taylor, winner of the Zillah Hare and Hound 125cc class, concentrates on checkpoint directions…and for good reason. Inclement weather forced Taylor, always a strong competitor, to ride without the eyeglasses he normally wears…The Hodaka 100 five-speed. America’s most versatile trailbike. Winner of the 1966, ’67, ’68 National Trailbike Championships.