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.
Cover Photo: Yamaha-mounted Kenny Roberts roars off the jump in fine style during Houston Astrodome TT National; Road Tests: Maico 501WR; Kawasaki 500 Triple; Harley-Davidson SS350; Suzuki 50 Gaucho; Features: How to ride dirt; Houston TT and Short Track Nationals; Action Showcase – Mark Brelsford; Touring Alaska; Rollin’ at midnight – Crotona Enduro; The Animal – super trick cafe racer; Will the Feds kill off-road riding?; more
Cover Photo: Yamaha XS Eleven Special with model Dawn Clark; Road Tests: Yamaha XS Eleven Special – beauty is in the eye of the beholder; Maico 400 Magnum E – how to make an ISDT trailbike from a motocrosser; Honda XR185 & Yamaha IT175 – can the four-stroke cut it against the two-stroke?; Riding Impression – Kawasaki KZ1300 Six; Features: Japan – the 1980’s and beyond; How Honda lost money in America; Future Bikes; Hodaka at the crossroads – economic chaos has struck Hodaka, will it survive?; The Champions – no.1 riders from all over the world; Year of the Yank; Sport: World Cup Roadrace; AMA Award Night; Anaheim Supercross; Women’s MX Nationals; Race of the Year – Barry Sheene almost gets eaten by a Hot Dog; more
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
We had the chance to ride the biggest single cylinder two-stroke motocrosser yet…at first glance, the 505 Maico looks very much like the 360, except for a couple of small differences. The first thing you notice are the fiberglass fenders replacing the aluminum alloy jobs. The only other visible difference is the positively huge cylinder and redesigned engine covers. Other than that, the motorcycle looks identical to the 360 version. Looks can be deceiving…
1970 Maico 505 “They’re Getting Bigger And Bigger – And Bigger” 2-Page Article available at www.DadsVintageAds.com
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: Marty Smith; Shootout Comparison Test: Honda CR125-M vs. Penton 125MC5; Test: Maico 440 AWR; Technical: The Pro Line ’76; Exorcising Horse(power) thieves; Competition: AMA Supercross Series, Eastern Edition; Six Days of Two Days; Hangtown, Sportsman’s Style; Features: Interview: Marty Smith & Marland Whaley; Understanding Speedway; 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
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!
Road Tests: Maico AW450; Suzuki RM80; Features: El Trial De Espana; Trans-AMA 1976; American Motocross Finals; Night Motocross Socal Style; The Veterans – Mike Nicks interviews Torleif Hansen part 2; Technical: Building a Bultaco to go for gold; 175cc Monoshock Project Bike; more
Cover: Yamaha’s spiffy new SC500 stretches its awesome legs; Road Tests: Yamaha SC500; Maico 125 MC; Montesa Cappra 250 VR; Bultaco Alpina 350; Kawasaki Z-1; Features: Mint 400; Tommy Brooks formula for winning; Who ever heard of Tom Smith?; Carlsbad Grand Prixview; Forecast – Six Days 1973; Popular Cycling Show Stopper; Daytona ’73; America Trialers in Spain; more
Cover Photos: Highlighting this month’s cover is Miss Nancy Woodruff and the 1955 Lambretta Motorscooter. If the young lady looks familiar, it could be that you’ve seen her charming face on the nation’s billboards and magazines, as she is “Miss Rheingold 1955.” Reading clockwise, from the top right corner is the late Ray Amm on a 350 cc Norton in action in the ’54 German Grand Prix. In the center is England’s Johnny Hilton on a DMW MOto Cross in a 200 cc scrambles race at England’s Hawkestone Park. Bob McIntyre is shown well heeled over on the AJS Porcupine Twin at the Isle of Man Senior T.T. race. At lower left is NSU riders Hass and Muller keeping close company thruout the 250 cc race in the French Grand Prix at Rhelms.
Contents: Dodge City Highlights; New German Maico; Italy’s Ducati; “Two Plus One”; Chain Care; New Lambrettas Announced; Trials Riding Technique; Germany’s Adler; Turnout for Turner; Sport Slants; Norton’s ’55 Racing Plans; Indian Service School; Win Friends with your Motorcycle; more
German lightweights to be imported by Whizzer Corp. Exclusive nation-wide sales of Maico, famous German line of championship motorcycles and scooters, has just been awarded to Whizzer Motor Export Corp., Pontiac, Mich.; Pictured: Maico Typhoon, Maicolette Scooter, Maico Blizzard
Cover Story: Maico 250 Motocrosser – Made for winning races – This month we climbed on the new five speed Maico 250cc race bike and immediately fell in love with it – it seems to do everything well. At first glance it’s easy to tell the bike is made in Germany; it’s strictly Teutonic in appearance. Everything has its place and everything is in its place…Features: BSA Road Runner – a close look at the Rocket Three; Fixing Fiberglass; Project Yamaha – a pumper carb for our little play toy; Swinging Arm Repair; Trailbike Transmission Teardown; Kawasaki 250 Sidewinder; Fesmatronic Ignition; The Velo Rose; Honda CB175; Do-it-yourself Jr. Greenstreak – make your trail Kawasaki into a racer; more
The Honda 750 Four is one of the most popular motorcycles ever manufactured. Its sales, worshippers (i.e. Four Owners Club) and even thefts echo the popularity of this exceptional road burner. The fact that a Japanese bike would gain acceptance with the Chopper crowd says a lot for the bikes’ blatant sex appeal. Naturally, the bike has some faults but these are overlooked for the favorable aspects. This type of bike invites enthusiastic riding, but isn’t quite suited as a good Cafe Racer. A trade-off was made between ultimate cornering and a plush ride. The one area where the 750 does fall short is in the tuning. Most riders complain that the 750 is difficult to tune; keep in tune and that it’s too expensive to have it done professionally. In the course of our testing we’ve found that there are very few mechanics who really understand this bike…Actually the Four is just as simple as any twin except that more time is need to do the job right…
Contents: Honda 750 Tune-Up; Kawasaki 350 Teardown; Timing the Montesa 125; Maico Electrics; Converting Army Shoes to Riding Boots; Chamfering Piston Rings; Diaphragm Carburetor Tricks; Fork Brace Lowdown; Yamaha Grand Opening; Motorcycle Salvage Yards; Beef up that front end; Keen-Serts; The easy way to install handlebar grips; 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
Contents: Norton 750 Overhaul – in-depth comprehensive article on rebuilding the time honored 750cc Norton Vertical Twin; Hot Pants and Overhauls – would you believe women mechanics?; World’s first hand operated motorcycle – no feet required; Big Bore Suzuki Savage – 322 cc’s for under $60; Removing stubborn magneto flywheels; Shopping at the Swap Meet – a motorcycle flea market; Pop off the Maico Magneto; Ease up that stiff throttle; Honda 350 transmission strip; Fork Tube Straightening; Revell / Yamaha contest – big prizes for little models; Freshen up the AJS Top End; Make your own degree wheel; more