Cover: Yamaha’s new YZF600 will be streaking into showrooms soon.
Tests: Yamaha YZF600R; Long-tern wrap-up – Triumph Sprint 900; Features: YZF World View – what the Euros are saying; Super Duke – Motard to the maximum; 1996 KTM Duke; Of Man and Machine – entering the Neutral Zone; Ode to Mr. Max – riding the 1997 V-Max; Mod Max; Thundercross! – a tale of factory Thumpers; Matchless MXer; more
Contents: Letters; Big Bear National Championship – taken by Aub LeBard; Annual Pikes Peak Dash – taken by Roger Hayes; Motorcycle Hot Rod Exhibit; Matchless AJS for 1949; Marcel versus Bob Controversy; The Powell P-81; Pledge of Safety; Sports Slants; Motorcycling is Proud of this Man – C.F. Carson; The Man Behind the Panther – Mr. Peter Marians; 30 Years Ago; Club News; Daytona Announcement; more
Back-Cover Ad: 1949 Norton Motors Ltd “The Unaproachable Norton” Ad
Built into every Norton motorcycle is all the vast wealth of knowledge gained in more than twenty years of unparalleled success on the road-racing circuits of the world. Take a good look at the next Norton rider you see…note the easy, natural riding position…the sparkling acceleration… the rock-steady braking…the hair-line steering on corners. That’s what “race-bred” means in a production model. Model ES2 illustrated above, is a well-established favorite with sporting enthusiasts. It combines at modest cost the superb high-speed handling of a racing machine, with the de luxe equipment of a fine road model. The 490 c.c. long stroke engine (79mm. x 100mm.) gives a fascinating reserve of extra speed. Overhead valves, push-rod operated, are totally enclosed and automatically lubricated….
Largest factory in the world devoted exclusively to the manufacture of motorcycles…The Indian Company, oldest and best-loved name in American motorcycling, will now exclusively sell and service both Matchless and Indian motorcycles in this country…
A look inside the Matchless Twin reveals many commendable features. Separate barrels and alloy heads allow cooling between, to eliminate hot spots. Valve mechanism is as light in weight of reciprocating parts as a conventional overhead cam model because of use of lightweight swinging arm cam followers and elimination of unusual valve adjustment nuts…
1965 has been a good year for Matchless riders. Road Racing, T.T., Flat Track, Enduros and Hare and Hounds. Point Leaders, National and local, are riding Matchless. Matchless riders are still a tight little club. Join now, and get an edge on the competition. (At least for a while, till they follow your lead and get a Flying M of their own!) Shown: (left) Ralph White, (right) Dick Mann.
Service Dept. shown: Cliff Sias, Kenny Smith, Stanley Lazarz, Jimmy Hill; Parts Dept. shown: Kay Kibbe, Phil Weiner, Bertha Turcotte, George Taylor, Stanley Karczymarczyk, Charles Muller, Harold Bacon, Dave Jones
Here are the men who bring you the world’s greatest motorcycles – Matchless and Indian! From one end of the year to the other these men cover the nation working closely with each dealer in their territory. All are top men in the motorcycle field, men with vast experience and training, friendly understanding and a willingness to help dealers everywhere. Nels Nelson, Bob Steiner, Vic Cox, Bill Belliveau, Dick Mercer, Armand Gaudreau, Fran O’Donnell, Dave Jones, Lawrence O. Paul, Jimmy Hill
Cover Photo: Across the top is some colorful action at the Winchester T.T. course in Pennsylvania. Jack Mercer snapped this shot with his Speed Graphic and 15 inch telephoto lens. In the lower left-hand corner, Jack (the Bear) Sackett gets into some fancy broadsliding on his Triumph at California’s Sir Kegian T.T. course several years ago. At lower right we find expert rider Stan Schmidt momentarily airborne as he climbs a hill on his Harley-Davidson in a recent Northern California hillclimb meet.
Contents: Tommy Byars wins Southwest Championship; Los Angeles Hot Rod Show; AJS and Matchless for 1955; Around the World with Angus “Red Beard” McMonnies; BSA Pin-up – the lvely Miss La Verne Daughery on a BSA B34 Gold Star Clubman; Vincent Sets New British Empire Sidecar Record; Grand Prix Salon; Ethel Russell recalls her 1919 motorcycle ride as Pillion Passenger to scenic Yosemite Park; Moto Guzzi Wind Tunnel; Jimmy Phillips / Pacific Coast T.T. Championship; NSU Technical Illustration; New York Thruway Opens to Motorcycle Traffic; Hap Jones Appointed West Coast Distributor of Norton Motorcycles; Werner Haas Benched?; Paul Goldsmith / Williams Grove Race; Velocette offers new Scrambler for 1955; Zundapp Sabre Road Test; Bill Martin / In Search of Suspension; History of Dunlop Tires; more
Cover Story: Magnificient Matchless – two months back, Chris Read told us of how he uncovered a super-rare Matchless 750 in the US. Last month he recounted the epic tale of its rebuild. Now the story is completed – Frank Westworth puts the G15/45 through its paces; more
Meet the Pinto! Latest addition to the thrilling new line of Matchless/Indian motorcycles. A terrific new deluxe 150 c.c., two-stroke machine that will give you power, speed and excitement – all in one sturdily built, budget priced motorcycle. The semi-enclosed Pinto is equipped with hydraulically damped front forks, swinging arm rear suspension and precision steering for complete safety and smooth handling. Perfect for all your fun and excitement this summer! Matchless / Indian – Unbeatable in ’60.
Cover Story: A look back at Kenny Roberts’ No. 1 years – the King’s reign of terror on both dirt and tarmac; Features: Give me Moe Guzzi – California’s Cycle Garden serves up some tasty Italian dressings; Time Traveling – SRM Engineering – Wales’ best kept BSA secret; Esoteric Enduro – Cathcart on a Matchless G50 Metise Mountaineer; more
Contents: 650cc BSA Rocket Gold Stars – spot the fakes!; Classic Test: Royal Enfield Airflow Singles; Simply Red – Restoring GPO Bantams; The dent doctor – fuel tanks repaired here; Triumph’s Mr. Service – The John Nelson Story; 1989 year planner; Buying from America – Import and export model!; Transfer of Power – restoring transmissions; AMC’s dinosaur – Matchless G80CS dirt single; more
Cover: Graham McCabe on his 1957 Douglas Dragonfly
Contents: Buying to Ride – a 350cc Douglas Dragonfly for you?; Stunner! – Restoring our Matchless G12CSR prize; Hero! Burt Munro, Indian hard man; Danger – high compression -the easy way to spoil an engine?; It’s a gas – Amal carburetor restoration; The Brumm-Rudge – twin carb, four-valve Anglo-German single; Spirit of the Sixties – be there or be square; Night School Racer – constructing an Egli-Vincent twin; more
Contents: Triple 500cc Norton ES2 Road Test – ’48 plunger, ’53 springer and ’59 featherbed; Despatching with a classic – a 1968 BSA Spitfire that works hard for its keep; Bob Leppan – America’s world record-breaking hero; 900cc Triumph Speed Triple – Hinckley Triumph’s unfaired roadster; Rockers Reunion Dance – end of an era at Battersea old Town Hall; Project Daytona -front-end overhaul for our 500cc twin; Stewart Rogers – Cambridgeshire’s International Man; 1964 Matchless G15 MKII; more
1970 BSA Rocket 3 – Full Classic Bike road test on an immaculately restored original triple; Ray Sayer’s works Cub – Martin Lampkin tests UNX-51 an ex-factory Triumph with a successful history; Robert Iannucci -a day in the life of the outspoken head of US-based Team Obsolete who hits out at his critics; Matchless G15CSR -a hybrid cafe racer that was restored, improved and built to be ridden; Track Test – CB/Hyde-winning Guzzi; First Restoration – how to achieve a perfect paint finish; International Clubs Guide; more
Cover Stories: The Rebirth of an Indian Ace – Guy Jones; Shiny New Bike (or worthless bunch of rust) – gracing the back cover is anything but a worthless bunch of rust – Jeff Slobodian’s shiny new 1913 Yale; Features: New Editor Steps In; Just an Old Matchless?; An Invitation to Germany; Antique Plates a Reality in New York; National Scene: Blackhawk Chapter National; Lake Tahoe National Road Run; more
The winning team of Matchless / Indian has scored another outstanding victory for you! Their new quality line of motorcycles for 1961 has the best, the most rugged, dependable and downright thrilling machines ever built. Whether you are interested in racing, sports riding or a reliable and comfortble road machine, see your Matchless/Indian dealer.
It’s the event of the year and you’re invited! Too big for one day, so we’re having two – April 8 and 9 – at Matchless / Indian stores throughout the country. Motorcycle dealers everywhere are joining together to make this the greatest, most exciting program they have ever participated in with free gifts for everybody, demonstration rides and many other surprises. You will also have a chance to ride your favorite Matchless / Indian motorcycle. Don’t miss the big celebration. Join the fun at your Matchless / Indian dealer!
Matchless parts make Matchless Motorcycles. We’re going to prove that we now have the best parts service…every order for 1951 to 1961 Matchless parts is filled and shipped complete to the dealer within 48 hours. If we are unable to ship complete, then the dealer receives a supplementary 10 per cent discount on his entire Matchless order. We have to be good, or it’s going to cost us money.
Matchless, The Indian Co., Chicopee Falls, Massachusettes