Cover Photo: Sal Scripo (61A), Walter Balchunas and LLoyd Berry (15A) Display their racing wares at a past Season Eastern Half-Miler, photo by Norman P. Spiers
Contents: Letters; Daytona Flash; Pacific Trails Enduro; BSA Gold Star and Star Twin; New York Shows; Royal Enfield 1949 Program; Crotona Run; Don’t Let Your Sport Down; Across the Continent to Big Bear; Norton Vertical Twin; Post-War BMW; Sport Slants; 30 Years Ago; Club News; AMA Sanction Schedule; more
Tests: Honda CBR600-F3; Yamaha SR500; Features: Honda Six RC166 – a racebike that rewrote the rules; Angry Antique – riding the Honda RC165; The $500 Ride; Egli Enfield Bullet; Renaissance Continued – East Meets West at the Cologne Show; ISDE comes to America; more
Contents: Big Bike Hot Setups; BMW; BSA; Bridgestone; Harley-Davidson; Honda; Kawasaki; Moto-Guzzi; Norton; Royal Enfield; Suzuki; Triumph; Yamaha; How to Buy a Used Bike; How to Buy Cycle Tires; Two-Cycle or Four?; Hot Cycle Goodies; Big Bike Drag Classes; 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!
Contents: Bradshaw Engine – a simplified explanation of the working principles of the Bradshaw “Omega” Prime-mover; Noxal Sidecar Test; Moulding Glass Fibre; Workbench Wisdom; Continental Report; A Shoestring Workshop; Midland Diary; American Veterans; The 32nd Exeter Trial; Zummerzet to Zell-am-See; Picture of the Week (Shown); more
Picture of the Week: “Hey there, don’t forget me!” Sonia Seely, farm girl from Ohio, USA, assures her four-footed friend that her interest in the British-built mount she bestrides does not bespeak a transfer of affection!
Cover: Van Williams and Al Hall in an effort to capture one of life’s lighter moments during the 2nd Annual Trail Bike Trip (page 20).
Road Tests: Interceptor M.B.E. – that means Made by Enfield, Honda CL-350, Second Generation – Suzuki RH-68 scrambler, Trailmaster revisited – Yamaha’s keen 100cc single; Features: 2nd Annual Trail Bike Trip – Lost in the Dust -a motorcycle play in two acts; It’s a What???- would you believe a three-wheeler?; Custom Canuck -at last a Canadian custom; Clothing Guide part 2; Motorcycle Smorgasbord – an exclusive interview; Technical: Fix a big dent -serious metal repair by John Larsen; Bobbed fenders – easy custom how to do it; Allstate tune-up – keeping the 250 in peak condition; Wankel Cycle -a unique motorcycle engine swap; Competition: Water Water Everywhere -Bonneville was sad in ’68; more
Cover Story: We ride the new 1999 Enfield Bullet. Not much has changed in four decades; Features: Triumph Primary Blues – fix it or lose it; Fifth Annual Indian & Classic American Iron Daytona Rally; AHRMA Strikes Back!; more
Cover Story: Tiny Triumph Trials Replica – Sammy Miller would approve. Let’s start off by saying while this is not the real deal, it sure looks like a pretty exacting replica of Sammy Miller’s tiny Triumph trials machine he made quite a name for himself with in England.
Contents: A Knucklehead Adventure; Roll out the old (American) iron; Enfield Bullet Project part 2; Rare 1979 Benelli 750 SEI; Boneyard Engineering; Memories and Honda Z-50’s; Yamaha 750 Flat-tracker; Rocket Rex Staten; 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
1958 Royal Enfield Meteor Minor de Luxe 500 Road Test/Specs – Road testing the not so popular Meteor Minor reveals a capable 500cc twin that doesn’t leak oil; Honda Benly C92 and CB92 – Commuter vs. sportster in 125cc shootout; BMW R69S and R60/2 – long haul beemers; BSA C15 Restoration; Profile on Vincent tester Ted Davis; Special Brew: Godden Featherbed – monster grasstracking vee-twin in Norton frame; Classic world – Reworked B50, reclothed Ducati, restored ES2; Battersea bash; Talmag Trial; more
Contents: Long Range Commando – rare 750cc Norton Fastback with a big fuel tank; The Cardani’s back!; Bernie Allen – the banjo player who builds Manx Norton replicas; A pair of Bee-em singles – 250cc BMW R26 and R25/3; Poster – Smooth cruiser – 750cc Norton Commando LR; The urge to win – a pair of T140 Triumph Bonneville straight line specials; Redditch revelations – Former Royal Enfield factory men Brian Crow and Roger Boss tell all; more
Road Tests: Maico Cross-Country 400WR, Ducati 500GTL, Laverda Jota 1000, Honda CM185T; Technical: 29 tips the experts never told you; Tuning Forks; Features: Too Much Government is in our future; Italian Spoken here; Honda for 1978; Yamaha for 1978; Enfield India 350; Marusho – excellence wasn’t enough; New ideas in boots and helmets; more
Most motorcycles have an indefinable something we call “character,” and because they have this quality, they also almost invariably acquire appropriate names. We do not know what the average Royal Enfield Interceptor owner is calling his machine these days; but we would offer “King Kong” as a suggestion. No other name that comes to mind so completely describes the Interceptor: it is truly big and hairy. Of course, others have the size, but none have the Intercptor’s sheer brute performance. It is by an impressive margin the fastest true road machine we have ever tested…
Royal Enfields are easy to ride – whether you prefer a Standard Model or the famous Lightweight. Exclusive, precision-machined features assure dependable performance, unusual flexibility, outstanding riding comfort – whether you travel highways or byways…Heading for fun and adventure on Royal Enfield: Model R.E. – 125cc 2-stroke. The famous low-cost, lightweight model provides surprising economical operation. Best quality steel tubing, front fork with pressed steel blades, rubber suspension; needle, jet type carburetor, twist grip control; Model G: 346cc Overhead Valves engine bore and stroke, 70 x 90 m.m. Valves, rocker gear and push rods totally enclosed, automatically lubricated. AMAL carburetor with twist grip control. Cradle type frame; exclusive Telescopic Front Fork and Neutral Finder; Model J: 499cc Overhead Valves engine bore and stroke, 84 x 90 m.m. Valves, rocker gear and push rods totally enclosed, automatically lubricated. AMAL carburetor with twist grip control. Cradle type frame; exclusive Telescopic Front Fork and Neutral finder.
Cover: David Perry 1965 Royal Enfield TT Interceptor; Features: Neutral Finder – 1965 Royal Enfield TT Interceptor; Name Warfare – The Indian trademark controversy continues; Nigel Bower – master motorcycle engineer; 1970 Sacramento Mile – looking back at one of the most exciting races!; Six-speed Hustler – Suzuki’s 1967 X-6 was the world’s first six-speed street bike and it was a hustler; more
Cover: a pair of custom Choppers – Norm Brokow’s custom Harley & Ron Terenzio’s frantic chopper
Road Tests: 73cc Simson – eight speed ISDT champ, Yamaha 100 Twin Electra, Royal Enfield Interceptor, Three ways to go – we compare the Honda 160’s – CA160, Super Sports, Scrambler; Technical: What price Safety? -can lawmakers kill cycling?; Helmet Guide; East German Juggernaut; Show on the Road – Norm Brokow custom Harley; Raked & Rigid – Ron Terenzio frantic chopper; Hip Honda – definitely not one of the herd; Technical: Weber Thou Goest – or cams with a purpose; Carburetion – let’s clear up all the mystery; more
Rider Test: 2002 Triumph Sprint ST – No Bridge too far; Closing the Gap – two Floridians tame The Dragon; Biting the Bullet – Back to the future at Royal Enfield in India; Living in the Past – Riding the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic ES. A Little; Riding the Riviera – review new Edelweiss tour; E’crous et Boulons (Nuts & Bolts); Rider Test: Title Fight – Honda ST1300, meet Yamaha FJR1300; more