When is a trike not a trike? When you have to overcome the Man and legal registration hassles. So the idea becomes a sidecar or “outfit” in Australia. Anmd that’s what the wedge three wheel “Cyclotron” became when Lance Seadon did a number on a 750 Honda…
Rider Test: Little Big Cruiser – 2007 Yamaha VStar 1300 Tourer; Ridden & Rated: Cruiser Spirit – Honda Spirit 750, hot-rodded and customized for ’07; From Archangel to Artichokes – riding the valley of California’s Salinas River; GPS on the Road – the present and future of GPS for motorcycles; Riding a 2WD Ural Sidecar rig at the AMA National Black Dog Dualsport Ride; more
Top Photo: Author Bizallion dives the versatile Flexi into a left hand corner; whole rig seems to suddenly collapse, then right itself equally as fast; Middle Photo: Tricky right turns require rider to hook right heel under sidecar cross member and hold the two down for dear life through the corner; Bottom Photo: “Dynamite” Scott, early day Flexi artist, demonstrates the master’s touch, holding the motor over with one foot while negotiating a sliding turn.
Cover: Winner of the 750cc sidecar T.T., second in the world championship 500 cc sidecar T.T., “Sideways Sid” – Siegfried Schauzu (BMW) takes Ballaugh Bridge in the smaller-capacity event.
Contents: Production Racing Notes; Moto-Cross – Jeff Smith writes; Velocette – a bike with a past (and a future?); Bob Holliday’s life on wheels; The Honda Four – road test; Jack Findlay in full color centerfold poster; 750cc Dunstall Norton Commando “S” test; Italian Grand Prix; Moto-Cross Grands Prix; British 500cc Motocross GP; Lightweight Manx Grand Prix; Junior Manx Grand Prix; Senior Manx Grand Prix; more
Features: Houston Trans-AMA; Hopetown; Phoenix Trans-AMA Full Color Centerspread; Baja 1000; Sidehack Motocross; Slip-in Bike Rack for Vans; Barstow to Vegas; Road Tests: Yamaha’s 100MX; Yamaha’s Trialer; Technical: Selecting the right machine; Fix it to finish; Honda 125 Elsinore Hop-Up; Thermo-Flow Shock Hop-Up; Super Stoppers; Race Day Check List; more
Cover Photo: They still look at you sort of funny-like when you show up at the enduro with a sidecar, or at the road race, or at the scramble. But the fact is that interest in sidecar competition is growing and now the AMA has okayed it for professional events.
Contents: How safe are motorcycles?; Rundown on Regulations; Season’s End; Meet the Scrambles champs; Bolger is back again; A new class in Metropolitan New York?; That weren’t no scramble; Desperate doings in the north woods; Practicing for TV?; CMSA awards diner; Politician who digs bikes; Has Sammy Miller ruined trials?; A visit to the CZ Factory; Testing the Ossa Pioneer; The secret’s in the studs; We’ve re-organized the trade news; more
Photo bottom center: Danny Macias and Bellflower, Calif. Triumph dealer Hazen Bair with Danny’s Triumph 3T/A (21 cu. in.) with which he established new A.M.A. Class “C” speed record of 116.42 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah.
Also: Walt Fulton aids his Cessna’s flights with a Triumph Cub; “Red” Ludford, president of the American Sidecar Association, and his passenger Hart Pratley showing the boys the way around De Anza Park in Riverside, California; #77x, Bob Anderson shown here wheeling the Jack Hately tuned BSA thru a turn at Ascot Stadium in fine style; White Dragons hold Moto-Cross Scrambles; Big Bear – Photo: Jody Nicholas, Dave Harman, Chet Watson.
1960 Danny Macias, Triumph-Mounted, sets Class C record at Bonneville 1-Page Article available at www.DadsVintageAds.com
Cover Story: Sidecar Story – a distinctive Harley-Davidson Tradition; Features: Accessories – customizing is part of the Harley culture; Racing – one mean Buell machine; Enthusiasts – H_D’s make rare appearance in Vietnam; more
January 8, 1917 – Riding a 1917 stock Henderson, Roy Artley broke the 24-hour world’s sidecar record on January 4th! Astride his four-cylindered mount, Artley sped like the wind over California roads during a day and a night. Though striving to cram as many miles as possible into the twenty-four hours, Artley and his willing Henderson sought no favor – chose no favorable roads. When the time was up 706 miles had been traversed! In spite of terrific gait that knew no cessation until the clock hands had twice circled the face, the gallant Henderson gave no trouble of any sort. At the end of the long run, despite the fact that it had been through a mile-choking performance that added 122 miles to the best previous record, drawing a sidecar and passenger, the motor was no warmer than if it had been put through a ten-mile work-out! This should emphatically decide the make of machine you will ride or sell in 1917! Henderson Motorcycle Company, Detroit
Kustomotive of Burbank, California built the Batcycle to be used by the “Dynamic Duo” Batman and Robin in a feature-length movie produced by Greenway Productions, released by 20th Century Fox during August. The Bat-Cycle was built from a 250 Yamaha Catalina, with a sidecar to carry a Yamaha 50 powered cart for Robin. The object is for Robin to be launched off the sidecar (which is otherwise functional in every respect) and go off on his own to apprehend the dastardly evil-doers.
1966 Bat Man’s Bat Cycle built by Kustomotive of Burbank, CA 1-Page Article available at www.DadsVintageAds.com
Cover: Jay Springsteen #9, Randy Goss #6, Scott Parker #11, at the Winston Pro Series
Contents: Rolling Thunder – The Winston Pro Series, formerly titled the AMA Grand National Championship, affectionately called the “Rolling Thunder Show.” This 27-race series is a true test of man and machine that has named the number one rider in the country since 1954. Each year, hundreds of riders have set out to win the championship and thousands cheer them on at tradkside, yet only 16 men have claimed the title since its inception.; Boston by Sidecar – riding along with Boston Police Bureau of Special Operations; Bikers MDA fight enters 3rd year; Brutal in Basic Black – 1983 Harley-Davidson XLX; Harley People; more
Cover: While touring California’s poppy fields on Suzuki’s highly refined and civilize GS1100EZ, Rider staffers happened upon cowboy Todd Patterson, his horse Chantilly and dog Blackjack, who patrol a 5000 acre spread in the Lancaster area on the fringe of the Mojave Desert. Test report begins on page 50 herein.
Road Tests: Suzuki GS1100EZ, Yamaha XS400RJ Seca; Features: A Harley tour up U.S. Highway One to the flat-track races; Personality: Charlie Thompson -the jovial Harley prexy is the epitome of an American chief; In search of the Brass Monkey – a wintertime jaunt in a sidecar sleeper to meet other eccentrics; Touring New York State Wineries; more
Road Test: Harley-Davidson Sidecar Classic – not a bike, not a car but an event; Road Tests: Kawasaki KLX250, Powroll 301cc Kawasaki KLX, Suzuki RM400N; Minitest: KTM-420 MC80 – only experts need apply; Comparison Test: Suzuki GS750L vs. Yamaha XS750 Special; Bikes of Yesterday today – Honda 305 vs. Suzuki X6; Features: American Dirt flattracking is alive and well; Nitro and the XS Eleven – Yamaha in drag; more
Road Tests: Honda V45 Sabre, Yamaha IT175J, Suzuki GS1100E, Harley-Davidson XLS Sportster 25th Anniversary, Suzuki RM250Z; Technical: Updates for the Yamaha YZ490; Features: The Road To Prescott -two intrepid motorcyclists discover the true meaning of sidecars (if not life) on a trip to the Brass Monkey Rally; Tire Size Guide; more
Cover Story: Well Matched Outfit – 1937 Harley OHV Hack – fifty-eight years ago, Steve Coe’s OHV Harley-Davidson rolled from the lines wearing matching numbers -it still wears them; Features: Weird Science -in the dirt track game, tuners would try just about anything once; Shining Star – one of the most original BSA Gold Stars around; Extra Troublesome – surviving a close encounter with a hostile ET (energy transfer system; more
British sidecar ace Chris Vincent unveils unique BMW-powered outfit for 1966 sidecar class. It has a steering wheel, a 500cc BMW engine driving Mini front wheels, and one wheel at the back. The passenger lies flat on a glass-fibre deck. The driver reclines in a chair, his left shoulder near the back wheel. The Flying Deckchair is far from complete but Chris Vincent has made good progress in little more than six weeks…
1966 British Sidecar Ace Chris Vincent unveils new British 3-Wheeler 2-Page Article available at www.DadsVintageAds.com
Cover: A Classy Honda Hack – an easily removed chair makes the Honda Four a dual-purpose machine / Side Strider sidecar; Road Tests: Montesa 360 Cappra GP, MZ 250, Harley-Davidson Sprint; Benelli Dynamo Mini-Bike Impression; Tuning the Husqvarna; Bay Mare Team Prix; Anaheim Dealer’s Show; Better Breathing – Carburetor Technical; Yamaha Mini-Enduro; Space Age gas tank; So. Cal. TT Opener; Honda Four Hack; Hawaiian Moto Cross; Miss Modern Cycle; more