Simply because there are far more enthusiasts than experts.
In motorcycling, as in everything else, the expert is a very rare breed. So when he chooses his machine, his approach is quite different from that of the average enthusiast. He’s more than a good rider, he’s an accomplished rider. He understands motorcycles completely. He respects attention to engineering, and isn’t impressed by just gadgets and gizmos. Sure, he wants a good liiking bike. But to him, the truly beautiful motorcycle is the classic. A machine that has evolved through years of development and refinement. One that ultimately combines form and function into the perfect design. And because of his vaster riding experience, the expert can feel even subtle differences in handling that might completely escape the enthusiast. And he knows precisely why those differences exist. There are a lot of good motorcycles around for the enthusiasts who represent the great majority. But we make the Triumph for a special kind of person. We always have. We always will.
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
Cover Photo: With the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains forming a natural backdrop to the renowned Box Springs Grade T.T. course, the riders shown are sweeping through one of the fastest left-hand turns on the track. Photograph reveals the excellent surface, width of course, and rolling nature of this track. The Box Springs lay-out has been acclaimed beautiful but tricky.
Contents: Editor’s Viewpoint; The Plymouth Monster – 200 MPH aspirant 16 years ago; Indian nifties for the ’50’s – oldest U.S. manufacturer plans newest improvements; California Season opens at Riverside – 1950 tees off with T.T Card; Crater Camp Field Meet – Southern California Motorcycle Club’s Annual “Do”; British Motorcycles on Display at Grand Central Palace; The NSU Fox – Germany’s entrant in the lightweight Field; Testing the Harley-Davidson “61” Twin; Helpful Mathematics for Motorcyclists; Bulletins from Britain; History of Famous British Motorcycles AJS; A.M.A. Competition Rules for 1950; The Curtain rises on “The Greenhorn” – May 27, 1950; Interesting Motorcycle Pictures from here and there; more
Features: Ready to Win! Riding Milkwaukee’s finest; Yankee Ingenuity – Reflections on the VR; Shooting the Coast Again – South by Road King; U.S. MX GP – revenge of the Europeans; The Eight Hours of Suzuka – Polen and Slight win Japan’s biggest roadrace; The First 20 Years – Gold Wing factlets; Special Section – New Bikes ’95: Triumph; Honda CBR600-F3; Kawasaki ZX6R, GPz1100, a new cruiser; Road Test: Honda GL1500 Gold Wing; more
Features: Honda Valkyrie 1500 – not your father’s Gold Wing; Confessions of a reformed bike thief; The Miller Mystery – America’s first Motorcycle?; Triumph Trophy 1200; Tests: Suzuki GSXR750; Kawasaki ZX7R; Long Term Update – Triumph Sprint 900, Buell Thunderbolt, KTM 400 RXC; Comparison: 250 Motocross Shootout – Honda CR250-R vs. Kawasaki KX250 vs. KTM 250SX vs. Suzuki RM250 vs. Yamaha YZ250; more
Comparisons: Open Warfare – Suzuki GSXR1100 vs. Yamaha FZR1000; MX Showdown: Honda CR250 vs. KTM 250SX vs. Kawasaki KX250 vs. Suzuki RM250 vs. Yamaha YZ250; Tests: Triumph Thunderbird; Kawasaki Vulcan 800; Long Term Update – Buell Thunderbolt S-2, KTM 400RXC, Kawasaki Concours; Features: Jousting with the Gladiateur 999 – Haute-couture Triumph; Aftermarket ACE – Shadow 1100 to-do list; Forbidden Fruit – Honda’s Fabulous 400s; The Natural – Volker Rauch, motorcycle photographer; In the land of the Long White Cloud – New Zealand; The wreck of the mystery ship – Craig Vetter’s forgotten motorcycle; Interview: Craig Vetter; more
The Triumph Trident – the Superbike that has five years of TT victories built into every nut and bolt. The Superbike that combines big torque power with precision road-holding and effortless town handling. Get astride a Trident – the bike that was born on the race track. Trident – outright winner of the Isle of Man Production TT in 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974. Shown in photos at top of ad: Uphill 70, Pickrell 71/72, Jeffries 73, Grant 74
Features: Built for Speed 600s; Two Brothers Racing Honda CBR600-F2; Yoshimura Suzuki Katana 600; Vance & Hines Yamaha FZR600; Triumphant! – return of the Britbike; Triumph Speed Twin – birth of the Bonneville; Living with Honda’s ST1100; Test: ATK 604; CW Projects: Special FX – high tech hot rod Harley; Going British on a budget – call it the Brough-Hawk; Michael Doohan, the latest Wonder from Down Under; more
The Triumph Motorcycle, like many of its other British brothers, had its beginnings in the bicycle industry. Founded in 1885 in London, the early history of the Triumph Company is very nearly lost in the mists of time. The founder of the company was, surprisingly, not an Englishman, but rather a German by the name of Siegfried Bettmann…
Cover Photo: A super-imposed – and refreshing – look at the Boy & Girl Plus Motorcycle theme. In this case the motorcycle is a 250cc Kawasaki Scrambler Model A1-SS. The photographer was Milt Lewis of Hollywood.
Contents: Road Tests: Triumph 3-Cylinder Trident; Suzuki KT120; Montesa 250cc Scorpion; New Coast-to-Coast Record Run; The Four-Stroke Motorcycle Engine; Honda Surprise – All New Mini-Trail Bike – Honda Mini Trail; The Jack Pine Harley-Davidsons; Fire and Motorcycle Spark Arresters; Meet the Bonanza Bronco; Motorcycle Touring and Camping; Milestone of Speed – the story of the 1950 Belgian Grand Prix; Tuning the Honda 450 Carburetor; more
The 40 cu. in. power leaders of Triumph’s world record line. Take a long, close look at these Triumph Power Leaders. You’ll be seeing and hearing more from them. Motorcycling’s Mighty Foursome offer you a full-powered range of OHV vertical twins – each an unexcelled pace setter in its own class… Bonneville T120 Super Sports 40 cu. in. (650 c.c.), 6T Thunderbird 40 cu. in. (650 c.c.), TR6/A Trophybird Road Sports 40 cu. in. (650 c.c.), T110 Road Cruiser 40 cu. in. (650 c.c.)
With a record-shattering time of 6.74 seconds, Joe Hemmis swept to victory in the Class A National Championship Hillclimb…sponsored by the Muskegon Motorcycle Club. In winning, Joe bettered Willard Bryan’s record 7.47 seconds of 9 years’ standing. Riding a 40 cu. in. Triumph, Joe established his new record on his first run…beating out both professional and amateur riders. Another member of the Hemmis family also finished in the money. Joe’s brother Charlie also riding a Triumph landed tenth place in the race. Joe’s thrilling victory is continued proof of Triumph’s power, speed and all-around get-up-and-go.
On the Cover: Only an artist could portray the powerful head-on veiw of Klamfoth, Hill and Luse scrapping for the honor of holding America’s most coveted motorcycle title: Daytona Champ! Cover Illustration by Al Isaacs
Contents: “I Saw Records Fall” on Daytona Beach; New Yorkers on Frigid Midnight Frolic; Fanniff’s Fancy; Catalina Readied for Cycle Cotillion; Axle Deep; Flexi Sidecar-ing a Lost Art; Burnett X-Rays Matchless Twin; Road Test – Silky 4 Barrel – Officer N. Filker; “Gow Wagons No Mystery”; Beauty and the Beast Do Battle; Back in Triumph Saddle; Power by the Pound – $5.00 and Hour; Italians Delight in Mammoth or Mite; “Flat-Out” Snodgrass; The Pup-Cycle; Gramps was a Yale Man; more
Features: Exclusive First Ride – Triumph 50th Anniversary Bonneville; The Story behind and Iconic British Twin; Tour Test – Can-Am Spyder; Comparison – five of the biggest touring cruisers – Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic; Honda VTX1800-T; Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT; Star Motorcycles Stratoliner S; Suzuki C109-RT; On the Road – It’s “Oh Canada” on an Okanagan Valley Loop; Project Bike – Suzuki 1250S “T”; 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: 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
The best Triumph yet. The culmination of 68 years of unrivalled experience and achievement. Not a copy, not a refinement, but an original…designed from the stand up. A machine bred to win. Created for the man who loves to ride…