Cover Photo: “Gang Way” Chet Phebus captures a classic bit of action at the Costa Mesa, Calif. T.T. Races.
Contents: Letters; Big Bear Flash; Norris Legg, Indian captures the Texas Dirt Track Championship; Old Jupe Pluvius takes Pirates Treasure Run; The Earls Court Exhibition; A Motorcycle Show that staggers the imagination; Dick Milligan, Ariel, Annexes another Lincoln Park Figure 8; The High Trail to Wolverine by George D. Dillon; The Velocette 149; more
Back-Cover Ad: Nineteen Forty Eight – A red letter year of astronomical achievement for Vincent HRD. February saw the Black Shadow elipse the whole world by its astonishing performance. November sees the horizon brightened by the brilliant return of the famous “Meteor” and “Comet” accompanied by the electrifying “Black Lightning” which at its first flash felled the American Speed record at over 150 mph and the same week broke the World’s Standing Mile and Kilometre sidecar records.
Contents: Tests: Four for the Road – BMW R80/7, Honda 750A, Suzuki GS750, Yamaha XS750 – evolution touches the big bad 750; Kawasaki KX125; Laverda 500 Zeta; Can-Am 175 Qualifier; Hodaka SL175-A; Features: What’s happening with emissions controls? – what the feds are up to now; Profile; Dave Emde; From Sea to Salton Sea; 1928 Velocette KSS; Technical: Frame Work; more
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
1964 Velocette – What else is there to say? Shown: Velocette 40 HP 500cc Venom Scrambler $960; Velocette 36 HP 500cc Enduro $995; Velocette 36 HP 500cc Venom Clubman $1030 (with fairing $1095); Velocette – A Winner in Every Respect
1964 Velocette 40 HP 500cc Venom Scrambler – What else is there to say? Ad available at www.DadsVintageAds.com
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!
Cover: It’s almost like an all-new engine, so drastic are Milwaukee’s changes in the Sportster-based XR750 racer. Shorter stroke, alloy heads and barrels and Mikunis top the list of exciting new specifications which someday might be features on a Harley-Davidson roadster. Our in-depth preview begins on page 6.
Contents: Special Tech Issue: Let’s roll up our sleeves – introduction by Bob Greene; X-Ray of the XR – Harley-s Aluminum XR Engine; The State of the Art; Seeley Condor – the racing roadster; Colin Seeley; Triumph Torquer Barrels; All About Chains; Flat-Out Repair; Boost for the Baja; Every Kid wants a mini-cycle; Volumetric Efficiency; Machines of the Future Passed: Velocette Vignette, Super Stocker, Norsa – Star Meets Manx, Babe’s Beauty, Rare Vincent Rapide; Moto Guzzi Under Glass; Wheels; Build a 149-MPH Bridgestone 350; New Model Preview 1972; Closed: The Ignition Gap; Soft Tools for Hard Situations; All-Purpose Alpina; Low-Buck Honda Hauler; Accessory Scene; Sources of Supply; more
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
Set aside normal concerns. Disregard your financial status, ignore your personal comfort, forget about your future goals and sacrifice your retirement. You must have this motorcycle. Are we kidding? Yes. But only a little. There is a lot you can buy for $42,695. None of it is as beautiful or exciting as the MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini, a very special, limited-production version of the F4 1000 S, which itself already is a very special, limited-production motorcycle…
Test: MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini – Sell the house, the car, the kids…The World’s Most Expensive Sportbike – And worth it!; Features: TSS – variable intake explained; Mission Mile – 26.8 seconds to glory; HP2 – ultimate dual-sporter?; Old & Improved – brand new 1936 Knucklehead; The Sundance Kid; Zoomie – Hemi 426 motorcycle; Moonshine Highway; Mail Order Ride – Sir, your Velo is ready; more
Features: Road Star Warrior – First ride on Yamaha’s new hot-rod; Max Factor; The Gobi Experience – riding in The Land of Genghis Khan; American Flyers – Indians and Warriors and Velos and Beemers and XR750 s , oh my!; Vegas Flyers – The Guggenheim Show hits the Strip; Fourfather – HL500, grand-daddy to the YZ426; Fast Future – Freddie’s fast four-stroke; Comparision: The Main Event Honda CRF450-R vs. KTM 520SX vs. Yamaha YZ426-F; more
Cover Photo: (In Circle) Don Brown starts the Harley-Davidson 74 on a 1/4-mile drag during this month’s road test; Features: 1955 Harley-Davidson 74 OHV Road Test; Six Days of Torture (cover photo) – International Six Days Trials; The “TT” Returns to Calif.; How to Hop up your Triumph Terrier; European Excursion on an Autocycle; Harley-Davidson captures altitude record; Triumph new models for 1955; Velocette offers new scrambler; Villiers new engines for 1955; more
Cover Story: Alan Cathcart tests Mike Hailwood’s other bike – the Ducati 950F1 which Hailwood rode in his comeback race on the Isle of Man TT, 1979; Features: 1975-1995 The Gold Wing turns 20; How to make your own custom fiberglass seat; The little engine that could – Jim Kersting’s “little-engined” 1967 Velocette; more
Cover Story: All the details of Arvid Myhre’s 1933 Velocette KTT were documented by photos – Ivan Rhodes himself verifying the machine’s correctness; Features: Powroll Inc. provides big performance for four-stroke motorcycles; Vintage Daytona ’95; The ex-Rod Pink Harley KR makes its way back to the race track; more
Contents: Pre-60 scrambles Tribsa – Terry Hobbs magnificently crafted all-metal motocrosser; Road test – 1957 600cc Panther Model 100S and Watsonian Avon sidecar; The Yellow Velo – the tale of Velocette’s greatest victory in the U.S., the Catalina Island Grand Prix; Bernard Hooper story part 2; Norman Hyde Triumph Twin-engined Harrier; 1991 British Clubs Guide; Moto Guzzi Lodola; more
Contents: Goldie Special: Racing BSA Gold Stars then and now; Gold Star Legend; Gold Star Racing; Buyer’s Guide – Goldies – how to choose a fantastic example BSA Gold Star; Gold Star win at the 1963 Laconia 100-mile; Nostalgic pictures of people and their bikes; Thruxton Bonnie – 2004 Triumph Bonneville; BSA Rally – taking an A10 to Holland; Seeley Honda; Museum Restorations – Ivan Rhodes rebuilds the burned Velocettes; more
Contents: Legion-Arrow Races; New Triumph Range for 1959; International Six Days Trial; 1959 James Models; Operation Saddlebags; Corduroy Enduro; 7000 miles on a Mustang; Honda Dream Road Test; 1959 Velocettes; Travel Story; New Yamaha from Japan; more
Contents: Silver Clang for the Cowbell – Joe Gee whips 25th Jack Pine on a Triumph Twin; The Big Circle – Blackie Bullock and Sam Parriott blaze cycle history at Bonneville; Ruins to Records – the dramatic story behind NSU; A Race and a half for Billy Huber; Cactus Derby / Vern Hancock winner; BMW Geared for 1952; Blitzing the Velocette – standard 21 cu. in. single is smooth at 90; Payoff at Ulster; der Schotten circuit; Monza Madcap; more
Road Tests: Benelli Tornado 650-S, Puch 125 5-Speed; Impressions: Motorcycle Transport – The Datsun and Toyota Mini-Trucks, Honda CB350K3; Special Feature: Fight those traffic tickets part 1; Technical: All About Chains; The Arm-chair rider’s formula sampler – handy math for rider, racer, mechanic, or just talking strongly; Competition: Yamaha Gold Cup National; Laguna Seca – The Rider’s Course; Features: The Schatzi Porsche Special; GRB Velocette; Kawasaki R&D in Action; Two Trick Honda XL250s; Yankee’s new racing single; The Haaglund Prototype – design novelty on an all-terrain military machine; more