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.
Cover Photo: A T.T. “Dust-Up” – Riders in recent west coast T.T. race experience dust up hill on course.
Contents: Letters; Report to our readers; Crotona Motorcycle Club Sportsman’s Trial; Conducting English Trials – suggestions regarding proper course and recognized scoring; Road Test Report: Vincent HRD series “B” Rapide; The Puch 125; Panthers and Harley-Davidsons take top honors at Yonkers M/C Spring Run; more
Back-Cover Ad: The most talked about motorcycles in America…is making the JAWA Dealer Franchise the greatest profit-maker in motorcycles. As a JAWA dealer you feature a line of motorcycles in a class by themselves. Out of the large variety of motorcycles now being featured by motorcycle dealers, Jawa is the only line which is engineered for ready acceptance by the new post-war motorcycling public…As a Jawa dealer you can offer them a unique selection of three different models: The CZ 125, The Jawa 250 and the Ogar Twin…
Features: Suzuki RF900-RR; Suzuki GSXR750-RR; Ducati 888 SP5 – Italian jail bait; Magni Guzzi; The Brough Superior Rides Again – the SS100 comes back to life; Rolls-Royce of motorcycles – George Brough’s Superiority complex; Return of the Indian Chief; Viva la Vincent – Rollie Free would love it; America’s Best Dirtbikes; Test: Yamaha V-Max; Eight hours of Suzuka – Scott Rusell wins Japan’s most important roadrace; more
The story of a classic motorcycle and the men who made it; a machine so strong and speedy that even today, twelve years after production ceased, it is still winning races. HRD stands for Howard R. Davies, a TT rider whose fame had bracketed the pre and post WW1 eras…
Cover Photo: Ready hands steady Roland Free shell-covered machine prior to tow start.
Contents: Speed on the Salt – Rollie Free Rides Vincent “Black Lightning” to three new American Records; Cactus Derby; Grand Prix Des Nations; David Among Goliaths – Walt Fulton; Dry Lakes Speed Trials; Unusual Machines; His First Motorcycle Ride; Road Testing the Puch 250 TF by Officer H. Filker – Alhambra P.D.; Motorcycles Down Under; 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: A “damp poor” place to ride a motorcycle! Jack Pines contestant rides his mount across famed Rifle River, looks concerned and worried; Contents: The 1950 Jack Pines Enduro; Billy Huber wins Langhorne; Duke Victorious in Ulster Grand Prix; Motorcycles “Down Under”; The Tom Sifton Story; Sifton-Headrick-Harley Win Springfield; Les Graham grabs Swiss Grand Prix; A Canadian Jewel; 1951 Harley-Davidsons; Cutaway View of 74 OHV Harley-Davidson; Road Testing the 500 cc Vincent Comet; Tuning the motorcycle engine; Bulletins from Britain; The “Mustumph”; 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
Road Tests: Norton P-11, Harley-Davidson Sportster XLCH, BSA Victor, Triumph Daytona, CZ Moto-Cross, Suzuki X-6, Honda 450, Yamaha YM1, Triumph Mountain Cub; Features: Metro Cycle Association; Vincent Black Shadow; Drag Bike – how to build one without stripping your bank account; Scrambler Kit; Competition: TT Racing – the guts and gore of the wildest two wheel sport; Hopetown Scrambles; Editorial – Congressman Boff’s Cement Suit – how Big Brother protects you from yourself; more
Features: Vintage Bike – 1936 Vincent; Road Tests: Bultaco Metralla & Bultaco Pursang; Road Test: The Venerable Vespa; The Bonanza Mini-Bike and how it grew; Winter storing your cycle; Cold Weather starting tips; All about lubrication; Tear out feature – sparkplugs; more
Cover story: This 1000cc Egli Vincent had eyes popping and tongues dropping when it was unleashed at Daytona this past March. Dale Keesecker walked away from Daytona with a “Best of Show”; Features: The Rise and Fall of the Cooper; Buried Treasure – Jack Stovall uncovers a rare ’42 H-D Knucklehead in Tennessee. Watch it go back together!; AHRMA Bike Week ’96; more
Contents: Honda CB400F – 30 years later Honda’s little Four still shines; V Four Victory – Alan Cathcart rides the sole-surviving 1939 AJS V4; Two-speed Touring – the highs and lows of Moto Guzzi’s V1000 Convert; American Originals – 1959 Harley-Davidson Sportster and the new 1200 Sportster; Born Again Brit – JMR’s new Egli-Vincent rekindles an old flame; Innocents Abroad – touring the Moto Guzzi Museum in Italy; more
Contents: Antique Rides: Unobtainable 1920 8-valve Harley; A 1949 Harley FL restoration; Buckhorn Canyon Indian – Limited Production 1950 Chief; 1948 Whizzer Model H; 1903-04 Rooster Tail Thor; 1936 Harley-Davidson UX3; Meter Maid’s Dream – 1941 Indian dispatch tow; Tex Keeler Lives! – The man behind Mil Blair’s obsession; Vintage Racing draws record crowds – 2nd biggest race at Daytona; The Vincent HRD; Canadian two-wheeled time capsule – Trev Deeley Motorcycle Museum; The Connolly Collection – vintage motorcycle art part 2; Floyd Emde – tribute to a legendary racer; more
Cover Photo: “Most in Mini’s” featuring Bert Post and the Bonanza Mini-Bike. The pert Miss Bert hails from Venice, California and is the “Girl Friday” for Joel K. Rubenstein public relations agency in Beverly Hills. This particular model Bonanza features a Hodaka Ace 90engine, which obiously makes it a little bomb. (Miss Post’s features speak for themselves!). The structure in the background is the Anaheim Convention Center, site of the “dealers only” Motorcycle & Accessory Trade Show.
Contents: Yamaha YDS5 Electra Test; Blown Vincent Lightning; Future in Motorcycles; Good Ol’ Scout; Three-Wheeled Tractors; Sidecar record recalled; Hare Scrambles; On the Record Trail; San Francisco Show; Death Valley Tour; 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
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
Road Test: BSA Tornado and Triumph Renegade – Les Williams inspired Seventies triples repackaged for the nineties; 1953 998cc Vincent Black Shadow – Andrew Walker’s parts bin masterpiece; Vincent Testers ride again – Ted Davis and Norman Peach back on the road; 1956 Triumph TR5/R; 1957 197cc TWN Cornet; 1978 748cc Benelli SEI – six cones and not an ice cream to be seen; Bill Nicholson; Classic Manx Grand Prix; Classic Bike Race Series; Buyers Guide – prices, info and expert advice on 50s, 60s & 70s classic machines; more
Contents: Stunts Unlimited part 1; Bike attire; Vancouver on a Suzuki 500; The 1938 BSA; Mike Ansara & Barbara Eden – personalities; The Vincent Blackhawk; Lynn – girl of the month; Baja 500; The American Motocross Team; Profile: Bill Blomgren & his three wheeler; Roosevelt Raceway competition; Modifying your bike; James Garner close-up; more