Starting now, all mountains are reduced by 25%. Trying to take most small motorcycles uphill was enough to get anybody down. Not anymore. Because Yamaha has introduced the GT1 Enduro and GT1 Motocross bikes, with engines that are 25% larger for 1973…if you want a powerful machine that’ll take you beyond where the others are going, you want a new Yamaha GT1 or GT-MX. They’ll make molehills out of mountains.
1973 Yamaha GT1 Enduro & Motocross bikes – all mountains reduced by 25% 2-Page Ad available at www.DadsVintageAds.com
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
Features: Speed Merchant – Erion Racing’s $65k Super Street Honda CBR900-RR; Hyperpro TRX850 – finding the forkless future; MIA TRX – Yamaha’s TRX850 is a worldwide hit. So when will we see it stateside?; Forgotten but not gone – making the case for collectible Honda CB350; Yamaha Dragster; Vietnam Experience; Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro; Cafe-Racer Comeback; Tests: Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD; Long-Term Wrap-Up – Buell Thunderbolt S-2; more
Cover: a super colorful combination of Perewitz blown Sportster, the “Late Harvest” Honda and Stan Betz showing how not to lay on a custom paint job.
Features: Black Hills Classic; Harley for ’79; Road Test Yamaha 750; Deadwood ’78; Bikes: Gemini; MPLS Express; Blue Beard; Blown N’ Blue; Late Harvest; 3 Day Express; Technical: Betz Speaks on Paint; Goose it!; more
Contents: Features: IDBA Memphis; 80″ Lowrider; FXS for 79; Two up on the Salt; Cycles: Buckwheat; AMEN 500; Evil Women; Swedish Iron; Sak’s Finest; Beaver Rick; Technical: Phase III Super Clutch; Heart Surgery; White Bros. SR500 Project; more
Deep inside its several basic-black cases and compartments the new Yamaha XS750D is a technoid’s delight, especially with respect to its absolutely labyrinthine power train and clever self-cancelling turn indicators. We’ll get to the mechanical minutiae in due course, but for most of you none of it is as important as simply knowing that Yamaha’s 750 triple genuinely is an all-new design and not an XS500 twin with an extra cylinder and shaft drive as some people have supposed…
…Yamaha 250 production racers have been the standard mount for beginning roadracers for ten years now, and they have dominated international 250 racing for five years. In any country of the world where roadracing exists, you will find most riders and tuners are thoroughly familiar with these machines. The engines are derived from road models, and at the present time, the frames, forks, and other important parts are shared with the street-going counterparts as well. How has this situation come about? What combination of circumstances has led this company to produce hundreds of basically simple machines that win both club events and international races?…
1974 Yamaha 250 Road Racer – History of the privateer’s best friend 10-Page Article available at www.DadsVintageAds.com
Tests: Honda CBR600-F2; Honda Pacific Coast; Yamaha Seca II; Yamaha Virago 1100; Husqvarna 610WXC; Husaberg FE600; Features: Bolt from the Blue – Harley-Davidson and Erik Buell team up to make an all-American sportbike; Honda RC45 – V-Four victory?; Ducati 916 – Bologna’s next act; Monster Story – on the lam with Ducati’s street-smart M900 Monster; Special Section: Ten Best Bikes of 1993; Ten Best Bikes Worldwide; more
Road Tests: 1993 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Anniversary Model – touring wheels for the rich and famous; 1993 Yamaha Seca II; Husqvarna WXC360; Features: New for ’93: Suzuki – an open-class GSX-R water-pumpter heads the charge; Building a Better Bandit – Ducati unleashes a Monster; Track Tested – down and dirty with Suzuki’s new liquid-cooled GSXR750; Forever Young – Nixon at Loudon; Comparision: Hog Wild in the Gold Country – Harley-Davidson Low Rider vs. Honda Shadow 1100 vs. Kawasaki Vulcan 88; The Case for Cruisers – America’s Bikes?; more
Cover Photo: Kawasaki KZ1300 Dressed for the open road
Road Tests: Kawasaki KZ1300 – luxury superbike; SWM 250GS; Suzuki GS750-EN; Honda XR185 / XL185; Touring Feature: The French Quarter Connection; Taking it with you; Craven Classic Saddlebags; Silhouette Fairing; Protecting your Rear; Vetter Accessories; Take Along Cycle Cover; Technical: Beyond Teledraulics; Features: The Professional – Kenny Roberts; Yamaha IT250 / 400 Long Range Test; Better Riding Through Chemistry; more
Road Tests: Yamaha SR500; BMW R80/7; Sachs Hercules GS250 Enduro; Kawasaki KL250; Technical: Sachs Hercules GS250; May the Force work with you – a semi technical look at why motorcycles don’t (or do) fall over in the corners; Rebuild your brakes part two disc brakes; Features: Yamaha Dirt Bikes for 1978; BSA Gold Star Review; Blow Up; Competition: The (Almost) Motorcycle Olympics; AMA Wrapup; 52nd International Six Days Trials ISDT; more
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
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
Features: America’s Superbike – Behind the scenes with the Harley-Davidson VR1000; It’s a Grand Old (Black and Orange) Flag – they roadrace Harleys, don’t they?; Bimota SB6; Kawasaki ZX9R; Wayne Rainey; Dr. Archer’s Alternatives; Honda V-Fours – where the RC45 came from; Yamaha YZF600; Norton on the Rocks; Joy and Despair at Norton; The Last Beatnik; Tests: Honda RC45; Yamaha WR250; Yamaha TY250-Z; Long-Term Update: Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide, Honda CBR1000, Yamaha GTS1000; more