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: Laconia 1948 – Dick Klamfoth receives the checkered flag for the 50 Mile Amateur Championship and a new course record.
Contents: Letters; Riverside Flash; Omobono Tenni Obituary; 9000 Cyclists watch records fall at Laconia – Joe Weatherley / Dick Klamfoth; Isle of Man Clubman T.T. – Daniels, Hazelhurst, Lockwood; The Truth about Riverside; Bud Hogan / Triumph wins Scrambles Inauguration; Lightweight Motorcycling – Photo: Teddy Edwards, Jr. 5 years old; A New BSA – details of the latest English bid for the ever expanding U.S. Lightweight Market; Jawa offers a “Dual-Contro” Student Trainer; The Chance of a Lifetime part 3; more
Back-Cover Ad: Triumph tops heavy opposition to win America’s first English style scrambles. Los Angeles, Calif., June 20 – Bud Hogan riding a strictly stock 1948 Triumph Tiger 100 with full road equipment and equipped with the revolutionary Spring Rear Wheel, today walked away with top honors in the first introduction of the English Style Scrambles to the United States. The racing contest which featured a large entry of American and Foreign motors and riders of National Fame was held over a terrifically severe and unprepared natural terrain that tested every component of the machines to the ultimate. Hogan’s Triumph proved more than equal to the test.
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…
Contents: Letters; Big Bear National Championship – taken by Aub LeBard; Annual Pikes Peak Dash – taken by Roger Hayes; Motorcycle Hot Rod Exhibit; Matchless AJS for 1949; Marcel versus Bob Controversy; The Powell P-81; Pledge of Safety; Sports Slants; Motorcycling is Proud of this Man – C.F. Carson; The Man Behind the Panther – Mr. Peter Marians; 30 Years Ago; Club News; Daytona Announcement; more
Back-Cover Ad: 1949 Norton Motors Ltd “The Unaproachable Norton” Ad
Built into every Norton motorcycle is all the vast wealth of knowledge gained in more than twenty years of unparalleled success on the road-racing circuits of the world. Take a good look at the next Norton rider you see…note the easy, natural riding position…the sparkling acceleration… the rock-steady braking…the hair-line steering on corners. That’s what “race-bred” means in a production model. Model ES2 illustrated above, is a well-established favorite with sporting enthusiasts. It combines at modest cost the superb high-speed handling of a racing machine, with the de luxe equipment of a fine road model. The 490 c.c. long stroke engine (79mm. x 100mm.) gives a fascinating reserve of extra speed. Overhead valves, push-rod operated, are totally enclosed and automatically lubricated….
Cover Photo: Sal Scripo (61A), Walter Balchunas and LLoyd Berry (15A) Display their racing wares at a past Season Eastern Half-Miler, photo by Norman P. Spiers
Contents: Letters; Daytona Flash; Pacific Trails Enduro; BSA Gold Star and Star Twin; New York Shows; Royal Enfield 1949 Program; Crotona Run; Don’t Let Your Sport Down; Across the Continent to Big Bear; Norton Vertical Twin; Post-War BMW; Sport Slants; 30 Years Ago; Club News; AMA Sanction Schedule; more
Features: Dollars and Sense – the pursuit of happiness through maximum mpg; Honda Rebel 250; Kawasaki Ninja 250R; Suzuki DRZ400-SM; Yamaha WR250-R; Every Last Drop – how far can you go on one gallon of gas?; Training Wheels; Burned Under – Funny guy Joe Gresh rides from Perth to Melbourne; First Rides: Exclusive: 2009 Harley-Davidson VROD Muscle; MV Agusta F4 RR 312; Yamaha XT660-Z Tenere; Kawasaki KLX250-S; What ever happened to Aermacchi; more
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
Cover Photo: Yamaha-mounted Kenny Roberts roars off the jump in fine style during Houston Astrodome TT National; Road Tests: Maico 501WR; Kawasaki 500 Triple; Harley-Davidson SS350; Suzuki 50 Gaucho; Features: How to ride dirt; Houston TT and Short Track Nationals; Action Showcase – Mark Brelsford; Touring Alaska; Rollin’ at midnight – Crotona Enduro; The Animal – super trick cafe racer; Will the Feds kill off-road riding?; more
Cover Photo: Yamaha XS Eleven Special with model Dawn Clark; Road Tests: Yamaha XS Eleven Special – beauty is in the eye of the beholder; Maico 400 Magnum E – how to make an ISDT trailbike from a motocrosser; Honda XR185 & Yamaha IT175 – can the four-stroke cut it against the two-stroke?; Riding Impression – Kawasaki KZ1300 Six; Features: Japan – the 1980’s and beyond; How Honda lost money in America; Future Bikes; Hodaka at the crossroads – economic chaos has struck Hodaka, will it survive?; The Champions – no.1 riders from all over the world; Year of the Yank; Sport: World Cup Roadrace; AMA Award Night; Anaheim Supercross; Women’s MX Nationals; Race of the Year – Barry Sheene almost gets eaten by a Hot Dog; more
Our colorful Cover Photo: A classic study of the BMW R60 and Jan Stevens (Mrs., that is. Sorry!). The statuesque Jan – six foot tall – and the BMW are posed in front of a group of illuminated fountains alongside the new Department of Water & Power Building in Los Angeles…
Contents: New Kawasaki Lightweight; Northern California ’66 Opener; A BMW Four!; J.A.P. History; Math for Motorcyclists; Exploits of a Motor Maid; Johnson Motors President Passes; New BMW Accessories; Technical: Forks; more
Cover Photo: A sweeping downhill turn at Meadowdale, Illinois forms the composition for this month’s cover. Photographer Jerry West caught this fine action shot during the recent AMA National Championship held there.
Contents: 20-Mile Championship; International Six Days Trial; Coast to Coast Record History; Road Racing at Marlboro; Bonneville Speed Trials; Jack Pine Enduro; Yamaha Road Test; Brighton Motorcycle Show; From the parts bin; more
First Rides: Bimota DB7; BMW G450X; Boulevard C109R; Moto Morini Granpasso; Features: Motorcycle of the year – Kawasaki Versys; Long Rangers – the new Victory Vision and Triumph Rocket III Touring take on the Honda Gold Wing and Harley Electra Glide; Looking for the Legend – Ogling galore at the third annual Legend of the Motorcycle Concours; more
First Rides: 2009 Kawasaki ZX6R; 2009 Star V Star 950; 2009 Honda CRF450-R; Short Shift – Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic; Features: Stoned to the Bone – Jack Lewis Rocks Moab; Taking in the Republica de Costa Rica on two wheels a day; Special Section: L.A.’s Vintage Scene: the Cretins M.C.; Justin Kell’s Glory; the Garage Company; Pharoah’s Cult Scooter Club; MC Project – Triumph Scrambler; more
Cover Photo: Nick Nicholson, B.S.A., by winning a double victory, the Grand National and the 15″ class, led the B.S.A. team to four out of five victories at Catalina. Hard pressed by Bud Ekins, Matchless, with only seconds separating them for eight laps until Ekins retired, Nick, despite plug trouble, had just enough margin over Walt Fulton, Triumph, last year’s winner, to take it all.
Contents: Catalina Grand National; Norton Featherbed; History of Dodge City (conclusion); Pirates Treasure Run; more
Cover Photos: Highlighting this month’s cover is Miss Nancy Woodruff and the 1955 Lambretta Motorscooter. If the young lady looks familiar, it could be that you’ve seen her charming face on the nation’s billboards and magazines, as she is “Miss Rheingold 1955.” Reading clockwise, from the top right corner is the late Ray Amm on a 350 cc Norton in action in the ’54 German Grand Prix. In the center is England’s Johnny Hilton on a DMW MOto Cross in a 200 cc scrambles race at England’s Hawkestone Park. Bob McIntyre is shown well heeled over on the AJS Porcupine Twin at the Isle of Man Senior T.T. race. At lower left is NSU riders Hass and Muller keeping close company thruout the 250 cc race in the French Grand Prix at Rhelms.
Contents: Dodge City Highlights; New German Maico; Italy’s Ducati; “Two Plus One”; Chain Care; New Lambrettas Announced; Trials Riding Technique; Germany’s Adler; Turnout for Turner; Sport Slants; Norton’s ’55 Racing Plans; Indian Service School; Win Friends with your Motorcycle; more
Contents: 250 Enduros Comparison – Bultaco, Honda MT, Honda XL, Kawasaki, Montesa, Ossa, Suzuki, Yamaha; Test: Honda CB450 vs. Yamaha TX500; Features: Buyer’s Guide: Shocks; Trans-AMA series wrap-up; Bike Basics: Frames; How to Ride Dirt – Motocross jumping; Speedway Championship – Costa Mesa finale; A la Cafe – four wild cafe racers; How to get Grand Prix Caliber Handling; Moontrike – unique three-wheeled rickshaw; 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
Cover Photo: Roy Burke, BSA Dealer of Portland, Oregon, and the 1955 Cross-Country National Champion by virtue of winning the California “Big Bear Run.”
Contents: Choosing the right spark plug; Kelley Appointed Zundapp Distributor; Big Bear Run; Indian Programs for 1955; Sportsman’s Hillclimb; Michigan News; World Tour; Triumph & Ariel Dealers Meeting; Sports Slants; New Horex Twin Announced; Early Birds; Motorcyclists in the News; Dealer Guide; Classified Ads; more
Cover Photo: 1976 Harley-Davidson Liberty Edition FX1200
Tests: 1976 Liberty Edition Harley-Davidson FX1200; A Look at a new kind of Thumper – Dave Ekins tests the new TL250 Honda; The Berm Busters – Rich Cox and Dave Ekins run Honda’s CR250-M1 and Yamaha’s MX250B motocrossers head-to-head; Features: Body Tuning – phase 1; Goldwingin’ it over Europe; Don Lee’s Handcrafted Honda Cafe 750; Honda XL350 goes on a diet; Kawasaki ’76; Cannady / Webco Honda part 2; Hodaka now makes a 250 Machine!; Street Tires Buyers Guide; more