Friday, April 18, 2014

1950 August Cycle Magazine - Hairpin turn at Isle of Man Governor's Bridge

Cover Photo: S. Lawton / AJS - It was difficult to select a cover picture depicting Isle of Man riding technique for this issue. The T.T. races are strictly "feet up" all around the course. Governor's Bridge is the slowest corner on the circuit but requires great skill to properly get around it. It is a downhill acute hairpin curve, speeds over 20 mph are disastrous. Note small boy plugging ih ears because of terrific din caused by low gear revs. Contents: Editor's Viewpoint; Isle of Man races - Nortons win Senior and Junior Races, Benelli wins Lightweight race; Greenhorn Enduro 1950 - Del Kuhn, Ariel, repeats his 1948 Greenhorn victory; Tuning the Motorcycle Engine; 500 c.c. Italian Moto Guzzi Motorcycles; Testing the BSA 650 c.c. "Golden Flash" Vertical Twin by Officer H. Filker, Alhambra P.D.; History of BSA Motorcycles; Roy Andres, H-D, Victor in Tulare Half-Mile Races; Harley-Davidson Dealer Harrison Reno, San Bernardino County, California; more 1950 August Cycle Motorcycle Magazine Back-Issue available at CLICK THE PICTURE TO "BUY IT NOW" Back Cover Advertisement: 999 to 1 it's Triumph in popularity - shown: The Thunderbird 40 cu. in. 650 c.c.

1950 June Cycle Magazine - Harley-Davidson "61" Road Test

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 1950 June Cycle Motorcycle Magazine Back-Issue available at CLICK THE PICTURE TO "BUY IT NOW" Back Cover Advertisement: Again in 1950 Triumph Leads the Field This vintage motorcycle ad shows the 1950 model Triumph motorcycles with descriptions and retail prices. Thunderbird 6T - 40 cu. inch (650 cc) $678.48 Tiger 100 T100 - 30.50 cu. inch (500 cc) $699.17 Speed Twin 5T - 30.50 cu. inch (500 cc) $659.80 Trophy Model TR - 30.50 cu. inch (500 cc) $706.49 Deluxe 3T 21 cu. inch (350 cc) $599.09

Thursday, April 17, 2014

1978 July Cycle World - Four for the Road

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 1978 July Cycle World Motorcycle Magazine Back-Issue available at CLICK THE PICTURE TO "BUY IT NOW"

1968 January Cycle World - Brooklands Vintage Bikes

Cover Photo: A 1921 248-cc OK Junior Contents: Road Test: Moto Guzzi V7; History of Husqvarna; Impression: Honda CL90; Parallel Crankshaft Twin; Pepperell International Motocross; Japanese Grand Prix; Brooklands Vintage Bikes; Battery Care; Mott's Italy; Riding a Kawasaki GP Four; First of the Great Racers - Otto Walker; Baja: The Mexican 1000; Milan Show; There was an Indian made; Fiction: Just Wait; Trout Fry; Slipstream; more 1968 January Cycle World Motorcycle Magazine Back-Issue available at CLICK THE PICTURE TO "BUY IT NOW"

1993 November Cycle World - all new Suzuki RF900RR for 1994

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 1993 November Cycle World Motorcycle Magazine Back-Issue available at CLICK THE PICTURE TO "BUY IT NOW"

1994 December Cycle World - Kawasaki's Triple threat for 1995!

Features: New Bikes '95: Kawasaki; Kawasaki KDX200; A Bike to remember: Honda CB750; Smokin'! - Kawasaki H1; Conversations with the King - Kenny Roberts; Big-time racing on small-scale bikes; Honda Mini-Trail 50; Long-Term Test Wrap-Up - Honda CBR1000-F - 13510 miles the easy way; CW Project: The Kawasaki KX80 Caper; more 1994 December Cycle World Motorcycle Magazine Back-Issue available at CLICK THE PICTURE TO "BUY IT NOW"

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

1949 February Motorcyclist Magazine - Unprecented desert snow upsets "Big Bear National."

Cover Photo: Unprecented desert snow upsets "Big Bear National." 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 1949 February Motorcyclist Motorcycle Magazine Back-Issue available at CLICK THE PICTURE TO "BUY IT NOW" 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....

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

1994 March Cycle World - Harley-Davidson's Star-Spangled Superbike - the VR1000

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 1994 March Cycle World Motorcycle Magazine Back-Issue available at CLICK THE PICTURE TO "BUY IT NOW"

1994 November Cycle World - Triumph's Back!

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 1994 November Cycle World Motorcycle Magazine Back-Issue available at CLICK THE PICTURE TO "BUY IT NOW"

1973 Motorcycle Rider's Guide for Honda Fours - vintage magazine back-issue for sale

Contents: Introduction; In the Beginning; Customizing a Bike; How to pick a safe front end; Custom Frames; Rigid Frame for the 500; Paint it with a spray can; Bolt-together Customs; Extended Foot Controls; Speed Secrets for the 750; The Yoshimura 750; The Weber Carburetor; Dual Disc Brakes; Tuning the 750; Tuning the 500 - 350; Carburetor Rebuilding; Rebuilding the 750 Engine and Transmission; Rebuilding the 500 - 350 Engine and Transmission; Wiring Diagrams; Technical Data; Maintenance Schedule For most of the years following World War II, there was an established pecking order of bikers in the U.S. Triumph owners spoke only to Harley owners, and Harley owners spoke only to God. Until 1969, that is. In 1969, Honda Motors of Japan, who had until this time been busy making good small and medium sized bikes that you met the nicest people on, decided to get into the act. They entered the big bike market in a big way, with a 750cc motorcycle that was miles ahead of anything else available at the time. Not two, but four cylinders. Valves worked off an overhead camshaft, just as in the most expensive sports cars. Five speeds in the transmission instead of just four. Electric starting, at the touch of a button. And, last but not least, a monster disc brake on the front wheel. At first, there were a lot of unkind remarks from riders of brand T and brand HD motorcycles. No one was sure how long the big four would live, and most of their comments were unprintable. But as time went on, the 750 Fours began to pile up the miles too. And, aside from some problems with the chain in the earliest models, reliability problems appear to be licked. Riders of the other brands discovered another thing as well. If they were parked along with some Hondas, and everyone decided to leave together, most often it was the Honda riders who were first, at the touch of a button, while everyone else was still kicking. The 750 Four is into its fourth generation now, and has two smaller brothers, the 500 and 350. And nobody laughs any more, at any of them. Police departments throughout the country are trading their Harleys for black and white Hondas, and accessory shops and speed shops are working overtime turning out special equipment for privately owned Fours. The Fours are adaptable bikes. Lots of people buy them and just ride them stock. A lot of people take the ful dresser route, and the 750 has the power to carry all the accessories anyone wants to put on it. With a fairing and windshield for comfort, the Four rider can pack a lot of miles into a day's riding. A lot of other buyers go the chopper route. The Fours pack a lot of power for their weight, and it's low down, for good handling. Besides, the engine looks good too. Every week, it seems, the choice of custom parts, from footpegs to frames, gets wider. A newer trend, or the return of an older trend, is the growth of the cafe racer idea on the Fours. More than a few riders are adding clip-on bars and bobbing the fenders to come up with something that looks as if it should be going somewhere flat out on the Isle of Man, rather than down to the nearby supermarket to pick up a quart of something. Finally, of course, there's the drag strip route. Modified Fours are turning into formidable challengers on the strip, with some builders claiming to be getting as much as 4 times the stock horsepower from the o.h.c. engine. Whichever way they're used, the Honda Fours do their job willingly, and are creating their own superbike legends. No wonder Honda Motors sells all that they can make. 1973 Motorcycle Rider's Guide for Honda Fours available at CLICK THE PICTURE TO "BUY IT NOW"

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