Golden Age

Brian Larsen, August 2011 The starting gate drops and I hear nothing but the sound of screaming two-strokes.  I get off the line pretty well, but several bikes are ahead of me.  But things start to change.  Bike after bike seems to fall behind me and out of my vision as I move toward the front of the pack.  I stay on the gas as long as I can, hit the brakes hard, and dive into the first corner.  I charge out of the first turn, and I’m in front.  Until last week, I haven’t ridden a bike at all in two years.  Until last week, I haven’t been on… Read More

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The TM400 Suzuki Cyclone

By Matt Cuddy Ah, spring time, when a man’s fancy turns to love. Back in the spring of 1973 my riding buddy Rick had finally wore out his 1969 CT1 Yamaha, and was looking for love in the want ads of Cycle News. Rick wanted an open class machine that he could feel at home on, after all those years of eating dust on a 175. After a few minutes of looking, in the 1971 advertisement section of Cycle News in bold type was an ad for a slightly used 1971 TM400 Suzuki Cyclone for the unbelievable low price of five hundred dollars. We called up the seller who lived… Read More

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Tales of Glory

Words and photos suppled by Mike Braby Change – apart from death and taxes, it is the one constant in our lives.  The inevitable, relentless inevitable that we all face and endure with little or no pre-warning of what it will bring.  That insidious driving force as struggling and fighting we are swept into the future and are dragged ever onward forward through life; loss of youth, the mundane eight hour day at work, marriage, divorce, aging.  Some change is welcome, like the personal epiphany of the discovery of dirt bikes for example.  Some change is cruel and unfeeling like the outlawing of works bikes or a death in a… Read More

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Honda XL250 Adventure

Words and photos by Paul Saunders I’ve only recently discovered your magazine (more like a reference book actually!!) and really enjoy every edition. I agree with your comments in the last issue – we all ride and love bikes, and the brand isn’t really that important – if we all loved one particular model it would be a bloody dull world! Anyway, I presently own a BM GS Adventure, but for many years rode an XL250 in South Africa, the UK and rode one when I traveled overland from the UK to Australia in the mid ‘70s. I still have a very soft spot for this bike and am presently… Read More

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Harry LaClair with his 1983 Husqvarna XC500E

My worst crash

Photo: Harry LaClair with his 1983 Husqvarna XC500E Words and photos by Harry LaClair I’ve crashed a lot, but my worst crash was when I wasn’t even moving, and I had a witness. May 1996.  I was trail riding with my wife in the mountains north of Butte, Montana. It was a beautiful Montana spring morning.  I was plonking along on my 1983 Husqvarna XC500E, waiting for my wife, who was coming along slowly up the rutted logging trail, on her 1978 IT175.  I stopped at the side of the trail, reveling at the beauty of this morning.  On my left was a five foot high bank, about ten feet… Read More

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Road trip: Carlsbad GP ’75

Following is a story sent to us by M. Jack Martin from Texas. It’s a very entertaining read about Jack and his brother doing a road trip from Texas to the Carlsbad GP in 1975. What does Jack do? He’s an Attorney and the significance of that fact just adds more to the story…as you’ll see! M. Jack Martin, III, Austin, Texas USA In June of 1975 I was fired from my job of six years. I had worked my way up from selling newspaper subscriptions door to door for the old Houston Post to running one of its soliciting crews all over the Bayou City. Unfortunately, while I had… Read More

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Honda CR125R 1982

Words and photo by Steve Campbell (Florida, USA) The bike was originally purchased from eBay and it looked like it was preserved in a time capsule. It was purchased from a woman directly outside of Detroit, Michigan. The bike was shipped directly to Bill Clem @ Great Escape Cycle in Signal Hill, California. Mr. Clem deserves all the restoration credit as I only secured the bike and funded the project. No one knows more about Elsinores than Bill Clem. Modifications include: All new equipment from the ground up…tires, cables, levers, bars, chain, sprockets, bushings, bearings, etc Motor completely disassembled and built to racing standards – porting, head milling, cases matched,… Read More

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