It was a dark, stormy, and surprising morning. My son, John, and I arrived for the opening session of American Supercamp, the traveling dirt-bike school, on this occasion staged at an arena in City of Industry, California, in time for the first chalk talk of the day. Supercamp founder/headmaster Danny Walker was on stage, facing [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Corey J. Coulter
Failure To Launch China’s motorcycle industry still has a long way to go before it reaches US buyers.
For years, we have been expecting great things from China’s vast motorcycle industry, by far the world’s largest (27 million machines produced in 2012, or one for every 50 Chinese citizens). We’ve gone to the shows and seen the jet-lagged personnel trying to look perky behind lackluster models that reveal little contact with contemporary western [...]Read Full Post | Comments(12)
1. Inspect the battery cables, posts and fasteners. If necessary, clean the terminals with a stiff brush or battery cleaner spray. Make sure the cables and their housings are in good shape and the connectors are secured tightly to the battery. 2. If the battery is not a sealed unit, check the electrolyte levels, using [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Dave Schultz and his Eagle One Kawasaki Ninja graced the cover of this issue. Schultz won the Pro Stock Motorcycle title in the class’ inaugural 1987 season. He also topped the International Drag Bike Association’s points chase that same year. Schultz, who died from cancer in 2001, came to national [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Okay, now it’s a trend. First, Suzuki showed the Recursion with its just-over-500cc engine supercharged to give big-bike acceleration. Now, there’s talk of a supercharged Yamaha 250 twin and a blown Kawasaki four-cylinder of unknown displacement. What’s going on here? In the car world, makers are staring at the problem of hitting the 2025 CAFE [...]Read Full Post | Comments(13)