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Cycle News 1971 01 13

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M 8. "America's No. 1 weekly motorcycle newspaper. You'll always see it FIRST in Cycle News!" Publisher Editor Business Manager General Manager Assistant Editor Circulation Manager Lab Technician . Advertising Asst. Bookkeeper Bookkeeper Delivery Charles Clayton Sharon Clayton .. Tom Culp · . John Bethea · . Rheba Smith .Diane Sosnoski _ . _Ed Randell · Dorothea Lang Eleanor Duke · _Larry Groves Cycle-News East, Dixie Cycle News, and National Advertising information: Tom Culp. National Advertising Dir. Cycle News (West), P.O. Box 498, Long Beach, California 90801. (213) 427-7433 - L.A. 636-8844. TELEX NO. 673-474 Subscription: One year 2nd class mail Single copy price ,$7.50 $.25 Published weekly except the first and last week of the calendar year by Cycle News, Inc., Post Office Box 498, long Beach, California, also publishers of Cycle News East, and Dixie Cycle News. Second Class Postage paid at Long Beach, Calif. Editorial stories, cartoons, photos, etc. are welcome. Write for information. Addressed, stamped envelope assures return of editorial matter. Reprinting in whole or in part only by permission of the publishers. Advertising rates and circulation information will be sent upon request. recrea tional vehjcles, etc. Since your FILM FARE To further motorcycling's image as a practical and healthy sport, and perhaps drum up a bit of business, we're planning a get-acquainted party at our shop. For entertainment, a couple hours of films would be just the thing,. the only hassle being that no one around here has such things. Can you or any of your readers help us out? Since we specialize in motocross and trials, fUms on these diversions woule! be ideal. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. BILL KASSON Austin, Texas Try Clyde Earl at BSA, Inc., Duarte, Calif. and Tom Patten at Bultaco Services...ed. AFM MADE A FRIEND Before attending the recent CastroI publication was recommended as one containing a wealth of information on motorcycles we are wondering if it is made available to Motor Vehicle Departments throughout the states. CHARLES BOSCH State Motor Vehicle Registrar Bismarck, N. Dakota Sure. We will starting sending you a complimentary subscription...ed. ALL IN A NAME Hey J come on now, felIas, let's get the name right! In the December 15th issue you had an article under the heading, "Trail Champ aN ovice" and in it, you spelled my son's name incorrectly three times! He had been home after fifteen months in Vietnam for less than a month and had only had about three days practice riding when he entered the California Trailbike Championship race. He came in first overall on his Hodaka • ~olces Grand Prix I wrote to Jim Manning asking for info. as to the time schedule, tickets, and track'location. In addition to the desired info., Jim was kind enough to send us two guest passes saying "coming all the way from Oregon, it is the least we can do." His thoughtfulness was great and the racing was great. It's men like Mr. Manning that make me glad to be in motorcycling. MEL NORTON Eugene, Ore. LOOK OUT, EVELl which isn't too bad considering he has been in the Army for 2~ years and hadn't even been on a bike for over a year. I want to make sure you get liis name right because I think you're going to be printing it often in the future as he continues racing. So here it is spelled correctly by someone who should know: RICK DURAND. HIS MOM Granada Hills, Cal. You've got us pead to writes...ed. INVEST IN A STAMP There will be no Dist. 37 Lightweight Desert Numbers issued by hand. Mail applications only will be accepted. I go out of my way to run a first class mail service and I would appreciate it if you would honor my efforts and mail them in. LARRY HA1O or 100 vehicles. The price is too high! There.are other areas you and I could ride for less cost to the public and ourselves. FRANK H. KOLWICZ Cyde News will be on vacation Oxnard, Calif. beginning December 22, 1970 All motorcyclists realize the need for and returning January 6,1971. riding areas is nut as great as the need for a cleaner and _better Wio-1'+<................~_~.--~..........~~t«~J~~.ed, '" • t ~ /' MOTORCYCLES IN THE FUTURE Predicting tile trends, based on the facts at hand and a positive attitude We are devoting this Holiday Issue to a preview of the future developments in motorcycles and the Iife'style of the motorcycle movement. With the year 2,000 A.D. drawing another notch closer, we think it is time that the people in motorcycling started looking where it is going, even making some choice of where we want it to be at the· end of the year, the millenium. In 13 years, the motorcycle as an invention will be 100 years old, That doesn't give us much time. The automobile, although historically younger, has progressed to a point of development so great, that it may be on the verge of extinction, like the giant dragons that once inhabited the earth. While the motorcycle, having suffered second-rate consideration at the hands of the population for most of its existence, now appears to be coming into its time of eminence. For the first time th is year we have seen many motorcycles priced the same or higher than many new cars. The Honda 750 sells for about $100 more than the new Honda car. And in England, a new Triumph or BSA Three costs several pounds more than a minicar. These are not specialty motorcycles, hand made for an elite market; these are the bread-and-butter, transportation machines. THE MOTORCYCLE VS. THE CAR What th is seems to me to mean is that the publ ic on both sides of the pond is falling out of love with its autOmobiles and into an affair of the heart with the motor bike. In an era of population where environment and resources of space and time as well as materials are becoming evermore critical, the ecological attraction of a device which gets you around in style, with so little fuss and pollution, cannot fail to seduce increasing percentages of the transportation and leisure market. That trend is already evident in the vehicle registrations of the state of California. In 1965 when we started publishing Cycle News, California had a motorcycle registration of 250,000. That was less than 2 percent of the total vehicles registered in the state. Now at the end of 1970, only five years later, the motorcycle count is 548,000 and amounts to over 5% of the vehicles registered. Our "share of the market" is increasing. Other states not encumbered by restrictive legislation show a similar increase, and I think that the national figures, when they become available, will shock a lot of people in the automobile business as they learn that bikes are biting away at their sales domain. Once Detroit becomes interested in entering the motorcycle business, we can expect a new explosion of the 2-wheel economy. Some of the technical features possible on the new creations are previewed in the lead article of this issue. We have concentrated this feature on technological advancements in the road motorcycle, for my crystal ball reveals that the larger trend of development will be in the road motorcycle field, with a concurrent popularity growth toward road racing. MOTORCYCLE COUNTRY CLUBS IN THE FUTURE Dirt' ridin'g will inevitably become like golf, insofar as its organization and presentation are concerned. The rapid build-up of the 'country and the ecological considerations are gradually forcing trail riding and dirt racing from a "cowboy philosophy" to a "space ship economy." Much riding will be done at private c1ubgrounds and public recreational parks. Already one corporation with which I am involved in preparing to offer motorcycle country club franchises, with a policy designed to produce reasonable profits through the year 2,000. Such private parks as investments will equal the profit of other uses the land could be put to, and thus instlre enou!tJ off-road riding area wherever it is in demand, for as long as necessary. Like country clubs, these parks will include memberships and provide organization for fun. To avoid overcrowding, riding will be on a reservation basis, just like golf courses are now. If this seems to be introducing a new bit of bother into funriding, think of the new delights and conveniences the Motorcycle Country Club will introduce, like maintained grounds, clubhouse facilities, videotape tv, merchandise discounts, insurance, etc. All of the benefits now enjoyed by motorcycle clubs that were farsighted enou!tJ to purchase their own c1ubgrounds in the nineteen-thirties and 'forties will be available to any group that can invest about 25 to 50,000 dollars, and they can make a profit besides. Progress of a positive nature like this, of course requires a positive attitude on the part of the national sanctioning body, the AMA, for it is only through enlightened management of competition events that such clubs can pay their bills without assessing the members too heavily. At the same time that private parks will be demanding sanctions for big events from AMA, the government sector may get into the act on parks that it is already thinking of providing. This is a dilemma that I hope the AMA will resolve in favor of private enterprise, although I know the temptation to give Uncle Sam what he asks for will be enormous. As we have learned from experience, to~ much of a good thing - too many nationals, too much exposure - , and can be a bad thing for the future of motorcycling. I't appears that the AMA already is developing the positive attitude it needs. Its recent courtroom success in overturning restrictive laws probably heralds a new acceptance of the growth of motorcycling on the part of the authorities, or at least a new respect for "motorcyclist power." . POLITICS AND THE MOTORCYCLE Political trends in motorcycling indicate that we enthusiasts are becoming significant as a voting politicking group. Two candidates in the recent California election won close contests with the campaign help of organized motorcyclist. We may see this trend continue as anti-motorcycle groups compel their legislators to take firmer stands against funriding, We may just have to show them that we-count, too. THE NEW IMAGE FOR THE FUTURE As motorcycle enthusiasm gets itself together, and speaks out more on its behalf, its image inevitably will undergo some changes. Until recently the only image we had was provided by the Hells Angels and Wide World of Sports. Honda's "nice people" campaign didn't count, because few people realized that a Honda is a motorcycle. Now we have Bronson, Fauss and Halsey, and Easy Rider. The Bronson reruns, at I(IfIfi·.181 . r........ '. . . . .,. ..,..",...... :. . c: .., ~ w Z W ...J U > U

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