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Cycle News 1984 01 25

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~ 00 0') letters can be sent to Homchick care of the Cycle offices, 780-A Lakefield Rd., Westlake Village, CA 91361. Harley-Davidson gets contract for CHP bikes MILWAUKEE. WIS. JAN. 9 H.r1ey-D.vidson Motor Company h•• received • firm contract for the ule of 131 of its FXRP polic. motorcycle. to the C.liforni. Highway P.trol. " thrilled to won the CHP order:' uid Dick Relter. H.r1ey-D.vidson·. Director of Fleet S.I••. "It I•• greet mor.l. boost to everyone... Under C.lifornl.·. three-stege procurem.nt proc.... H.rI.yDavidson submitted. prototype of its new vehicle to the CHP In M.y. 1983. for Initial performance tests. Passing thou tests qualified the compeny to bid for the contreet. On December 7. 1983. H.r1eyDavidson submitted low bid I$.4.400) va. Kewauki. In the third stege of the process. the compeny then provided the CHP with • stendard production vehicle for further testing. since low bid in th.t stete does not .utomatically re.uh in. contr.ct .w.rd. Hed the motorcycle not paned the I.test tests. the contract would been .w.rded to Keweukl. "H.rley-D.vidson h.. been m.king mejor cheng•••nd improvements to its product line .nd qu.lity over the lest few years." uid Reiter. "We have been re-emphasizing our police business since the comp.ny returned to priv.t. ownership in 1981." H. uld that being .ble to compete for .nd get the CHP contract .fter .n 11-yeer .bsence demonstrates thet H.rley-Davidson·. revitelizetion program I. "obviously working." uid h. expect. the CHP contract to h.v••n impact beyond the C.llfornl. "Becauu of the CH P'uough stend.rd•• th.y .re extremely influ.nti.1 .nd other I.w enforcem.nt .g.ncie. will frequently follow their le.d. We think this i•• m.jor step In winning more police motorcycle contr.cts.•• 2 HosPITal STOP: C':jcle Magazine sraffer Mark Homchi~k gave others a scare when he crashed while riding a dirt bike and broke his neck on january II. However, according to Cycle editor Phil Schilling, "Mark only suffered a compression fracture of a vertebrae. The alignment is perfect, and the only ill effeq at this time was a temporary, slight loss of dexterity and power in his right arm. He'll be released from the hospiral in a couple of days, and he'll be wearing a neck brace for two months." Cards and Former C,de GuIrIe edltor Michael Jord.n .1.0 .uffered ••pin.1 cord Injury. but unfortun.tely Jord.n w•• not •• lucky. A freel.ncer for both motorcycle .nd .utomotiv. m.gazlne. the p••t two y•• r•• Jord.n .uffered. brok.n neck In. r.clng car .ccld.nt.t Lagun. Sec. • nd h•• been ho.pitaliz.d since it h.ppened October. P.ul Deen. the editori.1 dir.ctor of Cye'e Galde, uy. th.t Jord.n h•• mede .om. good progreu on reg.lning movement on the left .ide of hi. body. but not the right. Becauu this h.ppened while Jord.n w••• freel.ncer .nd not by In.urance. hi. friend. in the industry .re getting togeth.r to rai.. money to p.y the hospitel bils. Freelencer Don Fuller • nd De.n .re h••ding up the Micheel Jord.n Fund. .nd they sey ell monies raised will go directly to Jord.n. Th. meHlng .ddre.. of the fund I. P.O. Box 828. Orange. CA 92666-0828. ABC's Wide World 0/ Sports will air coverage of the Superbikers race over two weekends. The first segment will run on Saturday, january 28, and the second segment will appear on Sunday, February 5. Check your local listings for the exact time and channel. D.nny laPorte will contest the World MX Ch.mpionship 260cc Series In 19M. witIt fectory backing from V....... UI Europe. laPorte. who resideain Sun V.IIey. Id.ho. w•• crowned •• 260cc World Ch.mplon In 1982. .nd flni.hed the '83 urie. in second piece. behind Georges Jobe of Belgium. Jobe h•• moved up to the 500cc c.... for 1984.. Team Honda MX team manager Dave Arnold has confirmed that Danny "Magoo" Chandler will compete in the 500cc class in the AMA National MX Series, putting an end to rumors that he would ride the 500cc World Championship MX rounds. "H.nk Scott .nd Ted Boody will be riding for me in the C.m.1 Pro Seri•• this ye.r." uid T.x P.el of hi. pl.n. for 1984. "In .ddition• I'll b. building .ngin.. for Ro.owicz .nd directing hi. racing oper.tion•. H.nk. T.d.nd I h.d. m.eting .t the beginning of where Itold them their equipment would be •• equ.1 .. I could m.k. it. There isn't • number one or number two rld.r.·· Boody picked up hi. rid. with Peel .fter Skip E.k.n. who tuned for him ye.r. left Boody'••ponsor. South H.r1.y-D.vidson of Clevel.nd. Ohio. to join Honda'• dirt treck effort. There'll Always be an En~land Department: just when you thought the last spadeful of dirt had been thrown on the grave of the Triumph motor· cycle, along comes some good news. A British company called Racing Spares purchased the rights to the Triumph name and is planning to have kick-start TI40 BonneviLIes ready for sale by june of this year. Cycle News got the information from john Calicchio, the man behind jRC, a California-based company that specializes in British bikes. Calicchio said that he has a verbal agreement with Racing Spares (soon to be renamed Triumph Motorcycles Ltd.) naming jRC as the V.S. distributor of the "new" Triumphs. Calicchio hopes to sign a formal agreement by january 20. and have the bikes ready for V.S. sale by the end of summer. The parti~ involved are shooting for a price of $Z995, and the bikes will be

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