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Cycle News 1986 03 05

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sunglasses to an yone test -riding a ZL600 cruiser and a pocket-sized Cas io 21 TV to anybody buy ing eit her a KLR250 or KLR600 d ual purpose machine during the Kawa saki 20th Anniversary Bash prom otio n now u nderway . Mark H yde rode a mod ified Hus-> q varna Automatic to victo ry in the o pe n ing ro und o f th e 1986 AMA N ati on a l Ch amp ion sh ip H ar e Scrambles Series in Sa li ne . Louisiana. o n Su nd a y. Februa ry 23. Fr itz Kadl ec (H us) led most o f the way but a crash near the en d o f the ra ce a llowed H yde to ta ke over th e lead for good. Kad lec fin ished seco nd . lead in g third place fini sh er M ike Keen (H us) a£oss the finish lin e. Team Honda'sJohnny O'Mara will put in a lo ng. hard weekend on March 8-9 when he competes in the Daytona Supercross on Saturday afternoon. jets to Los Angeles Saturday night; and then competes in the L.A. Marathon , a 26-mile foot race, on Sunday. Graem e Crosb y. wi nner o f the 1982 Da ytona 200, ap pears to have retired fro m motorcycle raci ng . Th e N ew Zea land Yam a ha dea ler won h is home co u nt ry 's Ni ssa n Mo bil Series in J anuary. driving a BMW 635CS I. and he has rides lin ed up for severa l upcoming G Ir race events th is sp ri ng. Asked if h e'd tak e tim e o u t to co mpete in mo torcycle endura nce roa d racing events as he d id last Y C"Jr. Crosby sai d . " P ro ba bly not. " Ed and Gary Fishe r have purchased a Honda RS750D dirt trackerfrom Rob M uzzy for Baltimore, Maryland 's Rodney Farris to ri de in Camel Pro Se ries eve nts. Ed Fisher, who won two Gra nd Nationa l Championship races (1 9 5 2 Lang horne Mile and 1953 Laco nia Road Race ), and his son Gary, who won the 1972 Loudon National Road Race, operate motorcycle and auto dealerships in Parkesburg , Penn sylvania . Gary. a fo rmer Yamaha factory ri d er who started his pro racing career rid ing Triumphs out of Gary Nixon 's Cockeysville. Maryland, shop, said . " D ad i s always w ired so he 'll get his hands d irty changing t ires, but I plan to stay clea n by sitting on the p it wall and t im ing Rodney." Farris, 23, fi nished 19th in the ' 8 5 Camel Pro Series poin t standings. His best Camel Pro f in ish to date is a th ird in t he ' 8 3 Syracuse M ile . The AMA 's ' in h o use and field staffs have bee n growi ng. N ew additions to th e P ro Racin g depa rtment include Pa trick Murp h y, marketing a nd pu blic relati ons ma nager; Bill Tomi ch . m ot ocross mana ger ; Ned Red way. nat ional mot ocross tech inspector; a nd Dee Wh ite. depa rtment secre ta ry. In addition . two sta ff vete rans have been p ro mot ed . J u d y Wam p ler no w heads a reorganized R ider Se rvices Depa rtment a nd Pat McCoy serves as marketi ng a nd p ub lic relati o ns assistant . 2 Celebrating Kawasaki 's 20th year of selling motorcycles in the U .S ., Kawasaki dealers are giving away a free one -year subscription to a Petersen Publications magazine to anybody test-riding a 1 9 8 6 Kawasa k i Voyager XII t o u r ing bike. Offered m agazin es inclu de Motorcyclist and D irt Ride r . Participating Kawasak i dealers are also giving aw ay a set of av iator-styl e Arai H elmets will p ro vide tech n ica l ass is ta n t to racers at Daytona In ternationa l Spee d way for Speed Week in a shop o n pi t ro w. The co m pa ny will a lso demonstrat e its Perso na lized O r d er Mana g em ent Sys tem (PO MS). wh ich a llo ws riders to design a cus to m h elm et p a int job with th e a id o f a compu ter. More information is available from Arai at 201/567-5707. The Eighth Annual Big Country Moto Guzzi Rally has been scheduled for May 23-25 in New Cumberland. West V irgin ia. The 1985 event drew over 300 riders from 29 states. More inf orm at io n is ava ilable from Merle Bush. West Virginia State Representative of the Moto Guzzi National Owners Club, 347 Glenn Lane. Follansbee. WV26037. Fujio Yoshimura has f iled patent applications in Japan and the U.S. on this new Yoshimura exhaust system for four-cylinder in line four-strokes; the system features chambers linking the head pipes of cylinders one and two and cylinders three and four. Bill Wi ldt of th e Mo torsport Adva ncement Crusade has been invi ted to submit a letter fo r publicati on detai lin g th e Crusa de's view o f th e lack of mo torsports coverage o n televi sio n to Comm un ica tor . the R adi o T elevision News Directors Associat io n magazine. Wildt is an o u tspoken ad voca te o f m otorsports getting eq ua l T V sports time co m pared to baseba ll , football. etc. More informat ion is avai la ble from Wildt a t 3 12/678-3577. Little known f act : According t o Udo Geitl of Team Honda. t he company is working on plastic connect ing rods fo r Superbikes; t he team currently uses rods machined o ut of steel billet to repl ace the t itanium rods used in 1984 and 1 9 8 5 . AMA ru les outlawed tit aniu m rods for the 1 9 8 6 season, in hopes of keeping down the cost of Superbike racing . Bert St ucke rt, to p rid er in th e BMW Twin Cha llenge/85 co m inge ncy program for AMA Battl e o f T h e Twins ra ces last yea r. will ride BMWs in 1986 with support from R.K. BMW o f Deptford. New J ersey a nd Cra ne Racin g. Graham Noyce made his return to motocross rid ing a KTM at Matchams, England to win the Allcomers Winter Championship. Graham. the 1979 500cc Motocross Wor ld Champion an d fi v e-tim e British Champion , hadn ' t been on a track since suffering a sk ull f racture in a f all off a balcony at hi s ho m e in England last year. Nevada desert ace Kevin Welch wil ma rr y Rachael Fa ul ds o n March 8 in Las Vega s, Nevada. More information is ava ila ble from Welch a t 7021 870-2389. WERA road racing events this year feature $627,600 in posted cont ingency awards; 1986 WERA Na t ional Endurance Se ries events have $195.000 posted, and 1986 WERA sprint races have $432,600 posted. according to f igures just released by WEF A . More inf orm ation is available f rom WERA at 803 /784-3105 . W ERA h as ma de severa l cha nges in i ts 1986 Nat ion al Spri n t Road Racing Series. The August 3 dar e a t Wa tkins G len , New York has been preem p ted by an IRO C ca r partice, so WERA will hold a o ne- day regi ona l -. ... ... - ~ ... Harley-Davidson 's new 1340cc FLST Heritage Softail mimicks the classic styling of the 1949 Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide, with Fat Bob tanks. even t a t Watkins G len o n Augus t 2 and will ad d an Augus t 30-3 1 National a t Nelson Led ges, Ohio. W ERA has also added Na tio na ls a t St. Louis. Illino is o n Augus t 9- 10 a nd T all adega . Ala ba ma o n Septem ber 27-28. Mo re information is available from WERA at 803/784-3 105. The Keystone Road Riders of Perkasie. Pennsylvania have scheduled their Ninth Annual Rally for June 21 -23 at Evergreen Lake Campground in Moorestown, Pennsylvania . The rally w ill feature a scenic tour. field events, a Saturday dinner and door prizes; $20 preregistrat ion includes two nights of camping and the dinner. More inf o rm ation is ava ilable from Keystone Road Riders. 818 E. Walnut. Perkasie, PA 18944 or from Joe Lee at 215 /672-3300. T he Nort hw est Mo to rcycl e Asso ciation is a non -p rofit o rgani zatio n o f 2700 trail riders in th e state o f Washin g ton . in vo lved in legisla tive acti vities. co m pet itio n an d fami ly aspects o f th e sport. T he N MA is sa nctio n ing a n off-ro ad series of h are scram bles. end u ro a nd ISD E quali fier even ts in 1986. and separa te end uro series. Mo re in formation is a va ila ble fro m Bo b Dyer. 6743 50t h Ct . S.E " Ol ym p ia . \VA 98503. 206/ 456- 1103 or 206/7:;32181. AFM road racer Steve H o lt has publi sh ed a 78-p age a m ho logy o f poetry en titled "Li fe's a Bitch a nd Then Yo u Die.YH o lt cla ims th e 7.95 book co ntai ns man y mo torcycl e ra cingrelat ed topics an d th a t it's availa ble from boo kstores na tionwide o r by m ail. Mo re in formation is ava ila ble fro m Steve Holt . 1286 Arbor Ave.. Los Altos, CA 94022. 415/ 918-1095. Former U.S . Trials Champion Curt Comer has taken over Trials Com petition US A, a ta blo id newspaper de dicated to observed t rials. More information is av aila bl e f ro m Tria ls Compet ition US A, P.O . Bo x 283, W inchester, TN 3739 8 , 615 /9678778. . 1) -: J~t 11) . I , ) , 1 . JI I I J I Interesting feature : the 1986 Honda VFR750 has easily adjustable handlebar co ntrol levers. Spinning an _ ust m ent w heel moves the adj lever closer to or f arther from t he g rip. The sys t em w as first see n on the 1985 VF1 OOOR . i rr I ( t' .. .) I ~

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