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Cycle News 1982 08 04

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riow headed Jean-Paul Groulx, vice president, sales. . roulx ·is headG quartered in Valcourt, Canada. The U. S. sales headquarters have been moved from Minnesota to Chicago, IL, Linder ,the direction of U.S. sales manager Russell M. ' Davis ~ Jeff Smith is now the product manager in charge of the new Can-Am motorcycles, clothing, parts and accessories. for his Harley after, practicing on both. . ".;Jimmy Filice will probably be out for another four weeks 'w hil e his wrist heals, but we've got to keep working on our development program, " said Team Yamaha's Aksland. "That is why we brought.the . . Yamahas to DuQuoin. One'bike is basically the same one we began the year with, but the other has the Word out of Eu~ope · is that 500cc · engine position rotated forward so .MXGP star Hakan Carlqvist will that the crankshaft is two inches ' ride the ISDE in Czechoslovakia this lower." Aksland said the engine . September. According to England's puts out "about 82 to 85 horse.M otOT Cycle.Neurs, " Carla " will fide power." . . a Yamaha IT465 as part of a three-. man Manufacturers team entered by The four Honda NS750 Sidewinders the Swedish Yamaha importer. Join- two each for Mike Kidd and Scott . ing him will be ex-GP contender Pearson - all sported new exhaust Torlief Hansen on a 250cc machine, megaphones which were smaller in and Steve Tell on an over 500cc diameter than the systems used at the four-stroke. . Indianapolis Mile National and were made of stainless steel. All bikes ran ' Elsewhere on this page is news of normal ignition firing order rather the 1982 American MX and Trothan the" twingle" system used on one phee des Nations team, and the of Kidd's and Pearson's bikes at Indy. ., T-shirt that is being .sold to fund Pearson's number two bike sported a the team. So far American Honda , Marzocchi fork with dial-in damping. has committed to provide $25,000 of the $50,000 needed. SuperThe hottest rumor in the pits at bowl promoter.Mike Goodwin and DuQuoin concerned a special proMiller High Life Beer have donated ject at Harley-Davidson which will $2000, and Wrangler will be pro- . produce a street ' version of the . viding the team with all its clothing. , XR750 dirt tracker. .The project is said to have.begun just two months Motorcycle Safety , Foundation ago. . will relocate its national headquarters from Linthicum, MD, to Chadds After Ricky Graham 's ',win at Du Ford, PA, in late October of this year. Quoin, Harley team manager Dick . According to MSF president Charles O 'Brien walked' over to his pits to H . Hartman, the decision to move shake hands with Graham and tuner . was , "based on the changing needs of Tex Peel. O 'Brien congratulated Peel, the Foundation: With educational saying that the 47 .point lead they activities switching to our regional now hold in the Winston Pro Series, offices, we no longer need to mainwas a' "formidable one." tain training facilities at our head, quarters. Lower operating costs reo Last Call: Photographers and illussuiting from our relocation means trators are reminded that the Paramore money will be available to aid dox Press catalog, MotoGrafix '83, program development." Effective Oct. closes Aug. 31. Artists into reach15, the Foundation's mailing address ing a wide market should submit ' will be P.O. Box 120, Chadds Ford, work promptly. All contributors PA 19317. In addi tion there are MSF will be listed in a directory as a regional offices in Columbia, MD; guide for potential clients. For forFair Oaks, CA; and.Knoxville, TN. A mat .or contraetinformation write fourth regional office is expected to or call Todd Rafferty, Paradox open in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in Press, Box H, Santa Margarita, CA September. . 93453, 805/438-5348. The A grass-roots effort to fund the defense of the U.S. Trophee and MX des Nations title is underway. For a $9 or greater donation to the fund, you'll receive a T-shirt just like.the one this young lady is wearing. Send all donations and orders for T-shirts to American MX Team, P.O. Box 1450, Encino, CA 91316. Americans Bruce Penhall, Dennis Sigalos and Kelly Moran made their way into the World Speedway Final by placing among the runners in the July 23 Inter-Continental Speedway Final - at Vetlanda, Sweden. Englishman Les Collins was the event's top scorer with 12 points,-followed by fellow Briton Kenny Carter at 11 and Sigalos with 10. World Champ Penhall and Moran both totalled nine points. American Shawn Moran, the first alternate for the event, did not get a chance to ride. The top 11 from the Inter-Continental Final face the top five from the Continental Final in the World Final, scheduled for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Aug. 28. ·2 Y Mike Baldwin and Da ve Aldana, defendi ng champions of the Suzuka (Japa n ) Eight-Hour Endurance Race, will return for th e Aug. I event, bu t only one will be able to successfu lly defe nd the title. Baldwi n will team th is year with John Betten court on a Honda , while Aldana will ride with Wes Cooley on a 'Yosh im ura Suzuki. Lee Fabry showed up for the CMC Four-stroke Championships ' with this trick YZ-framed, Honda XR 185. The engine is punched out to 277cc and has a one-off watercooled cylinder. The waterpump is driven off the cam and runs at two thirds engine speed. Owner and assembler, 'Lee, did 95% of the work. Water-pump was built by Norm Takasugawa. Engine relia, bility is not a problem, but transmission strength is. A ,gearbo x failure put the bike out of the program. Round 14 of the Yamaha Perpetual Gold Cup Series was held in McMinneville, OR, on July 25. Tim Michlitsch (Kaw) won the 125cc Pro class, Rick Burgett (Yam) the 250cc Pro contest and Team Honda's Phil Larson took top Open class honors. The final round of the Gold Cup Series will be held at the Thurston-Grays ORV Park near Olympia, WA, on Aug. 1. " T he engine has plenty of power," said Steve Morehead after riding Team . Yamaha's Virago-based 750 in two practice sessions at the DuQuoin Mil e Na tional. " It' s got potential. The handling needs a bit of work and I'm going to spend two days (July 26-27) doi ng so me, testing with Bud Aksland and Cor ky. Keen er in Ohio." Morehead had been offered a rid e on the Yamaha for DuQuoin, bu t opted This year's American team for the Trophee and Motocross des Nations event was set July 20, and like last year, the team will be comprised of Honda riders. Donnie Hansen, Johnny O'Mara, Danny Chandler and Darrell Shultz will be the. primary team, with Jim Gibson listed as alternate. The 250cc Trophee des Nations will be Sept. 5 in West Germany, and the 500cc Motocross' des Nations will be Sept. 12 in Switzerland. Multitime World Champion Roger DeCoster will ' again be the team manager. . Motorcycling lost one of its finest on Wednesday, July ,21 when Hans "Payen" Johansson, 47, lost his life in a motorcycle accident in San Diego, CA. Swedish-born Payen, a longtime Husqvarna employee and tuner, was a friend to all of those who knew him - he considered the motorcycle community as his family - and will be sorely missed. Funeral arrangements were pending at presstime. . Godspeed, Payen... . Mark Blackwell and Brad Lackey . are two of the names behind an effort to organize a Payen Johansson Memorial Fund, to be used to aid privateer motocrossers. Contributions to the fund can be sent c/o Husqvarna Motorcycle Co., 4925 Mercury se. San Diego, CA 92111. A hearty Wealey welcome to new Cycle NeU/seditor Jim Bowman. Jim comes to us from Sonoma, CA, where he had worked as a technical writer to support his enduro riding habits: Welcome aboard! . A few weeks ago we told you about four new MXers that Can-Am would be introducing for the 1983 model year. A press release from Can-Am parent company Bombardier, says that there will be two more new models - a 250cc road racer and a trials machine. The new models are to be launched at dealer meetings in . October and November. ' "I'm going to do 100 miles on the back of my Honda," says Wheelie King Doug Domokos, who currently holds the world record for the longest wheelie at 20 miles. Planning for the record attempt is proceeding now, end details should be released in the next few weeks. Stay tuned. ' Speaking of Can-Am, there has been some reorganization in the Bombardier, lnc., Recreational Products Division. Sales of ,CanAms, along with snowmobiles, are MikeTaylor, the passenger in a sidecar that flipped -in turn three at La guna Seca duringthe heat race, reports that he 's out of the hospital, back at home 'aird going It6 workcas .well. I

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