It's something I have said before and thankfully can keep saying: There is still so much more material to publish on this website. So thanks to Akiko, I dug up this Owner's manual for a Honda CL77. And, also as usual, more soon!
Williamson Sports Motors later apparently became G. Brick Motorsports and the phone number stayed mainly the same. The number only changed from 717-726-3343 to 570-726-3343. Seeing that the domainname has expired as well as the building this company once sold beautiful motorbikes from looks quite empty, I can assume that this company is no more.
Throttle response is instantaneous. Hardest for heavy-handed author, above, was job of keeping fast-revving engine from pushing tach needle past the 9,200 redline.
Big-bike power in an intermediate? Right-that's Honda's new 500 Four.
By RAY HILL
0ne of the sweetest pieces of motorcycle engineering to come down the road lately is the Honda CB-500. Super-bike performance without bigbike weight and cost- that's what you get. Four little 2.2-inch-diameter pistons operating in 30 cubic inches of space churn out 50 hp at 9,000 rpm. The tach redlines at 9,200. But the four-carb, four-stroke OHC engine accelerates so fast it's hard to stay out of the red.
Lights below speedometer and tach show turn signals, oil pressure, neutral position, high beam. Brake reservoir is at right.
On a test track I made a couple of leisurely practice laps, then barreled into a curve at 80 mph. Downshifting into fourth, I leaned, rolled on the gas, heard something scrape, shifted into fifth, and the next time I looked at the speed needle it showed 100 mph down the straightaway.
One of the best brakes in motorcycling is hydraulic disk unit on the front wheel. Author made panic stops without fade.
What happens if you have to stop all this power in a hurry? On the front wheel there's a hydraulically operated disk brake equal to the best stoppers on the road. If you grab it too hard, you can find yourself staring back at the headlight.
When it's cold, the 500 takes a few seconds to start. When warm, a tap on the starter button is enough. The engine runs very quietly-so quietly, in fact, that stopped in city traffic, I sometimes had to strain to hear it. Even under heavy acceleration the engine is impressively quiet and vibration-free.
Well sprung, with a comfortable seat and 50 hp coming out of a five-speed gearbox, the 500 makes riding on two wheels a joy.
This little powerhouse shoots through the quarter-mile at about 90 mph in 14 seconds. During the coming year, it'll probably shoot through some sales records. Yep, Honda's struck gold again.
Source: Popular Science, December 1971 by Ray Hill
Note: Don't start writing postcards to Peter Furlong, this article is not exactly recent.
Drive chains are exposed to rain, mud, and slush. StilL with regular lubrication and adjustment they can last thousands of miles. Most would probably last longer if they were enclosed-and wiping chain lube off the rear wheel after the chain flung it there would become only an unpleasant memory. With this in mind, an English company now offers an enclosed chain guard for several popular motorcycles. It can be installed in five minutes, according to the maker. Toggle clamps hold its two pieces together, and the whole assembly bolts to the swing arm, using the bolt holes for the standard chain guard. Made of durable plastic, it comes with a black-impregnated finish and costs $55 (including shipping). It fits these machines: Honda 400F, 500K, 550K. 550F; Suzuki GS 750; Kawasaki KZ 400, KZ 650, KZ 900, KZ 1 000; Triumph late-model 750 Bonnevilles. You can order it from Peter Furlong Products, 125 Catford Hill, London SE6 4PR, England.
Source: Ray Hill, Popular science, April 1979
PS, on the same page:
For Gold Wingers G L 1000 owners: Honda has a new shop manual for you. It has the latest emissions and repair information for 1975-1979 GL 1000 models. The manual is amply illustrated and clearly written. Not surprising, perhaps- the original manual published in 1976 won the Society for Technical Communications 1976-1977 Award for Distinguished Technical Communication. If you own a Gold Wing, do your own work, and don't have a manual, you'll find this book indispensable. It's $8.50 at Honda dealers.
En zo zie je maar, iedereen kan lekker op twee wielen rondscheuren! Ik kan helaas verder niets vinden op dit moment over wat de achtergrond van deze foto is. Wellicht kom ik later nog eens wat tegen.
Plaats: Uden Beschrijving: N. van Vugt ontwerpt een kleine brommer voor D. Verhoeven. Datering: ca. 1975 Fotograaf: onbekend Auteursrechthouder: niet gevonden Identificatienummer: 1608-003686 Directe link
Zou deze fiets met halve wielen de jongste spruit worden aan de stam van de Japanse motorgigant Honda? Een technicus demonstreert zijn geesteskind tijdens de tiende ideeënwedstrijd van de fabriek. De werknemers konden hun eigen ontwerpen laten zien op het circuit van Susuka, ten zuidwesten van Tokio.
Aan de wielrijder worden geen bijzondere eisen gesteld. De fiets rijdt net zo als een gewone doordat het achterste deel van het wiel onder het rijden naar voren valt.
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