CB750 float gauge
Joker Machine has introduced a float gauge tool for 1969-1976 Honda CB750 Keihin carbs. Patterned off the original stamped sheet metal tool Honda supplied to dealers, the Joker gauge is made from CNC machined billet aluminum, 5.3mm thick for extra durability. The gauge is set to original Honda specification of 26mm, eliminating any chance of an “out of adjustment” slip when setting float height. Will not work on later 1977-1978 CV-type carbs. $29.95. MC
Hugh Anderson is that rare person on two wheels, a versatile, thoughtful racer who turned his back on a promising career in New Zealand speedway racing to concentrate on road racing — in between working in the pits as a coal miner. Anderson’s newly released autobiography, Being There
, recounts the four-time World champion’s fascinating exploits over a career spanning 55 years. Anderson won all five races in his first-ever Miniature TT, run at the age of 17 aboard a Francis-Barnett 2-stroke. Fifty-five years later, at the age of 72, he took the checkered flag on a Manx Norton in New Zealand’s prestigious Pukekohe International Historic race meeting. In between, he won four World Championship road race titles for Suzuki, and after that became one of Europe’s top motocrossers.
Anderson headed for Europe in 1960 to join the legendary Continental Circus, and progressed up the privateer ladder to compete in Grand Prix racing — in his first start in a GP he masqueraded as Rhodesian rider Shaun Robinson! Anderson established links with Suzuki’s factory team in 1961 just as they arrived in Europe, forging a close relationship that brought him and the company four World titles in the 50cc and 125cc classes from 1963 to 1965. He also began racing in top-level motocross, with full approval from Suzuki. Anderson was the first rider to finish a World Championship Motocross GP on a Suzuki, before walking away from road racing and a well-paid contract as a factory rider in favor racing in the dirt, first as a Métisse-mounted privateer, then on a CZ.
After buying a Matchless G50 in the early 1980s, Anderson began a second road racing career as a top Historic racer, winning more than 25 races in 1985-1990, including the prestigious Historic TT held at Assen alongside the Dutch GP, as well as the British Classic Race of the Year, and the Australian 500cc Historic championship
Being There is an extremely readable, self-penned story. Packed full of interesting observations and fascinating minutiae, it captures the spirit of an age. His total recall of detail makes you feel you’re sitting there looking over his shoulder while he’s riding, grappling with the 125GP Suzuki and its short 500rpm powerband or how he finished second in the Dutch TT on the 50cc Suzuki with three spokes missing from its rear wheel after a vicious slide. It’s all there in great detail. It’s a finely written memoir that gives an in-depth picture of what it was like riding for a Japanese factory in the early 1960s, especially for a company that was new to racing outside Japan. Fascinating. 372 pages, $35 (approx.) plus postage. To order a copy go to the Kiwi Classic website or contact the author directly at email@example.com
Honda CX500 carb guide
When Larry Cargill started restoring Honda CX500s, he discovered that there was no good resource for rebuilding and troubleshooting their finicky Keihin CV carburetors. That prompted Larry to document the care and restoration of CX Keihins, resulting in the publication of Larry’s Guide to Rebuilding the Keihin CX/GL Carburetors. Fifty pages long and filled with hundreds of detailed photos, it’s an essential guide and a CX must-have. $30. MC
Back by popular demand, Whitehorse Press has just reissued Ian Falloon’s definitive account of the BMW R90S. One of the most important motorcycles ever to roll out of the BMW factory, the R90S was introduced for the 1974 model year and stayed in the BMW catalog until 1976, when Reg Pridmore famously rode an R90S to victory in the inaugural AMA Superbike Championship. Like all of Falloon’s books, BMW R90S is exhaustively researched and an absolute must for R90S fans. $29.95. MC
Vanson Leathers makes more than just leather jackets, including a fine line of traditionally-inspired waxed cotton jackets. A descendant of the classic trials jacket, the Stormer is handmade in Vanson’s Massachusetts factory using 10.10-ounce waxed cotton army duck canvas with a half-back lining. It has four exterior snap-close pockets plus snap-close wrist cuffs, a buckle and strap collar, and a two-way brass front zipper. Made for on- and offroad riding, like leather waxed cotton jackets get better with age. $449. MC
Better chain lube
Connecticut-based Spectro Oils has been making specialty oil and lubrication products for motorcycles since its beginning in 1966, helping riders keep their bikes on the road. Spectro says its Z Clean Chain Lube utilizes a special zinc formulation to provide superior anti-wear protection for longer chain and sprocket life. Spectro says — and our experience agrees — it won’t attract dirt, sand or grit, and won’t fling. Suitable for O-ring and roller-type chains, on- or offroad. $14.15. MC
Triumph Trident help
Owners of Triumph/BSA triples suffering rocker box and pushrod tube leaks will be interested to know about a new rocker box vent kit developed by Triumph T160 owner Al Wordingham at European Spares. The kit features a pair of vent plugs plus necessary spigots and vent lines. The vented plugs replace existing plugs on the backside of each rocker box. Each plug has three vent holes threaded at 120 degrees to ensure the vent spigots and hoses can be properly located. The unused vent holes are plugged with supplied set screws. Price: $57. MC