Triumph specialists Britech New England say their alloy pressure plate cures the clutch problems Triumph owners experience both on the track and on the street. Made from T6 aluminum alloy, the pressure plate is a bolt-on replacement for the original but provides increased rigidity and ventilation while also providing a wider surface (0.50-inch versus 0.125-inch on the stock plate). The result is superior clutch grip and a lighter clutch feel. Available for 1963-1983 Triumph and BSA 500, 650 and 750 twins. $99.95. MC
According to motorcycle travel writer Clement Salvadori, we should thank his Uncle Erminio for Salvadori’s lifelong pursuit of the road less traveled. As Salvadori explains in the introduction to No Thru Road, his latest compilation of traveling stories, Italian country doctor Uncle Erminio gave an 8-year-old Salvadori his first motorcycle ride, taking him along on patient rounds aboard an old Sertum 250.
That experience lit a flame, and although it would be a few years before Salvadori would buy his first bike, by the age of 16 he was committed to life on two wheels, and has been riding regularly ever since. That’s a bit of an understatement, actually, as Salvadori has, in the intervening 50-plus years, racked up innumerable miles riding on six continents through at least 70 countries — including an around the world trip in the 1970s — in often less than hospitable conditions.
Salvadori’s travel stories have appeared in just about every motorcycle magazine produced, including Motorcycle Classics. Along with current travel articles, he shares lessons learned from the road in his popular Road Tales column in Rider magazine. An adventure rider before the category existed, Salvadori has a habit of seeking out the road less traveled. Uniquely comfortable in the saddle and apparently requiring little more than a rain suit, a good sleeping bag and a bottle of red wine to keep him happy, Salvadori is the rare traveler, reveling in the journey and rarely concerned about the destination.
It’s a disposition that’s taken him from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and seemingly all points in between.
Like the author, this latest compilation follows its own unique path, tracking Salvadori’s rides alphabetically rather than chronologically or thematically. The result is a series of motorcycling adventures that hop around the world, jumping back and forth in time between Salvadori’s earliest tour through Europe in 1957 and a more recent expedition to the Bonneville Salt Flats, in 2010. In between are memorable rides like Kashmir in 1973, Peru in 1998, the former Soviet Union in 1988 and Tanzania in 1974.
The rides are all memorable and the story telling unforgettable, taking us to places most of us can only dream of visiting. Available through Amazon: 416 pages, $25. MC
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In the small theater of motorcycle journalism and on the even smaller stage of vintage motorcycles, there’s probably no writer better known than Peter Egan. A former mechanic and sometime motorcycle and car racer, Egan penned his first feature article for Cycle World in 1977. Other articles followed, and readers quickly warmed to Egan’s humorous, personal and insightful musings on motorcycles and motorcycling. In 1980 CW made the wise decision to hire Egan as a regular staffer, and for the next 33 years Egan became a fixture in the magazine, his monthly column, Leanings, becoming the first page many readers turned to when their new issue arrived.
In 2013 Egan announced his retirement, and his fans collectively despaired at the thought they’d no longer enjoy the reflections of the man who’d become the friend they’d never met. Egan has continued to make semi-regular feature appearances in CW, but his regular Leanings column ceased with the October 2013 issue. With the release of Leanings 3, however, Peter Egan fans can rejoice in the opportunity to read just about every column Egan wrote between 2005 and his final October 2013 “farewell.”
As the title suggests, Leanings 3 is the third in a series. The first, simply called Leanings, included his earliest features for CW along with selected Leanings columns from the 1980s up through 2002, with a decided focus on his work during the 1990s, a particularly rich period in Egan’s life as a motorcycle journalist. Leanings 2 pulled in more material from the 1980s and ‘90s, and columns and features up through 2004.
Leanings 3 takes us, ostensibly, to the end of Egan’s career at CW, covering his columns from 2005-2013 along with five features penned by Egan between 2006 and 2013. The material is recent enough that regular Egan fans will likely remember much of it, but that doesn’t detract from the enjoyment. Egan is one of the greatest writers and storytellers to ever have graced any motorcycle magazine’s pages, and whether you’re rereading a piece of his prose for the fourth time or just discovering him for the first, you’ll be rewarded and thankful for every page. Motorbooks: 304 pages, $28. To order a copy, go to the Motorcycle Classics online store. MC
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Motorcycle windshield manufacturer Parabellum is now making Scout Fairings to fit Hinkley Triumph Bonnevilles. Previously available for BMW models only, the Scout Fairing provides smooth aerodynamic touring protection and better gas mileage in a sport-sized package that only weighs 4.5lb, Parabellum says. Four stainless steel and aluminum mounts make removal a snap, and windshields are available in five different heights ranging from 10 inches to 20 inches. $599 unpainted, $799 painted. MC
Ducati clutch hydraulics
Ducati specialist Bevel Heaven has hydraulic clutch conversion kits to make shifting easier on bevel drive Ducati twins. The kits include a new Brembo master cylinder, a hard anodized slave cylinder, choice of silver or black handle perch with mirror or no-mirror clamp, and clear or black cover stainless steel hose. Three kits cover most bevel drive twins without a crossover shaft, including a kit with a special standoff to hold the slave for engines with Bosch ignition. $479.07 plus options. MC
Honda oil drain plug
Aftermarket specialists Joker Machine have introduced a M33.7 x 1.5mm thread pitch magnetic drain plug that fits many Honda twins from 1965-1978. Made from 6061 billet aluminum, the plug has a high-power rare earth neodymium-iron boron magnet pressed into the body to grab any steel debris that might be in your oil. The plug replaces Honda part no. 90013-312-000 and installs with a 19mm socket. It comes pre-drilled with a safety wire hole for race bike applications. Made in the U.S.A. $34.95. MC
Sep. 10, 2014 AZUSA, Calif. — CSC Motorcycles announced today that it will host a 2-day open house on 27 and 28 September to highlight the new RX-3 CSC Cyclone motorcycle. The event will be held at the CSC Motorcycles manufacturing facility located at 1331 West Foothill Boulevard, Azusa, California 91702. Hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on both days.
The RX-3 CSC Cyclone, manufactured for CSC by Zongshen, is a 250cc adventure touring motorcycle. The bike features water cooling, fuel injection, a counter-balanced overhead cam engine, a six-speed transmission, adventure tour styling, a windshield, and a full luggage complement. Last week, CSC Motorcycles announced a limited-time introductory price of $2,895 for the RX-3 Cyclone, with a regular price of $3,495 after the first shipment. The company is accepting pre-orders for the motorcycle for a limited time only and pre-order activity has been brisk, according to Steve Seidner, President and Chief Executive Officer of CSC Motorcycles.
“We're extremely pleased with the response to our announcement about the Cyclone,” Seidner said. “The motorcycling public’s reaction to the introduction of this new bike is unlike anything I have ever seen, and I’ve been in the motorcycle business all my life. The CSC Cyclone is a great motorcycle and a quality product.” Seidner explained that news about the new CSC Cyclone has gone viral. “Several online magazines and Facebook pages are writing about us,” Seidner continued. “One reported 37,000 hits on their CSC Cyclone story the first day it appeared.”
CSC Motorcycles will have several interesting displays at its open house on September 27 and 28. In addition to the new CSC Cyclone, the open house will feature the company’s line of modern Mustang motorcycle replicas (the CSC 150 and CSC 250 motorcycles). Seidner said that CSC will display its private collection of original vintage Mustang motorcycles at the event (CSC owns the world's largest collection of vintage Mustangs). CSC will also display its 150cc race bike (current holder of the 150cc world land speed record).
More information on the CSC Cyclone is available on the CSC Motorcycles website and blog.