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on: September 24, 2018, 09:15:44 am
Just for fun, I dusted off the April 1962 issue of Cycle World and also my first CW issue, the second one that they published in February 1962. In the April issue, CW published a test of my first full-sized motorcycle, a Yamaha YD3.  Mine looked just like the one tested, except that the one that I bought new from the Al Fergoda Norton/Yamaha/Lambretta dealership in San Francisco, came stock with cream-colored plastic leg-shields.  :o Photos attached.
2011 Royal Enfield B5 500, 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2005 Triumph Bonneville T-100, 2002 Yamaha FZ1


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Reply #1 on: October 16, 2018, 07:54:57 pm
Isn't it odd how "modern" the cover of that '62 magazine seems...If one saw it in a rack today it really wouldn't seem at all out of place. Must be the sans serif typeface, similar enough to the all-engulfing  Helvetica or Arial of present day.
So badass my Enfield's actually illegal  in India.


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Reply #2 on: October 17, 2018, 01:02:21 pm
That's an interesting spec sheet. 19hp 72mph 19 second 1/4 mile for $550. Today's beginner bikes are spaceships by comparison.