Life In America
1964 – Lyndon Johnson is president. The average family income is up 5%. A new house will set you back $13,000. The Beatles dominate the airways with six number one hits including I Want to Hold Your Hand and She Loves You…yeah. You’re watching Gilligan’s Island on the tube, along with the Man from Uncle. Ford has just introduced a new car concept, the Mustang for only $2,368 and everyone wants one. Gas is $.30 a gallon, and a new Harley-Davidson FLH will set you back $1,673.
|Number One Motorcycle Trend For 1964:
|Suddenly light-weight two-strokes are all the rage, and why not, you can buy one for less than $400.|
Bultaco Metralla, Sherpa TSS, Matador 200. Gilera 300, 98, and 124 Scrambler. Maico 250 Scrambler. Royal Enfield Crusader 250. James Cotswold 250. Zanella 100 Sport Tourismo. Norton Atlas 750 Scrambler. Velocette 500 Scrambler. BMW R27. BSA Lightning Rocket 650, 500 Cyclone Scrambler and Starlite 75. Dot Demon Scrambler 250. Montesa Diablo Scrambler 250. Triumph Mountain Cub 200 and Thunderbird 650. Vespa 90. Jawa ESO Scrambler 250. Lambretta 200TV. Hodaka Ace 90. DKW 50. Matchless C15 CSR 750. Ducati Diana MkIII 250. Parilla Tourist 250.
Honda 90, Super Hawk 250, and CR110 – 50ccs. Yamaha 80 YG1, Trailmaster YG1, YDS3 and RD56. Hodaka Ace 90. Suzuki Hillbilly 80. Bridgestone 90. Marusho 500 ST (BMW twin clone)
Harley-Davidson FLH. Van Tech Scrambler and Trials, Simplex Sportsman.
Roger Reiman is Grand National Champ.
For the first time, Daytona’s FIM race is a world’s point event. For some reason Honda doesn’t participate. Virtually all classes are dominated by four-cylinder machines. Mike Hailwood set the one hour top speed world record on a 500cc MV with an average speed of 144.8 mph.
Daytona AMA event is won by Roger Reiman on his HD 750cc KRTT with an average speed of 94.8 mph. This is the first time the banked portion of the track is used for the AMA event.
AMA approves “streamlining” (fairings) in all road racing classes.
ISDT has first American Team participation, Dave and Bud Ekins, Steve McQueen, John Steen, and Cliff Coleman.
Yamaha introduces Autolube, oil injection system.
Kawasaki/Meguro motorcycles to be distributed in US by Ken Kay Distributing under brand name Omega.
Honda adopts, “You Meet The Nicest People On A Honda” advertising slogan.
Between January and July, the Japanese sell 178,673 motorcycles in the US.
You can buy a fuel injection system for your motorcycle from Wal Phillips for $35.00.
Weiss Mfg. is offering a naugahyde jacket and pants combo for $60.00, fully lined too!