Life In America
1968– The average family income is $8,630. It’s been a tumultuous year, the Viet Cong launched their Tet Offensive in January. Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy have been assassinated. Lyndon Johnson has announced that won’t run for re-election. Our worries are off-set somewhat by Rowan and Martin’s new comedy program, Laugh In. Steppenwolf’s Born To Be Wild, debuts. The Pontiac GTO is car of the year and will set you back $3,101. A gallon of gas is $.34. The newly introduced Egli Vincent Shadow costs $2,000 in Switzerland.
|Number One Motorcycle Trend For 1968:
|European motorcycles dominate the off-road category as evidenced by the number reviewed, but the Japanese are quickly catching on, if not up.|
Moto-Guzzi V7. BSA 650 Lightning. Moto Beta XC100 Scrambler. MV Agusta 600/4 America. Ossa 230 Trialer. Bultaco 360 Bandito, El Tigre 360 Street Scrambler. Benelli Buzzer Mini-bike, Barracuda 250. Vespa 150 Sprint. Jawa 90 Cross. Maico 360 X4 Motocross. Husqvarna Commando 250T. Montesa 360 Cappra GP Motocross, Scorpion 250. Sachs 80/S. Egli Vincent Shadow Touring Model. BMW R60 US. Cotton Trials 250. Norton 750 Commando. Triumph 750 Trident. Ossa 230 Plonker.
Honda CL90, CB and CL 450, CL175, Trail Z50A. Yamaha DT-1, 350 YR-2 and YR2-C Scrambler. Suzuki TM250, 305 Raider, KT120 Trail. Hodaka Ace 100. Kawasaki 120 C2TR Trail Bike and 120 C2SS Road Runner. Bridgestone 100 Trail.
Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster 883, Sprint SS350. American Eagle 750. Montgomery Ward Mojave 360. Sears SR250.
Gary Nixon is Grand National Champ beating Freddie Nix at Ascot by a few points in the last race of the season.
AMA proposed 350cc rule – scrapped.
Daytona attracts twice as many factory teams as IOM. FIM riders permitted to compete. 17,000 fans pay $5 for tickets. Roger Reiman sets new record on Harley at 149.080 mph. Mounted on a 350 Yamaha, Mike Duff breaks previous 350 record by 7 seconds. Cal Rayborn wins race on HD at a record 101.29
Honda produces 10-millionth motorcycle.
Honda 750/4 breaks cover.
CV carbs make appearance on Honda and Suzuki models.
Aftermarket broadening scope of product, helmets, trailers, chrome bolt-ons, tires, are starting to edge out hard mechanical parts.
Rumors of Kawasaki 500cc triple surface.
Cycle World now 132 pages, still $.50.
Rising accident rates have caught the attention of government at all levels. Proposed laws include, licensing for motorcycles, mandatory helmet use, lights on, turn signals, brake lights actuated by front brake, left-side shift, and eye protection. What seems to raise most ire, are helmet laws.