Life In America
1969– The median family income is $9,400. Richard Nixon becomes president. Nell Armstrong lands on the moon. An estimated 450,000 turn up for the Woodstock music festival. The Beatles perform for the last time. The seminal motorcycle movie, Easy Rider, is released. The first Wendy’s opens. The Plymouth Roadrunner is Car of the Year, and with the hemi option will run $4,000. Gas is up to $.35 per gallon.
|Number One Motorcycle Trend For 1969:
|The Honda CB750/4 goes on sale. Though not laden with advanced technology, this motorcycle, with its 750ccs of displacement, four cylinders and $1495 price, creates the framework that will define Japanese motorcycles into the next century.|
Montesa Cota 250. Bultaco Matador, Sherpa-T, Campera MkII, El Bandido MkII. Triumph Tiger 650. Husqvarna 400 Cross, Sportsman 360C Enduro. Royal Enfield Stage II 750 Interceptor. Dunstall Triumph 750 Twin. CZ 360 &250 Motocross. BSA Rocket III. Jawa 402 Gelandesport. Greeves 380 & 250 Griffon. Puch 125 Dalesmen Trials & Motocross. Moto-Guzzi 750 Ambassador. Ossa Pioneer 250.
Suzuki T350 Rebel, T-125 Stinger, TS-250 Savage. Kawasaki 500 H1 Mach III, G31M Centurion. Honda CB750/4, CL350, SL350, SL90. Yamaha Y-100 L5 Trailmaster. Bridgestone 100 TMX.
Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster.
Mert Lawwill is Grand National Champ.
European Motocross racing finally comes to US with the Inter-AM series.
Yamaha withdraws from international GP racing.
Mike Hailwood announces retirement.
Yvon Duhamel becomes first to break 150 mph barrier at Daytona.
It’s an incredible year for motorcycles. Preceding the Honda CB750/4 is the Suzuki TS-250 Savage, “the best dual-purpose bike ever tested,” the Kawasaki 500 Mach III. “a racer in disguise,” and the BSA Rocket III, “the fastest tourer available.”
Harley-Davidson merges with AMF.
Wal-Phillips of England, offers perimeter disc brake kit for $70.
Contrary to earlier predictions, the industry is expected to sell 700,000 units, 200,000 more than previously thought. Almost every distributor reports being out of inventory.
Wards Automotive Report declares that motorcycles are no longer a novelty, but rather a mainstream product category.