Life In America
1970 – The median family income is $9,870. The first Earth Day attracts 20-million participants world-wide. Four are killed at Kent State, Ohio when the National Guard opens fire on students protesting the war. Cigarette advertising is banned from TV. Two new comedies hit the airwaves; The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the Odd Couple. Both Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix die of drug related causes. Patton wins the Academy Award for best picture. The average new car is $3,900 and a gallon of gas $.36. Kawasaki’s 250 Samurai will hit your wallet for $715.
|Number One Motorcycle Trend For 1970:
|Off-road and dual-purpose bikes dominate imports, most of the offerings are European but the Japanese are responding quickly with MX’rs and DP’s of their own. The market in general is still surging ahead.|
BSA 650 Lighting. Puch 125 MX, Dalesman 125MX and 125E. Sachs 125 MX. Triumph Trophy 250 & 500. Montesa 250 King Scorpion. BMW R75/5. Ossa 250 Stiletto. Bultaco Lobito MkII 100, 125 & 200 Sherpas. AJS Y4 Motocross. Cotton Trials.
Yamaha RS 350, XS650. Honda CB450, CL100 and SL100, CB175 & CL175, SL350, CT70. Kawasaki Samurai A1SS, 175E and 250E, Big Horn 350. Hodaka Ace 100B. Suzuki T500-III, MT50, Alta TC120 Trials, TS-90 Honcho. Bridgestone 350 GTO. Rokon Trail Breaker. Montesa Cappra 250/5.
Harley-Davidson Baja 100 Scrambler. American Eagle 750SS.
Arne King (Sweden) wins Inter-AM series on a 500cc Husky. No Americans in top 9 finishers.
Kawasaki posts industry’s first contingency of $500,000 for a variety of racing. It’s the largest in the history of motorcycling.
Dick Mann wins the Daytona 200 on a Honda 750/4 and sets a new record of 102.691 mph. 100 mile amateur winner Rusty Bradley takes home $5,000 in Kawasaki contingency, more than Mann makes for winning.
The AMA and road racers continue to be at odds, the complaint being that there are not enough road race events.
Don Vesco sets new motorcycle land speed record with Yamaha twin-engine streamliner: 251.924 mph.
The import of Japanese motorcycles is up 62.2% over the previous Jan – Jun period. The Japanese account for 84.7% of all motorcycle sales, next are the Brits at 5.2%. Sales of 290cc + motorcycles are up 90.6%.
The Motorcycle Industry Council is formed from two existing organizations.
You can buy a Vincent Black Shadow Series D fully restored for $1,000.
Judging by letters to the editors, British bikes aren’t up to Japanese standards in terms of reliability and parts supply and there are many complaints.
Honda releases info about a new product called an ATV.