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ALL-NEW TWO-STROKE ENGINE: THE FORCED INJECTION NORTON-VILLIERS F.I.T.

Cive Tomkinson. Clive Tomkinson bought Norton-Villiers about 20 years to supply vintage motocross parts for classic bikes (those powered by the infamous Norton-Villiers Starmaker engine). Clive specializes in vintage 6-8e, 9e-37A and Starmaker engines (at www.nortonvilliers.com ). So, it comes as a surprise that the Salford, England, engineer has come up with a totally new design for a two-stroke engine that could put the two-smokes back on the motocross map again. Tomkinson’s new two-stroke engine is c…

ASK THE MXPERTS: WHO MADE THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL ALUMINUM FRAME?

Dear MXA,     Who made the first successful aluminum frame? Was it Honda in 1997 or someone else? 1977 Hagon. Greeves aluminum down tube from the 1950s. Almost 60 years ago there was a motocross bike with an aluminum frame (at least one-half of the frame was aluminum). The 1953 Greeves used a cast aluminum head tube and down tube in their Villiers-powered motocross bikes. But, the first, all-aluminum, monocoque, motocross bike was the British-built Hagon that Vic Eastwood raced in 1977. I…