A Yamaha YDS3 RWP’ed

The phrase “running when parked” (RWP) is code for a once treasured possession that has been neglected in the corner of the garage or tool shed for far too long. Lacking the energy, time or resources to bring the little beauty back to life, the owner lists it for sale in hopes that a new owner will massage it back to health. Our collection of RWP bikes fall into two distinct categories; treasure or trash. And you are the only one who can properly judge which category the bike belongs…

How I Killed Mountain Biking And How You Can Save It

October 29, 2017: Forgive me, for I knew not what I’d done. I thought I was helping friends and strangers find great places to ride mountain bikes. How was I to know I was killing the sport at the same time? A little back story to explain my guilt and hopefully earn your forgiveness. Back in my magazine days I came up with a reoccurring featured called “Destinations.” It became a popular feature in the magazine and it was pretty obvious why. “Destinations” focused on must-ride mountain biking locations and…

Johnny Loco Cargo E-bike Pure Three-Wheeled Fun

Johnny Loco is a company located in the Netherlands that creates beautiful city bikes of both the human-powered and motorized variety. Their bikes are ultra-rare in the States and that’s too bad because they offer a certain flavor that is missing from city bikes sold on our shores. This is why it was so surprising to spy a Johnny Loco for sale locally (at least locally for me) on Craigslist. The bike looks brand-spanking new and the seller’s ad explains the bike was used for filming and has never been…

Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Motobike Prefect For Pint-Sized Daredevils

Travis Pastrana and the gang at Nitro Circus have come up with what may be this Christmas’ most-sought-after gift. The 16-inch wheeled Hyper Nitro Circus Motobike features motocross-style fenders with authentic Nitro Circus graphics and a motocross saddle that adds wild style to this cool bike. The single-speed bike comes with training wheels and the gang claims it is easy to assemble. The Hyper Nitro Circus Motobike will only be sold through Walmart stores and goes for $79. It is hard to imagine any kid not going ballistic finding the…

A Beezer Sleeping Beauty

This BSA has been sleeping for a claimed 32 years (give or take a few). While that is a long time between jaunts to the Rock Store, the bike appears to be intact and without major damage under the layers of sediment that have settled. The $8000 asking price is high even if all the labor to get it running will be donated from your time away from Netflix. You can find clean runners for $8000 and let’s face it, the base of fanatics who get a heart rush looking…

E-Bike Racing Keeps Them Off The Trails

I’ve been asked my opinion on electric-motorized mountain bike racing many times and my response surprises a lot of people. I think it is great. These events are held on closed-circuit, off-road courses specifically designed for e-bikes. In some cases, like at the Sea Otter Classic, the e-bike racecourse is surrounded by miles of singletrack where e-bikes are not permitted. These events separate electric-motorized bikes from human-powered mountain bikes (and hikers and equestrians), and that is a good thing. The recent Boogaloo event at the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park (another…

Tank and Side Panel Paint Distracts From Other Issues

That flashy yellow paint and black rally stripes make this RWPed look ready to rock. It looks fast just sitting there. Unfortunately, an inspection of the right side case reveals the bike’s points (and who knows what else) are missing. The seller is asking a little too much for a non-runner with parts missing. This is a project perfect for somebody familiar with working on Kawsakis and who can get the owner to work a bit on that asking price. The phrase “running when parked” (RWP) is code for a…

Joe’s Minibike Reunion Is Crackling Fun

The 6th Annual Joe’s Minibike Reunion took place at Crescenta Valley Park in La Crescenta, California, on Saturday, October 14th. The event, where hundreds of minibike owners pay a modest entry fee to show off their little treasures in hopes of snagging a coveted Joe’s Minibike Reunion trophy, was free to the public (thanks, Joe’s). This was my first Reunion and the crowd was the most diverse group I’ve ever seen at a motorsports event. There were hot rodders and hipsters. Restorators and ground-up fabricators. Drag racers and motocrossers. Guys…

Todd Wells Racing Memories and Future Hopes

Todd Wells recently announced his retirement from professional mountain bike racing. While I’m not going to fact check this statement, I don’t know of any professional mountain bike racer who has enjoyed a longer or more successful career than Todd except for Ned Overend and Tinker Juarez. He has been at the top of cross-country mountain bike racing in the U.S. so long that it is hard to remember a time when he wasn’t there. Mammoth mash-down I saw a Todd Wells performance at Mammoth Mountain that still brings a…

California State Parks Tighten Noose On E-Bike Use

Craig Sap, the District Superintendent of the Angeles District California State Parks, signed an order on September 13, 2017 that closes all State Park trails within the Angeles District to electric-motorized bicycles. The ban on electric-motorized bicycles (also called e-bikes, eMTBs or electric-assisted bikes) took effect on October 1, 2017. The parks closed to electric-motorized bicycles include popular hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails including Cheseboro, Ahmanson Ranch and Sycamore Canyon. The order explains that electric-motorized bicycles are “impacting the unique trail and backcountry experiences afforded by the District and…