Hanford Vintage Motorcycle Rally Faces Tough Competition

The Hanford Vintage Motorcycle Rally celebrated its 50th anniversary this year so I figured it was time to check it out. But first, you have to find Hanford. It is unlikely that you’ve ever passed through Hanford on your way to anywhere else because it is off the beaten path. The town sits in the south central portion of California’s San Joaquin Valley, 28 miles south-southeast of Fresno and 18 miles west of Visalia. This location could actually work in favor of vendors because the riders who attend are serious…

An E-Bike So Stealthy Only Your Legs Will Know The Truth

Germany’s Das Zeitgeist has released a video of their new e-bike that is remarkable because it doesn’t appear to be an e-bike. This bike is so stealth that it could sneak into the middle of the most hardcore training ride and nobody would be the wiser. The company’s website is not operational so information on the bike is scarce. Designboom has a feature on the bike that reads much like a press release, but you may be able to cull some useful information until the company launches their website with…

Two Running When Parked Yamahas For $575 Still Overpriced

This ad shouldn’t have used the phrase “running when parked.” It should have read, “buried when parked.” These two little Yamahas appear to have been left under a tree in the backyard since the last time they fired up (and who knows how long that has been?). I guess somebody who has a thing for these models could buy them for parts, but if your goal is to get them running, I’d tell you to keep looking. These two have a long journey before arriving at ride-able. The phrase “running…

Electrek’s Low-Cost DIY E-Bike Conversion A Dangerous Idea (Updated 5/15)

UPDATED: May 15, 2018 – I was contacted by Electrek’s publisher, Frederic Lambert, who said, “there might be some good points in there [my story], but there (sic) are drown out by useless swipes that make this whole thing sound like a shameless hit piece.” Frederic, I’m trying to save people from being injured and I certainly don’t feel “shame.” I’m proud to shed light on bad information to unsuspecting readers. He went on to explain, “We put the information out there and then people do what they want with…

Three-Wheeled Running When Parked Perfect For Collectors Only

The Honda atc 70 was a cute little all-terrain vehicle (ATV) that was marketed in the early 80’s as a fun vehicle for the entire family. Unfortunately, the ATV was a tricky vehicle to operate and anything but “family friendly.” It was easy for an inexperienced rider to experienced a rollover going uphill, downhill or on flat terrain. The saddle encouraged taking a passenger and the ATV used a fixed axle instead of a differential. And the vehicles were ankle biters. If the ATV did start a rollover, the natural…

You Could Win A Yamaha E-Bike From The Pick Your Passion Sweepstakes

Yamaha, a company famous for everything from pianos to motorcycles and outboard motors to stereo equipment, is kicking off their entry into the U.S. electric bike market by offering interested riders a chance to win one of their e-bikes. And it couldn’t be easier to enter. Click here to enter the sweepstakes. You pick the model you want to win and supply the required contact info. Then sit back, cross your fingers and on September 20th, Yamaha might just pick you as the lucky winner.

China’s Bicycle Graveyards Coming To America?

China’s bike share programs have been reportedly a ride-away success. Wired reports that the city of Hangzhou launched the $24 million bike share program to mitigate the vehicle exhaust choking the city. It was the first project of its kind in China. It recently won a sustainable transport award, and the city claims the bikes eliminate more than 110,000 tons of gas consumption a year. But there is an annoying downside to these “dockless” bike-share programs. Riders leave the bikes anywhere and if that “anywhere” is a popular destination, the…