UPDATE: The Wild One: Riding The Underground Revival 27.5+ Hardtail Mountain Bike

Update January 30, 2019: The passing of Underground Bike Works’ main investor has left the company unable to continue. The sad news was reported by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. The article states there are still some bikes available but the Durango, Colorado, offices have been shut. Win’s Wheels was the delivery hub for Underground so if you are interested in purchasing a very rare bike, contacting Win’s is your best bet. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an Underground Bike Works Revival 27.5+ hardtail mountain bike for…

America’s Largest Motorcycle Dealership Only Opens Five Days A Year – Mecum’s 2019 Las Vegas Auction

Honda Z50 minibikes selling for close to $10,000. Non-operational Italian 125cc road racing eye candy commanding $50,000. Replicas of really famous motorcycles being sold for $100,000. Five days of frantic bidding resulting in 1281 motorcycles being sold and generating $25,111,574 in sales. This could only be the annual Mecum Motorcycle Auction held in January every year at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Lost Wages, Nevada. The annual gathering of motorcycle fanatics is a place for collectors (that’s a polite terms for “horders”) to thin their herd, add to…

Fine ’69 Yamaha Smoker Worth Half Asking Price

Loyal “Running When Parked” readers know that I’m a sucker for any motorcycle released in 1969. I don’t know exactly why, but 1969 bikes all have a little something that separates them from the crowd. This Yamaha YR3 350 is no exception. The 350cc two-stroke engine has serious-looking cylinder-cooling fins. The fuel tank is a classic shape. There is an adjustable steering damper. And drum brakes, while no match to the performance of disc brakes, are so clean looking. Now the problem. The $1100 asking price is a stretch. The…

Christian Bagg Designs An Off-Road Electric-Motorized Trike Par Excellence

“Necessity is the mother of invention” is an English proverb that Christian Bagg proved correct. Christian was an avid outdoorsman when a 1996 accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. His desire to get back into the outdoors and his talent as a machinist/fabricator/mad scientist lead him (after more than one failed prototype) to a three-wheeled, electric-motorized all-terrain vehicle that accomplished his dreams. PBS Newshour Weekend has an in-depth report on the amazing Mr. Bagg. You can watch it by clicking here. The website Engineering.com also has a story…

Elegant Coleen E-Bike Stunningly Beautiful

One problem that plagues so many e-bikes is that they are flat-out ugly. The French company Coleen proves that e-bikes don’t have to be eye sores. Their three models (the Elegance, Sport and Speed One) have a unique backbone frame, sleek cable routing and muted graphics. The motor is neatly tucked into the rear hub and a belt-drive replaces a messy (but efficient) roller-bearing chain. The battery is housed in the main frame tube. I would love to take one of these beautiful creatures out for a test.  

Harley-Davidson’s Two Concept Vehicles Are Not E-Bikes

Harley-Davidson made headlines recently by announcing their $29,799 LiveWire electric motorcycle. In addition to the LiveWire, Harley-Davidson showed two electric-powered concept vehicles. While some news sources have identified the concepts as e-bikes, neither bike fits that definition. E-bikes, even the e-bikes that use a twist-grip throttle or thumb-push throttle to apply their power (rather than power up as soon as pedaling begins), have operational pedals connected to a crank that turns a chain (or belt) connected to the rear wheel. To the relief of everyone from the high-end Specialized Bikes…

Elon Musk’s Tunnels Are For Bicycles, Not Automobiles

Elon Musk is an amazing, inspirational and fascinating genius. During his recent appearance on 60 Minutes, where correspondent Lesley Stahl fire off one when-did-you-stop-beating-your-dog question after another, you didn’t need to be a mind reader to figure out what Elon was thinking. “I’m wasting time. Not good.” I believe Elon miscalculated how jaded a news organization could be against the CEO of a company that refuses to advertise. Still, Lesley can do all the tongue clicking she wants because all it takes is one ride in a Tesla to convert…