How A Sleepy Iowa Farm Town Became Every British Motorcycle Fan’s Nirvana

Pulling into Marne, Iowa, in search of the legendary Baxter Cycle, we, my wife Gail and I, figured there had been a screw up. Maybe there was another Marne in Iowa? This town, surrounded by seemly endless acres of corn fields, was nothing more than single-family homes, a Mason’s Lodge and a Methodist church. No grocery store. No Subway sandwich shop. No Home Depot or Target store. The town is so tiny that city officials offer free lots if you promise to build a house on it. Sitting smack dab…

The One Moto Show Gathers The Tribes For A Celebration Of Two-Wheel Beauty

The One Moto Show in Portland, Oregon, celebrated its 10th birthday this weekend by throwing a party for riders who refuse to buy their motorcycles off the rack. Pretty much every motorcycle on display was the result of an individual’s creativity, ingenuity and, yes, suffering. These bikes did not come to exist without a serious investment in time, money and bleeding knuckles. This is art that requires commitment. The show kicked off with a screening of the documentary “Oil In The Blood” on Thursday night. The movie was a perfect…

Kawasaki KE100 Priced Nice

Here we have a Runner When Parked that doesn’t look too trashed except for the beating the rear fender took when Freddie looped it out while showing off for that cute girl in front of the high school. These bikes are easy to work on and it doesn’t appear to need a lot of massaging to get it back to smokin’ that sweet two-stroke exhaust cloud. The guy is asking $675, a price that says, “I’m willing to negotiate.” Show up with $500 in cash and a bottle of Mountain…

Battery Fires Create Concerns For Every Electric Bike Owner – Updated 2/3/2019

UPDATE 2/3/19: Forbes reports that it is “unusual for electric bikes to catch fire” in their report on Stella, a Dutch E-bike company that suffered three fires in seven months. While supposedly a rare occurrence, if a charging battery explodes in your garage are you supposed to feel like a lottery winner? Please take the time to read this story that includes steps to reduce (but not eliminate) the chance of burning your house down. Bike Europe, a publication claimed to be the “leading trade journal for the bicycle, e-bike…