Mountain Bike Hall of Fame 2019 Inductee Elections Now Open

The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Inductee elections are an annual tradition that dates back to the beginning of the Hall in 1988. Each year, members and inductees of the Hall of Fame choose the most deserving candidates from a ballot of select nominees submitted by people from all corners of the globe. You need to be a voting member (click here to make that happen) and you need to vote before the July 15th deadline. The new inductees will be announced on August 1, 2019 and a two-day induction event will…

UPDATED: SoCal Vintage MX Classic 10 From Glen Helen Raceway

The SoCal Vintage MX Classic 10 was run at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino on Saturday, June 13th with a large crowd of young and old racers ready to do battle on machines older than this year’s high school graduating students. The vintage iron, and in some cases vintage racers, did battle like it was 1975. SoCal Vintage MX Classic #10 Race Results Race: 1 Finish Number Brand Member # Name City,State Moto 1 Moto 2 Points MCV Meis Cup INT (Vintage) 1 249 MAI Robbie Conklin Oceanside, CA…

Lyft E-Bikes Return To The Streets With New Brakes But Will Fix Work?

CNN Business is reporting that Lyft E-Bikes are returning their rental fleets to the streets after being removed due to a number of crashes linked to the front brake locking the front wheel (and the rider going over the bars). CNN explains that the Lyft fix is to replace the bikes’ roller brakes with disc brakes. I theorized that similar crashes experienced by Citi Bike renters were more likely due to rider error than a mechanical issue. Lyft’s disc brake solution will certainly test my theory because disc brakes are…

Ducati Mark 3 350 Desmo Ultra Fine ’69

Frequent “Running When Parked” readers already know my weakness for any motorcycle made in 1969. That year was a magical time for motorcycle, automobile and truck manufacturing. Case in point, this very fine 1969 Ducati Mark 3 Desmo. The asking price of $8500 is in the ballpark (Kelley Blue Book lists this model at $11,660) and the bike looks like it is was stored properly. There are no weird modification other than the air cleaners. The rest of the bike looks ready to rage. The phrase “Running When Parked” (RWP)…

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Unobtainable Jawa 350 OHC Special Is An American Smuggler’s Dream

Jawa is a motorcycle company located in the Czech Republic that was extremely successful in the 1960 through the 70’s. The onslaught of Japanese motorcycle competition and export limitations due to Russian rule almost killed the brand. A sales resurgence powered by India has put Jawa back on steady footing. While the company only offers two basic engine configurations (the 350 and 660), it offers each in a number of models. The model that gets my adrenaline pumping is the Jawa 350 OHC Special. The Special takes its styling cues…

UPDATE: Di Blasi Offers Mobility In A Box With Electric-Motorized Scooter

UPDATE JUNE 5, 2019: My original R30 story mentions that the $199.99 price seems very inexpensive for such an interesting vehicle. I contacted Sheryl Wright of Cavendish Healthcare in the United Kingdom and she explains: “The DiBlasi is actually manufactured in Sicily and we retail the R30 at £2,600 (excluding VAT) in the UK. As far as I know the R30 is not readily available in the USA, however, I can put anyone in touch with a company that would be able to arrange purchase and shipping to the USA,…

1952 Vincent Smashes RWP’ed Asking Price Record By 35 Thousand Dollars

Way back in July of 2017 we uncovered a Ducati Running When Parked with an asking price of $34,500. It held the official Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels record for the highest asking price of a RWP’ed motorcycle until today when we spotted this 1952 Vincent with an asking price of $69,950! This Vincent blew by the old record by 34,450 bucks. Judging from the photo’s background, I’d say this bike is being offered by Bator International. Bator, located in Ojai, California, has been a vintage motorcycle broker for close…

Ford’s Awesome Transit Van They Refuse To Sell You

Spent May galavanting around Europe, or more precisely, Great Britain, Germany, The Czech Republic and Croatia. Noticeably absent from the roads traveled were pickup trucks. America’s standard bearer for laborers and weekend warriors is as rare as a baseball diamond in a village park. While the Euros never warmed to pickups, they adopted Sprinter-style vans in a big way. There were offerings from Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagon, Peugeot, Fiat, Nissan and Russia’s Gazelle. But the one that jumped out at me was the made-in-China Ford Transit Custom. Ford offers their big Transits…