Dutch Insurers And Firefighters Worry About Increase Of E-bike Fires

The Dutch, already ranked first in the world for per-capita-bicycle ridership, have adopted electric-motorized bicycles in record numbers. It is reported that e-bike sales have already surpassed the sales of human-powered bicycles (excluding children and racing bikes) in the Netherlands. With this increase in e-bike usage comes a not-so-surprising increase in fires linked to e-bike battery charging disasters. The NL Times is reporting that Dutch fire agencies and insurers are troubled by the increase in fires caused by battery charging. The article reports that e-bike fires in 2017 surpassed fires…

Cycling Without Age Offers Safe and Sane Cycling To The Elderly

Here is the feel-good story of the month. Writer Tom Hallberg of the Jackson Hole News & Guide reports on the activity of Cycling Without Age in Jackson, Wyoming. Cycling Without Age pairs pilots (who volunteer their time and leg muscles) with older residents (sometimes shut-ins) for trishaw rides around their community. These folks may not have felt the wind rushing through their hair since, well, since they had hair. Seniors jumping back on a bike find that their balance, coordination and dexterity may no longer be up to the…

Steal This ’76 Yamaha TT500 Running When Parked

Kelly Blue Book lists the value of a good-running TT500 of this vintage at $3,990. While that seems like a lot of money for a 44-year-old motorcycle, the TTs have proven to be reliable off-road workhorses and a model that has never faded from popularity. The photos show a clean bike that doesn’t appear to need much work to get it on the trail. A sweet RWP’ed motorcycle for the TT fanatic at a reasonable price. Go for it! The phrase “Running When Parked” (RWP) is code for a once…

Harley-Davidson Pulls The Plug On Electric-Powered LiveWire

Reuters is reporting that Harley-Davidson has stopped production and deliveries of its first electric motorcycle, the LiveWire, due to a problem that the company dubbed a “non-standard condition.” The announcement is just another blow to the company’s electric-powered motorcycle project. The LiveWire’s orders and sales have reportedly not lived up to analysts’ forecasts and Harley-Davidson’s retailers are reporting that interest in the new model comes from existing and older riders. Harley-Davidson had hoped the LiveWire would attract a demographic of new and younger buyers.  

Harley-Davidson Debuts Bicycle Line

While Harley-Davidson struggles to remain relevant by introducing new product lines that attract a younger demographic of customer, we are not sure how the Low Rider HP® will achieve this goal. The Low Rider HP (that stands for Human Powered) takes too many of its design cues from existing Harley-Davidson motorcycle models. While the electric-powered motorcycle prototypes and rich-kid scooters are closer to Harley’s desired goal of attracting buyers who are under 60 years old, the Low Rider HP appears too cumbersome and lacking in performance to ignite the passion…

Loud Motorcycles Do Not Impress People

A friend once commented that one guy riding a straight-pipe Harley-Davidson from Agoura Hills to Malibu on Kanan Dume Road probably pisses-off around 50,000 people on a Sunday Morning. I think his estimate might be conservative. It is perplexing why the California Highway Patrol and local police agencies look the other way at such obvious vehicle violations. It certainly doesn’t help motorcycling’s image to the non-motorcycling public. And the old argument that “loud pipes save lives” is not based on any serious or quantitative research. This is why I find…