Battery Fires Create Concerns For Every Electric Bike Owner (UPDATED)

Bike Europe, a publication claimed to be the “leading trade journal for the bicycle, e-bike market” recently published a courageous story on the dangers of Lithium-Ion batteries used in the majority of electric bikes (e-bikes). The publication had a fire safety engineer and battery safety professional examine the aftermath of a fire ignited by an unattended charging battery in a bicycle shop (video footage of the shop fire has been removed). His observations are frightening. The expert is quoted as saying that Lithium-Ion batteries are, “rather unreliable, rather explosive. You…

Your Support On Friday Helps The Vicious Cycles Thanks To Bandcamp

I’ve wanted to write a review of the Vicious Cycles’ 2019 album, “Motorcycho” for a long time. But there’s been a problem. A friend wrote album reviews for Trans-World Skateboarding and I could always tell when she had met the band. The reviews of artists she knew personally were more positive, and I guess, less objective. That’s the problem I had writing up any Vicious Cycles release. Did I like music because I liked the band members or because I liked the music? I don’t believe anyone can write an…

Kawasaki Running When Parked Will Not Be Sold To Chopper Riders

This 1980 Kawasaki KZ650 Running When Parked may be the most sano offering we have stumbled upon. The paint and chrome looks great. The blue header pipes might point to a lean fuel mixture, but aftermarket pipes “blue up” pretty easily. The rubber and plastic appearance points to a bike that was stored properly. The $3,500 asking price is crazy high for a non-runner that is not particularly collectable (Kelly Blue Book pegs the value of a running KZ650 at $1650). But as Francis said, “everything is negotiable, Pee Wee.”…

Get Paid $500 To Buy An E-Bike

This is not a scam and it is not the usual “discount” off an inflated suggested retail price offered by an e-bike company. This is an honest-to-God $500 check for buying an e-bike. The deal kicked off on Earth Day and is offered by the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA). Here is how it works. Make the best possible deal on any bike from the RCEA’s approved e-bike models (listed here) and the RCEA will send you a cool $500 on top of any deal you worked out at your…

The Time Capsule Race Imagery Of Ken Steinhoff

I fell into a deep rabbit hole while searching for black-and-white motorcycle race images on Google Images and then one shot stopped me cold. It is a pan shot of two racers in wind-cheating tucks, hauling down a dirt track at speeds that must be approaching 35 miles per hour. You see, these competitors are not on Harleys or Triumphs or BSAs. They are racing Honda S90s and both have the determined look of competitors racing for a world championship. I was mesmerized by the shot and lucky for me…

The Strangest “Running When Parked” So Far

We’ve seen super expensive Running When Parked. We’ve seen diamonds in the rough. We’ve seen junkers that the owners should have paid the buyers to haul away. But we’ve never seen anything quite like this Honda-CBR-600-powered BMW motor-less motorcycle with sidecar Running When Parked. Yes, you read that correctly. Somebody started with a salvaged BMW K75, tossed the engine, added a sidecar and then powered the three wheeler with a Honda CBR 600 power plant mounted behind the passenger compartment of the sidecar. I know there is someone who will…

Concept Bicycle Helmet That Tucks Into A Water Bottle – UPDATED

UPDATE 4/8/2020: Checking the Park & Diamond Indiegogo page shows the latest update dated March 20th doesn’t have great news for those who have already purchased a helmet or plan to buy one. The vague statement includes the line that the company has a “great desire to fulfill all current Backers prior to September.” That is not reassuring. Their next “desired” shipping date is September, six months from now. Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels will keep checking. UPDATE 2/21/2020: Following up on the much-hyped Park & Diamond foldable bicycle helmet,…

The Speed Kings Book Perfect For The Socially Distanced

First time hefting The Speed Kings, you’d be forgiven for assuming it is just a coffee-table book to add to your motorsports library. The Speed Kings, at 375 pages and a whopping 4.6 pounds, is so much more than a coffee-table book. The Speed Kings is actually three books in one that presents the reader with an in-depth, well-researched and visually-stunning history of America’s Motordrome Racing. THE BICYCLE BOOK The first book inside The Speed Kings deals with the history of bicycle velodrome racing when motorcycles were introduced to “motor…