The Passing Of Another Friend And Thoughts On Mortality – Updated

Mike Bell’s shop-sponsored Husky broke during a Carlsbad CMC Pro moto and he was pushing it off the track. A long-haired, 250 Junior got behind him and helped push the bike back to the pits. Mike was appreciative, said thanks to the guy and flashed his famous smile. I was around 21 years old so Mike would have been 17. I never imagined that we’d be friends the rest of our lives. In hindsight, it is not surprising. Almost all of my long-time friendships started out on a motocross track.…

Proposed E-Bike Act Subsidizes Recreational Vehicle Purchases Up To $1500

The proposed E-BIKE Act introduced by Congressman Jimmy Panetta and Congressional Bike Caucus Chairman Earl Blumenauer has great intentions. Unfortunately, it is so poorly defined that it invites abuse. If the act passes in its present form, riders who use their e-bikes solely for off-road recreation get the same incentive as riders who use their new e-bike to reduce car trips. THE GOOD INTENTIONS Congressman Jimmy Panetta has great intentions with his E-bike Act. “E-bikes are a legitimate and practical form of transportation that can help reduce our carbon emissions,”…

Congressman Panetta’s E-Bike Act Discriminates Against Bicyclists

Congressman Jimmy Panetta recently introduced the E-BIKE Act that financially benefits purchasers of electric-motorized bicycles (e-bikes). The Act has a major loophole (the $1500 tax credit can be claimed by riders who intend to use their e-bikes solely for off-road, recreational activities) and just as disturbing, it is highly prejudicial to riders who choose non-motorized bicycles for transportation. Congressman Panetta says that “cutting our carbon output” and encouraging “more Americans to transition to greener modes of transportation” are what justifies his tax kick back. Excluding non-motorized bicycles (that cut carbon…

Suzuki GSX’er Was Owned By Elvis Presley Or is Astronomically Overpriced

Every once in awhile a Running When Parked turns up that was celebrity owned. Find a dirt bike owned by Steve McQueen, a custom cafe bike owned by Keanu Reeves or a chopper ridden by Peter Fonda or Ann Margret and chances are it will command an impressive price, not running or running when parked.  So when I saw this clean 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750 Running When Parked with an asking price of $11,000, I figured it must have some historical significance. A Suzuki owned by the late Barry Sheen? Or…

Harley-Davidson Rides Off Wall Street And Onto Main Street

Today’s report on Harley-Davidson from the Motley Fool explains why the company’s stock price fell 18% during Tuesday’s trading. Wall Street forecasters predicted that new CEO Jochen Zeitz’s turnaround plan, dubbed “The Hardwire” would result in an adjusted profit of $0.21 per share for the company’s third-quarter results. Didn’t happen. Instead, the company posted a loss of $0.44 per share. I suggested in May of 2020 that the best course for Harley-Davidson is to leave Wall Street and return the company to private ownership. Today’s news makes it a lot…