Time Capsule Husqvarna 250WR Opened After 54 Years – UPDATED

UPDATED JUNE 30: OUT OF THE CRATE AND THEN RESTORED The opened-time-capsule Husky is still a cool find, but turns out I oversold it. The current owner believed the bike was a 1968 250WR that was removed from the crate and never started. Looking at the condition of the bike, I agreed.  After speaking to vintage bike expert, John Pavich, (you’ve seen him on Jimmy Mac On Two Wheel’s Mecum Auction story) the story behind the bike began to unravel. In a very diplomatic way, John said, “Maybe it hasn’t…

Kawasaki KX250 MX With Tons Of Spares Needs Some Love

If you are a Kawasaki fan and looking for a project, this seller has a package deal that includes an almost-complete motorcycle and lots of spare parts. The only red flag I see is a highly modified swingarm and shock mounting location. Those shocks are pretty much straight up and down with the mount near the center of the swingarm. Not an engineer, but that setup is asking a lot of both the shocks and swingarm. I’ll bet the rear suspension feels good until the shock oil boils. But heck,…

Hopetown Reunion 2021: Racing Out Of Lockdown

The 2021 Hopetown Reunion took place Sunday June 27th under clear skies and hot temperatures at Simi Valley’s beautiful Hummingbird Nest Ranch. The turnout, both in number of spectators and bikes on display, was down from previous years, but that was to be expected. Many people are still getting used to the idea of social gatherings after a year of lockdowns. While their concerns are understandable, they missed out on a great gathering of motorcycles and motorcycle racers. Best in show: I’ll get it out of the way right now.…

Bicycle Race In France Starts Today

Have you heard? There is some big bike race that kicks off today in and around France. I guess it is a big deal. Capture the spirit: Messy Nessy posted a story about it a few years ago that is still my favorite. Grandparents ashamed: The first crash of the 2021 Tour de France was caused by a spectator holding a sign that struck a rider, knocking him down and causing a domino effect. What was the important message? The sign uses both French and German language. “Allez” means “go”…

The Simple E-Bike Hack For Beating Glacier National Park’s Tourism Hoards

Ashley Harrell of the SFGATE penned an awesome article explaining a simple hack for dodging the reservation system and escaping the crowds at Glacier National Park. The hack? Rent an e-bike. The article goes into great detail on how she pulled it off so you can do the same.  My story on riding the Utah BDR suggests that a motorcycle is the best was to experience America’s National Parks. After reading Ashley’s story, I’d have to say motorcycles are second-best at many National Parks. Riding an e-bike (or a non-motorized bicycle…

Stolen Suzuki DR-Z400 Ready To Rage Again

If you haven’t followed the saga of my stolen Suzuki DR-Z400, here are the CliffsNotes: Bike stolen in Tuba City, Arizona. Bike stripped and painted. Bike recovered. Bike dragged onto towing truck (causing as much damage as the crook). Bike picked up and hauled back to home base (Somis, California). Bike repaired. The bike needed turn signals, brake light, license plate holder, new plastic, new gas cap (the OEM cap is over $100), new ignition switch, a clutch lever, an OEM chain guard (no idea why the crook removed that),…

Honda 200X 3 Wheeler For The Brave

The first time I rode a 3-wheel ATV I almost lost my left foot (motorcycle riders do not always adapt well to tricycles) so I’ve never been a big fan. Still, there are people out there who would love to own the now defunct ATV design (are your reading this Norman?). For those folds, this Running When Parked looks pretty cool. It hasn’t been highly modified and the owner has put some dough into it. If the little fella has good compression and a spark, I think it would make…

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…

How I Killed Mountain Biking And How You Can Save It – UPDATED

Forgive me, for I knew not what I’d done. I thought I was helping friends and strangers find great places to ride mountain bikes. How was I to know I was killing the sport at the same time? A little back story to explain my guilt and hopefully earn your forgiveness. Back in my magazine days I came up with a reoccurring featured called “Destinations.” It became a popular feature in the magazine and it was pretty obvious why. “Destinations” focused on must-ride mountain biking locations and the stories were…

The Invisible Bike – Not Seeing Is Believing

It requires a lot of imagination to take a traditional bicycle design and turn it on its head. Austin, Texas, artist Jimmy Kueknle did just that with his invisible bike. It may not be practical, comfortable or easy to ride but it sure is fun to look at. Or, try to look at. Check out Jimmy’s artist page. He is a true prankster who knows how to shake people out of their every-day lives. Well done.