Lessons To Learn From 13-Year-Old “SJ” Davis’ Tragic Motorcycle Death (UPDATE)

The headline from ABC News caught my attention and how could it not? The headline, “Family seeks answers after 13-year-old Florida boy dies in dirt bike crash during attempted traffic stop” appeared four days after Christmas. The tragedy of a young life cut short from a motorcycle accident is painful anytime of year but so soon after Christmas makes it worse. My sincere condolences go out to Stanley “SJ” Davis III‘s family, friends and all Boynton Beach residents. GETTING ANSWERS We need to learn from tragic events and hopefully, not…

Smoldering When Parked Honda VTX Needs Lots Of Attention

“I didn’t know my bike had a seat warmer. You smell something? Kinda like plastic and paint melting?” That’s what the poor owner was thinking the last time this Honda was ridden. No doubt it was Running When Parked. Will it ever get running again? Good question. I’ve got a buddy who would have this sickle running in a day or two but he wouldn’t pay $2,000 for it and chances are things like the light headlight, turn signals, brake lights and starter would not be working (or ever work…

Christmas Remembrance Of Steve Tilford

Steve Tilford lost his life in a tragic automobile accident four years ago and his name still comes up in conversation all the time. Steve made an impression on everyone who met him and those impressions and fond memories will last. Steve is not a guy you can forget. Sometime after Christmas the Marin Museum of Bicycling and the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame will add a brick of remembrance to Mr. Tilford on the Mount Tam Legacy Wall. The welcome addition will honor the rider who was inducted into…

1988 Honda XR600 Served On A Plate

This 33-year-old Honda XR600 has been sitting for 10 years but was “running when parked.” The seller is pushing the fact that the bike was plated at one time. The catch is the bike is no longer in the DMV data banks. So, it was plated at one time (turn signals and headlight/taillight seem to back up this claim) and who knows if it can be plated in the future? These bikes are ultra reliable so if it kicks through and you can feel the tranny working, it might not…

Searching for Texas Dual-Sport Riding Or Why Riders Skip The Lone Star State

We grew up watching movies depicting Texas as an untamed, expansive land consisting of desert landscapes, coastal plains and the country-dividing Rio Grande river. According to The World Atlas, Texas is the second largest state in America, only bested by Alaska. The geography is so unique and inspirational that it boasts its own music genre (and yes, Bob Wills is still the King). So you might figure that Texas is a dual-sport rider’s dream come true. Not so fast, buckaroo. There’s a catch. While the State of Texas is a…

Fox Mountain Bike Suspension Fork Overbuilt For Mountain Bikers

It used to be that mountain bike component companies shaved ever ounce of unneeded material off their products to save weight. Some companies even put rider weight limits on their products. I sometimes worried that companies were going too close to the edge (of safety and reliability) when trimming weight. Looks like, at least Fox, is not going remotely near the edge for mountain bikers. After seeing the Fox 40 fork spec’ed on the Graft electric-powered motorcycle, it is pretty clear the fork is overbuilt for use on mountain bikes.…