Mountain Bikers Robbed At Gunpoint On The Trail

I estimate that 80% of my mountain biking has been done solo. There are dangers of riding solo. An injury, animal attack or a mechanical far from the trailhead could all put the solo rider in jeopardy of a safe return. I accept the risk because it builds confidence in one’s skills and sure, it adds a little sense of danger (and that keeps you young if it doesn’t kill you). But now there is a new threat to the solo trail rider that I never imagined in my 30-plus…

Why Bicycle Friendly States Ranking Probably Doesn’t Matter To You

The League of American Bicyclists releases a ranking every year of how well states treat bicyclists. My state (California) ranks number 4 and that’s depressing.  If California is the 4th best state to ride a bicycle, then drivers in Wyoming (last place) must be running over cyclists on purpose or picking them off with shotguns. California coming in 4th shows the weakness in the league’s rankings. Somis, California, where I live, is not a great place to ride a bicycle. There are roads that go from nowhere to not much…

Getting Weird At The Austin Hand-Built Motorcycle Show

There is a slogan seen around Austin, Texas, that says, “Keep Austin Weird.” The Hand-Built Motorcycle Show takes that suggestion to heart. The show is the brainchild of Revival Cycles, an Austin-based custom motorcycle institution, who produce one-off custom motorcycles and restorations. Like the show’s name implies, the bikes on display are unique, thought provoking and many times, downright weird. They are crafted by professional mechanics, race tuners, fabricators, backyard tinkerers, father and son teams and, I’m guessing here, performance artists. The resulting bikes are as varied as their creators.…

Hill Country Motorheads Vintage Motorcycle Museum A Baby Boomer’s Two-Wheel Stable

The 2022 MotoGP weekend schedule at the Circuit of the Americas didn’t leave me a lot of free time but I had heard of a motorcycle museum in Burnet, Texas, that displayed an eclectic mix of drool-worthy motorcycles. I’d miss some of the MotoGP practice sessions on Friday but decided it was worth the risk of driving about an hour outside of Austin to see what made the Hill Country Motorheads Vintage Motorcycle Museum special. I’m so stoked I blew off practice to make the drive (actually, I talked Lance…

Austin’s MotoGP Feels The Sting Of A Rossi-less Starting Grid

Made the trip to Austin last October so I could see Valentino Rossi race his last MotoGP at the Circuit of the Americas. I certainly wasn’t alone. I left wondering how the retirement of MotoGP’s biggest draw would impact the sport. Well, I got my answers after attending the Austin MotoGP on Sunday April 10th and those answers confirmed some suspicions and surprised me. First, what I expected. The crowd took a hit. A big hit. Even with improved weather conditions, removing the battalion of Rossi fans seriously diminished the…

Running When Parked BSA And BMW Two Pack

They are listed separately but my keen eyes picked up on the fact that the mud color on each bike is identical and the steel building they are leaning against is the same shade of sun-beaten brown. Sure enough, it is one seller listing both of these Running When Parked vintage bikes. What do I think? Tough call. I dig the BSA and the bike does look complete. The mud suggests the bike was stored outside under a tarp and it has been under said tarp for more than a…

The Trailblazers Banquet Is What The World Needs Right Now

Have you noticed people acting a little stressed out lately? Our phones, TVs and computers spew out a continuous bombardment of horrifying news and a trip to the grocery store or gas station is all it takes to trigger stomach-turning despair. That’s why the 77th Annual Trailblazers Banquet couldn’t have come at a better time. Attendees entering California’s Carson Center were treated to The Trailblazers Bike Show that included priceless (I say “priceless” because I don’t think many of the bike owners would sell them) and rare motorcycles that alone…

Coming Events: The One Motorcycle Show 2022

Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels followers already know this is our favorite motorcycle show of the year. You need to squeeze it into your busy calendar. You will not be disappointed. Tickets are on sale now for the 13th annual One Motorcycle Show, where riders, non-riders and motorcycle-enthusiasts will roll into town Friday, April 29th through Sunday, May 1st for a full weekend of immersive motorcycle fun. The historic Zidell Barge Building, was chosen for this year’s venue. The Ridell is a rustic, open-air building along Portland’s Southwest Waterfront. “When…