Yamaha MX 400 Destined To Be Parted Out

The 1976 Yamaha MX 400 was an awesome dirt bike with its monoshock rear suspension and an engine that put out plenty of power. But this one looks rough. It is missing the magneto cover revealing electrics that have been exposed to moisture and dirt. The air box/filter is missing. That’s never a great sign. And there are dangling wires all over the bike. The tank looks pretty cool. Anything with two wheels on Craigslist starts with an asking price over a grand, even Running-When-Parked bikes. Are the sellers getting…

The National Bicycle Dealers Association Takes Strong Stance On E-Bike Fire Risks

I have a rule not to regurgitate press releases from companies and organizations but I’m breaking my own rule for this one. While the statement falls short of asking for governmental oversight, it is the strongest stance yet about addressing the potential fire hazard related to e-bikes. Kudos to The National Bicycle Dealers Association. This is so encouraging after reading an article by a cycling trade publications that attempted to point the blame at other products rather than address the problem like the NBDA does here. Following is their release…

British Columbia’s The Tyee Publishes Great Story On E-Bike Fire Risks

Jen St. Denis, a journalist for The Tyee, an independent, online news magazine, published a well-researched and informative story on the potential dangers of e-bike fires. Compared to stories from trade publications or media outlets dependent on e-bike manufacturer advertising, The Tyee gives a clear-eyed, balanced look at the fire potential that e-bikes bring into your home. The comments below the story are as interesting as the article. Some people think the recent focus on e-bike fires comes from the oil industry. Another feels calling for Government oversight is an…

Checking In On The Too-Good-To-Be-True Park & Diamond Helmet Fiasco

I was skeptical when I wrote about the Park & Diamond foldable helmet three years ago. Based on prototype photos, I didn’t see how this helmet could pass any bicycle helmet certification. Well, it still hasn’t shipped and customers who invested in the company (that had never made a product, let alone a bicycle helmet) are feeling used, abused and scammed by both Park & Diamond and Indiegogo. Between a flood of investor comments demanding refunds, there are comments like these: “I’m now finding out how to scam people. I’m…

Steal This Running When Parked – Wait, It’s Already Stolen

The $400 price seems like a downright steal for this complete-but-dirty Honda Shadow until your read the entire ad. The seller thinks this is his motorcycle to sell but the real owner (and the court system) might just disagree. It doesn’t matter if the missing roommate owes the ad lister some rent. The motorcycle is not the seller’s property to sell. And when the poor sap who buys this motorcycle goes into DMV to register it, warning alarms are going to be blasting. Great asking price, but in my opinion,…

Look For The UL Label: Why Your New E-Bike Needs UL Certification – UPDATED

I get downhearted and disgusted posting so many stories about e-bike battery fires. These events include fatalities and loss of personal property into the millions of dollars. Unfortunately, this burden seems to rest on my humble shoulders. I don’t know of anyone else shinning a light on one of the e-bike industry’s most guarded dirty secrets. Ranting about the fire potential lurking in every e-bike is frustrating because I don’t see a viable solution to the problem. I pass along tips for reducing the chances of an e-bike battery fire…

Finding The Holy Grail Of Motorcycle Albums

I collect albums (and CDs and 45s) that have a motorcycle on the cover. I’ve amassed 100-plus albums and there are more to be added. One elusive release has kept me awake at night (or if I sleep, I dream about it). The Holy Grail of motorcycle albums isn’t really an album at all. In 1964 Honda of Japan released a brochure that included a red flexi disc with The Beach Boys’ Little Honda and The Jannies & Blue Jeans singing the same song. The brochure/flexi disc was never sold.…