Super Sano RWP’ed For The Horsepower Hungry

Usually our Running When Parked examples are rough or way, way overpriced. This Honda VF1100S Sabre V65 is neither. In fact, the bike has such a clean appearance, it is a wonder why the owner doesn’t take the time to get it running and move it out of the RWP’ed category. This model isn’t designed as canyon carver. It is a dragster. Point it down the Main Street Drag Strip (you know what I’m talking about), light the fuse, hold on and hope you get a bro deal on rear…

The 1x Drivetrain Hits A Kink In The Chain

I’m not a fan of 1-by drivetrains for mountain bikes (1-by, also called 1x, use a drivetrain with a single chainring matched to a multiple-cog cassette). I understand why the bike companies forced the technology on riders as the best thing since, well, the derailleur. The 1x system eliminates the pesky performance and design issues of a front derailleur (always the drivetrain’s weak link) and the derailleur elimination increases the profit margin (do you remember getting a discount on 1x bikes because a $400 part was removed?). Another benefit (for…

Cheap Protection: Is A $36 Motorcycle Helmet Worth It?

Stumbled upon Wish, an online retailer that ships products directly from China to your doorstep. The product selection is mind numbing and the prices are amazingly low (even after paying freight). There are motorcycle jerseys for $14. Anti-theft brake locks for $16. A motorcycle headlight for $41. You can even open your own tattoo business for $34 with the tattoo starter kit. A $36 open-face helmet? I had to try one. What did I have to lose? Well, in this case, $36. The helmet is described as (take a deep…

South Dakota Get V.I.P. Motocross Treatment From A Few Legends

South Dakota’s Sturgis MX got three motocross legends to help design a new track. Jeff Ward, Micky Dymond and Doug Henry (three talented and super-cool motocross champions) put their helmets together to develop a type of track that all us Southern Cal riders dream about. They are having their first ride weekend on May 4th and 5th. Sure looks cool. Click here for more info.

Pedego’s William Shatner Advertisement Wastes A Great Opportunity

I don’t think you could find a better pitchman than William Shatner for targeting your product to aging baby boomers. Shatner is well known to us as Star Trek’s iconic Captain Kirk and TJ Hooker’s Sgt. T.J. Hooker. The man has no less than 242 acting credits in film and television. And I believe he is almost as effective reaching younger generations due to his music recordings that are a guilty pleasure. The man is a national treasure. A MAJOR COUP For electric-motorized bicycle company Pedego to get the icon…

Honda Flat Tracker RWP’ed Looks Super Fun

I wish this Running When Parked (RWP) was in Ventura County because Riverside is a long drive just to look at a motorcycle. The guy only posted a single shot of his bored-out Honda 125. I want to see the right side of his tracker, especially what the pipe looks like. If the engine turns over and the gearbox feels right, the $1200 asking price is fair for this clean-looking flat track play bike. The phrase “Running When Parked” (RWP) is code for a once treasured possession that has been…

Citi E-Bike Safety Concern Is Most Likely A Rider Problem, Not A Mechanical Issue

The New York Times is reporting that Citi Bikes has pulled its e-bikes off the streets of New York, San Fransisco and Washington D.C. due to safety concerns of a front brake issue. The company issued a statement saying “we recently received a small number of reports from riders who experienced stronger than expected braking force on the front wheel. Out of an abundance of caution, we are proactively removing the pedal-assist bikes from service for the time being.” While a mechanical issue should not be ruled out, it is…

Arizona Route 66 Tiddler Tour Kickstarts Small Motorcycles And Fun Times

The 5th Annual Arizona Route 66 Tiddler Tour took place Saturday April 13th with over 30 riders cruising about 120 miles on a stretch of Arizona’s Route 66 that is ideal for tiddlers. Why is this road ideal? You have to understand what a tiddler is. Tiddlers are motorcycles that are over 30 years old and under 30 horsepower. The problem event organizer Harry Klemm sees with many tiddler events is that they take place on routes with 55-mile-per-hour speed limits. Some even take riders on freeways. Freeway speeds are…

FIM And UCI Lock Horns Over E-Bike Racing

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is sure upset that the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has started to sanction e-bike racing. You see, the European-based UCI is the giant bureaucracy that controls bicycle racing and the FIM is the European-based, giant bureaucracy that controls motorcycle racing. The UCI recognizes e-bikes as bicycles (except when motors have been secretly installed to cheat in non-motorized bicycle races) and the FIM looks at e-bikes as a kind of stepping stone for young riders into motorcycle racing. You would think that there are enough…

Steve Tilford’s Favorite Place On Earth (Updated)

On this second anniversary of the accident that claimed Steve Tilford’s life, it is time to visit a beautiful and peaceful place to ease our collective sense of loss and to honor Steve’s memory. Steve would approve (as long as I don’t give too many details). The place is a lake located on private property outside of Cable, Wisconsin. The trail to the lake’s edge is not marked and most visitors would not even identify it as a trail. It is more of a faint path through thick, old-growth forest.…