’68 Harley FLH Cool RWP’ed For Someone With Lots of Spare Time

Late ’60’s Harleys are boss! This one is no exception. The solo saddle, speedo on the tank, floorboard footpeds, bull-horn handlebar, additional driving lights, triple-clamp aluminum casing and fish-tail pipes all add up to one sweet boulevard cruiser. Still, this guy will require hours and hours of attention unless you plan to take the rat-bike path. Even then, it is a “running when parked” so who knows what evil lurks inside the fuel tank, engine cases and battery cover? All this and the owner is asking $13,000 for a bike…

The Real Ducati Scrambler is One Mean Runner When Parked

The modern-day Ducati Scrambler just doesn’t do it for me. Motorcycle magazines gush over it but to my eye, it is a poorly constructed poser bike that is too porky to ride on anything but pavement or dirt roads you’d tackle in a 1984 Ford Country Squire. To find a Ducati Scrambler that gets my attention, you need to turn back the clock to 1971 and throw a leg over the Ducati 450 RT. Now that’s a scrambler! This ad was selling two of them (both “running when parked”). The…

Battery Fires Create Concerns For Every Electric Bike Owner

Bike Europe, a publication claimed to be the “leading trade journal for the bicycle, e-bike market” recently published a courageous story on the dangers of Lithium-Ion batteries used in the majority of electric bikes (e-bikes). The publication had a fire safety engineer and battery safety professional examine the aftermath of a fire ignited by an unattended charging battery in a bicycle shop (click here to watch the ignition and blast-off). His observations are frightening. The expert is quoted as saying that Lithium-Ion batteries are, “rather unreliable, rather explosive. You are…

David Mann Chopperfest Breeds Creativity, Ingenuity and Superior Workmanship

Ventura California, Sunday, February 4, 2018: The gates to the 14th annual David Mann Chopperfest were supposed to open on December 10th, 2017. Problem was, the Ventura County Fairgrounds were full of Thomas Fire evacuees and first responders. The event’s promoters got the word out that everyone had an extra two months to get their choppers ready for the show. They moved the event to the first weekend in February and with the weather cooperating, it felt more like June! Does that mean if the promoters move the event back…

Honda CBX Switch-A-Roo Does Not Fool Us

The classified ad reads like the often-repeated urban legend of someone selling a family heirloom worth thousands for chump change. A Honda CBX from an estate sale for $1400? That bike is worth 15 times that. Steal that bike before the seller realizes what a horrible mistake they’ve made. But wait. Scrolling down the ad reveals the photo used for the main image is an example of what a pristine, fully-restored CBX looks like. But it is not the bike the seller is trying to pawn off. The actual bike…

A Beginner’s Guide To The Mecum Motorcycle Auctions

The Las Vegas Mecum Motorcycle Auction that ran from January 23rd through the 27th was my first time attending a motorcycle auction of this magnitude. I’ve got a feeling it won’t be my last. The 5-day auction will feel like nirvana to any self-respecting motorcycle enthusiast and if that sounds like you, you need to go. Attending an auction for the first time can be a bit intimidating so here is what to expect and how to survive. Cheap admission to a great show Twenty bucks gets you in the…

Family Parts With Beezer That Deserves Another Chance

This is tough because it has been sitting a long, long time. This 650 needs more attention than most mere-mortal mechanics could faithfully expend. Still, I hesitate. There is an obvious alternative, but the thought of parting out this old BSA brings a tear to my eye. It seems a shame for it to disappear into parts bins. I can only hope somebody with the right talent and energy will bring this old family member back to the street.

Jump Bikes Gets 18-Month Stationless E-Bike Trial On San Francisco’s Streets

Social Bicycles, the maker of Jump Bikes, just got permitted to run a fleet of stationless e-bikes in the city of San Francisco. The permit runs for 18-months and the service will be evaluated at that time (for the possibility of extending the contract). Stationless? It means you can rent a Jump Bike (that is the name of the brand, you’re not suppose to jump them) and when you get to where you want to go, you leave it there. This eliminates the need to return your rented e-bike to…

Mountain Bikers Need To Tread Lightly And Avoid Thomas Fire Burn Zone

There is a strong temptation right now for mountain bikers (and hikers and equestrians) to suit up and head out to survey the devastation of the recent Thomas Fire. There are a number of reasons why it is best to fight the urge and limit your riding (now that the air quality is good again) to areas that did not burn. The Forest Is Closed The first reason to stay off the burned trails is that the forest is closed. I think. The Los Padres National Forest website is so…