Modified E-Bike’s Fiery Explosion A Warning

An E-bike with a modified battery ignited into flames that were quickly contained because of the fire’s close proximity to an extinguisher. Reports were not clear if the bike was privately owned or used by a food-delivery service. The Straits Times reports that the fire took place in Singapore where, unlike in the United States, there are strict laws on e-bike modifications (that obviously didn’t deter this owner from making modifications) and there are a much larger number of E-bikes in operation than in the States. As E-bike use expands…

Updated 1/15/20 – 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…

30-Mile-Per-Hour Scooter Scares The Crap Out Of Me

When I worked for Bell Helmets during the 80’s, one of the Company’s largest concerns was product liability. It wasn’t because Bell was making a sub-par product. Quite the contrary. Bell was rightfully respected as the finest helmet company in the world. The testing lab was amazing and the quality control second to none. There were racers sponsored by other helmet companies who would buy Bell helmets, remove the stickers and replace them with their sponsor’s sticker (I am not making this stuff up and saw it first hand). But…

Must-Attend Motorcycle Events Coming Soon

The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series gets the lion’s share of media attention every January and rightfully so. The 17-event series packs stadiums from Anaheim, California, to Detroit, Michigan, and is easily America’s most-watched motorcycle race series. That doesn’t mean you should miss out on two other annual motorcycle events that will take place between now and the first week in February. THE MECUM MOTORCYCLE AUCTION IN VEGAS I call it America’s largest motorcycle dealership showroom that is only open 5 days a year. The auction runs January 21 through…

Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels’ Most-Viewed Stories of 2019

I’m not sure why the top stories of 2019 are very important. I don’t have advertisers to appease and I don’t monetize my loyal readers. It is not a fair measurement because the stories posted in the first part of the year had more opportunity to build an audience than the stories from a month ago. I guess I’m just curious what stories spiked the status quo and if you missed them, you get another shot to read them. So here you go. The most-read stories of 2019. E-Bikes Not…

Suzuki TS 250 Last RWP’ed Of 2019

What’s going on with “Running When Parked?” I usually find ten or twenty RWP’ed for sale locally but in the closing weeks of 2019, Running-When-Parked bikes became a rare find. Could my diligent reporting have influenced sellers to use different terminology? Ran ten years go? Ran the last time somebody rode it? Will run with a carb cleaning? A new battery? A new transmission? Well, sellers may be getting sneaky, but I did find this little beauty. The seat looks pretty good so if that is worth $1100 to you,…

Motorcycho’s Norman Turns 60 Years Young

When I was Editor of Motocross Journal I got an envelope packed with stickers, a zine titled Motorcycho and a cassette tape of a radio show that only played motorcycle songs. The sender’s name was Norman (a pseudonym for Kenneth Anderson) who turned out to be Motorcycho’s Editor, the radio show’s DJ and the stickers’ creator. I wrote back to tell the guy how much I enjoyed the care package. Little did I know that this was the beginning of a 20-plus-year friendship. Norman and I have met at motorcycle…

District 37 Riders’ Reunion Remembers The Glory Days

The 3rd Annual District 37 Riders’ Reunion took place today at Simi Valley’s best kept secret, the stunning Hummingbird Nest Ranch. The amazing venue was second only to the beautiful race machinery on display (and legendary District 37 racers). Kudos to all the riders who braved the gale-force winds to ride to the event. Here are just a few of the bikes that caught my eye.