Clean Republic’s Hill Topper E-bike Kits Recalled Due To Unintended Acceleration

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a product recall for Clean Republic’s Hill Topper E-bike Controllers due to reports of unintended motor acceleration after water had penetrated the controllers. Clean Republic, based in Seattle, has received six reports of riders losing control when the motor accelerated without rider input, including one reported injury resulting in scrapes and bruises to the rider. Riders (and there are around 3,500 of you) should immediately stop using the recalled motor controller circuit boards and kits and contact the Clean Republic for a free…

Honda Cafe Racer Should Be Running When Sold

I post a lot of dubious “projects” in Running When Parked, but this is not one of them. This Ride Red racer is an solid example of a street bike converted to a cafe bike. The price would be a steal if the bike was running. The price is a little high for non-running condition. The seller says all it needs is gas and a tune-up. I would budget for a battery too. The seller might have better luck by adding gas and doing the tune-up and setting an asking…

Specialized E-Bike Advertisement Debunks Proponents’ Low-Speed Claim

The Specialized advertisement that pits their Turbo e-bike against a bicycle has got to be the weirdest advertisement Specialized has produced since their high-speed police pursuit video. It sends a message that must have e-bike proponents gnashing their teeth. The bicycle is piloted by Peter Sagan, one of the fastest bicycle racers on earth. The Turbo e-bike is ridden by a rider identified only as Grandma Joan. The ad, that does not reveal Joan’s age, explains that her heart requires a pacemaker and she has had two knee replacements. The…

E-Bike Storage Facility Destroyed By Massive Fire, Releases Toxic Smoke

Stella Fietsen, a bicycle company located in the Netherlands, suffered a devastating fire in their e-bike and e-bike battery storage facility. European News reports that the fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. in a store room at Stella Fietsen’s headquarters. The article reports that the store room where the fire originated contained 3,000 electric bikes and 6,000 batteries. The building collapsed and is considered a total loss. The fire was classified as a GRIP 3. This means the fire “threatened well-being of (large groups of) the population within a single…

Thank You Gavin Trippe For Everything You Did

Shocking news that the father of The Superbikers and promoter of the Carlsbad Gran Prix died in a reported car accident. Gavin will be remembered for all the positive influence he brought to the young sport of motocross in America and for single handedly inventing the Superbikers event. You can read more about Gavin here.  In the photo from left are Gavin Trippe, Teddy Boyco, Debbie Lewis, my wife Gail, me and Todd Huffman. Photo by Scott Cox.  

Captain America Fails To Sell His Motorcycle (UPDATED)

We watched this Captain America motorcycle auction carefully, thinking someone might make a last-minute bid to capture this crime-fighting motorcycle. Didn’t happen. The $100,000 opening bid didn’t attract any bidders, proving the  buy-it-now price of $300,000 was a pipe dream. Maybe the bike will be relisted with more realistic asking values. The original story…. Times are tough for super heroes. Captain America, who lives off his meager social security checks and small payments from sporadic personal appearances, is trying to sell his beloved 1977 Yamaha. The bike looks like a…