1979 Fantic Chopper Is Italy’s Take On Easy Rider

Never saw one of these on the road back in the 70’s and I know I would have remembered seeing it. This is a spectacular motorcycle that was produced by Italian motorcycle company Fantic to capitalize on the 70’s chopper craze in America (and probably Italy where they must have sold thousands of these ape-hanging, sissy-barred beauties). The asking price of $7500 is about what a Triumph Bonneville from the same era would go on the block for. That’s a bit steep and might explain why this bike has shown…

Fall Turns To Winter For This RWP’ed

Where do I start with this amazing ad? First, the seller only posted two photos so we can only guess he didn’t include the Yamaha Midnight Special because why? It is a little rougher than the Honda and flame-tanked Suzuki? If that is the case, I’d really love to see the Yamaha. Based on the fallen leaves framing the two pictured bikes, I’ve got to figure snow has fallen on these little gems by now. A white dusting might actually improve the bikes’ appearances. The $1000 asking price for all…

Godspeed, Bruce Brown, 1937-2017

Bruce Brown, a documentary movie icon who transformed two misunderstood and shunned activities, surfing and motorcycle racing, into popular American pastimes died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 80. I made a request to interview Bruce in 1996 for Motocross Journal (November/December 1996). My motivation was not an On Any Sunday 25th anniversary feature (On Any Sunday was released in 1971). I simply wanted to meet the man who helped shape my lifelong love of motorcycling and at the time, not a lot was being published about Bruce…

Rupp Minibike “Running When Parked”

I am so tempted by this one. The mini looks complete. All the parts are there and the frame looks ripe for a makeover. Unfortunately, I don’t have the skills of Chip and Joanna (of “Fixer Upper” TV show fame) and while I can envision a cherry Rupp Roadster in my head, I know I couldn’t transform this bike into the mini of my dreams. If the motor runs and wheel bearings aren’t seized, I’d offer $250 and just ride it like it is. The phrase “running when parked” (RWP)…

Honda Chopper Worth The Asking Price

This doesn’t happen all that often. A Running When Parked that is a deal (and maybe a steal). This 70’s Honda chopper appears to be well constructed and I don’t see any obvious signs of abuse. This bike was a show stopper back in its day, and there is no reason after a little TLC that it couldn’t be winning blue ribbons at a custom bike show. Even the $2500 asking price seems like a bargain. You could part this bike out for double that price. If you feel born…

Pristine Yamaha DT1 RWP’ed For Only $700

Okay, this was a mean trick. The Running When Parked DT1 has seen a lot more abuse than the one pictured above. A DT1 in the above condition could probably fetch a cool $3,500 (more if pulling hard enough on the heartstrings of the right buyer). The one below will be hard-pressed to get its asking price. There does not appear to be much in the way of usable components and it does look like something is growing out of the heat shield on the exhaust pipe. Still, it would…

IMBA Declares War On Class-2 E-Bikes

A new battle has emerged pitting the e-bike industry against itself. Gear Junkie’s article detailing the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) softening stance on e-bike use is nothing new. IMBA has been encouraging, and I feel “promoting” e-bike use on non-motorized, multi-user recreational trails for years. What the Gear Junkie article reveals for the first time is a civil war started by IMBA between pedal-actuated e-bikes and throttle-actuated e-bikes. Class warfare The Gear Junkie article states that IMBA now supports “Class-1” electric-motorized bike access to non-motorized trails. What the article incorrectly…

2017 Mike Nosco Memorial Bicycle Ride Photo Gallery

The 2017 Mike Nosco Memorial Bicycle Ride was another amazing event to honor the memory of Mike Nosco and raise financial support for a number of worthy recipients. The event’s course is a brutal tour of the Santa Monica mountains that forces participants to attack three major climbs that add up to over 8,000 feet of climbing while covering 80 miles of Southern Cal’s most beautiful cycling roads (including the iconic Pacific Coast Highway). The course reflects the toughness and perseverance of Mike Nosco who used it as his “training”…