An E-Bike So Stealthy Only Your Legs Will Know The Truth – UPDATED

Updated May 29, 2018: The Zeitgeist website is now live with more information about their stealthy e-bike. It is selling for $2999 and Zeitgeist is accepting $500 refundable reservations with delivery estimated between three (August 2018) to six months (November 2018). The claimed specs include a weight of 30.29 pounds, a 36V/360W electric hub motor, a 36V/6.7AH Panasonic lithium-ion array battery and a Shimano 105 cantilever brake Gruppo. Important missing information includes frame sizing, specific component specifications (handlebar, stem, saddle, crank length, pedals, wheels), battery replacement costs and warranty information.…

Two Running When Parked Yamahas For $575 Still Overpriced

This ad shouldn’t have used the phrase “running when parked.” It should have read, “buried when parked.” These two little Yamahas appear to have been left under a tree in the backyard since the last time they fired up (and who knows how long that has been?). I guess somebody who has a thing for these models could buy them for parts, but if your goal is to get them running, I’d tell you to keep looking. These two have a long journey before arriving at ride-able. The phrase “running…

Electrek’s Low-Cost DIY E-Bike Conversion A Dangerous Idea (Updated 5/15)

UPDATED: May 15, 2018 – I was contacted by Electrek’s publisher, Frederic Lambert, who said, “there might be some good points in there [my story], but there (sic) are drown out by useless swipes that make this whole thing sound like a shameless hit piece.” Frederic, I’m trying to save people from being injured and I certainly don’t feel “shame.” I’m proud to shed light on bad information to unsuspecting readers. He went on to explain, “We put the information out there and then people do what they want with…

Three-Wheeled Running When Parked Perfect For Collectors Only

The Honda atc 70 was a cute little all-terrain vehicle (ATV) that was marketed in the early 80’s as a fun vehicle for the entire family. Unfortunately, the ATV was a tricky vehicle to operate and anything but “family friendly.” It was easy for an inexperienced rider to experienced a rollover going uphill, downhill or on flat terrain. The saddle encouraged taking a passenger and the ATV used a fixed axle instead of a differential. And the vehicles were ankle biters. If the ATV did start a rollover, the natural…

You Could Win A Yamaha E-Bike From The Pick Your Passion Sweepstakes

Yamaha, a company famous for everything from pianos to motorcycles and outboard motors to stereo equipment, is kicking off their entry into the U.S. electric bike market by offering interested riders a chance to win one of their e-bikes. And it couldn’t be easier to enter. Click here to enter the sweepstakes. You pick the model you want to win and supply the required contact info. Then sit back, cross your fingers and on September 20th, Yamaha might just pick you as the lucky winner.

China’s Bicycle Graveyards Coming To America?

China’s bike share programs have been reportedly a ride-away success. Wired reports that the city of Hangzhou launched the $24 million bike share program to mitigate the vehicle exhaust choking the city. It was the first project of its kind in China. It recently won a sustainable transport award, and the city claims the bikes eliminate more than 110,000 tons of gas consumption a year. But there is an annoying downside to these “dockless” bike-share programs. Riders leave the bikes anywhere and if that “anywhere” is a popular destination, the…

Old Bikes, Older Racers And Fast Laps At The 2018 Corsa Motoclassica

Has it really been 12 years since I last attended the Corsa Motoclassica at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, California? A lot of things have changed and a lot of things have stayed the same. Willow Springs still feels (and looks) like the place I raced a box stock Suzuki GS550 in 1978. There are new attractions around the main road circuit (the Walt James Stadium, a kart track, skid pad, the Streets of Willow) but Big Willow is still the raceway’s heart and little has changed. It is at…

Manco Minibike Hits The Road

A buddy (thanks, Byron) found me an old Manco mini with a seized engine and some missing pieces but it had potential. A Harbor Freight 6.5 HP, 212 cc Predator engine fit in the frame nicely (once the fuel tank was removed) and a call to AZ USA Parts (thanks, Horton) got me all the little pieces needed (clutch, throttle and chain) plus they were really helpful people. I still need to find a gas cap that fits (my gas cap is cracked), but this thing is a torquey beast…

’65 Honda Scrambler Comes Back To Life

This is a Running When Parked (RWP) that I’ve been watching for a long time. It shows up on Craigslist every few months and has been doing so for years. The asking price ($5,000) might be putting off some riders, but wait, the latest ad is updated. Although it says the bike is a Running When Parked, it contradicts that statement by saying the owner has got the bike running. The $5000 asking price isn’t too far off if you have an emotional attachment to Honda Scramblers and are not…

Uber Buys E-Bike-Share Company Jump

Tech Crunch is reporting that Uber has purchased bike-share company Jump for close to 200 million bucks! The article says that Jump employees will join Uber’s team but the bike-share company will carry on as an independent, wholly controlled subsidiary. That is the official company line in the majority of company takeovers, but time usually proves that duplication of efforts are eliminated. The tech industry is not known for job security.