Seattleites Game The E-Bike Share System

Lime Bike’s e-bike share program seems perfectly suited to Seattle’s hilly terrain and riders seem to agree. Unfortunately, The Stranger is reporting that riders are already gaming the system. How? They get to a destination on their rented e-bike and then park it (or hide it) on private property. You only pay for the bikes when in use, so as soon as you hide the bike and log off, you’re off the meter. The bike isn’t available to other users (unless they trespass) and the rider who hid it won’t…

Cycle News Releases 2018 Buyer’s Guide

Just got the Cycle News 2018 Cruiser Buyer’s Guide and it is impressive. The CN Editors did a fine job of rounding up a comprehensive collection of cruiser motorcycles with pricing, specs and descriptions. But they didn’t stop there. They included a bunch of bike tests and an accessory guide as well. All that would have been enough, but the CN gang kept going and dug deeper. They include an extensive collection of motorcycle rallies including dates and what to expect from each experience. They detail some of their favorite…

Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Opens 2018 Nominee Submissions

Do you know a person or group who has made a substantial contribution to the sport of mountain biking and deserves recognition? Being named to The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame (MBHOF) is a true honor and your suggested submission is the first step in making it happen for a qualified person. The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame’s nomination submissions are open from now until April 15, 2018. Submitting a proposed nominee is a simple process. The MBHOF asks that you visit their website (click here) for complete nomination submission…

Media Watch: Save Up To 25% On Your Motorcyclist Subscription

Want to save bucks on your subscription to Motorcyclist? All you gotta do is toss the blow-in subscription card that fell into your lap (and lists a $19.97 price) and read the small print. The small print at the back of the mag (page 98 in the March/April 2018 issue) lists the subscription at $18. But wait, there’s more! You can go online and get the sub for $14.97 (that’s a 25% savings or a cool $5). Guess Motorcyclist is hoping you’re too busy or lazy to look this close,…

’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…