Rokform Mount And Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max A Bad Combo – UPDATED

Update September 11, 2021: It may have taken over a year for The Verge to catch up to me, but I reported on the iPhone/motorcycle compatibility issues way back in December of 2019. It appears the problem is not limited to the use of the Rokform motorcycle bar mount. The Verge article and another article from Gizmodo points to issues with mounting the iPhone to any motorcycle. This is one of those times I wish Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels reached more riders. I could have saved a lot of…

The Trailblazers Motorcycle Club Banquet Under The Big Top

After a delay of over a year (due to a pesky virus), the 76th Trailblazers Banquet took place on Saturday August 28th under the big top tent of the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, California. The Trailblazers Motorcycle Club is 40 years old and their banquet/Trailblazers Hall of Fame induction attracts motorcycle racing legends (active and retired), motorcycle industry dignitaries (active and retired) and racing fans (always active). The event is overwhelming for me because so many long-time friends attend, it is impossible to say hello to everyone. It would not…

Harley-Davidson’s New Sportster Looks Anything But ‘Sporty” – UPDATED

August 22, 2021: I added a video at the bottom of my story proving I’m not the only one to draw the Sportster/V-Rod connection. July 22, 2021: I was enthusiastic about Harley-Davidson’s new Pan America model (although my buying advice is to hold off until the bugs are worked out). Can’t say I feel the same optimism about the recently-announce all-new Sportster model. Photos of the bike in action (like in the Cycle News review) show the rider in a very un-sporty, upright position. I mean, how many times can you read…

$25,000 Minibike Will Blow Your Mind And My Budget

I don’t know why it should, but it really bugs me that there are riders out there who can drop $25,000 on a minibike! A toy. A product with no practical purpose but having a good time. And it is not just one or two riders. There are enough of these riders to keep Droog Moto in business.  I guess if $25,000 was like $2,500 to me, I’d buy one. But the last time I spent $25,000 on something it was to replace our sceptic tank and it didn’t feel…

Does Sex Still Sell? Get More Than A ’68 Yamaha From This Ebay Auction – UPDATED

I’ve got a compulsion for scanning Craigslist, Ebay and Bring A Trailer for vintage motorcycles from 1963 to 1972. I may actually buy another one someday (I’ve already got a shed filled with running-when-parked bikes) but it is the chase I enjoy.  On a recent hunt I uncovered a very nice 1968 Yamaha YG5T 80cc classic. The image of an attractive young lady with the bike wasn’t a big surprise although this gimmick is seen used more often for choppers. It was in the product description that I saw something I’ve…

E-Bike Dominates Rush-Hour Race

GeekWire recently conducted a rush-hour race through Seattle that pitted the most popular forms of urban transportation against each other. The only notable and puzzling omission from the starting grid participants was a motorcycle. Maybe GeekWire will allow one to compete in their next race.  If I was a betting man, I would be richer today. My money would have been on the e-biker (it would have been on the motorcycle if there had been one in the race). Kudos to GeekWire for a great article and a fun event.

Husqvarna, Not KTM, Launches Extensive E-Bike Line In USA – UPDATED

UPDATED August 3, 2020: Spoke to a buddy with inside knowledge of the KTM motorcycle/bicycle split and it makes more sense than my earlier speculation. The result is still the same (an awesome new brand of e-bikes), but how the story unfolded is more clear. There are a few lessons to learn here for any young business major.  June 28, 2021: KTM Austria used to offer a line of KTM bicycles along with their motorcycles. When KTM went bankrupt, the bicycle brand was sold off to one group and another group…

Prolific Action Sports Photographer, John Ker, In Recovery Mode

Hall of Fame member (both Mountain Bike and BMX) and all-round great guy, John Ker, is in the hospital following hip-replacement surgery (following a cycling get off). John’s recovery has not gone smoothly and he is in a lot of pain. Rehab is going at a snail’s pace. John can use some encouragement so take the time to drop him a get-well email. His email address is johnk@hi-torque.com. I know he would love hearing for friends, old and new.

The Pave 01 Is A Motorcycle, Not An E-Bike

I assume the term e-bike was dreamed up by a clever marketing team who wanted to confuse, mislead and obfuscate consumers while giving manufacturers wiggle room in describing their products. Instead of calling them what they are, electric-motorized bicycles or electric-powered motorcycles, e-bike is a cute, fun-sounding, non-descriptive-blanket term that gets tossed over a wide range of motorized vehicles. Case in point, the Pave 01. The misleading ad on Facebook’s marketplace says, “The Only eBike with…” and is linked to Pave Motors. Pave Motors is taking pre-orders on the Pave…