Godspeed, Harry Dean Stanton

Calling Harry Dean Stanton a character actor, as so many obits are doing, is short selling the career of a phenomenal actor who was anything but a simple caricature. Harry Dean played roles that are forever etched into our collective memories and will be remembered long after many leading men’s roles are forgotten. Harry Dean may be best remembered to movie goers as the alien sprouting Brett in 1979’s Alien. But it will be his performance as Bud in the 1984 Repo Man that goes down in my book as…

Legends Of The Road Finish 2nd At RAAM

The Legends of the Road finished the Race Across America (RAAM) and made every motocross rider proud. David Bailey, Micky Dymond, Doug Henry and Jeff Ward crossed the United States in 7 days, 19 hours and 58 minutes. That was good enough for 2nd place in the 4-rider 50-59 category, just a little over 3-hours behind the winning team and about 7 hours in front of third place. Micky was the only rider on the team with RAAM experience making their finish even more impressive. A video of the lads…

Motocross Champions Compete In Race Across America

The Race Across America, or RAAM, is a rare form of torture and possibly the toughest bicycle race in the world. Starting on the beach in Oceanside, California, RAAM spans 3000 miles, climbs 175,000 feet, crosses 12 states and finishes in Annapolis, Maryland. The event is challenged by both professional and amateur riders who compete solo or in 2-, 4- or 8-rider relay teams. This year, four very well-known, former motocross champions are competing under the name Legends of the Road. The riders are David Bailey, Micky Dymond, Doug Henry,…

Zimmerman Brothers Hit $621,000 Vegas Jackpot

So how did the Zimmerman Brothers make out thinning their motorcycle collection at the recent Mecum Auction in Las Vegas? The brothers sold 83 motorcycles for a total take of $610,600. Still on the block are a few celebrity-owned bikes from the collection that did not meet their reserve price like a Steve McQueen owned ’68 Husqvarna 400 Motocross customized with lights and passenger pegs. The bikes that sold from the Zimmerman collection (actually, the majority of the bikes sold at the auction) appear to have generated reasonable market prices…

$20 Audi Hood Renovation

This has nothing to do with motorcycles (or mountain bikes or electric bikes) although this product could be used to great affect on any of them.  My 2004 Audi A4 Avant started to develop paint issues five years ago.  I’ve always suspected the problem was caused by Audi wrapping the car (for shipping) too soon after it was painted.  The creeping fog looked to be trapped between the paint and the clear coat. Audi tech guys said it was not their problem.  I don’t believe Audi wants owners to hold…

Cycle World Revisited (Updated)

My subscription to Cycle World ran out a year ago with their May 2016 issue that sported the worst cover I have ever seen on a motorcycle magazine.  Glad I didn’t renew because it just kept coming until I received the June 2017 issue wrapped with a warning that this was “really-really” my last issue.  I still don’t believe them so I’m going to wait to see if the issues just keep coming. A LOT OF OVERHEAD How is Cycle World doing?  First, since I was in the biz for…

ZIMMERMAN BROTHERS THIN THE HERD

If you have money burning a hole in your wallet and are looking for early 70’s motocross and desert bikes or mid-60’s Triumph motorcycles, you need to head to Las Vegas on June 1, 2017, to bid on some of the Zimmerman Brothers motorcycle collection. The brothers appear to be thinning out their herd (they have over 300 bikes in the collection) at the Mecum Auction in Vegas. While the offering is an impressive mix of bikes, the Brothers are not offering any of their super-collectable items (championship bikes, a…

GODSPEED, MICHAEL PARKS

Businessman: Taking a trip? Jim Bronson: What’s that? Businessman: Taking a trip? Jim Bronson: Yeah. Businessman: Where to? Jim Bronson: Oh, I don’t know. Wherever I end up, I guess. Businessman: Man, I wish I was you. Jim Bronson: Really? Businessman: Yeah. Jim Bronson: Well, hang in there. Michael Parks, who played Jim Bronson in the TV show “Then Came Bronson,” dead at the age of 77. Rest in peace.

MOTORCYCHO #31 HOT OFF THE PRESS

The new issue of Motorcycho just hit the newsstands (if there are any newsstands left standing) and cool motorcycle shops. The new issue is 46 pages of pure sickle bliss brought to the reader in full technicolor. Yours truly even has a feature, “In Praise of Ovals” about a visit to the Dan Rouit Flat Track Museum. You can also buy it directly from the source by sending an email to motorcychomag@gmail.com. Don’t be surprised if the conniving publisher tries to up sell you on a bunch of back issues,…