Stumbling Onto The 2022 Scottish Six Day Trials

To kill time between The Divine Comedy concerts (one in Birmingham, England and the other in Cardiff, Wales) Gail, my favorite traveling companion (sorry, Lance), best friend and wife, and I decided to drive a lap of the United Kingdom. Following in the footsteps of Rick Steves and adding days of our own design, we ended up in the beautiful Scottish town of Fort William. The trials bike in the hardware-store window on the cobblestone main street caught my attention. You don’t see motorcycles on display like that very often.…

Getting Weird At The Austin Hand-Built Motorcycle Show

There is a slogan seen around Austin, Texas, that says, “Keep Austin Weird.” The Hand-Built Motorcycle Show takes that suggestion to heart. The show is the brainchild of Revival Cycles, an Austin-based custom motorcycle institution, who produce one-off custom motorcycles and restorations. Like the show’s name implies, the bikes on display are unique, thought provoking and many times, downright weird. They are crafted by professional mechanics, race tuners, fabricators, backyard tinkerers, father and son teams and, I’m guessing here, performance artists. The resulting bikes are as varied as their creators.…

Hill Country Motorheads Vintage Motorcycle Museum A Baby Boomer’s Two-Wheel Stable

The 2022 MotoGP weekend schedule at the Circuit of the Americas didn’t leave me a lot of free time but I had heard of a motorcycle museum in Burnet, Texas, that displayed an eclectic mix of drool-worthy motorcycles. I’d miss some of the MotoGP practice sessions on Friday but decided it was worth the risk of driving about an hour outside of Austin to see what made the Hill Country Motorheads Vintage Motorcycle Museum special. I’m so stoked I blew off practice to make the drive (actually, I talked Lance…

Austin’s MotoGP Feels The Sting Of A Rossi-less Starting Grid

Made the trip to Austin last October so I could see Valentino Rossi race his last MotoGP at the Circuit of the Americas. I certainly wasn’t alone. I left wondering how the retirement of MotoGP’s biggest draw would impact the sport. Well, I got my answers after attending the Austin MotoGP on Sunday April 10th and those answers confirmed some suspicions and surprised me. First, what I expected. The crowd took a hit. A big hit. Even with improved weather conditions, removing the battalion of Rossi fans seriously diminished the…

Running When Parked BSA And BMW Two Pack

They are listed separately but my keen eyes picked up on the fact that the mud color on each bike is identical and the steel building they are leaning against is the same shade of sun-beaten brown. Sure enough, it is one seller listing both of these Running When Parked vintage bikes. What do I think? Tough call. I dig the BSA and the bike does look complete. The mud suggests the bike was stored outside under a tarp and it has been under said tarp for more than a…

The Trailblazers Banquet Is What The World Needs Right Now

Have you noticed people acting a little stressed out lately? Our phones, TVs and computers spew out a continuous bombardment of horrifying news and a trip to the grocery store or gas station is all it takes to trigger stomach-turning despair. That’s why the 77th Annual Trailblazers Banquet couldn’t have come at a better time. Attendees entering California’s Carson Center were treated to The Trailblazers Bike Show that included priceless (I say “priceless” because I don’t think many of the bike owners would sell them) and rare motorcycles that alone…

Coming Events: The One Motorcycle Show 2022

Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels followers already know this is our favorite motorcycle show of the year. You need to squeeze it into your busy calendar. You will not be disappointed. Tickets are on sale now for the 13th annual One Motorcycle Show, where riders, non-riders and motorcycle-enthusiasts will roll into town Friday, April 29th through Sunday, May 1st for a full weekend of immersive motorcycle fun. The historic Zidell Barge Building, was chosen for this year’s venue. The Ridell is a rustic, open-air building along Portland’s Southwest Waterfront. “When…

Yamaha Trail 125 Running When Parked Gets $2,202 At Auction

Found this unique Yamaha Running When Parked on eBay with just hours to go before a new owner would take it home (or back out of the sale). It’s unique because it appears to be a Japanese market model not sold in America. It has a monoshock rear suspension and looks ultra clean for a 45-year-old dual-sport bike. The seller, Kaplan Cycles, doesn’t have time to mess with it. The little bike sold for $2,202. I feel that is a lot for a RWP’ed 125 but heck, a dozen eggs…

Super73 Goes Full Moto With Their C1X

The CX1 from Super73 sends a clear message about the young company. That message says “We are not an e-bike company. We are an electric-powered, personal-transportation company.” Super73 has tossed the pedals in favor of footpegs but that is just the beginning. The design shown on their website has the motor nested in the bike’s swingarm. While the company is tight-lipped on specifications, it appears that moving the engine to the swingarm frees up space for a massive battery. I don’t see a license plate holder (and assume this will…

Don Emde Looks Back 50 Years On His Remarkable Daytona 200 Win

Today, March 12th 2022, is the 50th anniversary of Don Emde’s calculated, cunning, come-from-behind win of America’s most prestigious motorcycle race, the 1972 Daytona 200. Don treated a group of race fans (and racers) to a presentation of the events that lead up to his big day and how his premonition (or visualization) of the day’s events came true. Rather than attempt to tell Don’s story here, you need to pick up his hard-bound book, The Daytona 200, The History of America’s Premier Motorcycle Race. Don tells not only his…