A $250 Motorcycle That Looks Like A Million Bucks

I do not know how they do it? The XtremepowerUS pocket racer is a 40cc, four-stroke-powered minicycle with mechanical disc brakes that is selling today (Cyber Monday) for $250! That is around the same price as a kid’s bicycle. The product information says, “This gas pocket bike is ideal for providing driveway and parking lot commuting entertainment for kids and teenagers 13 years and older.” Not sure what “commuting entertainment” is supposed to mean but “terrorizing-the-neighborhood entertainment” might be a better description of what a 13-year-old rider is going to…

Malibu In Ashes – Before and After Images

Last week’s Woolsey Fire engulfed and destroyed a place I’ve grown to accept and appreciate as my second home. The beautiful house belonged to my wife’s mom, Donna. She and Allen, her late husband (thank the Lord he didn’t have to see this), spent 47 years in the house. Donna refers to this as time spent in paradise. The 90-year-old great grandmother is at peace with losing her home (and all her art) and is moving full-speed ahead with a champion’s determination. She already has replaced one of her cars…

Jody Weisel Presented 2018 Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award

Jody Weisel was presented with the “Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award” at Glen Helen Raceway during the World Vet Motocross Championships Sunday on November 4th. Jody was the 22nd recipient of the honor and joins the ranks of such motocross luminaries as Roger DeCoster, Ricky Johnson, Gary Jones, Bruce Brown, Jeff Ward, Joel Robert, Bob Hannah, Brad Lackey, Broc Glover, Torsten Hallman, Tony Distefano, David Bailey and Marty Smith. Jody is currently editor of Motocross Action Magazine, where he has established himself (and thrives) as the longest-serving editor of…

Jody Weisel To Receive 2018 Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Award Sunday – It’s About Time

The 22nd recipient of the “Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award” will be Jody Weisel, the former Hodaka factory rider and editor of Cycle News. He is currently editor of Motocross Action Magazine, where he has established himself (and thrived) as the longest-serving editor of any motorcycle magazine in the world. Jody has dedicated his life to motocross racing and the advancement of the sport. You can read just a few of Jody’s accomplishments by clicking here. Jody Weisel joins Roger DeCoster, Ricky Johnson, Gary Jones, Bruce Brown, Jeff Ward,…

Kings Of Speed – Ascot Raceway 1957 To 1990 Runs Through October 13th – UPDATED

California State University Northridge Art Galleries is presenting an exhibition titled Kings of Speed: Ascot Raceway 1957 – 1990. The exhibit title says all you need to know. If you don’t “get it” you are either too young or were never into the most dramatic racing that California ever produced. I attended the opening reception and can show you just a little of what is in store for you if you can make it to the exhibit before it closes on October 13, 2018. The photo above is of the…

Harry Klemm’s “The DG Years, 1975-1976” – An 18-Episode Motocross Series

Harry Klemm was standing at ground zero when the Southern California motocross bomb exploded in the 70’s. In addition to being a highly-respected mechanic, engineer and tuner, Harry is a consummate story teller. Reading his manuscript, The DG Years, 1975-1976, is like looking into an unearthed time capsule for those of us who had the pleasure of living through those times. And there is plenty here for new generations of racers, mechanics and dreamers to learn from. I asked Harry if I could turn the manuscript into a serial format…

Harry Klemm’s “The DG Years, 1975-1976” – Episode 1: Understanding The 70s SoCal Motocross Atmosphere

It is said by many long-time motocross enthusiasts that the 1970s were the golden era of USA motocross…in particular the Southern California scene. I’m not wise enough to say whether or not it was a golden era, but I can say that the 1970s Southern California motocross scene was an erupting volcano of increasing participation unlike anything that the sport had ever seen before, and unlike anything it will ever see again. At the risk of over-simplifying it, the 1970s was an era of countless racing participants at every skill…

Harry Klemm’s “The DG Years, 1975-1976” – Episode 2: My Road into Motocross

In the early ‘70s, I often raced in SoCal amateur road racing. At that time, local road racing was a sport that moved at exactly the same relentless pace as the amateur motocross world. The bike preparation and traveling in 1970s amateur road racing took long hours, little sleep and offered even less pay. My thin wallet and a few broken bones helped convince me that it was much safer to be a road race mechanic and tuner, rather than being a rider. Along with that, being a tuner was…