Electrolux Honda Cafe Bike Could Be Yours

It was at the 2018 Hanford Vintage Motorcycle Rally that I first saw Christoph Lusse’s custom Electrolux Honda cafe motorcycle. His creation easily earned the prestigious “Most-Creative-Construction Trophy” from Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels. Christoph Lusse fabricated this awesome little Honda using an Electrolux vacuum for many of the components. It would have been right at home at The One Moto Show. Christoph contacted us to get the word out that he has donated his awesome cafe creation to the Reedley Rotary so they can auction it off at the…

Jumping Into The Evel Knievel Museum

It’s too bad that Evel Knievel, who was 69 when he died from diabetes and lung disease in 2007, never got the chance to visit the museum dedicated to his life and memory. He would have been as overwhelmed and impressed as any visitor by the sprawling, artifact-packed Official Evel Knievel Museum. Mike Patterson, who owns Historic Harley-Davidson of Topeka, Kansas, and a number of partners came up with the idea for the museum. You can read a detailed account of the venture by clicking here. While Topeka is a…

How A Sleepy Iowa Farm Town Became Every British Motorcycle Fan’s Nirvana

Pulling into Marne, Iowa, in search of the legendary Baxter Cycle, we, my wife Gail and I, figured there had been a screw up. Maybe there was another Marne in Iowa? This town, surrounded by seemingly endless acres of corn fields, was nothing more than single-family homes, a Mason’s Lodge and a Methodist church. No grocery store. No Subway sandwich shop. No Home Depot or Target store. The town is so tiny that city officials offer free lots if you promise to build a house on it. Sitting smack dab…

The One Moto Show Gathers The Tribes For A Celebration Of Two-Wheel Beauty

The One Moto Show in Portland, Oregon, celebrated its 10th birthday this weekend by throwing a party for riders who refuse to buy their motorcycles off the rack. Pretty much every motorcycle on display was the result of an individual’s creativity, ingenuity and, yes, suffering. These bikes did not come to exist without a serious investment in time, money and bleeding knuckles. This is art that requires commitment. The show kicked off with a screening of the documentary “Oil In The Blood” on Thursday night. The movie was a perfect…

America’s Largest Motorcycle Dealership Only Opens Five Days A Year – Mecum’s 2019 Las Vegas Auction

Honda Z50 minibikes selling for close to $10,000. Non-operational Italian 125cc road racing eye candy commanding $50,000. Replicas of really famous motorcycles being sold for $100,000. Five days of frantic bidding resulting in 1281 motorcycles being sold and generating $25,111,574 in sales. This could only be the annual Mecum Motorcycle Auction held in January every year at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Lost Wages, Nevada. The annual gathering of motorcycle fanatics is a place for collectors (that’s a polite terms for “horders”) to thin their herd, add to…

Christian Bagg Designs An Off-Road Electric-Motorized Trike Par Excellence

“Necessity is the mother of invention” is an English proverb that Christian Bagg proved correct. Christian was an avid outdoorsman when a 1996 accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. His desire to get back into the outdoors and his talent as a machinist/fabricator/mad scientist lead him (after more than one failed prototype) to a three-wheeled, electric-motorized all-terrain vehicle that accomplished his dreams. PBS Newshour Weekend has an in-depth report on the amazing Mr. Bagg. You can watch it by clicking here. The website Engineering.com also has a story…

Harley-Davidson’s Two Concept Vehicles Are Not E-Bikes

Harley-Davidson made headlines recently by announcing their $29,799 LiveWire electric motorcycle. In addition to the LiveWire, Harley-Davidson showed two electric-powered concept vehicles. While some news sources have identified the concepts as e-bikes, neither bike fits that definition. E-bikes, even the e-bikes that use a twist-grip throttle or thumb-push throttle to apply their power (rather than power up as soon as pedaling begins), have operational pedals connected to a crank that turns a chain (or belt) connected to the rear wheel. To the relief of everyone from the high-end Specialized Bikes…