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…

Harley-Davidson Pan America Recall Number Two

I advised back in May of 2021 to hold off on jumping onto an all-new Harley-Davidson Pan America because “It is likely that problems uncovered by the early adopters will be addressed in future versions of the Pan America.” Got that one right. Harley-Davidson just announced their second recall of the Pan America. The first recall was due to a handhold that could break and this one has something to do with an instrument cluster electrical issue. The recalls are not reassuring (what recall is?) but they are not what…

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…

The Harley-Davidson Pan America Looks Amazing And Why You Shouldn’t Get One…Yet

We were impressed and encouraged by spy photos of the Harley-Davidson’s Pan America back in 2019. The prototype represented a major departure for a company known only for its cruiser and touring bikes. Two years later, the Pan America is poised to hit dealer showrooms and backcountry dirt roads. It looks pretty darn great. Harley-Davidson did a commendable job in the adventure bike arena on their first try. Kudos to the Milwaukee wrecking crew. Does that mean you adventure-type riders should rush down to the local Harley-Davidson dealership and scoop…

Harley-Davidson Rides Off Wall Street And Onto Main Street

Today’s report on Harley-Davidson from the Motley Fool explains why the company’s stock price fell 18% during Tuesday’s trading. Wall Street forecasters predicted that new CEO Jochen Zeitz’s turnaround plan, dubbed “The Hardwire” would result in an adjusted profit of $0.21 per share for the company’s third-quarter results. Didn’t happen. Instead, the company posted a loss of $0.44 per share. I suggested in May of 2020 that the best course for Harley-Davidson is to leave Wall Street and return the company to private ownership. Today’s news makes it a lot…

Harley-Davidson Restoration Ready To Rumble Back To Life

While this is technically a Running When Parked offering, it is not consistent with the rust buckets, parts bins or multi-year project bikes that so often grace our pages. No, this 1959 Harley-Davidson FLF was not parked because the owner had surrendered to the task of getting the bike running. I’m guessing that the owner experienced health or personal issues that required the bike to be parked and stored. Although the majority of RWP’ed ads claim a new battery and a carb cleaning is all the bike needs, this is…

What Harley-Davidson Needs To Do To Survive UPDATED

July 28th, 2020: Today’s article from Bloomberg News, “Harley-Davidson Investors Sour on CEO Jochen Zeitz’s Turnaround Plan” confirms what I predicted for the company’s new CEO in my story dated May 10th, 2020 (in its entirety below). After announcing its first quarterly loss in more than a decade, Zeitz’s says that he “aims to increase the brand’s desirability by putting quality ahead of quantity.” Those are not words that growth-hungry investors want to hear. Bloomberg intelligence feels that, “New management may be embracing its history and core rider demographic, while…