Cheap Protection: Is A $36 Motorcycle Helmet Worth It?

Stumbled upon Wish, an online retailer that ships products directly from China to your doorstep. The product selection is mind numbing and the prices are amazingly low (even after paying freight). There are motorcycle jerseys for $14. Anti-theft brake locks for $16. A motorcycle headlight for $41. You can even open your own tattoo business for $34 with the tattoo starter kit. A $36 open-face helmet? I had to try one. What did I have to lose? Well, in this case, $36. The helmet is described as (take a deep…

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…

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…

Manco Minibike Hits The Road

A buddy (thanks, Byron) found me an old Manco mini with a seized engine and some missing pieces but it had potential. A Harbor Freight 6.5 HP, 212 cc Predator engine fit in the frame nicely (once the fuel tank was removed) and a call to AZ USA Parts (thanks, Horton) got me all the little pieces needed (clutch, throttle and chain) plus they were really helpful people. I still need to find a gas cap that fits (my gas cap is cracked), but this thing is a torquey beast…

Rupp Minibike “Running When Parked”

I am so tempted by this one. The mini looks complete. All the parts are there and the frame looks ripe for a makeover. Unfortunately, I don’t have the skills of Chip and Joanna (of “Fixer Upper” TV show fame) and while I can envision a cherry Rupp Roadster in my head, I know I couldn’t transform this bike into the mini of my dreams. If the motor runs and wheel bearings aren’t seized, I’d offer $250 and just ride it like it is. The phrase “running when parked” (RWP)…

Joe’s Minibike Reunion Is Crackling Fun

The 6th Annual Joe’s Minibike Reunion took place at Crescenta Valley Park in La Crescenta, California, on Saturday, October 14th. The event, where hundreds of minibike owners pay a modest entry fee to show off their little treasures in hopes of snagging a coveted Joe’s Minibike Reunion trophy, was free to the public (thanks, Joe’s). This was my first Reunion and the crowd was the most diverse group I’ve ever seen at a motorsports event. There were hot rodders and hipsters. Restorators and ground-up fabricators. Drag racers and motocrossers. Guys…