Top Stories Of 2021 From Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels

Calculating the top (most-clicked-on) stories of 2021 is fraught with technical difficulties. Stories posted early in the year have a marked advantage over a story posted in December. Stories that are “Updates” include tag-along readers from the original story (so I haven’t counted them unless the original story appeared in 2021). Finally, web browsers are getting mighty stingy revealing clicks (and I’m fine with that because I don’t monetize or track my readers) so I could have a story with way more eyeballs on it than I’ll ever know. Even…

Lessons To Learn From 13-Year-Old “SJ” Davis’ Tragic Motorcycle Death (UPDATE)

The headline from ABC News caught my attention and how could it not? The headline, “Family seeks answers after 13-year-old Florida boy dies in dirt bike crash during attempted traffic stop” appeared four days after Christmas. The tragedy of a young life cut short from a motorcycle accident is painful anytime of year but so soon after Christmas makes it worse. My sincere condolences go out to Stanley “SJ” Davis III‘s family, friends and all Boynton Beach residents. GETTING ANSWERS We need to learn from tragic events and hopefully, not…

Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Award Presented To Mark Blackwell

There is something very special about the Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Award. Unlike most inductions that take place at a banquet, museum or hall of fame building, the Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Award is presented at a motocross race. The Dubya USA World Vet Motocross Championships at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California, to be exact. The audience is made up of racers in their gear, taking a break from the day’s events to pay tribute to an individual who has made a lasting impact on the sport of…

The Trailblazers Motorcycle Club Banquet Under The Big Top

After a delay of over a year (due to a pesky virus), the 76th Trailblazers Banquet took place on Saturday August 28th under the big top tent of the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, California. The Trailblazers Motorcycle Club is 40 years old and their banquet/Trailblazers Hall of Fame induction attracts motorcycle racing legends (active and retired), motorcycle industry dignitaries (active and retired) and racing fans (always active). The event is overwhelming for me because so many long-time friends attend, it is impossible to say hello to everyone. It would not…

$25,000 Minibike Will Blow Your Mind And My Budget

I don’t know why it should, but it really bugs me that there are riders out there who can drop $25,000 on a minibike! A toy. A product with no practical purpose but having a good time. And it is not just one or two riders. There are enough of these riders to keep Droog Moto in business.  I guess if $25,000 was like $2,500 to me, I’d buy one. But the last time I spent $25,000 on something it was to replace our sceptic tank and it didn’t feel…

Prolific Action Sports Photographer, John Ker, In Recovery Mode

Hall of Fame member (both Mountain Bike and BMX) and all-round great guy, John Ker, is in the hospital following hip-replacement surgery (following a cycling get off). John’s recovery has not gone smoothly and he is in a lot of pain. Rehab is going at a snail’s pace. John can use some encouragement so take the time to drop him a get-well email. His email address is johnk@hi-torque.com. I know he would love hearing for friends, old and new.

Hopetown Reunion 2021: Racing Out Of Lockdown

The 2021 Hopetown Reunion took place Sunday June 27th under clear skies and hot temperatures at Simi Valley’s beautiful Hummingbird Nest Ranch. The turnout, both in number of spectators and bikes on display, was down from previous years, but that was to be expected. Many people are still getting used to the idea of social gatherings after a year of lockdowns. While their concerns are understandable, they missed out on a great gathering of motorcycles and motorcycle racers. Best in show: I’ll get it out of the way right now.…

Riding The Sur Ron X Bike Electric-Powered Motorcycle

My buddy Mark, owner of Reign motorcycle apparel, has been after me to come out and try one of his Sur Ron electric-powered motorcycles for a year. The stars aligned today and we headed up to the Hungry Valley off-highway vehicular (OHV) recreation area.  The ranger would normally collect the outrageous entry fee of $5 but Mark has a season pass so we were ready to cruise on in after she checked our spark arrestors. That threw her for a loop. You’re not going to find a spark arrester (or…

The Passing Of Another Friend And Thoughts On Mortality – Updated

Mike Bell’s shop-sponsored Husky broke during a Carlsbad CMC Pro moto and he was pushing it off the track. A long-haired, 250 Junior got behind him and helped push the bike back to the pits. Mike was appreciative, said thanks to the guy and flashed his famous smile. I was around 21 years old so Mike would have been 17. I never imagined that we’d be friends the rest of our lives. In hindsight, it is not surprising. Almost all of my long-time friendships started out on a motocross track.…