Cycle News Releases 2018 Buyer’s Guide

Just got the Cycle News 2018 Cruiser Buyer’s Guide and it is impressive. The CN Editors did a fine job of rounding up a comprehensive collection of cruiser motorcycles with pricing, specs and descriptions. But they didn’t stop there. They included a bunch of bike tests and an accessory guide as well. All that would have been enough, but the CN gang kept going and dug deeper. They include an extensive collection of motorcycle rallies including dates and what to expect from each experience. They detail some of their favorite…

David Mann Chopperfest Breeds Creativity, Ingenuity and Superior Workmanship

Ventura California, Sunday, February 4, 2018: The gates to the 14th annual David Mann Chopperfest were supposed to open on December 10th, 2017. Problem was, the Ventura County Fairgrounds were full of Thomas Fire evacuees and first responders. The event’s promoters got the word out that everyone had an extra two months to get their choppers ready for the show. They moved the event to the first weekend in February and with the weather cooperating, it felt more like June! Does that mean if the promoters move the event back…

A Beginner’s Guide To The Mecum Motorcycle Auctions

The Las Vegas Mecum Motorcycle Auction that ran from January 23rd through the 27th was my first time attending a motorcycle auction of this magnitude. I’ve got a feeling it won’t be my last. The 5-day auction will feel like nirvana to any self-respecting motorcycle enthusiast and if that sounds like you, you need to go. Attending an auction for the first time can be a bit intimidating so here is what to expect and how to survive. Cheap admission to a great show Twenty bucks gets you in the…

Zimmerman Brothers Hit $621,000 Vegas Jackpot

So how did the Zimmerman Brothers make out thinning their motorcycle collection at the recent Mecum Auction in Las Vegas? The brothers sold 83 motorcycles for a total take of $610,600. Still on the block are a few celebrity-owned bikes from the collection that did not meet their reserve price like a Steve McQueen owned ’68 Husqvarna 400 Motocross customized with lights and passenger pegs. The bikes that sold from the Zimmerman collection (actually, the majority of the bikes sold at the auction) appear to have generated reasonable market prices…

Cycle World Revisited (Updated)

My subscription to Cycle World ran out a year ago with their May 2016 issue that sported the worst cover I have ever seen on a motorcycle magazine.  Glad I didn’t renew because it just kept coming until I received the June 2017 issue wrapped with a warning that this was “really-really” my last issue.  I still don’t believe them so I’m going to wait to see if the issues just keep coming. A LOT OF OVERHEAD How is Cycle World doing?  First, since I was in the biz for…

ZIMMERMAN BROTHERS THIN THE HERD

If you have money burning a hole in your wallet and are looking for early 70’s motocross and desert bikes or mid-60’s Triumph motorcycles, you need to head to Las Vegas on June 1, 2017, to bid on some of the Zimmerman Brothers motorcycle collection. The brothers appear to be thinning out their herd (they have over 300 bikes in the collection) at the Mecum Auction in Vegas. While the offering is an impressive mix of bikes, the Brothers are not offering any of their super-collectable items (championship bikes, a…

MOTORCYCHO #31 HOT OFF THE PRESS

The new issue of Motorcycho just hit the newsstands (if there are any newsstands left standing) and cool motorcycle shops. The new issue is 46 pages of pure sickle bliss brought to the reader in full technicolor. Yours truly even has a feature, “In Praise of Ovals” about a visit to the Dan Rouit Flat Track Museum. You can also buy it directly from the source by sending an email to motorcychomag@gmail.com. Don’t be surprised if the conniving publisher tries to up sell you on a bunch of back issues,…

CORSA MOTOCLASSICA RETURNS TO WILLOW SPRINGS APRIL 21-23

UPDATE: April 11, 2017 – Sorry, but I won’t be making it out to this event. It falls on the same weekend as the Steve Tilford Memorial event. It has been a number of years since I’ve made it out to the Corsa Motoclassica vintage motorcycle road race at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, California, but I hope to make up for that on this year’s April 21-23 race weekend.  The event is sanctioned by AHRMA (American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association) and runs over three days.  My advice is to…