Under The Big Top For The 2020 One Moto Show

My jeans still smell like 2-stroke exhaust. I slipped on icy stairs at the hotel and gashed my shin, arm and shoulder. I flew home white knuckled because of severe air turbulence with the lady behind me yelling obscenities and the flight attendants hugging a poor kid who couldn’t stop crying. All this and I’m already planning next year’s trip to The One Moto Show! Yep, that’s how much fun The One Moto Show is. Stinky clothes, bloody and bruised and losing lunch won’t deter me. You want to know…

Hitting The Jackpot Or Going Bust At Mecum’s 2020 Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction

I learned how little I know about buying collectable vintage motorcycles at Mecum’s 29th Annual Vintage & Antique Motorcycle Auction in Las Vegas. I know what caught my eye. Anybody can do that. What few people can do is look beyond the polished chrome, Armor-All’ed tires and waxed paint to assess a motorcycle’s true value. Eavesdropping on the Pros inspecting the lots (that’s auction speak for the motorcycles) was more fun and way more educational than watching the bidding action going down. Did the winning bidder hit the jackpot or…

Must-Attend Motorcycle Events Coming Soon

The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series gets the lion’s share of media attention every January and rightfully so. The 17-event series packs stadiums from Anaheim, California, to Detroit, Michigan, and is easily America’s most-watched motorcycle race series. That doesn’t mean you should miss out on two other annual motorcycle events that will take place between now and the first week in February. THE MECUM MOTORCYCLE AUCTION IN VEGAS I call it America’s largest motorcycle dealership showroom that is only open 5 days a year. The auction runs January 21 through…

Motorcycho’s Norman Turns 60 Years Young

When I was Editor of Motocross Journal I got an envelope packed with stickers, a zine titled Motorcycho and a cassette tape of a radio show that only played motorcycle songs. The sender’s name was Norman (a pseudonym for Kenneth Anderson) who turned out to be Motorcycho’s Editor, the radio show’s DJ and the stickers’ creator. I wrote back to tell the guy how much I enjoyed the care package. Little did I know that this was the beginning of a 20-plus-year friendship. Norman and I have met at motorcycle…

District 37 Riders’ Reunion Remembers The Glory Days

The 3rd Annual District 37 Riders’ Reunion took place today at Simi Valley’s best kept secret, the stunning Hummingbird Nest Ranch. The amazing venue was second only to the beautiful race machinery on display (and legendary District 37 racers). Kudos to all the riders who braved the gale-force winds to ride to the event. Here are just a few of the bikes that caught my eye.

The Diluted David Mann Chopper Fest 2019

Take the annual David Mann Chopper Fest, add an inch or two of rain, and you’ve got the diluted 2019 David Mann Chopper Fest. I was going to blow it off after waking up to a deluge but the doppler showed the storm would move through Ventura around 10. I hit the gate at 10:30 and the clouds cleared, opening up a crystal-clear blue sky. But the damage was done. The rainfall turned the normally grassy judging area into a slippery, muddy mess. Some vendors sat twiddling their thumbs, separated…

The Amazing Bob Sutton Shocks His Docs

I was introduced to Bob Sutton by the late Steve Tilford. That should tell you something right there. We became fast friends. Bob even spent some time working for the same publishing company I used to work for and Dirt Bike published a few of Bob’s adventure stories. Bob was recently diagnosed with a very serious medical condition that required a surgery. When Bob showed up for the procedure, his doctors were shocked at a good amount of bruising on Bob’s body. Bob explains in an email received this morning;…

Harley-Davidson Adventure Prototype Nails It (UPDATE)

November 6, 2019: Cycle News is reporting that Harley-Davidson is showing a prototype dubbed the Pan America. While this is still a prototype, it looks closer to a production model than the photos first leaked in September. It looks like the Pan American is going to happen. September 16, 2019: Customizers and fabricators have stuffed different versions of Harley-Davidson’s V-twin engines into their off-road and adventure bikes for years. There was no shortage of them at this year’s One Moto Show in Portland. Still, when it came time for Harley-Davidson…

A Motorcycle Pilgrimage To Honor And Celebrate The Memory Of Tom White

There are people who like motorcycles and then there are people who think, dream and breath motorcycles. These people don’t have a passing interest in motorcycles, motorcycle riding and motorcycle racing. They immerse themselves in the hardware, riding techniques and the culture of motorcycling. Motorcycles become part of their DNA. The late Tom White fell into this zealot category as a connoisseur, aficionado and supporter of everything motorcycles. Another rider who falls into the motorcycle zealot category is J. Mark Donaldson. He is in Europe on an extended motorcycle adventure…

South Dakota Get V.I.P. Motocross Treatment From A Few Legends

South Dakota’s Sturgis MX got three motocross legends to help design a new track. Jeff Ward, Micky Dymond and Doug Henry (three talented and super-cool motocross champions) put their helmets together to develop a type of track that all us Southern Cal riders dream about. They are having their first ride weekend on May 4th and 5th. Sure looks cool. Click here for more info.