Getting Weird At The Austin Hand-Built Motorcycle Show

There is a slogan seen around Austin, Texas, that says, “Keep Austin Weird.” The Hand-Built Motorcycle Show takes that suggestion to heart. The show is the brainchild of Revival Cycles, an Austin-based custom motorcycle institution, who produce one-off custom motorcycles and restorations. Like the show’s name implies, the bikes on display are unique, thought provoking and many times, downright weird. They are crafted by professional mechanics, race tuners, fabricators, backyard tinkerers, father and son teams and, I’m guessing here, performance artists. The resulting bikes are as varied as their creators.…

Austin’s MotoGP Feels The Sting Of A Rossi-less Starting Grid

Made the trip to Austin last October so I could see Valentino Rossi race his last MotoGP at the Circuit of the Americas. I certainly wasn’t alone. I left wondering how the retirement of MotoGP’s biggest draw would impact the sport. Well, I got my answers after attending the Austin MotoGP on Sunday April 10th and those answers confirmed some suspicions and surprised me. First, what I expected. The crowd took a hit. A big hit. Even with improved weather conditions, removing the battalion of Rossi fans seriously diminished the…

The Trailblazers Banquet Is What The World Needs Right Now

Have you noticed people acting a little stressed out lately? Our phones, TVs and computers spew out a continuous bombardment of horrifying news and a trip to the grocery store or gas station is all it takes to trigger stomach-turning despair. That’s why the 77th Annual Trailblazers Banquet couldn’t have come at a better time. Attendees entering California’s Carson Center were treated to The Trailblazers Bike Show that included priceless (I say “priceless” because I don’t think many of the bike owners would sell them) and rare motorcycles that alone…

Coming Events: The One Motorcycle Show 2022

Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels followers already know this is our favorite motorcycle show of the year. You need to squeeze it into your busy calendar. You will not be disappointed. Tickets are on sale now for the 13th annual One Motorcycle Show, where riders, non-riders and motorcycle-enthusiasts will roll into town Friday, April 29th through Sunday, May 1st for a full weekend of immersive motorcycle fun. The historic Zidell Barge Building, was chosen for this year’s venue. The Ridell is a rustic, open-air building along Portland’s Southwest Waterfront. “When…

Don Emde Looks Back 50 Years On His Remarkable Daytona 200 Win

Today, March 12th 2022, is the 50th anniversary of Don Emde’s calculated, cunning, come-from-behind win of America’s most prestigious motorcycle race, the 1972 Daytona 200. Don treated a group of race fans (and racers) to a presentation of the events that lead up to his big day and how his premonition (or visualization) of the day’s events came true. Rather than attempt to tell Don’s story here, you need to pick up his hard-bound book, The Daytona 200, The History of America’s Premier Motorcycle Race. Don tells not only his…

1979 Honda XR500 Sells For $25,300 At Mecum Auction

I’m not attending the Las Vegas Mecum Motorcycle Auction this year. Instead, I’m following the live feed (with the sound turned off and playing the Vicious Cycles as my soundtrack). I am missing walking the aisles of beautiful motorcycles and seeing friends. Hopefully I’ll be back next year. Check out this Honda that blew off the stage on Wednesday for a whopping $25,300! The bike is pristine and the seller is claiming they only made this model of two years. But $25,000?! Mecum must have found two people with really…

Vintage Norton Saved From A Mercedes-Benz Bonfire

Jeff Koskie and I worked at Suzuki in the old Santa Fe Springs pagoda building way back in…well, a long time ago. Jeff has remained passionate about motorcycles all these years and is a member in good standing of the Central Coast Classic Motorcycle Club. Our paths cross at different motorcycle events and it is always a pleasure. I saw Jeff at the Schoenewald Motorcycle Collection open house and he told me about the hot time he had recently. Jeff explained that he smelled something funny while driving up the…

The Schoenewald Motorcycle Collection Opens Its Doors For The Day

Got the chance to see the Schoenewald Motorcycle Collection a few years ago, but there was a catch. Structural repairs needed following a fire on the floor below the collection (no motorcycle was lost in the flames) necessitated the bikes to be stuffed into a fraction of their normal display area. I got to see all the bikes but they were so crammed in, it was hard to fully appreciate the collection. I saw gold, I just couldn’t get it to. That changed today when the Schoenewald Motorcycle Collection was…

Searching for Texas Dual-Sport Riding Or Why Riders Skip The Lone Star State

We grew up watching movies depicting Texas as an untamed, expansive land consisting of desert landscapes, coastal plains and the country-dividing Rio Grande river. According to The World Atlas, Texas is the second largest state in America, only bested by Alaska. The geography is so unique and inspirational that it boasts its own music genre (and yes, Bob Wills is still the King). So you might figure that Texas is a dual-sport rider’s dream come true. Not so fast, buckaroo. There’s a catch. While the State of Texas is a…

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…