40-Year-Old Team Suzuki Images Saved

While I was working at Suzuki in 1979, a few motocross team mechanics asked if I would shoot photos of them with their riders’ bikes on the grass in front of the Suzuki pagoda in Santa fe Springs. When the slides came back from the lab, they were pitch black. I had totally screwed up the exposure. I was tempted to throw them away but for some reason, I held on to them. The slides popped up again recently so I sent them to my pal Pat Carrigan. If there…

Your Support On Friday Helps The Vicious Cycles Thanks To Bandcamp

I’ve wanted to write a review of the Vicious Cycles’ 2019 album, “Motorcycho” for a long time. But there’s been a problem. A friend wrote album reviews for Trans-World Skateboarding and I could always tell when she had met the band. The reviews of artists she knew personally were more positive, and I guess, less objective. That’s the problem I had writing up any Vicious Cycles release. Did I like music because I liked the band members or because I liked the music? I don’t believe anyone can write an…

The Time Capsule Race Imagery Of Ken Steinhoff

I fell into a deep rabbit hole while searching for black-and-white motorcycle race images on Google Images and then one shot stopped me cold. It is a pan shot of two racers in wind-cheating tucks, hauling down a dirt track at speeds that must be approaching 35 miles per hour. You see, these competitors are not on Harleys or Triumphs or BSAs. They are racing Honda S90s and both have the determined look of competitors racing for a world championship. I was mesmerized by the shot and lucky for me…

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…