What Harley-Davidson Needs To Do To Survive

Harley-Davidson has taken a beating in the financial press recently and it appears that 2020 is shaping up to be the roughest year yet for the 117-year-old company. The company’s CEO left town in February after the product expansion and new-rider programs he championed failed to ignite investor confidence or reverse (or even stall) the company’s declining sales performance. The news of his replacement, a guy tapped from an athletic shoe company who already sat on the board, has helped the stock rebound slightly, but I predict a very short…

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…

The Speed Kings Book Perfect For The Socially Distanced

First time hefting The Speed Kings, you’d be forgiven for assuming it is just a coffee-table book to add to your motorsports library. The Speed Kings, at 375 pages and a whopping 4.6 pounds, is so much more than a coffee-table book. The Speed Kings is actually three books in one that presents the reader with an in-depth, well-researched and visually-stunning history of America’s Motordrome Racing. THE BICYCLE BOOK The first book inside The Speed Kings deals with the history of bicycle velodrome racing when motorcycles were introduced to “motor…

Florida Country Estate With Road Course Yours For Only $17.5 Million

Looking for a nice little place to retire that has plenty of space for all your toys and includes a karting track that could easily be pressed into service as a motorcycle road race course? Man, have I found the place for you. That is, as long as you’ve got $17.5 million lying around. The Oaks is a stylish country estate on Lake Thonotosassa, a little Northeast of Tampa, Florida. I’m not crazy about the living room, dining room, closets and whatever all those other rooms are, but the garage…

Intense E-Bikes Coming To A Motorcycle Shop Near You – UPDATED

Intense Bikes struck an amazing deal with powersports super distributor Parts Unlimited to distribute their Intense Tazer MX E-bike to a claimed 12,000 powersports dealerships worldwide. In a word, wowzer! While we have reported how various motorcycle companies have jumped into the E-bike business, this agreement is a serious threat to these motorcycle manufacturers who distribute only through their authorized dealership network. Parts Unlimited (or Parts for short) has no such limitations. Parts has the ability to sell the Tazer MX E-bike to any powersports retailer involved in motorcycle sales,…

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…