DR-Z’ing Washington State’s Backcountry Discovery Route

I intend (hope and dream) to ride all or part of the TransAmerica Trail in 2020, but what would be the best bike? While Husqvarna and KTM offer high-performance, dual-sport bikes, they require race-bike-level maintenance and would need expensive suspension mods to get the saddle down to a manageable height. I didn’t want the weight and complexity of bikes like the BMW R 1250 GS Adventure or the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R. I needed something easy to maintain, comfortable to ride and light enough to pick it up if…

Join Jimmy Mac On The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route

I’m headed up to the Oregon/Washington border to ride the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route from Stevenson, Washington, to the Canadian border (and I’ll carry my passport in case I want to cross). The plan is to depart Stevenson on July 12th and work my way up the route. I don’t have a tight schedule and I don’t plan to set any speed records. Looks like it will be a solo ride, but I’d be stoked to be joined by other riders along the way. Drop me an email (jimmymacontwowheels@gmail.com) and…

Unobtainable Jawa 350 OHC Special Is An American Smuggler’s Dream

Jawa is a motorcycle company located in the Czech Republic that was extremely successful in the 1960 through the 70’s. The onslaught of Japanese motorcycle competition and export limitations due to Russian rule almost killed the brand. A sales resurgence powered by India has put Jawa back on steady footing. While the company only offers two basic engine configurations (the 350 and 660), it offers each in a number of models. The model that gets my adrenaline pumping is the Jawa 350 OHC Special. The Special takes its styling cues…

Jumping Into The Evel Knievel Museum

It’s too bad that Evel Knievel, who was 69 when he died from diabetes and lung disease in 2007, never got the chance to visit the museum dedicated to his life and memory. He would have been as overwhelmed and impressed as any visitor by the sprawling, artifact-packed Official Evel Knievel Museum. Mike Patterson, who owns Historic Harley-Davidson of Topeka, Kansas, and a number of partners came up with the idea for the museum. You can read a detailed account of the venture by clicking here. While Topeka is a…

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…

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…

GODSPEED, MICHAEL PARKS

Businessman: Taking a trip? Jim Bronson: What’s that? Businessman: Taking a trip? Jim Bronson: Yeah. Businessman: Where to? Jim Bronson: Oh, I don’t know. Wherever I end up, I guess. Businessman: Man, I wish I was you. Jim Bronson: Really? Businessman: Yeah. Jim Bronson: Well, hang in there. Michael Parks, who played Jim Bronson in the TV show “Then Came Bronson,” dead at the age of 77. Rest in peace.

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,…