Cycle World Pulls The Plug (Updated 9-17-20)

UPDATE 9/17/20: Revzilla is reporting that Cycle World has pulled the plug on their quarterly print magazine edition. Octane, a powersports finance company, announced that it has acquired the digital assets of the former Bonnier powersports print magazines: Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Dirt Rider, Motorcycle Cruiser, UTV Driver and ATV Rider. I find it strange that as of this morning, there is no mention on Cycle World’s website about the acquisition and plans to stop the last print publication of the magazines formerly owned by Bonnier Motorcycle Group. While times are…

A Dual-Sport Adventure Good For The Soul

Lance Sallis and I have been talking about a dual-sport ride for over a year. Lance, of Central Texas Restorations fame, is a long-time friend who lives in Austin, Texas. He also has a place in Park City, Utah. Since Austin averages around 104 degrees during August, we wisely agreed to meet in Park City and follow the Backcountry Discovery Route north to the border of Wyoming (and it would turn out, well beyond). This was Lance’s first time on a Backcountry Discovery Route. He borrowed a Running-When-Parked Yamaha 450WR…

Dave Miller Benefit Face Masks Back In Stock – UPDATED

UPDATE AUGUST 4, 2020: So many people have continued to request the Scott Face Mask that Curt Evans (the artist behind the project) agreed to produce another batch. Here is Curt’s message and how you can get a few masks… Wow! Thanks so much for your interest in the Scott Face Mask and helping out Dave Miller’s family. We appreciate your patience. We didn’t think the response would be so great after our initial run of over 400 masks allowed us to donate over $3,500 to help his family! (Unfortunately,…

What Harley-Davidson Needs To Do To Survive UPDATED

July 28th, 2020: Today’s article from Bloomberg News, “Harley-Davidson Investors Sour on CEO Jochen Zeitz’s Turnaround Plan” confirms what I predicted for the company’s new CEO in my story dated May 10th, 2020 (in its entirety below). After announcing its first quarterly loss in more than a decade, Zeitz’s says that he “aims to increase the brand’s desirability by putting quality ahead of quantity.” Those are not words that growth-hungry investors want to hear. Bloomberg intelligence feels that, “New management may be embracing its history and core rider demographic, while…

The Drive Has No Idea That The Segway X260 Is A Motorcycle

A story on the Segway X260 electric-motorized, off-road motorcycle by The Drive’s Jesus Garcia, reveals how little he (and The Drive) knows about motorcycles and e-bikes. Jesus describes the X260 as a “dirt-slinging electric mountain bike that masquerades as a dirt bike.” No, it doesn’t masquerade as anything. It is a motorcycle. How The Drive equates this vehicle to a bicycle is a mystery. Aside from the fact that the X260 uses footpegs (not pedals), its claimed top speed of 46.6 miles per hour exceeds any legal (or non-legal) definition…

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…

Dave Miller Face Mask Sales Generate $3,550 For The Miller Family

It started out as a fun idea to create a COVID-19 face mask that looked like the iconic Scott Face Mask worn by racers before full-face helmets were widely used by motocross racers. Long-time friend and cartoonist Curt Evans came up with the artwork and coordinated a limited-production run. That’s when we realized there were plenty of old-time motocrossers who wanted one too. We decided to make another batch to raise money for the family of Dave Miller (pictured about in a photo shot by Curt), who passed away recently…

Elspeth Beard’s Solo Global Motorcycle Adventure

Messy Nessy, a well-curated website you need to visit during these times, just posted a great story and interview with Elspeth Beard, who at 23 years old set off on her motorcycle, and didn’t return home until she’d traveled the entire globe. Check out the story by clicking here. Also, Messy Nessy posts “13 Things I found On The Internet Today” every Monday. I highly recommend checking in each week. There is always something very cool and unexpected in her lists.

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…