Harley-Davidson Pulls The Plug On Electric-Powered LiveWire

Reuters is reporting that Harley-Davidson has stopped production and deliveries of its first electric motorcycle, the LiveWire, due to a problem that the company dubbed a “non-standard condition.” The announcement is just another blow to the company’s electric-powered motorcycle project. The LiveWire’s orders and sales have reportedly not lived up to analysts’ forecasts and Harley-Davidson’s retailers are reporting that interest in the new model comes from existing and older riders. Harley-Davidson had hoped the LiveWire would attract a demographic of new and younger buyers.  

Loud Motorcycles Do Not Impress People

A friend once commented that one guy riding a straight-pipe Harley-Davidson from Agoura Hills to Malibu on Kanan Dume Road probably pisses-off around 50,000 people on a Sunday Morning. I think his estimate might be conservative. It is perplexing why the California Highway Patrol and local police agencies look the other way at such obvious vehicle violations. It certainly doesn’t help motorcycling’s image to the non-motorcycling public. And the old argument that “loud pipes save lives” is not based on any serious or quantitative research. This is why I find…

Harley-Davidson Adventure Prototype Nails It

Customizers and fabricators have stuffed different versions of Harley-Davidson’s V-twin engines into their off-road and adventure bikes for years. There was no shortage of them at this year’s One Moto Show in Portland. Still, when it came time for Harley-Davidson to reveal their own take on what a Harley-Davidson Adventure bike should look like, they didn’t disappoint. Now please H-D, make it.

A Motorcycle Pilgrimage To Honor And Celebrate The Memory Of Tom White

There are people who like motorcycles and then there are people who think, dream and breath motorcycles. These people don’t have a passing interest in motorcycles, motorcycle riding and motorcycle racing. They immerse themselves in the hardware, riding techniques and the culture of motorcycling. Motorcycles become part of their DNA. The late Tom White fell into this zealot category as a connoisseur, aficionado and supporter of everything motorcycles. Another rider who falls into the motorcycle zealot category is J. Mark Donaldson. He is in Europe on an extended motorcycle adventure…

Travel Oregon Promotes Off-Road Riding In The Trippy “Only Slightly Exaggerated” Video

Earlier this year I shared the most amazingly trippy promo video from Travel Oregon. The animation features a few mountain bikers so I filed it under “Cycling.” Well, Travel Oregon is back with another “Only Slightly Exaggerated” promo spot and this one features a motorcycle rider ripping it up on some sand dunes. You’ve got to look closely and the dune buggy gets more screen time than the bike, but it is so cool to see a state promoting itself for off-road motorcycle riding. This part of the video is…

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…

CONTENTIOUS UPDATE: Motorcyclists Are Not Giving Up On Their Waving

When I pleaded with fellow motorcycle riders to give up on the waving thing, I didn’t realized I was kicking a hornet’s nest. It became apparent how passionately riders look forward to the friendly exchange. One rider felt threatened that I was trying to take away his freedom of choice. I didn’t get one rider who agreed to give the waving thing a break. So next time you are riding and the other rider doesn’t wave back, that’s me. A WAVE OF RESPONSES Ramblin’ Bob Well, it obviously bothers you…

Motorcyclist Magazine Calls It Quits

The July/August issue of Motorcyclist arrived today with a disappointing editorial. It would be the last print issue. Motorcyclist has survived 108 years but most of those years were before the internet. Motorcyclist was well worth the annual subscription price. Unfortunately, that price wasn’t enough to keep the magazine in the black. Maybe I shouldn’t have told you how to save money on your subscription. The message displayed when you hit the “subscribe” button on their website says, “We are sorry to inform you that Motorcyclist Magazine is discontinuing publication.…