David Mann Chopperfest Breeds Creativity, Ingenuity and Superior Workmanship

Ventura California, Sunday, February 4, 2018: The gates to the 14th annual David Mann Chopperfest were supposed to open on December 10th, 2017. Problem was, the Ventura County Fairgrounds were full of Thomas Fire evacuees and first responders. The event’s promoters got the word out that everyone had an extra two months to get their choppers ready for the show. They moved the event to the first weekend in February and with the weather cooperating, it felt more like June! Does that mean if the promoters move the event back…

A Beginner’s Guide To The Mecum Motorcycle Auctions

The Las Vegas Mecum Motorcycle Auction that ran from January 23rd through the 27th was my first time attending a motorcycle auction of this magnitude. I’ve got a feeling it won’t be my last. The 5-day auction will feel like nirvana to any self-respecting motorcycle enthusiast and if that sounds like you, you need to go. Attending an auction for the first time can be a bit intimidating so here is what to expect and how to survive. Cheap admission to a great show Twenty bucks gets you in the…

Family Parts With Beezer That Deserves Another Chance

This is tough because it has been sitting a long, long time. This 650 needs more attention than most mere-mortal mechanics could faithfully expend. Still, I hesitate. There is an obvious alternative, but the thought of parting out this old BSA brings a tear to my eye. It seems a shame for it to disappear into parts bins. I can only hope somebody with the right talent and energy will bring this old family member back to the street.

1979 Fantic Chopper Is Italy’s Take On Easy Rider

Never saw one of these on the road back in the 70’s and I know I would have remembered seeing it. This is a spectacular motorcycle that was produced by Italian motorcycle company Fantic to capitalize on the 70’s chopper craze in America (and probably Italy where they must have sold thousands of these ape-hanging, sissy-barred beauties). The asking price of $7500 is about what a Triumph Bonneville from the same era would go on the block for. That’s a bit steep and might explain why this bike has shown…

Godspeed, Bruce Brown, 1937-2017

Bruce Brown, a documentary movie icon who transformed two misunderstood and shunned activities, surfing and motorcycle racing, into popular American pastimes died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 80. I made a request to interview Bruce in 1996 for Motocross Journal (November/December 1996). My motivation was not an On Any Sunday 25th anniversary feature (On Any Sunday was released in 1971). I simply wanted to meet the man who helped shape my lifelong love of motorcycling and at the time, not a lot was being published about Bruce…

Rupp Minibike “Running When Parked”

I am so tempted by this one. The mini looks complete. All the parts are there and the frame looks ripe for a makeover. Unfortunately, I don’t have the skills of Chip and Joanna (of “Fixer Upper” TV show fame) and while I can envision a cherry Rupp Roadster in my head, I know I couldn’t transform this bike into the mini of my dreams. If the motor runs and wheel bearings aren’t seized, I’d offer $250 and just ride it like it is. The phrase “running when parked” (RWP)…

Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Motobike Prefect For Pint-Sized Daredevils

Travis Pastrana and the gang at Nitro Circus have come up with what may be this Christmas’ most-sought-after gift. The 16-inch wheeled Hyper Nitro Circus Motobike features motocross-style fenders with authentic Nitro Circus graphics and a motocross saddle that adds wild style to this cool bike. The single-speed bike comes with training wheels and the gang claims it is easy to assemble. The Hyper Nitro Circus Motobike will only be sold through Walmart stores and goes for $79. It is hard to imagine any kid not going ballistic finding the…

A Beezer Sleeping Beauty

This BSA has been sleeping for a claimed 32 years (give or take a few). While that is a long time between jaunts to the Rock Store, the bike appears to be intact and without major damage under the layers of sediment that have settled. The $8000 asking price is high even if all the labor to get it running will be donated from your time away from Netflix. You can find clean runners for $8000 and let’s face it, the base of fanatics who get a heart rush looking…

Tank and Side Panel Paint Distracts From Other Issues

That flashy yellow paint and black rally stripes make this RWPed look ready to rock. It looks fast just sitting there. Unfortunately, an inspection of the right side case reveals the bike’s points (and who knows what else) are missing. The seller is asking a little too much for a non-runner with parts missing. This is a project perfect for somebody familiar with working on Kawsakis and who can get the owner to work a bit on that asking price. The phrase “running when parked” (RWP) is code for a…