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.…

Can Motorcyclists Stop The Waving Thing?

Isn’t it about time we motorcyclists gave up on this waving thing? A motorcyclists has every right to wave at another rider (or bicyclists, or pedestrian or Food truck for that matter), but don’t lay the guilt trip on me if I don’t wave back. I may feel it is a bad time to remove my hand from the handlebar, or a bad time to pay attention to you instead of that SUV drifting over the centerline while the driver is texting or I might just be tired of waving.…

Ninety-Four Readers Identify Mystery Component

I wasn’t surprised that so many Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels readers were able to identify the mystery component pictured in the June 13th Running When Parked. That’s because I figure there are not a lot of youngsters visiting my page and the folks who do visit are mechanically savvy. A total of 94 readers took the time to write and identify the components as the motorcycle’s electrical system’s points and condenser. And six of those respondents wrote “Let me get right to the points” in the email’s subject line.…

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…

Ford’s Awesome Transit Van They Refuse To Sell You

Spent May galavanting around Europe, or more precisely, Great Britain, Germany, The Czech Republic and Croatia. Noticeably absent from the roads traveled were pickup trucks. America’s standard bearer for laborers and weekend warriors is as rare as a baseball diamond in a village park. While the Euros never warmed to pickups, they adopted Sprinter-style vans in a big way. There were offerings from Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagon, Peugeot, Fiat, Nissan and Russia’s Gazelle. But the one that jumped out at me was the made-in-China Ford Transit Custom. Ford offers their big Transits…

Cheap Protection: Is A $36 Motorcycle Helmet Worth It?

Stumbled upon Wish, an online retailer that ships products directly from China to your doorstep. The product selection is mind numbing and the prices are amazingly low (even after paying freight). There are motorcycle jerseys for $14. Anti-theft brake locks for $16. A motorcycle headlight for $41. You can even open your own tattoo business for $34 with the tattoo starter kit. A $36 open-face helmet? I had to try one. What did I have to lose? Well, in this case, $36. The helmet is described as (take a deep…