Finding The Holy Grail Of Motorcycle Albums

I collect albums (and CDs and 45s) that have a motorcycle on the cover. I’ve amassed 100-plus albums and there are more to be added. One elusive release has kept me awake at night (or if I sleep, I dream about it). The Holy Grail of motorcycle albums isn’t really an album at all. In 1964 Honda of Japan released a brochure that included a red flexi disc with The Beach Boys’ Little Honda and The Jannies & Blue Jeans singing the same song. The brochure/flexi disc was never sold.…

1971 Husqvarna Owned By Steve McQueen Sells For $72,000

A 1971 Husqvarna once owned by Steve McQueen sold today for $72,000 on the auction site, Bring A Trailer. Congrats to both the seller and the winning bidder. Steve is probably looking down from Heaven with a smile on his face with one request to the seller. “Take some of that $72,000 and use it for a donation to the Boys Republic in Chino Hills.”

Crushing Motocross Bikes A Blatant Publicity Stunt That Benefits Nobody

The New York Post is reporting that Eric Adams has joined the list of former New York City mayors who think that destroying motorcycles ridden illegally is the best way to combat the operation of off-road vehicles on New York City streets. These “crusher” events are a publicity stunt that the media eats up. Just watch the wags leap to their collective feet to get the “money” shot of a bull dozer flattening motorcycles, scooters and ATVs. Sad, because how can anyone believe the destruction of these vehicles will somehow…

Triumph Tiger TR7 Running When Parked Tempting But Overpriced

When I recently toured a vintage motorcycle collection, the owner lamented how vintage Triumphs have taken a financial hit in the past five years. Collectable Triumphs that once flirted between $15,000 and $20,000 are now only able to bring in between $7,000 to $10,000 (unless Steve McQueen owned it). The seller of this 1973 Triumph Tiger is going to find out that $4,995 for a Running-When-Parked Triumph will be a tough sell. The bike has aftermarket pipes (that I bet sound pretty awesome when it is running), but people love…

Mystery Bike Identified As A Velocette LE

After unearthing a brilliant vintage British motorcycle collection, I couldn’t identify one of the bikes that I found most interesting. Jody Weisel, Editor of Motocross Action Magazine and Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, came to the rescue. “That scooter is a Velocette LE. It was produced from 1948 to 1970. The engine is a four-stroke, side-valve, water cooled, horizontally-opposed, three-speed, shaft drive, 150cc, twin-cylinder engine. There was a Mark I model with a 150cc engine and a Mark II model with a 192cc engine (and the one you saw…

Stumbling Onto The 2022 Scottish Six Day Trials

To kill time between The Divine Comedy concerts (one in Birmingham, England and the other in Cardiff, Wales) Gail, my favorite traveling companion (sorry, Lance), best friend and wife, and I decided to drive a lap of the United Kingdom. Following in the footsteps of Rick Steves and adding days of our own design, we ended up in the beautiful Scottish town of Fort William. The trials bike in the hardware-store window on the cobblestone main street caught my attention. You don’t see motorcycles on display like that very often.…

Getting Weird At The Austin Hand-Built Motorcycle Show

There is a slogan seen around Austin, Texas, that says, “Keep Austin Weird.” The Hand-Built Motorcycle Show takes that suggestion to heart. The show is the brainchild of Revival Cycles, an Austin-based custom motorcycle institution, who produce one-off custom motorcycles and restorations. Like the show’s name implies, the bikes on display are unique, thought provoking and many times, downright weird. They are crafted by professional mechanics, race tuners, fabricators, backyard tinkerers, father and son teams and, I’m guessing here, performance artists. The resulting bikes are as varied as their creators.…

Hill Country Motorheads Vintage Motorcycle Museum A Baby Boomer’s Two-Wheel Stable

The 2022 MotoGP weekend schedule at the Circuit of the Americas didn’t leave me a lot of free time but I had heard of a motorcycle museum in Burnet, Texas, that displayed an eclectic mix of drool-worthy motorcycles. I’d miss some of the MotoGP practice sessions on Friday but decided it was worth the risk of driving about an hour outside of Austin to see what made the Hill Country Motorheads Vintage Motorcycle Museum special. I’m so stoked I blew off practice to make the drive (actually, I talked Lance…

Austin’s MotoGP Feels The Sting Of A Rossi-less Starting Grid

Made the trip to Austin last October so I could see Valentino Rossi race his last MotoGP at the Circuit of the Americas. I certainly wasn’t alone. I left wondering how the retirement of MotoGP’s biggest draw would impact the sport. Well, I got my answers after attending the Austin MotoGP on Sunday April 10th and those answers confirmed some suspicions and surprised me. First, what I expected. The crowd took a hit. A big hit. Even with improved weather conditions, removing the battalion of Rossi fans seriously diminished the…