1979 Honda XR500 Sells For $25,300 At Mecum Auction

I’m not attending the Las Vegas Mecum Motorcycle Auction this year. Instead, I’m following the live feed (with the sound turned off and playing the Vicious Cycles as my soundtrack). I am missing walking the aisles of beautiful motorcycles and seeing friends. Hopefully I’ll be back next year. Check out this Honda that blew off the stage on Wednesday for a whopping $25,300! The bike is pristine and the seller is claiming they only made this model of two years. But $25,000?! Mecum must have found two people with really…

Vintage Norton Saved From A Mercedes-Benz Bonfire

Jeff Koskie and I worked at Suzuki in the old Santa Fe Springs pagoda building way back in…well, a long time ago. Jeff has remained passionate about motorcycles all these years and is a member in good standing of the Central Coast Classic Motorcycle Club. Our paths cross at different motorcycle events and it is always a pleasure. I saw Jeff at the Schoenewald Motorcycle Collection open house and he told me about the hot time he had recently. Jeff explained that he smelled something funny while driving up the…

The Schoenewald Motorcycle Collection Opens Its Doors For The Day

Got the chance to see the Schoenewald Motorcycle Collection a few years ago, but there was a catch. Structural repairs needed following a fire on the floor below the collection (no motorcycle was lost in the flames) necessitated the bikes to be stuffed into a fraction of their normal display area. I got to see all the bikes but they were so crammed in, it was hard to fully appreciate the collection. I saw gold, I just couldn’t get it to. That changed today when the Schoenewald Motorcycle Collection was…

Sad Update On Missing Motorcyclist John Mario Fuegos

I reported last year of a Central Coast motorcyclist who never returned from a ride. Information from the police said John was last heard from in the Fillmore area. I posted a plea for people (especially motorcyclists and mountain bikers) to be on the lookout for John. John’s widow contacted me recently, thanking me for the coverage and my efforts to solve the mystery. She explained that John’s body and motorcycle were found almost three months later off the Highway 101 near the Gaviota tunnel. He was found by chance…

Top Stories Of 2021 From Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels

Calculating the top (most-clicked-on) stories of 2021 is fraught with technical difficulties. Stories posted early in the year have a marked advantage over a story posted in December. Stories that are “Updates” include tag-along readers from the original story (so I haven’t counted them unless the original story appeared in 2021). Finally, web browsers are getting mighty stingy revealing clicks (and I’m fine with that because I don’t monetize or track my readers) so I could have a story with way more eyeballs on it than I’ll ever know. Even…

Lessons To Learn From 13-Year-Old “SJ” Davis’ Tragic Motorcycle Death (UPDATE)

The headline from ABC News caught my attention and how could it not? The headline, “Family seeks answers after 13-year-old Florida boy dies in dirt bike crash during attempted traffic stop” appeared four days after Christmas. The tragedy of a young life cut short from a motorcycle accident is painful anytime of year but so soon after Christmas makes it worse. My sincere condolences go out to Stanley “SJ” Davis III‘s family, friends and all Boynton Beach residents. GETTING ANSWERS We need to learn from tragic events and hopefully, not…

1988 Honda XR600 Served On A Plate

This 33-year-old Honda XR600 has been sitting for 10 years but was “running when parked.” The seller is pushing the fact that the bike was plated at one time. The catch is the bike is no longer in the DMV data banks. So, it was plated at one time (turn signals and headlight/taillight seem to back up this claim) and who knows if it can be plated in the future? These bikes are ultra reliable so if it kicks through and you can feel the tranny working, it might not…

Searching for Texas Dual-Sport Riding Or Why Riders Skip The Lone Star State

We grew up watching movies depicting Texas as an untamed, expansive land consisting of desert landscapes, coastal plains and the country-dividing Rio Grande river. According to The World Atlas, Texas is the second largest state in America, only bested by Alaska. The geography is so unique and inspirational that it boasts its own music genre (and yes, Bob Wills is still the King). So you might figure that Texas is a dual-sport rider’s dream come true. Not so fast, buckaroo. There’s a catch. While the State of Texas is a…