Harley-Davidson’s Two Concept Vehicles Are Not E-Bikes

Harley-Davidson made headlines recently by announcing their $29,799 LiveWire electric motorcycle. In addition to the LiveWire, Harley-Davidson showed two electric-powered concept vehicles. While some news sources have identified the concepts as e-bikes, neither bike fits that definition. E-bikes, even the e-bikes that use a twist-grip throttle or thumb-push throttle to apply their power (rather than power up as soon as pedaling begins), have operational pedals connected to a crank that turns a chain (or belt) connected to the rear wheel. To the relief of everyone from the high-end Specialized Bikes…

Evel Knievel’s 1976 Harley-Davidson For Sale

Here is a rare opportunity to own part of Evel Knievel’s history. The Harley-Davidson XLCH 1000 used in the movie Viva Knievel! is being offered for the asking price of $150,000. The asking price is very reasonable when compared to other collectable vehicles and it is an absolute steal to the right Evel fan. You should act fast if you’d like to add this one-of-a-kind bike to your collection or museum.

A $250 Motorcycle That Looks Like A Million Bucks

I do not know how they do it? The XtremepowerUS pocket racer is a 40cc, four-stroke-powered minicycle with mechanical disc brakes that is selling today (Cyber Monday) for $250! That is around the same price as a kid’s bicycle. The product information says, “This gas pocket bike is ideal for providing driveway and parking lot commuting entertainment for kids and teenagers 13 years and older.” Not sure what “commuting entertainment” is supposed to mean but “terrorizing-the-neighborhood entertainment” might be a better description of what a 13-year-old rider is going to…

Kings Of Speed – Ascot Raceway 1957 To 1990 Runs Through October 13th – UPDATED

California State University Northridge Art Galleries is presenting an exhibition titled Kings of Speed: Ascot Raceway 1957 – 1990. The exhibit title says all you need to know. If you don’t “get it” you are either too young or were never into the most dramatic racing that California ever produced. I attended the opening reception and can show you just a little of what is in store for you if you can make it to the exhibit before it closes on October 13, 2018. The photo above is of the…

Harry Klemm’s “The DG Years, 1975-1976” – An 18-Episode Motocross Series

Harry Klemm was standing at ground zero when the Southern California motocross bomb exploded in the 70’s. In addition to being a highly-respected mechanic, engineer and tuner, Harry is a consummate story teller. Reading his manuscript, The DG Years, 1975-1976, is like looking into an unearthed time capsule for those of us who had the pleasure of living through those times. And there is plenty here for new generations of racers, mechanics and dreamers to learn from. I asked Harry if I could turn the manuscript into a serial format…

Harry Klemm’s “The DG Years, 1975-1976” – Episode 1: Understanding The 70s SoCal Motocross Atmosphere

It is said by many long-time motocross enthusiasts that the 1970s were the golden era of USA motocross…in particular the Southern California scene. I’m not wise enough to say whether or not it was a golden era, but I can say that the 1970s Southern California motocross scene was an erupting volcano of increasing participation unlike anything that the sport had ever seen before, and unlike anything it will ever see again. At the risk of over-simplifying it, the 1970s was an era of countless racing participants at every skill…

Harry Klemm’s “The DG Years, 1975-1976” – Episode 2: My Road into Motocross

In the early ‘70s, I often raced in SoCal amateur road racing. At that time, local road racing was a sport that moved at exactly the same relentless pace as the amateur motocross world. The bike preparation and traveling in 1970s amateur road racing took long hours, little sleep and offered even less pay. My thin wallet and a few broken bones helped convince me that it was much safer to be a road race mechanic and tuner, rather than being a rider. Along with that, being a tuner was…

Harry Klemm’s “The DG Years, 1975-1976” – Episode 3: Getting a Foot in the Door

My Riverside California 125-pro buddy Rick Stout and I took the 40-mile drive to the DG headquarters to meet with Gary. After the initial introduction, Gary was not too impressed with me. Then my friend Rick went into his “used car salesman” mode telling Gary how I was the tuner responsible for the Rex Staten USGP CZ400 (at the time, it was still big news in the motocross world), and Rick followed up with how fast I had made his YZ125 race bike. Yamaha Motor Corp. had provided a large…