Found on eBay: 1980 Mystery Ship

by Landon Hall

This week's eBay searching quickly produced this very cool and unusual machine, a 1980 Mystery Ship. One of just 10 Mystery Ships made by Craig Vetter, this is a rare opportunity to own a neat piece of history.

Lace ‘em Up: Wire-wheel restoration at Buchanan’s Spoke & Rim

by Landon Hall

A few years ago, while detailing my motorcycle after a long ride through Mexico, I noticed a broken rear wheel spoke. The dealer I subsequently visited told me that I had to buy a complete set of spokes, and that I most likely had two broken spokes (the one I noticed and one, the parts guy said, opposite it on the other side of the wheel). I was more than a little annoyed that I couldn’t buy a single spoke. I checked a couple of independent shops and heard the same thing: I needed to get the entire wheel relaced. I asked the shops if they did the work; all said they sent the wheel to a specialist. They all mentioned Buchanan’s Spoke and Rim, Inc.

Malcolm Smith Goes Through With Promise to Sell Banned Motorcycles

by Richard Backus

Last week, we reported that Motorcycle Hall of Fame offroad racing champ Malcolm Smith was planning to protest the federal government's ban on selling motorcycles and ATVs to kids under 12, enacted as part of the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. Not that anyone doubted he would, but Smith stuck to his word, setting up a table in the middle of his Riverside, Calif., dealership and selling the banned bikes to three industry friends - Jeff Ward, Troy Lee and Bud Feldkamp - who turned out to support his protest against the CPSIA.


by Alison Green

This is probably the quickest way to make myself unpopular with the motorcycling fraternity – but please, persevere and read on. Even if you have never had a beer, someone you know may become a statistic in this category in the very near future. 


Malcolm Smith Says He’ll Sell Banned Motorcycles

by Richard Backus

It’s not often we find motorcyclists – especially famous motorcyclists like Motorcycle Hall of Fame offroad racing champ and “On Any Sunday” star Malcolm Smith – publicly protesting against the feds. But that’s exactly what Smith is doing, and he’s putting his money where his mouth is, literally, declaring he’ll start selling youth motorcycles and ATVs to kids under 12 in defiance of the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

Found on eBay: 1967 Bultaco Metralla

by Landon Hall

Spring really is coming, but it's not here yet, which leaves you a bit of tinkering time before those warm sunny days ahead. Clearly you need a Bultaco Metralla to work on.

Legend of the Motorcycle Postponed

by Richard Backus

The 4th Annual Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance has been postponed until 2010, victim of the current economic downturn. “The decision is due to the effect the world economy has had on many sponsors, and while deciding not to produce the show next year was very difficult, it was the most prudent. We’d never do anything to compromise the quality of the Concours," says co-founder Jared Zaugg.

Bator International New Owner of Daytona Classic Bike Auction

By Richard Backus

For the past 21 years, classic bike fans have looked forward to the annual extravaganza of Daytona Bike Week for more than racing, anticipating the annual J. Wood Daytona Antique and Classic Motorcycle Auction. Much more than just an auction, the J. Wood sale has become an integral part of Daytona Bike Week and an event unto itself. That made J. Wood’s late November announcement they were cancelling the 2009 auction more than a little disturbing for the classic bike crowd. No Daytona classic bike auction? How could this be?