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FAVORITE DIRT BIKES
My name is Mike McKinley, and i'm from the province of New Brunswick in Canada. i have owned just over one hundred motorcycles, most of them dirt or enduro, and wih the exception of a few can-ams, the rest were japanese. We never had the dealer networks like you did in the U.S.A. therefore, maico'...(more)
YOUR FAVORITE DIRT BIKE
What’s your favorite dirt bike? As one who has owned, rode, cursed, set on fire, coveted and hated hundreds of dirt bikes, I have some distinct memories both good and bad of dirt bikes over the past 30 or so years. Some were superb handling hand grenades you could get just a few rides out of befo...(more)
THREE BIKES YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF
  In the never ending quest to keep our readers updated on strange and esoteric machinery, here are three brands of motorcycles that you most likely never heard of, but played an important role in the evolution of the motorcycle as we know it today. You can see where the Japanese got a lot of thei...(more)
OBSESSION NO.3
  Being stuck in a wheelchair is no fun, but I still get my kicks with my Honda 70 powered wheelchair, making drive shaft cannons, and lately restoring old motors from the turn of the last century.    These motors powered everything from Washing Machines, Hay Bailers, Potato mashers, Grinders, ...(more)
HALF THE FUN IS GETTING THERE
  The tic-tic-tic of Mike Simeon’s electric fuel pump in his '69 SS 396 El Camino signaled his arrival blocks before he and his baby blue bad ass El Camino showed up. I was usually awake, waiting for Mike in the pre-dawn cold with a cup of coffee, and could hear the fuel pump before Mike showed...(more)
ODE TO MY FATHER
  William Thomas Cuddy was born March 13th, 1934 in New York to parents William and Jean Cuddy. While Bill’s life is shrouded in the fog of time at this point, we can be assured that Bill was anything but a “normal” kid. Graced with XXX sized balls, Bill belonged in that small percentage of ...(more)
The 1984 TX/TE 510 Husky
    In 1984 Husqvarna shocked the dirt bike world by introducing a four-stroke design that was both simple, and reliable. Husky at that time was a leading manufacturer of two stroke motocross and enduro machinery, and the introduction of the four stroke TX/TE 510 Husky was unexpected, if anythin...(more)
THE 1975 BULTACO JPR 360 PURSANG
  By 1975 the Japanese had things pretty much sewed up when it came to competitive out-of-the-box dirt bikes. First the 1973 CR250M Honda Elsinore stunned the whole off-road motorcycle industry, and it only got better (or worse if you were a European motorcycle manufacturer) from there. The once ...(more)
DETHRONED!
  When I was a teenager, we had a home-made motocross track that was set up at the old Pacific-Electric round house right-of-way on Riverside Drive. The roundhouse was long gone, but the huge empty vacant lot and track right-of-way made for a fantastic long home-made MX track complete with jumps, ...(more)
CERTIFIABLY INSANE
  There are some of us who walk a different path than the status quo. What we consider “fun” or “normal” is classified by most as bordering on the darker side of reason, i.e. nuts. Most of this behavior can be traced from early youth, when we got our first bicycle. This can also be the ...(more)
MY HERO'S
  “And the band played Waltzing Matilda  As they carried me down the gangway.  And I looked at the place, where me legs use to be;  No more waltzin’ Matilda for me…”  The Pogues, Rum, Sodomy & the Lash cir. 1972. About ten years ago I was sitting in front of the tube, watching a m...(more)