Archive for June, 2018

Born Free 10 Sails Into Oak Canyon Ranch – Silverado, CA 6/23-24/2018

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Surprisingly, one of the biggest and best annual motorcycle shows, Born Free, is only hitting its tenth anniversary this year. Taking place in the mountains of Orange County, CA, at a cross between a kids summer camp and a KOA, there is plenty of room for people and motorcycles, and few neighbors to upset with your loud pipes.

That is just one part of one of the bike parking lots and at the end of the day when many people had already left! Without a drone, it is impossible to get a real picture of just how many bikes were there.… Read the rest

Clymer Marine Manuals for Your Boat and Personal Watercraft

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America knows and loves Clymer for their manuals that keep motorcycles and ATVs running right, but did you know we also have a marine division to keep your outboard motor purring and your PWC jetting? Our sterndrive and inboard motor manuals basically cover everything but the hull and the head for your powerboat or cabin cruiser. A boat is probably the second biggest purchase you are ever going to make, below the cost of your house and often above your car. Unfortunately, a boat is likely the most maintenance intensive possession you are ever likely to own (unless you also own horses), and to protect your investment you need to take care of it before and after every outing.… Read the rest

Mini Bikes and Go-Karts – The Perfect Father and Son/Daughter Projects

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Father’s Day is coming which has us thinking about our dads and the projects we did together that got us into all things mechanical back when we were kids. If you have been looking for a way to spend time with the kids and teach them valuable skills while having fun, there is nothing better than tackling a kid-sized motor vehicle with them, whether mini bike, go-kart, or pit bike.

The simplest is the traditional mini bike, typically just a bent tube frame, a rub block for a brake, and no suspension. Go-karts are the next rung up the ladder, and in their purest form are just four wheeled mini bikes, rub brakes and all, but can get much more complicated and faster.… Read the rest

Travis Pastrana Aims to Recreate Evel Knievel’s Jumps

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As I type this, the great Travis Pastrana and his Nitro Circus crew are at an undisclosed location in Southern California. They are running practice drills and jumps for his live three hour TV special coming up on July 8th from Vegas called “Evel Live“. Pastrana will recreate three of the iconic jumps that Evel Knievel did in his prime, including one that nearly killed him. A few of these stunts have been recreated before, but never on a heavy flat track bike like the one Evel originally rode.

 

 

 

Pastrana has just the bike, The Indian Scout based FTR750 which is similar in many respects to the Harley-Davidson Sportster based XR750 that Knievel did most of his jumps on, including weight and (limited) suspension travel.… Read the rest