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Huge Moto x Zero: An electrifying new design language?

The One Moto Show is a cornucopia of analog delights, gleaming with metalflake and raw, hand-beaten bodywork. But there was an interloper lurking amongst the chrome and carburetors: this futuristic Zero from Huge Moto of San Francisco. As soon as the Zero was revealed, it starting popping up everywhere on social media. So we dropped a line to Huge Moto’s boss, Bill Webb, to get the story on this surprise hit—and the very 21st century design process. “Zero reached out to us a couple years ...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Portland, Bill, Bruce Lee, Cad, Husqvarna, Moto, Electric Motorcycle, Honda CBR, Shinko, Zero HQ, Huge Moto, Huge Moto of San Francisco, Bill Webb, Brian Wismann Zero


Finally: The definitive movie about the custom moto scene

We’re surprised it’s taken so long. The ‘alt moto’ movement has been on fire for at least a decade, but it’s never made the jump onto the big screen. Oil In The Blood is the first film to catalog the builders, riders and artists who are driving the scene forward. It’s directed by Gareth Maxwell Roberts, a founding member of the Bike Shed club in London and the possessor of an unfeasibly large Rolodex. Gareth knows everybody in the business—and the cast list feels like a Who’s Who of the ...
Tags: England, London, La, US, Chicago, Motorcycles, Ducati, Portland, Wisconsin, Honda, Vespa, Brick Lane, East London, Husqvarna, Yamaha, PAUL


Viaduct Elegy: Chapter 2: The New Colossus

Viaduct Elegy is a four-part series from Automoblog feature columnist Tony Borroz, who broke the law in preparation for writing it. He is a Seattle native and author of The 2018 Indy 500 Notebook and  Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle format. Tony grew up in a sportscar-oriented family, but sadly, they were British cars.  Finally, finally, finally they are tearing down the Alaskan Way Viaduct, a colossal, monumenta...
Tags: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Magazine, Portland, Autos, Seattle, Boeing, Denver, South, Northwest, Rockies, Yukon, Don, Tony, Sodo


SNOW PATROL. Number 8 Wire’s Cool Honda CL350 Desert Sled

Written by Andrew Jones My kids recently took much pleasure in tripping me up with some trivia they had learnt in school. “What’s the largest desert in the world?” they quizzed, with a smug look on their faces. “The Sahara,” I proclaimed, confidently. “Wrong. It’s Antarctica!” they squealed. Of course, the little shits were right. Most people think that deserts are hot and dry, but really it’s just a lack of precipitation that defines them. So when I saw this snow-bound ‘Desert Sled’ from Mon...
Tags: Montana, Oregon, US, Harley Street, Motorcycles, Antarctica, Portland, West Coast, Honda, Classic, Scrambler, Anthony, Colin, Andrew Jones, CONE, CL350


THE OLD BRIDGE AND THE V. Speedy Siegl Racing’s Ducati 900SS Racer

Written by Martin Hodgson For a brief but magical time in music history the Seattle Sound dominated the airwaves and shaped a generation. Now another of the cities institutions has crumbled and gone, the equally mystical and murky Alaskan Way Viaduct. But now a new creative force is flourishing in the North West and it’s the music of classic air-cooled engines that permeates the side streets and freeways. Part of that revival is Speedy Siegl Racing and they snuck into the earthquake damaged V...
Tags: Motorcycles, Ducati, Portland, Seattle, Barnett, Classic, Mitch, Brembo, CNC, Isaac, Racer, Martin Hodgson, Showa, XTR Pepo, Airtech, 900ss


Ducati’s Ready for Red Tour Will Stop in 17 Locations Across the U.S.

Get Ready for the Italian Invasion Ducati wants to show off everything its got. The company will do so with its Ready for Red Tour. On the tour, Ducati will hit 17 locations in major cities across the U.S. The goal will be to share what the company is doing from a technology perspective and showcase its newest bikes. Open to the public, Ducati will hold pre-registration for attendance. If it sounds like something you’re interested in you can RSVP now at the tour’s website. The bikes on display ...
Tags: Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Motorcycles, Ducati, Portland, San Diego, Dallas, Miami, Omaha, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Houston, Seattle, Orlando, Harrison


Editor’s Choice: An Alternative Top 10 for 2018

It’s that time of year when we throw the data out the window and pick our personal favorite customs of 2018. Our traditional Bike EXIF Top Ten is based on bikes that melted our servers—but these are the bikes that also melted our hearts. There are a few ground rules: we only include bikes that we’ve written full features on (sorry, Bikes of the Week alumni). And we don’t feature more than one from a particular builder. We also exclude machines that have already popped up on our data-driven To...
Tags: Harley Street, Alaska, Motorcycles, Ducati, Portland, Bmw, Honda, Cw, Alex, Harley Davidson, Max, Exif, Derek, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Bandit


6 Tips for Buying a Used Car Portland

Shopping for a used car in Portland is challenging. Why? Because there are so many deals out there. And the internet has made it easier to find a good car that meets your needs – particularly your budget. Buying a used car has so many benefits. You will save money on car insurance, taxes, registration, and depreciation and if you find a good dealer, the car itself will still be in good condition. So to make this process as trouble free as possible (which can be quite difficult) we have outli...
Tags: Portland, Autos, Portland Oregon, Sports Cars


ICON Patrol Waterproof Gloves Hands-On Review

Introduction For those of you who follow my articles, you may remember my review on the Ninja 1000 abs that I wrote last month. I found myself reviewing a 2018 Ninja 1000 abs as well as an X Moto 2 jacket and pants. It was raining and right around freezing when I did this review. The jacket and pants worked excellently and I was not cold or wet – however, the leather riding gloves I was wearing were awful. After less than an hour on the bike, my left index finger started to feel weird. I stoppe...
Tags: Reviews, Review, US, Motorcycles, Portland, Calgary, Jim Pruner, Motorcycle Glove Reviews, Waterproof Glove Reviews, Jennifer Angelina


Car show for a cause – the Fallen Trooper Memorial Car Show

The Fallen Trooper Memorial Car Show had something for just about everyone. Photos by author. Being both a retired USMC Sergeant Major and a retired Oregon State Patrolman, Rod Beach of Brooks, Oregon, wanted to do something to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty, whether in military service or in law enforcement and public safety. His dream has been to erect a memorial to the fallen warriors. Memorials are expensive. 1949 Ford custom. Rod is also a car guy. Big time. He’s restore...
Tags: Oregon, Shows, Ford, Portland, Autos, Jaguar, Chevy, Malibu, Eugene, Monte Carlo, Hot Rod, Rod, Salem Oregon, La Salle, Oregon State Patrol, Hemmings Muscle Machines


Hemmings Find of the Day – 1962 Buick Skylark two-door hardtop

From the seller’s description: 1962 Buick Skylark – Original 2-door coupe with just over 30,000 actual miles. All-aluminum 215 cid V-8 with 4-bbl carburetor, automatic dual-path turbine trans, dual side mirrors, power steering, power brakes, power windows and radio delete. Original paint and upholstery in excellent condition. Engine detailed recently. Replacement parts include valve cover gaskets, hoses, brake cylinders and shoes, radiator core (2 row replaced with 3 row, retaining original to...
Tags: America, Portland, Autos, Portland Oregon, COLUMBUS Ohio, SACRAMENTO CA, Placerville California, Hemmings Classic Car, Hemmings Daily, Hemmings Find of the Day, Sixties, Driveable Dreams, Two-door Hardtop, Buick Skylark, Buick Club


BMW’s ReachNow adds ride hailing to its car-sharing app

ReachNow can’t be described as a car-sharing service anymore. The BMW-owned division is now a ride-hailing service too, putting it in direct competition with Uber and Lyft. At least in Seattle. ReachNow launched Tuesday a new app that combines car sharing and ride hailing using a single shared fleet of cars. The service is live in Seattle as of Tuesday. And there are plans to expand into other U.S. cities. The app aims to be a one-stop shop for users looking for the best way to get from Point...
Tags: TC, Europe, New York, Berlin, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Portland, Bmw, Seattle, Sixt, Seattle Portland, RideCell, ReachNow, BMW BMW, Simon Broesamle


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 15 July, 2018

Another jaw-dropping Ducati from deBolex, a stunning endurance-style Yamaha DT250 by Enginethusiast, a 160 hp V-twin speedway racer, and a Harley cafe racer swathed in carbon fiber. Yamaha DT250 by Enginethusiast The Pacific Northwest, and in particular Portland, is home to a hotbed of talent in the motorcycle world. And one of the clear standouts is Anthony Scott, better known as Enginethusiast. He’s not only mastered the command of light via his stellar work behind the lens, but also fig...
Tags: Australia, Wes, Motorcycles, Ducati, Portland, Finland, Pacific Northwest, Anthony, Bologna, Exif, Husqvarna, Harley, Yamaha, Patrick, Calum, CNC


Team One Introduces 'Maze” for Lexus Plus

As many people know, the car buying process can often feel like being trapped in a maze. In contrast, the Lexus Plus program has redefined the entire dealership experience with its simplicity, including negotiation-free pricing and dedicated consultants.“Lexus Plus. Negotiation-free pricing and total transparency. It's car-buying, simplified. Lexus Plus is a new approach to the entire dealership experience with negotiation-free pricing and dedicated consultant. Lexus Plus dealers provide negotia...
Tags: Advertising, Indianapolis, Automotive, Bellevue, Lexus, Portland, Omaha, Seattle, Craig, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Wichita, Javier, Minnie, Lehigh Valley, Maze


The biggest hot-rod project in Idaho

Sean Kennedy’s 1945 Chevrolet school bus hot rod — note the custom air cleaner. Photos courtesy The Vintage Tour Bus Company. After several decades in the film and entertainment business, Sean Kennedy was ready for a career change. But to what? He had, for some time, entertained the idea of running his own business — a tour service offering geology tours of the Pacific Northwest. He had been fascinated by its volcanic and tectonic history, and by its widely varied and ever-changing landscape. B...
Tags: Oregon, Idaho, Portland, Autos, Dodge Ram, Bill, Dodge, Buses, Chevrolet, Valentine, School Bus, Boise, Sean, Cummins, Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car


Portland, Oregon, 1949

Date: December 1949 Location: Stanton and Kerby, Portland, Oregon Source: City of Portland What do you see here?
Tags: Portland, Autos, Portland Oregon, Stanton, Hemmings Classic Car, Carspotting, Parking Lot Scenes, trucks and Jeeps, Forties, Service And Fleet Vehicles, Kerby Portland Oregon


Arigato and sayonara, Mazda-san

Five and a half years, hundreds of photo shoots for Hemmings, and our scribe says goodbye to his trusted five-speed Mazda5. Photograph by the author. I have run the gamut of emotions when I had to say goodbye to a car. As a kid, I was a sobbing mess when my mom traded in her ’73 Super Beetle for a three-year-old ’79 Ford Granada. Later, when Dad had promised me his basic ’73 Beetle then sold it out from under me a year before I got my driver’s license, with an explanation that changed every tim...
Tags: California, Amc, Indiana, New Jersey, Portland, Autos, Toyota, Seattle, Cleveland, Nissan, Pacific Northwest, Dad, Phoenix, Mazda, Louisville Kentucky, Hemmings


Bendix, Hoffman, Stout prototypes lead Portland museum’s streamliners exhibit

Stout Scarab. Photos courtesy Portland Art Museum, except where noted. The advent of streamlining not only enabled car designers to radically experiment with both the style and substance of the automobile, it practically encouraged them to go nuts. Fitting, then, that three of the most experimental takes on the automobile’s form from that period will highlight an upcoming exhibition of the streamlining era’s most provocative cars. While the format and the location of the Portland Art Museum’s “...
Tags: Europe, Gross, Milwaukee, Shows, Ford, Portland, Gm, Autos, Chrysler, Detroit, Stout, Briggs, Hudson, Continental, Thirties, Mercedes Benz


OREGONIAN WOOD. Red Clouds’ ‘Rubber Soul’ Triumph Bonneville Desert Sled

Written by Marlon Slack Red Clouds Collective may sound like an Eastern European anarchist group, but they actually make waxed canvas and leather goods out of their workshop in South East Portland, Oregon. And while their days are filled with stitching and designing gorgeous products for their store by night they flip the sign to ‘closed’ at the front door and build motorcycles. Most of them are old British and Japanese enduros, but this time they’ve tackled a more modern offering – a 2006 Tr...
Tags: Facebook, Oregon, Motorcycles, Portland, Customs, Classic, Scrambler, Triumph, Seth, CDI, Bonneville, Desert Sled, Red Clouds Collective, Marlon Slack Red Clouds Collective, South East Portland Oregon, Seth Neefus


Hemmings Find of the Day – 1965 Ford Mustang

Electrified 1965 Ford Mustang for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description: My Dad’s Electric Dream My Dad had an idea, completed in July 1995, to build a “Classic Electric Car”. He found the ’65 Mustang Coupe and contracted “E-Car” to do the electric transformation and contracted Gerhard Wagner to do the restoration. Pictures of the magazine article are shown. The car had been in several car shows, back in 1995. It was also displayed at Nike Hillsboro campus, at PGE Portland and in ...
Tags: Nike, Ford Mustang, Portland, Autos, Electric Cars, Hillsboro, Ford Mustangs, Hemmings Classic Car, Hemmings Find of the Day, Sixties, Alt-power Vehicles, Battery Electric Vehicle, Gerhard Wagner


1966 Chevrolet Corvair homecoming: Spring 2018 update

This 1″ paint chip could get expensive. The painter says he can fix it. The entire front fascia has to be stripped and repainted to ensure proper finish. Photos by author. Some days, it seems almost like restarting the entire project from new, though much was done earlier, and some of it was out of order. The remaining tasks ahead seem insurmountable. And expensive! I’m trying to follow the advice of my mentor, the guy who has previously restored several late model Corvairs to mint condition. I...
Tags: Portland, Autos, Firestone, Chevrolet, Orange, Clark, Interior, Nos, Coker, Black Pearl, Corvair, Hemmings Classic Car, Hemmings Daily, Restorations And Preservations, Family Albums 'n Four-speeds, Les Schwab


Portland, Oregon, 1972

Date: October 1972 Location: SW 5th Avenue, Portland, Oregon Source: City of Portland Archives What do you see here?
Tags: Portland, Autos, Portland Oregon, Seventies, Street Scenes, Hemmings Classic Car, Carspotting


NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for April 6, 2018

In this week’s Driving News Roundup: –OOIDA and NMA ask Court to halt PA Turnpike to Pay Payments to PennDot— –Feds on collision course with California on Vehicle Emission standards— –Speed Cam Ticket hearings halt in Providence, RI due to 12K ticket lawsuit— –Vigilant Solutions attacks NonProfits for filing FOIA requests on ALPR data– Click on the color headline to read the full story. NMA Driving News Story of the Week Truckers and motorists ask court to halt Pennsylvania Turnpike toll payment...
Tags: New York, Texas, Maryland, Obama, California, Miscellaneous, US, Alabama, America, Fuel, Georgia, Tesla, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Auto Industry, Portland


Portland, Oregon, 1990s

Date: circa 1990s Location: outside Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon Source: City of Portland What do you see here?
Tags: Portland, Autos, Portland Oregon, Eighties, Hemmings Classic Car, Carspotting, Parking Lot Scenes, Memorial Coliseum Portland Oregon


Weekly Roundup, Friday 23 March, 2018

We visit beautiful Bruges, and almost as beautiful Ghent, during our Dec 2018 Christmas Markets “Land Cruise”. Good morning You may have seen the story of the woman killed by a self-driving car in Tempe, AZ on Sunday.  Any unnecessary death is of course regrettable, but the biggest tragedy of this unfortunate incident may be that this accident slows down and delays the continued development and deployment of self-driving vehicle capabilities. With 40,000 traffic fatalities every year in the US ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Washington, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, San Francisco, Newsletter, Tech, Current Affairs, Delta, Portland, New Zealand, Google Earth, Vancouver, Ed


Living with Bugs

  1955 VW Beetle. Image scanned from Volkswagen of America press photo. At Reed College in Portland, Oregon, there was this girl, Carol Cunningham, who owned not one but two cars—an old Maxwell touring and a brand-new Volkswagen. This was in 1956. I wasn’t much interested in Carol’s Maxwell, but I was very much taken with her VW. I studied that car inside and out, and I marveled at how well it was put together—better than a Cadillac, which, at that time, was still the Standard of the World. A...
Tags: New York, Texas, California, Washington, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Boston, Canada, Vw, Mexico City, Portland, Maxwell, Manhattan, Autos, Philadelphia, Volkswagen


A peek behind the curtain at the Portland Roadster Show

Move-in for the 2018 Portland Roadster Show. Photos by author. Editor’s note: Don Homuth had a chance to catch the setup for this year’s Portland Roadster Show, and asked us if  we’d like to present a side of the car show circuit that most enthusiasts never get to see. We, of course, said yes. It’s Wednesday morning, March 14 – 48 hours before the opens to the public. It’s cold out – and inside. The big doors are all open. It’s damp – it rains here. The parking lot is jammed with trailers, so...
Tags: Shows, Muscle cars, Portland, Autos, Portland Oregon, Locations, Don Homuth, Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Daily, One-offs And Homebuilts, Dream Cars, Show Cars And Prototypes, Exhibitions And Events, Restomods, Hot Rods And Customs, Street Rod


Portland, Oregon, 1971

Date: December 1971 Location: Pioneer Square, Portland, Oregon Source: City of Portland What do you see here?
Tags: Portland, Autos, Portland Oregon, Seventies, Street Scenes, Hemmings Classic Car, Carspotting, Pioneer Square Portland Oregon


Portland, Oregon, 1964

Date: December 1964 Location: NW Front Avenue from the Broadway Bridge, Portland, Oregon Source: City of Portland What do you see here?
Tags: Portland, Autos, Portland Oregon, Street Scenes, Hemmings Classic Car, Sixties, Carspotting, NW Front Avenue, Broadway Bridge Portland Oregon


RARELY LEGAL. Mule Motorcycles’ Track-Only Harley Super Hooligan

Written by Andrew Jones Custom bikes can come from almost anywhere. Brand new factory bikes or clapped-out junkers. Crash victims or botched restorations. Now these are all good and well, but there’s one type of donor bike that always brings a smile to our faces, and that’s the parts bin specials. Conjured out of thin air, they are the moto equivalent of making babies. You start with nothing and you end up with a miracle. The only issue is, they aren’t exactly street legal. Which is why this ...
Tags: California, Motorcycles, Portland, Richard, Barnett, Harley Davidson, Harley, Mark, Andrew Jones, Richard He, Richard Pollock, Roland Sands, Sportster, Balsa, Mark Barnett, Racetech



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