Category Archives: Motorcycles

Portland’s mayor has his own solution to ‘brutal’ downtown parking

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling rides his scooter down Fore Street on Tuesday afternoon. Strimling said he likes riding the scooter because it’s easy to park on the city’s congested peninsula and it lowers his carbon footprint. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling knows how to beat Portland’s clogged summer peninsula traffic. He parks his car. Instead, he throws a leg over his scooter and zips around town with his face in the wind. “Traffic in this city is just brutal,” he told me, sitting on his orange, Italian-styled steed, parked in front of City Hall on […]

How many trips across Portland does it take to cook hot dogs on a motorcycle engine?

Troy R. Bennett (left) and Dan MacLeod of BDN Portland test hot dogs cooked on Bennet's motorcycle engine on Thursday. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

My boss Dan MacLeod and I set out today to answer a question that’s messed with the heads of many a philosopher over the centuries: How many trips across Portland does it takes to cook hot dogs on a motorcycle engine? We double wrapped four, Maine-made, red snapper hot dogs in foil and wired them to […]

Mt. Washington’s auto road by motorcycle and the surprising Portland connection

A motorcycle crests the summit of the Mt. Washington Auto Road on Thursday in Gorham, New Hampshire. The road was only open to motorcycles on Thursday as part of the famous Bike Week festivities centered in Laconia. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

It sounds strange, but without Portland Harbor, there’d be no Mt. Washington Auto Road. I learned this tidbit while riding up the famously steep byway on Thursday with my buddy Johnny Sideburns, a local comedian and fellow sidecar enthusiast. The 7.6 mile-long road sets aside a day or two every year during Laconia’s long-running bike […]

I went to the desert in search of sun and sand. What I found instead was mud and adventure

I held the Maine flag aloft while standing on the rocks on the west side of the Monitor and Merrimac Buttes north of Moab, Utah. Dom Chang took the photo for me.

I started planning the April trip before Christmas. It was epic. I drove four days straight, more than 2,500 miles from my home in Portland, Maine, to Moab, Utah, a mecca for desert motorsports adventure. Dragging my Russian sidecar bike behind my truck, I made it all the way out west, over the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, […]