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On our 2016 Italian trip (described in VS. A Trip of Non-Tragic Disasters.) we traveled from Venice to Bologna to Florence to Gabicci Mare, and finally back to Venice for the flight home. Much of this travel was driving the Fiat Ducato van down the autostrada and was not interesting. We took a couple of non-autostrada travels and found things that would surprise U.S. Motorcyclists. I’ve described them, with photos, on the page VR. On the Road in Italy.
It’s been awhile since I’ve put anything on this blog. I’ve been distracted with planning, doing, and processing our trip to Italy. The result is a new story. You’ll find it at page VS. A Trip of Non-Tragic Disasters.
I got some good responses to the story “VT. WSB becoming BSB?” They replied through a Facebook group, so I’ve extracted the replies and added the to the bottom of the page. See the page VT. WSB becoming SB? and scroll to the bottom to see the responses.
Today’s page is a short look at the current state of World Superbike. WSB is doing fine, but it’s recently taken on a distinctly British look. Take a look at the new page VT. WSB Becoming BSB?.
Cook Neilson describes a season of club racing the Ducati 750 GT, and reveals some hop-up tricks to get more horsepower from the motor. He also becomes a better road racer. Republished with Cook’s permission. See the page VU. Beyond Racer Road 2 – Leaning the Craft.
A reader of this blog suggested a comparison of club racing classes from my era with classes today. I dug out my old AFM rules book from 1979 and then downloaded the 2016 AFM rule book. Hoo boy. Things have changed. See the page VV. Club Racing Classes – Then and Now.
In the 1970s Cook Neilson and the late Phil Schilling went road racing, Cook riding with Phil tuning. They chronicled their adventures in a series of articles in Cycle magazine titled “Beyond Racer Road.” With Cook’s permission I have re-published the first of those articles. See the page VW. Beyond Racer Road 1 – the Toe Gets Dipped.
There have been collisions in the last two MotoGP races (Argentina and Texas) that have been particularly, um, disappointing. There have been some multi-bike crashes in the past that have been particularly upsetting as well. For this blog story I’ve picked five crashes that left me wanting a stiff drink. Look for the page VX. My Least Liked MotoGP Crashes.
There are over 100 stories in this blog now. The blog is dedicated to motorcycle riding and racing, mostly from my own experience, and frankly I’m running out of things to write about. There are more stories in my book, and a few of them have been re-produced here, but I’m not planing on publishing any more from the book — I’d rather people read the book.
For the past two years I’ve been keeping pretty close to a story a week, but for 2016 I’m going to an once-every-two-week schedule, mostly on Mondays. Last week I published a story about race starts, so nothing’s due this week. However, next weekend I’ll be in Austin for the MotoGP/MotoAmerica races and will be too busy to publish. Instead there’s a new story this week, about the seeming lack of motorcycle fiction in today’s moto-related periodicals. See the page VY. Moto-Literature for some examples of short stories that appeared in monthly magazines in the old days.
Today’s story is about racing starts. Warning! The page contains spoilers of the recent Qatar MotoGP races, so if you’re still planning to watch the races DON’T read the page until afterwards. The rest of you can go to the page VZ. Racing Starts.