Early Superbike Heros

It’s Monday which means it’s time for another story. This week I’m doing Superbike history, specifically the formative years of 1976-1979. I tell about the people of the early Superbike class, both riders and tuners. Look for the page titled “YO. Superbike Pioneers. 1976-1979.”

Commemorating Wes Cooley (1932-2015)

I learned late last week that Wester “Wes” Shadric Cooley passed away at age 82. I never met Mr. Cooley but I raced against his son, Wester “Wes” Steven Cooley. The younger Wes Cooley was a 2-time AMA Superbike Champion. I knew about the elder Wes Cooley, however, not just because he was an old racer, but because of his influence on the American Federation of Motorcyclists during a time of change. So this weeks’ story is about the late Wes Cooley and his time at the AFM. Look for the page titled “YP. Wester Shadric Cooley, 1932-2015.”

A Ride Through the Oregon Hills

This week’s story is a street ride remembrance. It was one of my favorite rides from back in 1997. Look for the page “YQ. The Hawk, the Harley, and the Hurricane.”

On another subject, I just heard that Wester Shadric Cooley, the father of Wester Steven Cooley (2-time AMA Superbike Champion) just passed away at age 82. Wes Cooley the elder was active in the American Federation of Motorcyclists in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Both Wes Cooleys are featured in the page titled “ZA. Fathers and Sons.” Next week’s story will of Wester Shadric Cooley, and a bit of AFM history as well.