Nicky Hayden passed away five days after being hit by a car on May 17th. He was riding his bicycle in Italy at the time. Reports say he suffered severe brain and torso damage. I didn’t know Nicky (met him once in an autograph line) but always admired his riding, his work ethic and his comments during interviews. He will be missed by many. RIP Nicky.
I’ve given up on the club-racing article I was working on and instead republished an article from Cycle magazine. This is the last of the Beyond Racer Road articles. And I had to cheat to get this, the 7th in the series. This one is about a Superbike BMW, not a Ducati, and the guest author, Kevin Cameron, was Cycle’s technical editor at the time. Look for the page VK. Beyond Racer Road 7 – The Making of a BMW Superbike or click the link.
I’ve been neglecting this blog lately. I was working on a piece but it wasn’t coming together, then there was Christmas, then New Years, and the piece is still not working. Instead today’s publication is the sixth in the series of “Beyond Racer Road” articles originally published in Cycle magazine in the 1970s. This one reveals the dark secrets of the 1977 Daytona-winning Ducati. Look for the page titled VL. Beyond Racer Road 6 – Dark Secrets Revealed or click the link.
There’s no new story right now, but I spent some time fixing things. The index was updated to include the last three stories I entered, and Mush Emmons was given credit for a photo he took. I caught a few typos as well.
The new story on the blog-site is a re-publication of the fifth of a series of “Beyond Racer Road” stories from the late 1970s Cycle magazine. This one is Cook Neilson’s recounting of his and Phil Schilling’s adventures in the 1976 racing season. You can find it on the page VM. Beyond Racer Road 5 – the Hot Rod is Born.
I have finally finished and published the story of our trip to Birmingham, Alabama. It’s a bit longer than most of the stories in this blog, but it’s not to bad at about 2,000 words. Y0u can find it at the page titled VN. Barber Vintage Festival 2016.
I’m still working on the story of our Barber 2016 trip. In the meantime I’ve re-printed the fourth of the Beyond Racer Road series of articles from Cycle Magazine. This one is from 1976. Look for the page VP. Beyond Racer Road 4 – A Four Square Two Stroke.
I published the page October 18th but failed to make a post to announce it. Duh. The story is a comparison of racing gear commonly used in the 1970 versus what I see the Superbike and MotoGP riders using today. Look for the page “Race Gear, Then and Now.”
Today’s new page is the third of a series of articles Cook Neilson wrote in Cycle magazine back in the 1970s. Look at the page titled “VQ. Beyond Racer Road 3 – Overdog!” The first two articles are here as well, on pages “VW. Beyond Racer Road 1 – the Toe Gets Dipped,” and “VU. Beyond Racer Road 2 -Learning the Craft,” respectively.
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.