Recently I was invited to an “Ask Me Anything” session on reddit.com’s Ducati sub-reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/Ducati/). I got a few questions and I’m re-publishing the good ones here. Most questions aren’t about Ducatis, so non-Ducati fans might be interested. It’s at the page WI. Ask me Anything.
A few people have asked me how I got started racing Ducatis. A good question. My first race bike was a 250cc Ducati Diana, a small single cylinder bike. I describe how I chose that particular model on the page WL. Why a Ducati Diana?
This week’s blog story is a collection of experiences with tires. The basic theme is: tires can make a big difference. See the page WN. Tires Matter.
There was no story this week. I started writing one, a good one, and when I got to about 500 words I thought this sounds too familiar. I looked at the early stories and found that I had already done that one. Whoa.
There are now over 60 stories in this blog, in simple chronological order, most recent first. There’s no organization — it’s just a long list. It needed some kind of index, so I made one instead of writing a story. Of course it took much longer than I expected.
I’ve named the index page “An Index” so it will stay at the top of the page list, while the most recently added page will be listed just below it. Each new page will result in a new entry in the index. Hopefully this will help people find stories they’re interested in, and will keep me from putting in a story that’s already there. Take a look at it — the first couple of paragraphs explain how to use it. You may find a good story that you haven’t noticed before.
This week’s story is about the times I crashed while riding a street bike. I already published a page about some of my race track crashes (see page “YF. Ten Memorable Crashes”) so for balance I’m documenting my street crashes. See the page titled “WZ. Crashes on the Streets.”
I now have three ‘presences’ on social media. This WordPress blog is for stories about riding and racing. There is a Facebook page for “Author Paul Ritter” which contains information about my book “Racing the Gods” and other writings. The third is my “Paul Ritter” Facebook page which can contain anything I feel like sharing. Of course there is some overlap between the three.
I’m a day late this week, and I missed last week completely. I blame it on the trip to Texas and follow-up activities from that. I will do my best to get back to the every Monday schedule. This week’s publication is about riding and racing motorcycles. Look for the page titled “YH. Five Thoughts About Riding and Racing.”
Dee and I will be at the Oregon Vintage Motorcyclists show and swap meet at the Benton County Fairgrounds on May 17th. That’s in Corvallis in less than two weeks. If you have already bought my book “Racing the Gods” come by and I’ll sign it for you. If you haven’t bought it you can buy it at the show (for a special price) and have it signed. Even if you don’t want a signed book drop by anyway and swap some stories of the old days. The show runs from 10 am to 3 pm but I probably won’t be there until noon. By the way, the featured marque this year is Hodaka.
More Book News
Following the OVM show we’ll be at the Sacramento Mile on May 30th at the Cal Expo in Sacramento. I don’t know yet what hours but I’ll keep you posted.
This week’s story is about a street ride I took many years ago. It’s an excerpt from my book. Look for the page titled “YT. One Spectacular Ride.” Speaking of the book, the pre-order page is up. You can see the cover art at https://www.octanepress.com/book/racing-gods.
I updated the “Fathers and Sons” page to add three families who somehow were left out of the initial story last week. But the main announcement of this post is to announce this week’s page, titled “YZ. In Memory of SSMark.”
October 9, 2014. Yesterday evening I got the crushing news that my friend SSMark had been in a motorcycle accident and suffered head injuries he is not expected to recover from. SSMark appears in several places in these stories, notably in “WetLeather pt 2 – the Gather” and “WetLeather pt 3B – the BB100 Race.” I had been wondering what to publish next in this blogsite and that clinched the deal — it’s the story of a ride he led with Ln, Havoc, Dahlface and me way back in 1998. Look for the page titled “A Ride in the Desert.”