You may be thinking I’ve given up on this blog. It’s been three months or so since I last added anything. I haven’t quit I’ve just gotten really slow. This newest page is a closer look at the British Superbike Series, why it’s so good at churning out World Superbike racers, and a brief comparison to our own MotoAmerica series. Look for the page “VH. Another Look at British Superbike” or click on This Link.
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.
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.
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.
This week’s story is a nostalgia piece for me. It’s about the special allure of a club raceday back in 1974-1975 time frame. This will bring back memories from the folks who were there back in the day, and I hope it will give the younger folks and non-racers a bit of the feeling of the special excitement of a raceday. See the page WE. Raceday!
There was no story this week, but I will have a new one on Monday. In the meantime I am doing a “ask me anything” session on the Ducati sub-reddit, this Sunday (tomorrow). The Ducati sub-reddit is at https://www.reddit.com/r/Ducati.
My intro post will go up at 2:00 pm U.S. Pacific time (5:00 pm Eastern) and I’ll be back 2 hours later to answer questions people have sent in.
I’m not that familiar with reddit. To watch you may need a reddit login (go to https://www.reddit.com/login). If you want to ask questions you may need to subscribe to the Ducati sub-reddit. There’s a ‘subscribe’ button on the right of the sub-reddit page. You might need to scroll down a bit.
Here’s a chance to ask me anything about my racing adventures during the mid-to-late 1970s. You’re all welcome to join in.
The story on standards, page “WO. The Standards are Back,” has been updated to include Triumph, who should never have been left out in the first place.
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.
One: This week’s story is from 1976, the tale of the Garbage Can Special. See the page titled “WY. The Garbage Can Special.”
Two: Dee and I are going to the World Superbike and MotoAmerica races this weekend at Laguna Seca and I will be signing books. Look for us near the gear check on Ducati Island at 2:00 to 3:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. If you’ve already bought my book “Racing the Gods” (https://www.octanepress.com/book/racing-gods) bring it by and I’ll personalize it for you. If you haven’t bought the book yet we will have some for sale. In any case drop by for a chat.
Three: A milestone of sorts, this blog has just passed 20,000 views from nearly 10,000 viewers from dozens of countries. That’s not much compared to some viral blogs, but it’s not bad.