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.
Putting together fantasies in one’s head can be fun. Most people have fantasies, and for racers it often involves winning a big race or taking a National or International Title of some kind. See the page WA. My Fantasy to read about mine.
Today’s story is about a certain kind of inflation. It’s not about tires. It’s not about money. It’s about how big engines are getting. See the page WB. Inflation.
A short story that explains why the blog has been unchanged for most of February 2016.