It seems that I’ve been posting something every couple of months. I’ve just added the mid-summer page about a swell motorcycle ride in the State of Jefferson. Look for the page titled “VI. The State of Jefferson National Scenic Byway,” or click the link HERE.
Prompted by a magazine ad I decided to take a look at the class of “Naked Middleweight” motorcycles. I found a lot more than I expected, and I thought you might want to know. See the page titled VJ. The Naked Middleweights or click the link.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aug. 24, 2014. More road racing history today. Are you a fan of Superbike racing? Did you ever wonder why or when the Superbike racing class started? I’ll tell you. See the link titled “Superbikes, a New Racing Class.”