A Survey of Naked Motorcycles

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.

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Beyond Racer Road, Part One

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.

Good Times in Sacramento

This week’s story is about our trip to Sacramento to watch the 50th running of the Sacramento mile. I sold a few books and the racing was great. Look for the page titled “YD. Sacramento Mile 2015.”

All you Facebook users, I’ve started a new Facebook page titled “Author Paul Ritter.” It’s got all the information and activities related to my book “Racing the Gods” and any other writings of mine. If you ‘like’ the page I think you’ll get a Facebook notification every time something is added. Some of the info from that page will spill over onto this blog (like this week’s story), but mostly I hope to keep the blog focused on riding and racing.

Early Superbike Heros

It’s Monday which means it’s time for another story. This week I’m doing Superbike history, specifically the formative years of 1976-1979. I tell about the people of the early Superbike class, both riders and tuners. Look for the page titled “YO. Superbike Pioneers. 1976-1979.”

A few Stories

I missed the Thursday deadline but I have a good reason. On Thursday I was traveling to California. SSMark’s internment and Celebration of Life was on Friday, then we traveled all day Saturday to get back home.

This week’s page has a few stories from the old days, stuff that didn’t make it into the Book. Look for the page “ZB. Stories from “Back in the Day.”

AMA Superbike Machines, 1976-1979.

Photographer Phil Aynsley helped me locate some of the research material for today’s story. You can see his beautiful work at http://www.philaphoto.com/imageLibrary/index.php.

I’m trying something new starting today. I will try to post a new story every Thursday (U.S. Time Zone), hopefully before 5pm Pacific Time.

Today’s story is about the bikes used in the American Motorcyclists Association Superbike races during the first four years of the class. It’s a bit heavy on tech but it’s full of Superbike history. Look for the page titled “Early Superbike Iron.” As usual comments are welcome.

The Start of Superbike Racing

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.”

The 1977 Superbike Manufacturer’s Championship

July 30, 2014. Back to road racing with some AMA Superbike history. In 1977 the AMA didn’t have manufacturer’s championships. In seven Superbike races five different brands won a race. Which brand would have been the top manufacturer? Click on the button and look for the link titled “The 1977 AMA Superbike Manufacture’s Championship.”