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.
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.
This week’s blog page features seven rider/tuner/teams that had successes in AMA Superbike racing during the 1970s. See the page WJ. Notable Superbike Teams of the 1970s.
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 I’m moving forward in time from the 1970s to the 21st century with a story about the Moto Guzzi based sidecar rig I had built after I was injured. It allows me to control the rig from the sidecar instead of from the motorcycle. Look for the page “WQ. The Moto Guzzi Rig.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”