Happy 2016 to everyone. I’m starting the year with a page about something Joe Gresh said in the Motorcyclist magazine’s book review of Racing the Gods. See the page WG. A Terrible Gift.
Recently I was invited to an “Ask Me Anything” session on reddit.com’s Ducati sub-reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/Ducati/). I got a few questions and I’m re-publishing the good ones here. Most questions aren’t about Ducatis, so non-Ducati fans might be interested. It’s at the page WI. Ask me Anything.
This week’s blog story is a collection of experiences with tires. The basic theme is: tires can make a big difference. See the page WN. Tires Matter.
Dee and I picked up her son Russ and the three of us went to the Annual Barber Vintage Festival at the Barber Motorsport Park in Birmingham Alabama, October 9-11. We met some nice folks, some of them famous (or notorious), and saw some really cool motorcycles from today and from years gone by. See the whole story on the page “WN. Adventures in Alabama.”
There’s a new blog story this week, but first Book News:
We’ve been to Texas, to the Sacramento Mile and to Laguna Seca in California. I’m working on setting up appearances in S. California and the Pacific Northwest. Next, however, we will be in the Deep South at the Barber Vintage Festival near Birmingham, Alabama, October 9, 10 and 11. I’ll be signing copies of my book “Racing the Gods.” I don’t know exactly what hours, but we will be somewhere in the Vendor Row at the top of the paddock area. I’ll post more details as they become available.
This week’s story is about the resurgence of the “standard” motorcycle, also known as a naked bike. At one point the standard bike almost disappeared as manufacturers made more tightly-focused niche bikes. It seems the standard motorcycle has made a come-back. See the page WO. The Standards are Back.
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.
Dee and I just got back from the World Superbike and MotoAmerica races at Laguna Seca Raceway. We made some new friends and met some old ones, and got to sign a few books. We also watched some good, close racing. See the page “WX. Meeting old and New Friends at Laguna Seca.”
This week’s story is about the times I crashed while riding a street bike. I already published a page about some of my race track crashes (see page “YF. Ten Memorable Crashes”) so for balance I’m documenting my street crashes. See the page titled “WZ. Crashes on the Streets.”
I now have three ‘presences’ on social media. This WordPress blog is for stories about riding and racing. There is a Facebook page for “Author Paul Ritter” which contains information about my book “Racing the Gods” and other writings. The third is my “Paul Ritter” Facebook page which can contain anything I feel like sharing. Of course there is some overlap between the three.
I’m a day late publishing this week’s page. I’m having troubles, blue screen of death troubles, with my main laptop. I didn’t have time to do something original this week, so it’s some excerpts from my book Racing the Gods. Look for the page titled “YA. Repetitions of a Theme.”
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.