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.
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.”
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.
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.
October 9, 2014. Yesterday evening I got the crushing news that my friend SSMark had been in a motorcycle accident and suffered head injuries he is not expected to recover from. SSMark appears in several places in these stories, notably in “WetLeather pt 2 – the Gather” and “WetLeather pt 3B – the BB100 Race.” I had been wondering what to publish next in this blogsite and that clinched the deal — it’s the story of a ride he led with Ln, Havoc, Dahlface and me way back in 1998. Look for the page titled “A Ride in the Desert.”
Oct. 4, 2014. I’m announcing a new page. It was actually published on Sept. 18th but I wasn’t quite satisfied with it and didn’t have time to fix it until now. It describes three different street rides from the 1970s that were interesting (well, I thought they were interesting). Look for the page titled “A Few Interesting Street Rides.”