The Final Beyond Racer Road Article

I’ve given up on the club-racing article I was working on and instead republished an article from Cycle magazine. This is the last of the Beyond Racer Road articles. And I had to cheat to get this, the 7th in the series. This one is about a Superbike BMW, not a Ducati, and the guest author, Kevin Cameron, was Cycle’s technical editor at the time. Look for the page VK. Beyond Racer Road 7 – The Making of a BMW Superbike or click the link.

A Bit of Fantasy

Putting together fantasies in one’s head can be fun. Most people have fantasies, and for racers it often involves winning a big race or taking a National or International Title of some kind. See the page WA. My Fantasy to read about mine.

Changes in Style

Racing Styles have changed through the years. I was looking at some of my racing photos that spanned the years from 1973 to 1978 and noticed that my own style had changed. That prompted this week’s story. See the page The Evolution of Style.

Ask me Anything Session

Folks,

There was no story this week, but I will have a new one on Monday. In the meantime I am doing a “ask me anything” session on the Ducati sub-reddit, this Sunday (tomorrow). The Ducati sub-reddit is at https://www.reddit.com/r/Ducati.

My intro post will go up at 2:00 pm U.S. Pacific time (5:00 pm Eastern) and I’ll be back 2 hours later to answer questions people have sent in.

I’m not that familiar with reddit. To watch you may need a reddit login (go to https://www.reddit.com/login). If you want to ask questions you may need to subscribe to the Ducati sub-reddit. There’s a ‘subscribe’ button on the right of the sub-reddit page. You might need to scroll down a bit.

Here’s a chance to ask me anything about my racing adventures during the mid-to-late 1970s. You’re all welcome to join in.

Paul

New! An Index.

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.

Superbike Racer Comparison: 1978 Ducati vs. 1979 BMW

Back to early Superbike racing this week, with a comparison between the late 1970s Ducati and the BMW. A little bit of history. Look for the page titled “YC. Ducati vs. BMW Superbike Racer Comparo.”

Five Thoughts

I’m a day late this week, and I missed last week completely. I blame it on the trip to Texas and follow-up activities from that. I will do my best to get back to the every Monday schedule. This week’s publication is about riding and racing motorcycles. Look for the page titled “YH. Five Thoughts About Riding and Racing.”

Book News
Dee and I will be at the Oregon Vintage Motorcyclists show and swap meet at the Benton County Fairgrounds on May 17th. That’s in Corvallis in less than two weeks. If you have already bought my book “Racing the Gods” come by and I’ll sign it for you. If you haven’t bought it you can buy it at the show (for a special price) and have it signed. Even if you don’t want a signed book drop by anyway and swap some stories of the old days. The show runs from 10 am to 3 pm but I probably won’t be there until noon. By the way, the featured marque this year is Hodaka.
More Book News
Following the OVM show we’ll be at the Sacramento Mile on May 30th at the Cal Expo in Sacramento. I don’t know yet what hours but I’ll keep you posted.

A Lap at Sears Point

This week’s page was prompted by a request. Many years ago I wrote a piece describing a lap of Sears Point, the original version of the racetrack. It appeared in a few places and someone asked that I post it again. Look for the page titled “YM. Once Around Sears Point.”

How “Racing the Gods” Came to Be

This week’s story is a personal one. It’s about the long and difficult path taken to get my book written. Most ‘people would consider writing a book to be hard. It is, but unless you’ve actually tried to do it, write it and take it all the way to publication, you have no idea. This story may shed some light on the process. Look for the page “YN. It’s About the Book.”