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.

Fourth Installment of Beyond Racer Road

I’m still working on the story of our Barber 2016 trip. In the meantime I’ve re-printed the fourth of the Beyond Racer Road series of articles from Cycle Magazine. This one is from 1976. Look for the page VP. Beyond Racer Road 4 – A Four Square Two Stroke.

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.

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 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.”