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Past Articles Monthly Motorcycle Features

Memorable MC: Hans Van Bregt Minarelli 50

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Our man Melling stands up to the challenge issued by Hans Van Bregt, to sample a finely-tuned, expertly crafted Minarelli 50.

Backmarker: Meeting Michelle Duff

Friday, March 20, 2015
MotoUSA's Backmarker recounts the incredible story of Mike Duff's racing career and the turn of events that saw Mike become Michelle later in life.

Dr. Frazier's Adventure Junkie Confessions

Friday, March 13, 2015
Dr. Gregory Frazier imagines what he'd confess to a Motorcycle Adventure Anonymous group about his decades-long love of motorcycle travel and exploration.

Backmarker: Stories I'll Never Write

Thursday, March 5, 2015
In the midst of some seasonal cabin fever, MotoUSA's Backmarker reflects on some of the stories he'll likely never write.

STM: Melling Conquers L'Enduro des Sables

Monday, March 2, 2015
Our man Melling recounts his poorly informed decision to enter the 1978 L'Enduro des Sables and the chaos that followed.

Backmarker: Bayliss Hopes to Go Flat Trackin'

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Troy Bayliss is eager to run all five "miles" on the 2015 Flat Track schedule on a Ducati, but will it happen? MotoUSA's Backmarker takes you behind the scenes.

Memorable Motorcycle: Velocette LE

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Designed with the best intentions, the Velocette LE is an example of how seemingly sensible market analysis can result a motorcycle that completely misses the mark.

Dr. Frazier’s Frankenstein Minsk Adventure

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Dr. Frazier procures a "Frankenstein" Minsk motorcycle, spray-paints it green and badges it with Kawasaki stickers before setting off on an adventure through Vietnam.

Backmarker: Justin Kell

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Justin Kell operates Glory Motor Works out of Glendale, California and is the man Hollywood turns to when a script calls for motorcycles.

STM: Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum

Friday, January 30, 2015
Our man Melling pays a call to the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum one of the world’s great collections of historic motorcycles.

Backmarker: Honda NS750 Flat Tracker

Thursday, January 22, 2015
MotoUSA's Backmarker gets the story of Honda's ill-fated NS750 flat tracker from Jerry Griffith, the man that chopped and turned a CX500 engine into the very first NS750 prototype.

Dr. Frazier's Globe Killer KLR650 Part 6

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Dr. Frazier finally reaches the 40,000-mile major service on his Globe Killer KLR650, but has to tend to some issues before that thanks to a master link failure on the interstate.

Memorable Motorcycle: 1957 Moto Guzzi V8

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Our man Melling tosses a leg over a priceless vintage GP racebike, as the Moto Guzzi V8 gets wheeled out of the museum for a couple laps around the track.

Backmarker: New Year's Resolutions

Thursday, January 8, 2015
With a new year ahead, our Backmarker offers up some resolutions for MotoAmerica and AMA Pro Racing along with a pledge to turn his new garage into a proper workspace.

Backmarker: Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
For his last submission of 2014, MotoUSA’s Backmarker reflects on the biggest stories of the year.

Dr. Frazier: ADV Secrets for Canada & Alaska

Thursday, December 18, 2014
Dr. Frazier imparts some adventure touring wisdom for riders planning a trip across Canada into Alaska and back again.

Backmarker: Breakfast with Preston

Thursday, December 11, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker catches breakfast with Preston Petty, a man that changed the motorcycling world with his work in plastics.

Christmas Gifts for Your Loved One

Friday, December 5, 2014
Ye old Melling once again delivers his annual holiday gift guide for rider, which is certain to bring Yuletide marital bliss… or disaster.

Backmarker: Finding Kel Carruthers' TR2

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Our Backmarker meets with Chris Hill, owner of an iconic TR2 that once belonged to Kel Carruthers. Looking for the story behind the TR2, the two get Carruthers on the phone for some insight.

Dr. Frazier’s Old BMW Pig in a Poke

Thursday, November 20, 2014
When Dr. G. tries to sell and ship a 30-year-old Beemer over the internet, instead the potential buyer decides to make the 1200-mile journey himself to see the pig in the poke with his own eyes and then ride home.
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