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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.
Backmarker: An American in Japan
Thursday, November 13, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker connects with Mike Harper, who discusses his road-racing past in Japan during the birth of the Japanese motorcycle industry.
Memorable Motorcycle: Ducati 900SS
Monday, November 10, 2014
Our man Melling critiques Ducati’s D900SS, a classic sportbike which languished on the sales floors until Mike Hailwood stepped out of retirement for TT glory.
STM: Storm Clouds on the Horizon
Friday, November 7, 2014
Our man Melling continues to ruminate over the future of professional motorcycle racing, and missed PR opportunities from the MotoGP ranks.
Backmarker: AMA Mission Creep
Thursday, October 30, 2014
A couple weeks ago, the AMA issued a press release connecting the CDC, Ebola and universal helmet laws... Our Backmarker did not fail to notice.
Dr. Frazier: Cannonball Extreme Adventure
Friday, October 17, 2014
Dr. Frazier recounts some of the great adventures experienced during the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run.
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