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Articles By Frank Melling - Contributing Editor

Frank Melling
Frank Melling
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Our Memorable Motorcycles expert, Frank Melling also is the organizer of the British vintage motorcycle extravaganza known as Thundersprint. Melling began riding five decades ago and remains as much in love with motorcycles as when he drove his first bike into a cow shed wall aged ten. In the last 50 years, Melling has competed in every form of motorcycle sport and now declares himself to be too old to grow up and be sensible.

Wulfsport Kit Bag Review

Friday, March 21, 2014
If you're looking for a bag big enough to fit all your racing gear and then some, check out the Wulfsport Kit Bag.

STM – MotoGP Rules Update Rumors

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
It’s April Fools, almost… Our man Melling gives a rather tongue-in-cheek prediction about forthcoming MotoGP rule changes, including the esoteric algebra that will calculate appropriate rider performance handicaps and airtime.

Weise Avance Riding Suit Review

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The Weise Avance Riding suit features the highest quality construction and materials, but is it more than the average rider wants or needs?

Memorable Motorcycle: XT660Z Tenere

Monday, March 17, 2014
Our man Melling reviews a popular bike that Adventure-Touring crazed Americans can’t ride, and have likely never heard of, Yamaha’s prolific XT660Z Tenere.

STM: Changes Afoot in MotoGP Open Class

Monday, March 10, 2014
Our man Melling made some cheeky predictions about Dorna's reaction to a competitive Open class in MotoGP. He never expected to see them realized before the 2014 season started...

Memorable Motorcycle: Triumph TR6

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Our man Melling sorts through the cornucopia of two-wheeled delights he's experienced and figures the Triumph TR6 as one undisputable answer to the question "what bike would you spend your own money on?"

STM: A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Classic motorcycles can sometimes fetch a premium price, but just as often they end up costing more than they're worth. Our man Melling explains...

Single Track Mind - Melling's Best of 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Our man Melling applies his sage motorcycling wisdom to the passing year in New Year's installment of Single Track Mind.

STM: Christmas Gifts for Riding Partner

Monday, December 16, 2013
There are holiday gift guides, and then there are holiday gift guides penned by Our Man Melling – enjoy the read, but follow his advice at your own peril!

2013 Birmingham Bike Show Report

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Mr. Melling heads to the 2013 Birmingham Bike Show to get a look at some of the new machines destined for twisty roads in 2014.

STM: Will WSBK EVO Be Any Good?

Thursday, November 28, 2013
Our man Melling experiences another oracular vision on the future of world championship road racing – this time the World Superbike series and its planned EVO rules.

MMC: HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Melling’s latest memorable motorcycle ride is the 2007 HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR piloted by Ian Hutchinson to a Superstock TT podium.

MotoGP Outsider – Valencia 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Our man Melling gets a last-minute invite to the MotoGP season finale at Valencia, to witness the coronation of Grand Prix’s golden boy – Marc Marquez.

MotoGP: When is a CRT Bike Not a CRT Bike?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Our man Melling continues his Quixote-like stick-poking campaign against Dorna – this time ruminating on what makes a CRT bike a CRT.

Memorable Motorcycle: MV Agusta F4 750

Monday, September 30, 2013
This month's Memorable Motorcycle celebrates the MV Agusta F4 750, an alluring racebike and brain-child of MV's on again-off again owner - Claudio Castiglioni.

Single Track Mind – How Much is Too Much?

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Our man Melling meditates on motorcycles, Midwestern smorgasbord’s, the Honda Grom and taser-wielding bike cops.

Single Track Mind – MotoGP Has to Change

Monday, August 26, 2013
As the Melling household prepares for the MotoGP visit to Silverstone, Frank files another missive toward Dorna and its handling of World Championship motorcycle racing.

STM: Crutchlow at Ducati – Why the Surprise?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Cal Crutchlow’s move to Ducati was long predicted by our man Melling, who predicted his fellow Brit’s motives months ago. Here’s why.

Single Track Mind – A First World Problem

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Melling faces a "first world problem" and parts with a beloved friend, but then finds a first world solution that opens a new chapter in his racing life.

Memorable Motorcycle: Honda CT90

Monday, July 15, 2013
Our man Melling looks at the development of Honda's CT90, a leap forward in the world of all-purpose utilitarian vehicles and a very memorable motorcycle.