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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.

2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800 First Ride

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Our man Melling takes MV Agusta's Stradale 800 for a spin and finds a surprisingly competent sports touring motorcycle that may be the most important bike MV has ever produced.

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.

2014 Birmingham Bike Show Report

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Our man Melling makes his annual trip to the Birmingham Bike Show, where he revels in gearhead debauchery at the new Kawasaki H2R.

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.

Memorable Motorcycle: Honda NC750X DCT

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Our man Melling gets his mitts on a bike American riders can’t access yet, Honda’s NC750X. But can Frank’s romantic temperament toward riding jive with the Honda’s imminently practical nature?

The Belgian Classic TT at Gedinne

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The Belgian Classic TT at Gedinne provides a sublime road racing experience for those daring enough to take on the 3.14 miles of tight, twisting roads. Our man Melling accepts the challenge...

MotoGP Outsider - Silverstone 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Our man Melling hits the MotoGP scene at Silverstone and reflects on the glorious Grand Prix spectacle, as well as brazenly attempt the unpardonable sin of pit pass larceny.

Memorable Motorcycle: Yamaha AS1C 125

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Melling looks at one of the flagship models of Yamaha's game-changing AS line from the late 1960s, the AS1C 125

Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Year Five Update

Monday, August 18, 2014
A busted ankle keeps Melling off his V-Strom 1000 most of last year, driving him to put the beloved 'Strom up for sale - at least for a while...

Memorable Motorcycle: Velocette KSS

Monday, July 21, 2014
Melling looks at a technological marvel of its time, the Velocette KSS - a machine that requires skill and finesse to merely start and a sizable bank account to own.

Single Track Mind: Is Marquez Too Good?

Friday, July 11, 2014
Our man Melling wonders aloud if MotoGP wunderkind Marc Marquez is too good for GP racing. Then, ever the pragmatist, he comes up with an elegant solution to keep the Spaniard distracted.

STM: Greatest Motorcycle Racing Achievement

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Our man Melling makes the case for the greatest motorcycle racing achievement ever, Jim Redman's triple win at the 1964 Dutch TT. Redman himself then steps in to recount the event.

Donington World Superbike Insider

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Normally cast out with the other racing lepers, this year Our Man Melling gets the VIP treatment at the Donington World Superbike races courtesy of Pole Position Travel.

2014 North West 200 Outsider

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
A long-time TT fanatic, Our Man Melling headed to Northern Ireland to take in the big road race he’s never seen in person, the North West 200.

Single Track Mind: Interesting Times

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Our man Melling goes on ranting and raving again about global warming, Health & Safety bureaucrats and his idol Mike Hailwood – as well as continuing to prophesy about Grand Prix motorcycle racing.

Memorable Motorcycle: Yamaha TZ750A

Monday, April 21, 2014
Our man Melling delves back into Daytona lore to feature one of the most memorable bikes in racing history – Gene Romero’s Daytona-winning Yamaha TZ750A.

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?