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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.

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.

STM: Making Sense of MotoGP 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015
Our man Melling expounds upon the intricacies of rules, machines, teams and riders which will battle for supremacy in the upcoming 2015 MotoGP Championship.

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.

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.

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.

Arai RX-7 GP Helmet Review 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
MotoUSA's contributing editor reports on putting his Arai RX-7 Corsair through another year of use in this helmet review.

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.

Alpinestars S-MX5 Boots Review 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015
Motorcycle USA's Frank Melling reviews the Alpinestars S-MX5 boots, kit he uses on track and for lighter touring duty.

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.