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Backmarker

Motorcycle journalist Mark Gardiner has been covering the two-wheeled world for decades. His long-running Backmarker continues as a monthly publication on Motorcycle USA, with Gardiner focusing his editorial gaze on anything from the latest industry trends to oddities from motorcycling past. More of Gardiner’s riding spirit can be read at his popular blog, Bikewriter.com. Gardiner is also the author of Riding Man, an autobiographical account of his journey to race the Isle of Man TT.
Latest Backmarker Features
Backmarker: Sellers Remorse
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Our Backmarker heads to Steelville, Missouri to check out a large, hodgepodge motorcycle auction and ends up selling his 1965 Honda Dream 150.
Backmarker: Racing with Steve McQueen
Friday, May 08, 2015
A reader correction leads our Backmarker to some incredible stories of Steve McQueen's racing exploits during the 1964 ISDT.
Backmarker: Eric Peronnards X Games
Thursday, April 16, 2015
MotoUSA's Backmarker catches up with Eric Peronnard, the man behind EnduroCross and, most recently, Flat Track getting into the X Games.
Backmarker: Helmets Optional in MotoAmerica
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Our Backmarker stumbles upon a shocking statement in the technical rules regarding helmet use and America’s new national road racing series.
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.
Backmarker: Stories Ill Never Write
Thursday, March 05, 2015
In the midst of some seasonal cabin fever, MotoUSA's Backmarker reflects on some of the stories he'll likely never write.
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.
Backmarker: Justin Kell
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Justin Kell operates Glory Motor Works out of Glendale, California and is the man Hollywood turns to when a script calls for 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.
Backmarker: New Years Resolutions
Thursday, January 08, 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.