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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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Backmarker: MotoAmerica   Flat Track
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Wayne Rainey’s new MotoAmerica road racing series is the blockbuster news story in U.S. motorcycle racing. Our Backmarker ponders the possible implications MotoAmerica has for AMA Flat Track racing.
Backmarker: Situational Awareness for Riders
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Our Backmarker imparts rider safety advice with tips for maintaining situational awareness out on the road.
Backmarker: I Hate It When That Happens
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Our Backmarker weighs in on a heartbreakingly sober road safety campaign video.
Backmarker: Raineys MotoAmerica
Thursday, September 04, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker continues to lay out his proposal to develop U.S. road racing talent amidst recent news of Wayne Rainey's MotoAmerica series.
Backmarker: North American Novice Cup
Thursday, August 21, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker offers up the beginnings of a solution to the lack of American riders competitive in world championship road racing.
Backmarker: Hot n Bothered in Sacramento
Thursday, August 07, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker heads to California to spend some time with Triumph's factory Flat Track team at the Sacramento Mile.