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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: 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.
Backmarker: Reflections on Supermotos Return
Thursday, July 17, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker looks at the quick rise, fall and resurrection of a National Supermoto race series in the United States.
Backmarker: LiveWire   Ghosts of Harleys Past
Thursday, July 03, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker takes a look beyond the ad agency spin and delves into Harley-Davidson's true history to explain why the new LiveWire electric bike shouldn't be such a shock.
Backmarker: H-D LiveWire Launch   First Ride
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker reflects on Harley-Davidson's place in the EV market before hopping on The Motor Company's LiveWire electric motorcycle for a ride around Manhattan.
Backmarker: Kenny Noyes
Thursday, June 19, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker looks at the winding road which brought Kenny Noyes to Kawasaki and the CEV Superbike championship in 2014, where he's currently the points leader in the class.
Backmarker: Michael Dunlop   BMW at the TT
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker speaks to Berthold Hauser about Michael Dunlop and BMW's success at the 2014 IOMTT and looks back at some of BMW's past successes in the event.
Backmarker: Ride to Work Day
Thursday, May 15, 2014
MotoUSA’s Backmarker spreads the good word on the upcoming Ride to Work Day – as well as propose a grand bargain to the AMA regarding helmet use and lane-splitting.
Backmarker: Lessons from Senna   Cosmos
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker reflects on the tragic death of Ayrton Senna 20 years ago, as well as the cosmic talents of MotoGP's reigning champion - Marc Marquez.
Backmarker: TT Rider James Hillier
Thursday, April 17, 2014
MotoUSA’s Backmarker, a former Isle of Man TT rider himself, chats with one of the rising stars in the ‘real roads’ course ranks – Englishman James Hillier.