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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 9, 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: Rainey's MotoAmerica

Thursday, September 4, 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 7, 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 Supermoto's 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 Harley's Past

Thursday, July 3, 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 4, 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.

Backmarker: Exploring St. Louis' Vintage Scene

Thursday, April 3, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker stole away for a lunch in St. Louis and discovered an array of vintage motorcycle shops.

Backmarker: My "American Pickers" Moment

Thursday, March 20, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker recalls an American Pickers moment, which includes a chance encounter at a bar, an innocuous country barn and a trove of old, obscure motorcycles.