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Backmarker: Searching for Spadino
Thursday, March 21, 2013
MotoUSA's Backmarker recounts the story of Pierlucio 'Spadino' Tinazzi, an unassuming motorcyclist who perished while trying to save trapped motorists during the Mont Blanc Tunnel fire.
Backmarker: Breaking Down the "Bubba Scrub"
Thursday, March 7, 2013
MotoUSA's Backmarker applies the laws of physics to explain why the "Bubba Scrub" gives Supercross and Motocross riders an edge in competition.
Backmarker: Mike "Fass Mikey" Vils
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Our Backmarker catches up with Mike "Fass Mikey" Vils, who has painted race bikes for legends, missile launchers for the government, and he even gave Gary Nixon's Suzuki a pair of pink nipples.
Backmarker: "Dharma Bum" Locke McCorkle
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Channeling his inner Kerouac, Motorcycle USA's Backmarer, Mark Gardiner, profiles the man who served as inspiration for Sean Monahan in "Dharma Bums," Locke McCorkle
Backmarker: Return of MC Print?
Thursday, January 3, 2013
This month our Backmarker examines the changing editorial landscape of motorcycle journalism. Could there be a resurgence of print media in this digital age?
Backmarker: Production Bikes vs. MotoGP
Thursday, December 6, 2012
CRT bikes may have failed to compete in MotoGP, but bone stock production bikes have never been closer to GP performance. Our Backmarker weighs in…
Backmarker: Ralph Wayne Backyard Nationals
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Ralph Wayne's Vintage Backyard Nationals is a laid-back gathering of vintage enthusiasts in Kansas City. Our Backmarker investigates.
Backmarker: Cannonball Run 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Cannonball Run returns in 2012, featuring vintage motorcycles crossing the country, and our Backmarker shadows the ride as it meanders through Sturgis.
Backmarker: Bridgepoint’s Messy Marriage
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Bridgepoint Capital shook up the motorcycle racing scene with its acquisition of the MotoGP and World Superbike series. Now with news of a further merger of the two premier road racing series, our Backmarker weighs in.
Backmarker: Café Culture
Thursday, September 6, 2012
While at the 'Meet at the Ace' concours and vintage road ride at America's Car Museum, our Backmarker discovered, to his delight, that Café Culture is growing here in the States.
Backmarker: Passing of Racing Legends
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Our Backmarker puzzles over the decision of Valentino Rossi and the ending of a Grand Prix career, as well as a eulogy for an Isle of Man institution – Vern Wallis.
Backmarker: Motorcyclepedia Museum
Thursday, July 5, 2012
This month our Backmarker tells the backstory of the Motorcyclepedia museum, run by the father/son team of Gerald and Ted Doering.
Backmarker: Flat Track's Willie McCoy
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Specialist: At an age when most racers have hung up their leathers, Grand National part-timer Willie McCoy’s just started winning.
Backmarker: Misadventure Riding
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Our Backmarker relates the tale of two riders who head south on a pair of old Hondas with little more than their wrenching skills and adventurous spirit as guides
Backmarker: Formula USA Racing
Thursday, April 5, 2012
With road racing season getting into the regular grind, our Backmarker reflects on one of America’s more interesting road racing series – Formula USA.
Backmarker: Racing Inflation
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Our Backmarker gets down to the brass tacks of racing motorcycles in America and its troubling surge in costs over recent years.
Backmarker: Occupy All Street
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Our Backmarker’s got socioeconomics on the mind… How will the motorcycle market get the 99% back to buying lots of bikes?
Backmarker: Cycle Editor Cook Neilson
Thursday, January 5, 2012
This month’s Backmarker takes a closer look at one of the greats in print motorcycle journalism, Cycle Magazine and its editor, Cook Neilson.
Backmarker: Blind Ambition
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Matt Wadsworth is a 37-year-old musician attempting a world-record motorcycle jump. Did we mention he's also been blind since birth?
Backmarker: John Stein
Thursday, November 10, 2011
This month our Backmarker correspondent sticks with drag racing, speaking with author John Stein, who penned a history of the sport.
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