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Backmarker: Racing with Steve McQueen
Backmarker: Racing with Steve McQueen

Friday, May 8, 2015

A reader correction leads our Backmarker to some incredible stories of Steve McQueen’s racing exploits during the 1964 ISDT.


Backmarker: Eric Peronnard’s X Games
Backmarker: Eric Peronnard’s 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?
Backmarker: Helmets Optional in MotoAmerica?

Wednesday, April 1, 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
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 I’ll Never Write
Backmarker: Stories I’ll Never Write

Thursday, March 5, 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’
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
Backmarker: Justin Kell

Thursday, February 5, 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
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 Year’s Resolutions
Backmarker: New Year’s Resolutions

Thursday, January 8, 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.


Backmarker: Merry Christmas
Backmarker: Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

For his last submission of 2014, MotoUSA’s Backmarker reflects on the biggest stories of the year.


Backmarker: Breakfast with Preston
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
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
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.


Rider: Aaron Gobert

Nickname: Azza, The Comeback Kid

Nationality: Australian

Team: Goberts Motorsport Yamaha

Machine: Yamaha R6 (#96)

Born: November 7, 1980 in Sydney, Australia
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
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
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”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.


Backmarker: Ulrich’s ‘Triple Crown’
Backmarker: Ulrich’s ‘Triple Crown’

Thursday, March 6, 2014

MotoUSA’s Backmarker speaks to John Ulrich about his as-yet-to-be-named west-coast American road race series, which has already attracted the attention of a number of major AMA SuperBike teams.


Backmarker: The New Road Hazard
Backmarker: The New Road Hazard

Thursday, February 20, 2014

As if motorcyclists didn’t have enough distracted drivers to worry about, our Backmarker makes some dire predictions on what Google Glass may mean for riders.


Backmarker: The Fastest Bikes on Dirt
Backmarker: The Fastest Bikes on Dirt

Thursday, February 6, 2014

MotoUSA’s Backmarker meanders between the fastest and slowest bikes on dirt, reflecting on the potential of unrestricted flat track machines and Honda’s newest trials bike marketing venture in the States.


Baker, Carr, Backmarker 2nite on Barry Boone
Baker, Carr, Backmarker 2nite on Barry Boone

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Superprestigio winner Brad Baker, flat track legend Chris Carr and our own Backmarker Mark Gardiner are the special guests tonight on Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone.


Backmarker: At the Superprestigio
Backmarker: At the Superprestigio

Monday, January 13, 2014

Motorcycle USA’s Backmarker heads to Barcelona for the revived Superprestigio dirt track race, which pitted MotoGP champion Marc Marquez against AMA Flat Track champ Brad “The Bullet” Baker.


Backmarker: Resolution for AMA Pro Racing
Backmarker: Resolution for AMA Pro Racing

Thursday, January 2, 2014

MotoUSA’s Backmarker offers a bold solution for revitalizing the AMA Pro Road Racing and Flat Track series – bring back the combined Grand National Championship.


Backmarker: Baker Gets Superprestigio Shot
Backmarker: Baker Gets Superprestigio Shot

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

MotoUSA’s Backmarker launched a one-man campaign to get AMA Flat Track champ Brad Baker invited to Marc Marquez’s Superprestigio as a dirt track charity race. And it worked!


Backmarker: Marquez Revives Superprestigio
Backmarker: Marquez Revives Superprestigio

Monday, December 2, 2013

Marc Marquez is resurrecting the Superprestigio as a dirt track race. But can it really be “Super” without flat track’s number one plate holder, Brad Baker?


Backmarker: Rambling, Philosophically
Backmarker: Rambling, Philosophically

Thursday, November 21, 2013

MotoUSA’s Backmarker makes use of the waning riding season to devote some philosophical thought to personal and more wide-ranging motorcycle issues.


Backmarker: Canada’s First Motorcycle Stamps
Backmarker: Canada’s First Motorcycle Stamps

Thursday, November 7, 2013

MotoUSA’s Backmarker delves into some Canadian motorcycle history after a chance encounter with Matthew Warburton, graphic designer of Canada’s first motorcycle postage stamps.


Backmarker: Mann’s Missing Honda Part 3
Backmarker: Mann’s Missing Honda Part 3

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Is Daniel Mercier’s Honda CB750 Dick Mann’s 1970 Daytona 200-winning mount? Our Backmarker reveals what the experts have to say in the final chapter of Mann’s Missing Honda.


Backmarker: Mann’s Missing Honda Part 2
Backmarker: Mann’s Missing Honda Part 2

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The saga of Dick Mann’s 1970 Daytona-winning Honda CB750 continues, with our Backmarker seeing the unearthed mount for the first time in Paris.


Backmarker: Mann’s Missing Honda Part 1
Backmarker: Mann’s Missing Honda Part 1

Thursday, September 19, 2013

What happened to the Honda 750 that Dick Mann piloted to the 1970 Daytona 200 victory? Our Backmarker begins the tale, which includes AMA Hall of Famer Bob Hansen.


Backmarker: Rachael Clegg, TT Calendar Girl
Backmarker: Rachael Clegg, TT Calendar Girl

Thursday, September 5, 2013

MotoUSA’s Backmarker catches up with Rachael Clegg, a free-spirited artist and journalist who also produces and models for the scintillating Milestones TT Calendars.


Backmarker: Win Sunday, Sell Monday
Backmarker: Win Sunday, Sell Monday

Thursday, August 15, 2013

MotoUSA’s Backmarker examines some of the recent news to come out of World Superbike and MotoGP under the light of shifting trends in advertising, marketing and sponsorship.


Backmarker: The Monster of the Salt
Backmarker: The Monster of the Salt

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Our Backmarker traces the story of a Bonneville race bike that ties two Frenchmen, a comic book character and 80-year-old veteran drag racer together.


Backmarker: Ernst Degner and MZ Secrets
Backmarker: Ernst Degner and MZ Secrets

Thursday, July 18, 2013

MotoUSA’s Backmarker shares the story of Ernst Degner, an East German motorcycle racer and engineer that defected from the MZ Grand Prix team and Communism in 1961.


Backmarker: Roger Willis & The Nazi TT
Backmarker: Roger Willis & The Nazi TT

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Our Backmarker chats with IOM TT author Roger Willis, who relates the strange story of the TT trophies’ six-year absence and the post-war return from Nazi Germany.


Backmarker: Manx TT Postcard Part III
Backmarker: Manx TT Postcard Part III

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A visit to the Fairy Bridge, plenty of pub time and a memorable Senior TT give MotoUSA’s Backmarker pause as he and his comrades live the final days of the 2013 Isle of Man TT.


Backmarker: Manx TT Postcard Part II
Backmarker: Manx TT Postcard Part II

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Our Backmarker’s Isle of Man TT sojourn continues, shepherding his first-time Manx visitors to his favorite locales to watch the dramatic battles between John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop.


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.