Single Track Mind

Our vintage correspondent Frank Melling delivers his unique take on the motorcycle world, and the world at large, with the humorous editorials from his Single Track Mind.

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STM: Making Sense of MotoGP 2015
STM: Making Sense of MotoGP 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Our man Melling expounds upon the intricacies of rules, machines, teams and riders which will battle for supremacy in the upcoming 2015 MotoGP Championship.


STM: Melling Conquers L’Enduro des Sables
STM: Melling Conquers L’Enduro des Sables

Monday, March 2, 2015

Our man Melling recounts his poorly informed decision to enter the 1978 L’Enduro des Sables and the chaos that followed.


STM: Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum
STM: Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum

Friday, January 30, 2015

Our man Melling pays a call to the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum one of the world’s great collections of historic motorcycles.


Christmas Gifts for Your Loved One
Christmas Gifts for Your Loved One

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ye old Melling once again delivers his annual holiday gift guide for rider, which is certain to bring Yuletide marital bliss… or disaster.


STM: Storm Clouds on the Horizon
STM: Storm Clouds on the Horizon

Friday, November 7, 2014

Our man Melling continues to ruminate over the future of professional motorcycle racing, and missed PR opportunities from the MotoGP ranks.


Single Track Mind: Is Marquez Too Good?
Single Track Mind: Is Marquez Too Good?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Our man Melling wonders aloud if MotoGP wunderkind Marc Marquez is too good for GP racing. Then, ever the pragmatist, he comes up with an elegant solution to keep the Spaniard distracted.


STM: Greatest Motorcycle Racing Achievement
STM: Greatest Motorcycle Racing Achievement

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Our man Melling makes the case for the greatest motorcycle racing achievement ever, Jim Redman’s triple win at the 1964 Dutch TT. Redman himself then steps in to recount the event.


Single Track Mind: Interesting Times
Single Track Mind: Interesting Times

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Our man Melling goes on ranting and raving again about global warming, Health & Safety bureaucrats and his idol Mike Hailwood – as well as continuing to prophesy about Grand Prix motorcycle racing.


STM – MotoGP Rules Update Rumors
STM – MotoGP Rules Update Rumors

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It’s April Fools, almost… Our man Melling gives a rather tongue-in-cheek prediction about forthcoming MotoGP rule changes, including the esoteric algebra that will calculate appropriate rider performance handicaps and airtime.


STM: Changes Afoot in MotoGP Open Class
STM: Changes Afoot in MotoGP Open Class

Monday, March 10, 2014

Our man Melling made some cheeky predictions about Dorna’s reaction to a competitive Open class in MotoGP. He never expected to see them realized before the 2014 season started…


STM: A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing
STM: A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Classic motorcycles can sometimes fetch a premium price, but just as often they end up costing more than they’re worth. Our man Melling explains…


Single Track Mind – Melling’s Best of 2013
Single Track Mind – Melling’s Best of 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Our man Melling applies his sage motorcycling wisdom to the passing year in New Year’s installment of Single Track Mind.


STM: Christmas Gifts for Riding Partner
STM: Christmas Gifts for Riding Partner

Monday, December 16, 2013

There are holiday gift guides, and then there are holiday gift guides penned by Our Man Melling – enjoy the read, but follow his advice at your own peril!


STM: Will WSBK EVO Be Any Good?
STM: Will WSBK EVO Be Any Good?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Our man Melling experiences another oracular vision on the future of world championship road racing – this time the World Superbike series and its planned EVO rules.


Single Track Mind – How Much is Too Much?
Single Track Mind – How Much is Too Much?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Our man Melling meditates on motorcycles, Midwestern smorgasbord’s, the Honda Grom and taser-wielding bike cops.


Single Track Mind – MotoGP Has to Change
Single Track Mind – MotoGP Has to Change

Monday, August 26, 2013

As the Melling household prepares for the MotoGP visit to Silverstone, Frank files another missive toward Dorna and its handling of World Championship motorcycle racing.


STM: Crutchlow at Ducati – Why the Surprise?
STM: Crutchlow at Ducati – Why the Surprise?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cal Crutchlow’s move to Ducati was long predicted by our man Melling, who predicted his fellow Brit’s motives months ago. Here’s why.


Single Track Mind – A First World Problem
Single Track Mind – A First World Problem

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Melling faces a “first world problem” and parts with a beloved friend, but then finds a first world solution that opens a new chapter in his racing life.


STM: How Long is Rossi for MotoGP?
STM: How Long is Rossi for MotoGP?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Our man Melling keeps up the paddock chatter with his aged GP groupies – with his insiders hinting that The Doctor may be out sooner rather than later – and Crutchlow on a Suzuki? Frank gets us up to speed in this Single Track Mind update.


Single Track Mind: Where to Ducati?
Single Track Mind: Where to Ducati?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Our man Melling spreads a juicy bit of gossip about the state of Ducati in MotoGP and posits some interesting scenarios for the 2014 season.