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.
Our man Melling heads to Mandello del Lario on the banks of Lake Como in northern Italy for a tour of the simple, but astounding, Moto Guzzi Museum.
“A Penguin in a Sparrow’s Nest” traces MotoUSA Contributing Editor Frank Melling’s life from his days as a 16 year-old shelf painter to the present, complete with incredible stories of his experiences as a young journalist, amateur racer and everyman motorcyclist in the midst of two-wheeled legends.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Our man Melling reflects on government “Big Data” collection and driver safety technology and comes to some bleak conclusions for the motorcyclist.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Tired of seeing the history re-written, our man Melling takes vapid nostalgia to task with an honest evaluation of classic bikes both past and present.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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!
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.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Our man Melling meditates on motorcycles, Midwestern smorgasbord’s, the Honda Grom and taser-wielding bike cops.
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.
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.
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.