Axiom 51 says, “If you leave it to the weenies, the weenies will win.” The only way to defeat weenie-ism is to take back the territory the weenies think they own. Take high school and college “notable alumni” lists on Wikipedia, for example. So far, to judge by my highly unscientific and casual check, 100 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Motorheads Unite! Seize The Sites! Do you know someone who should be included on a “notable alumni” list?
Photographer : From the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame collection
Five Fast Facts: Nolan N-43E Trilogy Helmet A convertible Italian helmet to wear six ways from Sunday.
Six-in-One: Nolan calls the N-43E Trilogy a “crossover” helmet because it can be quickly configured six different ways: with or without removable chinbar and faceshield, without chinbar, without faceshield, without faceshield but with an attachable “peak” or with the peak and chinbar but no faceshield. The big picture: Huge, optically clear visor offers a wide [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Five years after production of Can-Am’s “Y-factor” Spyder roadsters began, the Canadian company has made significant changes to the model lineup as well as to the chassis and suspensions of its three-wheelers. Most attention among those interested in the three-wheeler world is focused on the new “ST” (Sport Touring) model, slotted midway between the turn-key-touring [...]Read Full Post | Comments(35)
Terence Sagar Shepherd, RR.D. (1931-2012) A top Golden Age GP rider, brilliant designer, fabricator and tuner passes under the checkered flag.
On October 5, 2012, in Southport, near Liverpool, England, Terry Shepherd finally lost his battle with cancer at age 81. His funeral was held on October 19th. His death was noted and mourned in motorcycle racing circles, especially in Great Britain. But across the Atlantic here at Cycle World, Shepherd’s passing hit us particularly hard, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Special, Stone, and Racer – First Look Guzzi upgrades its classic and cafe V-Twins.
In announcing the coming of the V7 lineup to the U.S., the marketing guys for the company said they were “incredibly pleased” to have the bikes here, claiming that the latest iterations of the now-iconic 90-degree V-Twin represent craftsmanship, Italian spirit, legendary heritage and technological progress. “Every V7,” they write, “is dashing to the eye [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Considering that the first Isle of Man Tourist Trophy in 1907 was almost won by American Billy Wells, not many racers from the USA have followed Wells’ lead to the start/finish line on The Island. Using official records, the list below contains the names of those who actually started a TT race, even if the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Riding a Can-Am Spyder means being exposed to the weather, as a motorcycle rider is, but the odds of a Spyder rider lowsiding onto the road are pretty slim. That means his or her gear doesn’t need to be configured to protect against get-offs the way a motorcyclist’s gear does (at least in the all-the-gear [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : David Edwards, Island Photographic, Don Morley
Twenty-five years ago, Team Cycle World put me in the saddle of a new Suzuki GSX-R750 to compete in the annual Isle of Man TT (“Tourist Trophy”) races. It took a huge amount of effort on the part of many people before, during and after the races, and it cost a lot of money. I [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : David Edwards
If you visit the Motorsport Memorial website (motorsportmemorial.org), which catalogs the now 2734 deaths known to have occurred in motorcycle racing since sport became motorized, you can see that some 246 of the fatalities (including one marshal and 2 spectators) have taken place on the Isle of Man since 1907. No other circuit comes close, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Whenever you look at a photograph of yourself, you see far more than just a person and a place, solo or with other people. You see “context.” You see what’s behind the photo, hidden out of the frame and not shown; you see into time as well as space. So it is with an old [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)