Motorcycles & Mama Jean: A Love Story

From July 7, 2017 on Cycleworld.com:

Busted. Again. I could blame Craigslist, which makes it too darn easy to fantasize about buying another bike, which I did in late December 2013 after going bike-less for more than five years. But I put the blame squarely on the shoulders of Mama Jean, the woman I’ve been married to since July 8, 1989. Read more...

What Makes Them Tick?

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From June 30, 2017 on Cycleworld.com:

What is it about men and their wristwatches? Eight years ago the late Steve McQueen’s Rolex Submariner Ref. 5512 brought $234,000 at auction in New York City, setting a world record at the time. Another McQueen item, his Scott Super Squirrel motorcycle painted by Von Dutch, brought the highest bid of the day at $276,000. The TAG Heuer Monaco the actor wore during the 1971 filming of “Le Mans” sold for $87,600. The King of Cool set the stage for an ongoing love affair with men and their watches. Read more...

Moto Guild Silicon Valley: DIY Made Easy

From June 23, 2017 on Cycleworld.com:

Despite all the marketing promoting fun and adventure, riding a motorcycle is serious business. And for those wanting to maintain their bikes, the business of do-it-yourself has just taken a turn for the better in the form of maker spaces popping up around the country. Moto Guild Silicon Valley in San Jose, Calif. is one such space. Read more...

Pump It Up: From Bicycles to MotoGP

From June 9, 2017 on Cycleworld.com:

The year of 1889 was good for motorcycles. Although motorcycle production didn’t begin in earnest until more than a decade later, the international fraternity of throttle twisters owes a debt of gratitude to two French brothers and a Scottish veterinary surgeon who caught the vision of pneumatic bicycles tires and established what would become Michelin and Dunlop, providers of racing tires to MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3. Read more...

Nostra Italia: Motorcycle & Bicycle Makers

From June 2, 2017 on Cycleworld.com:

Following the debilitating loss of 2006 MotoGP world champion and former Ducati factory rider Nicky Hayden on May 22nd, the grieving paddock returns to racing action this weekend at the famed Autodromo del Mugello circuit near Valentino Rossi’s hometown of Tavullia for Round Six. Rossi’s bad luck continued days following his last-lap crash at Le Mans, when the 38-year-old was injured on his ranch during a flat-track session. A collective gasp was heard from Rossi’s tifosi around the world, but the Doctor was cleared to compete. 

Mugello is Rossi’s sacred home circuit where he has taken six pole positions and seven victories. Italy has four MotoGP men toeing the line in 2017, and with the promise of dense yellow smoke and all-night partying, this week I’m highlighting the beautiful creations of Italian motorcycle and bicycle manufacturers. Moto aficionados lust and obsess over Ducati, Aprilia, MV Agusta and Moto Guzzi. And our push-bike brethren would give their eye teeth to own a Pinarello, Colnago, Bianchi or Pegoretti. Read more...

Isle of Man: Crutchlow and Cavendish

From May 26, 2017 on Cycleworld.com:

The Isle of Man is most famous for its Tourist Trophy races, which this year begin May 27th. Perennial favorite John McGuinness is out with a fractured leg, but Guy Martin is back and thirsty for his first victory. The Isle of Man is also home to two hardy athletes who share a passion for two wheels and have tasted victory in their respective sports: MotoGP racer Cal Crutchlow and pro road racing cyclist Mark Cavendish. Read more...

French Constructeurs: Motorcycle and Bicycle Makers With Savoir Faire

From May 19, 2017 on Cycleworld.com:

The MotoGP circus descends upon the fabled LeMans Bugatti circuit in France this week, and with French rookie Johann Zarco lighting up 2017 race action so far it’s the perfect time to reflect on the history of French motorcycle and bicycle manufacturing.

With Japanese and Italian manufacturers providing the lion’s share of the MotoGP machinery, one has to turn back the pages of history to see when the French were among the dominant makers of motorcycles. It’s telling that their reign ran concurrent with bicycle production. It’s also telling that the same two companies -- Motobecane and Peugeot -- are still producing two-wheeled machines. The former is now called MBK, a subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Company producing scooters, while the latter is sponsoring the Peugeot MC Saxoprint Moto3 team with its MPG30 motorcycle. Read more...

Motorcycles of the Giro d’Italia

From May 12, 2017 on Cycleworld.com:

The 100th Giro d’Italia is happening now, and the three-week Tour of Italy bicycle race sends the racing faithful (called tifosi) into an emotional fervor. Winning a stage catapults a rider into near-sainthood among the tifosi, and winning the race overall vaults him into god-like status. Wearing the race leader’s pink jersey (maglia rosa) is the dream of every Italian boy racer (corridore di ragazzo). Read more...

James Lansdowne Norton: A British Icon

From May 2, 2017 on Cycleworld.com:

James Lansdowne Norton packed plenty into his 56 years of living. The son of a British cabinet maker from Birmingham took the engineering skills he developed at an early age and at age 29 started the Norton Manufacturing Company in 1898. Initially a bicycle chain and parts maker, the company expanded to become one of the most iconic motorcycle manufacturers in the world. Read more...

Eli Tomac’s Secret Weapon: Johnny T

From April 26, 2017 on Cycleworld.com:

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac has won an impressive nine 450cc supercross races in 2017, enough to lead defending champ Ryan Dungey by three points with two events remaining in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series. While some may say Tomac’s switch to Kawasaki from Honda is the primary factor, keen bicycle racing fans will say there’s another underlying reason for the 24-year-old’s success: the racing DNA from his father John, who serves as his coach and trainer. Read more...

Just Like Riding a Bicycle: MotoGP stars turn the pedals into fitness

From April 20, 2017 on Cycleworld.com:

MotoGP racing requires intense mental and physical strength. Manhandling a 350-pound machine capable of 240 horsepower on serpentine tracks all around the world from March through November requires world-class fitness. With a season stretching from the first winter test through the final round in Valencia, most of the 23 riders of the 2017 premier class roster use bicycling to keep in tip-top shape. Known for decades to be ideal for developing endurance, increased lung capacity and lean muscle, bicycling as cross training has bolstered the results of several top riders. And new bicycle technology (power/wattage meters) allows riders to push their limits in their quest for the podium. Read more...