Motorcycle Racing

MOTORCYCLE RACING IMPROVES THE BREED
Historically, racing has always been a part of the development of any mode of transportation. From horses to chariots, from cars to motorcycles, ambitious, speed-hungry men pushed their steeds to the limit and beyond always in a quest to go faster. Was it that insatiable lust for the next 'speed fix' that drove them? Certainly it must have been in many cases, while others were more interested in developing their rides to make them better. Either way, in the early days of the internal combustion engine (late very-late 1800s to very-early 1900s), engineers, inventors and mechanics with greasy hands, labored long hours creating what they hoped would be the next big thing. In these times, endurance and reliability were huge factors, and many early races were actually endurance races designed to see whose car or motorcycle would actually make it to the end. This sort of early competition improved the breed, making cars and bikes much more durable. That's when they started getting faster, and faster, and faster. Today, many of the systems that we take totally for granted in our cars and motorcycles were pioneered in racing. There is no question that racing improves the breed, even more so when the racing machines are at least similar to cars and bikes that normal people can buy and drive. Unfortunately, in modern times, technology has forced cars into a futuristic, extremist realm (F1 and NASCAR) that has no relevance to cars people actually drive. And this its lost a lot of its appeal with fans. Motorcycle racing, however, is much closer to home, with racers riding bikes that are actually very similar, in many cases, to bikes you can buy brand new on the showroom floor. Heady times, these.

BRITISH LEAD THE WAY
Just as they led most industries at the turn of the 20th Century, the British were at the top of their game when it came to auto and motorcycle racing. It was bred into their culture. One of the earliest Grand Prix races was the Isle of Man TT, off the cost of England. It set the standard for racing ever since. British riders, on British bikes dominated that event, along with many GPs on the European mainland, and later in America. Right up until the early 1970s, British twins were still winning on dirt tracks, and British Triples were leading in road racing. Alas, with the demise of the classic British motorcycle industry during the 1970s, and the ascension of the Japanese brands spelled the end of Britain's leadership in motorcycle racing. At least the manufacturers, however, many privateers continued to campaign classic British bikes, some with great success, and continue to do so to this day.
MOTORCYCLE RACING IS ABOUT THE BIKES
There are lots of things to like about Motorcycle Racing. The action, the beauty, the speed, the tension, the personalities. But our favorite is the bikes. We love racing bikes
. So, this section of this website is as much about the bikes as it is about the racing. Enjoy...

Motorcycle Racing Events

2017 ISLE OF MAN MANX GP
Our friend Larry Orlick traveled to the Isle of Man in 2017 and attended the Manx Grand Prix & everything that went with it. Great pix, cool story, unbelievable race.

Racing Motorcycles

RACING MOTORCYCLES
British racing motorcycles led the way through most of the 20th Century. Dirt bikes, flat trackers, road racers, they're all here.

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BRITISH MOTORCYCLE BOOKS




Classic British Motorcycles


Classic British Motorcycles: The Cutting Edge- Road Bikes, 1950 to 1975


Classic British Bikes: The golden age of the British motorcycle, featuring 100 machines shown in over 200 photographs


The Complete British Motorcycle: The Classics from 1907 to the Present


Motorcycling in the '50s (Veloce Classic Reprint)


Classic British Motor Cycles


Classic British Motor Cycles: Final Years


Whatever Happened to the British Motorcycle Industry?


Classic British Bikes


Save the Triumph Bonneville: The Inside Story of the Meriden Workers' Co-op






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