Frank Melling is back with Classic Superbikes II, following up on the 2020 release of his Classic Superbikes, which we have reviewed. This softcover, 130+ page tour-de-force book of vintage superbikes is chock full of the dream bikes many of us have drooled over in years gone by.Melling has written 13 chapters about some rarely seen or heard of motorcycles, such as the Velocette KSS, Yamaha OW01, BSA Rocket Gold Star, Suzuki RGV250, Ducati Silverstone, Panther 600, and many more.
The photography and paper quality are excellent. Some of the images, shot by Melling’s wife Carol, have never been seen outside their circle of pals.However, unlike a traditional motorcycle history book, where the author has done extensive research on motorcycles he has never actually seen, Melling has at-the-bars experience. Yes, he has ridden an Ariel 3 and BMW GP bike. He even reveals that not all superbikes are actually “super”.As it turns out, the definition of superbikes in Classic Superbikes II is relatively loose, and the reader won’t mind. Motorcycles such as the Cheney JBR motocross bike and Matchless G15CS desert sled are worth knowing about. Melling also visits the incredible Sammy Miller Museum in New Milton, Hampshire, England.Melling lives in the UK, and the flavor of this book reflects his modest English upbringing, as well as the Eurocentric nature of his motorcycling experiences.If you’re a rider who adores books and magazines for that unique experience of feel and permanence, Classic Superbikes II is a must for your enjoyment and bookshelf. We also enjoyed and reviewed his book, Scrambling For Enthusiastic Beginners.Classic Superbikes II is a limited-distribution book, currently available on Melling’s website. You can get it in the UK for £9, postpaid. Americans will pay $20.71 for the book, including shipping over the Atlantic. If you’d like, the author will sign the book.
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.