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Man Cup World Finals Video and Photo Coverage

The biggest motorcycle drag race of the year, the Man Cup Finals from South Georgia Motorsports Park, once again lived up to its billing. It was one of the most impressive turnouts in the history of the sport. The weather…

NHRA World Finals Photo and Video Coverage

There is something special about the mystique of the Pomona Fairplex in November. The NHRA World Finals once again lived up to its billing with a jam-packed crowd and an exciting fight to the finish in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Enjoy…

West Coast Motorcycle Drag Racing from Fontana, Calif

Enjoy some West Coast motorcycle drag racing coverage from beautiful AAA Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, Calif. At this SCEDA race you will see Nitro Harleys, Turbo Hayabusa Funny Bikes, Baggers and a whole lot more. <br /> &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href=”http://www.m2shocks.com/”&gt;&lt;br…

Inspection of Saftey Gear Following Ken Schwartz’s 150 Mph-Plus Crash

As motorcycle racers and riders we never want to think about crashing. The harsh reality is it happens often. It’s important we learn all we can from the incidents and share the information with one another to spread awareness and…

The Cycle Den Vintage Motorcycle Tour

Enjoy this tour of a very cool motorcycle shop called The Cycle Den in Columbia, Pa. Jeff shows us some of the company’s amazing, vintage motorcycles. There are more videos on the Cycledrag Youtube channel (please subscribe here) and the…

Talking Drag Racing with Legendary Historian Bret Kepner

Join us for this bench racing session with drag racing historian Bret Kepner. It’s a unique, but appropriate, setting in the front seat of Kepner’s championship-winning car. Yes Bret beats box dragsters in this cool Grand Marquis daily driver. We…

Drag Racing Legend Mike Dunn Interview

Join us for this bench racing session with drag racing legend Mike Dunn.  The 22-time NHRA National event winner and longtime color commentator shares his expertise, talks about bicycle drag racing, tells some great stories, including a must hear John…

PDRA Changes Motorcycle Class Rules, Wagner Says Nitrous and Turbo Separate in 2019

All eyes and social media comments have been pointed at the PDRA Pro Extreme Motorcycle class as of late. It’s another episode in dragbike racing’s longstanding, quarrelsome turbo vs. nitrous rivalry. The uproar is in the wake of expert builder…

New Turbo Bike’s 3.91 Ignites PDRA Nitrous vs. Turbo Controversey, Nitrous Team Threatens Boycott

When mentioning the great rivalries of motorcycle drag racing one may think; Kawasaki vs. Suzuki, Harley vs. import, Dave Schultz vs. John Myers; the list goes on. Perhaps the most hotly-debated and reoccurring rivalry over the years has been nitrous…

480-Foot Reading Motorcycle Club Race Coverage, Jr. Dragbikes and More

Enjoy some videos and photos from the Reading Motorcycle Club in Oley, Pa, from the Sept. 30th event. This one-of-a-kind, 480-foot long dragstrip has an impressive following and brings out some rarely seen, old school dragbikes. Even the popular and…

US 131 Dash For Cash Coverage

Enjoy some videos and photos from the AmSnow Dash for Cash at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich., Sept. 21-23. This longstanding event is dedicated to the late Tim Mills, who started the race at Muncie Dragway in Albany,…

NHRA Maple Grove Pro Stock Motorcycle Video and Photo Coverage

Enjoy some videos and photos from the Dodge Nationals from Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa. Sept 13-16. It’s the first race of the championship Countdown and we will hear from many of the players involved. The big storylines of…

Ocean City Maryland OC and Delmarva Bike Fest Coverage – Weather Man Misses Again

Enjoy some videos and photos from the OC Bike Fest / Delmarva Bike Fest from Ocean City, MD. Sept 13-16. Initially most forecasts had this event being a total washout in the beginning of the week due to Hurricane Florence.…

A Chat With Legendary Motorcycle Bracket Racer and Mechanic Bruce Sauer

Enjoy this in-depth interview from the shop of one of the most successful motorcycle bracket racers of all-time, Bruce Sauer from his Power by Sauer shop in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Sauer talks about his remarkable run on his “ATM Machine” Kawasaki…

AMA Museum and Hall of Fame Tour

Enjoy and share this tour of the AMA Museum and Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, just outside of Columbus. There are some truly amazing, historic motorcycles on display. The AMA’s James Holter is our tour guide. Enjoy!

Cycledrag.com Hayabusa Project Bike – The Ultimate Street – Strip Machine, A Rookie Learns to Race

Is it still possible to ride your race entry to the drag strip? Can a rookie pull it off? Strap on your helmet and come along for this ride because Cycledrag.com’s Jack Korpela has a lot to learn. This project…

AMRA Vreeland’s Harley Davidson Nitro Nationals Video Coverage

Enjoy some video coverage from the AMRA Vreeland’s Nitro Nationals from Catawissa, Pa . There are more videos on the Cycledrag Youtube channel (please subscribe here) and the Cycledrag.com Facebook page (Please like here) and more will be coming soon.…

Ohio Vintage Dragbike Nationals at Quaker City Dragway

Enjoy some videos and photos from the Ohio Vintage Dragbike Nationals at Quaker City Dragway in Salem, Ohio . There are more videos on the Cycledrag Youtube channel (please subscribe here) and the Cycledrag.com Facebook page (Please like here) and…

The Dragbike Runs Heard Round the World – First V-Twin Fives!

On Saturday, August 25, 2018, at about 3:30PM, local time, at Tierp Arena in Sweden, Vesa Lipponen of Truku, Finland ran a 5.9205 elapsed time @ 350.65Kpm (217.88 mph) to officially run the first ever 5 second elapsed time in…

Larry “Spiderman” McBride Shop Tour and Bench Racing Session

Join us for this interview of 18-time Top Fuel Motorcycle champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride from his shop in Newport News, Va. While McBride rips apart motors he discusses his Man Cup championship battle with Dave Vanitne and a whole lot…

Racing Community Establishes GoFundMe for Stroke Victim and Longtime MTC Employee Cliff Jones

The dragbike racing community was dealt some unfortunate news about Cliff Jones, longtime MTC Engineering employee, drag racer and fan. Jones suffered a severe stroke on Saturday, July 7th and has been hospitalized ever since.   “He has some good…

Man Cup Dragway 42 Fast by Gast Nationals Video Coverage

Enjoy some video coverage from the ManCup Fast by Gast Nationals from Dragway 42. There are more videos on the Cycledrag Youtube channel (please subscribe here) and the Cycledrag.com Facebook page (Please like here) and more will be coming soon.…

A Trip Back in Time with Motorcycle Legend Rob Muzzy

Join us for this in-depth interview with motorcycle legend and AMA Hall-of-Famer Rob Muzzy. We discuss how Muzzy got started, tell many stories about his amazing, yet held back, dragbikes and talk about what’s next for the 21-time national champion.

Catching Up With AMA Prostar Founder Keith “Scooter” Kizer

For more than 15 years AMA Prostar was the gold standard in dragbike racing. It was the only organization to ever attract all four major Japanese motorcycle manufacturers. No dragbike league has ever attracted more media attention or drawn more…

Honda to Bring Monkey and Super Cub C125 to U.S. Market, Who Wants One?

American Honda recently announced that the legendary Monkey and Super Cub C125 ABS models will be made available to U.S. customers for the 2019 model year. First unveiled in concept form last September at the Tokyo Motor Show, the models…

What Does The Latest War of Words Between President Trump and Harley-Davidson Mean for the Motorcycle Industry?

 In a country that has been so sharply divided over politics, the motorcycle industry, for the most part, has been left out of the discussion. Generally speaking, the two-wheel world has continued to be a pleasurable escape for most, free…

Paul “Fast by” Gast Talks About How Dragbike Racing Keeps Him Young

In this interview 69-year-old motorcycle drag racing legend Paul Gast of Fast by Gast talks about how the sport keeps him young following his Pro Mod victory in Rockingham. Gast also talks about how the sport has changed over the…

Peggy Llewellyn Reflects on Historic Pro Stock Motorcycle Victory

It has already been more than ten years since Peggy Llewellyn became the first woman of color in the world to win a professional motorsports event, collecting a coveted NHRA Wally in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class.  “What is so…

A Look At Chris Hand’s More than 40-Year Journey to the Five Second Zone

Redneck Express Top Fuel bike pilot Chris Hand knew the importance and significance of a five-second time slip long ago. To the fearless veteran the feat meant everything.       After decades of unrelenting labor, long nights in the…

Larry “Spideman” McBride Off-Season Interview

The 18-time Top Fuel Motorcycle champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride is hard at work in preparation of race season. Along with finishing up his 5.61 / 258 mph record-holding motorcycle, McBride is making new bikes for Jimmy “Hulk” Brantley, Dave Vantine…

MRE Shop Tour and MANCUP Talk with Jay Regan

Join us for this tour of MRE Racing by owner Jay Regan. We also talk about Regan’s ManCup series. Check it out

Top Fuel Motorcycle Legend Jimmy “Hulk” Brantley Interview and Return Details

Join us for this sit down interview of one of the most successful Top Fuel Motorcycle racers ever, Jimmy “Hulk” Brantley. Although he only raced for a few seasons, Brantley made history by becoming the second dragbike racer to reach…

Roland and Chuck Stuart Shop Tour and Interview

Join us for this tour of Stuart’s Cycle in Gainesville, Fla. along with an interview of legendary racer and longtime crewman for Larry “Spiderman” McBride Roland Stuart and his son Chuck. We talk Top Fuel, McBride’s 5.61, when Chuck will…

Pro Extreme Motorcycle Racer Eric McKinney’s Plan For Climbing Back to No. 1, Balancing Professional and Personal Life

Oftentimes a racer’s most fierce opponent is himself. The immense amount of pressure that comes with success and sustaining it can be overpowering.    Pro Extreme Motorcycle standout racer Eric McKinney knows the feeling all too well after watching his…

The Price of Greatness in Motorcycle Drag Racing

At the NHRA Lucas Oil Winter Nationals on the weekend of February 10/11, 2018, Tak Shigematsu, the 53 year old Top Fuel motorcycle pilot from Japan looked a bit rough around the edges on Sunday morning and he had every…

Former WWE Superstar Tyler Reks Shows Off His Bike and Offers Fitness Tips and More

Join us for this in-depth interview with former WWE Superstar Gabe Tuft, aka Tyler Reks, the “Dreadlock Demoltion Man.” Tuft shows us his awesome Yamaha R-1 and talks about his new company Body Spartan, designed to help people reach their…

1973 Z1-900 and 1978 Z1-R Side-by-Side Comparison

Join us for the side-by-side comparison of two of the most classic, legendary motorcycles of all-time. Mecum Auction’s John Kraman helps us highlight the 1973 Z1-900 and 1978 Z1-R 1000

Dragbike Legend Nigel Patrick Interview

Join us for this interview of motorcycle drag racing legend Nigel Patrick. We talk about Patrick’s illustrious career, look at some classic photos and discuss Patrick being the first to create a cylinder head on the CNC machine.

Mecum Motorcycle Auction Behind the Scenes Tour – KZ, Z1, H2s and more!

Join expert analyst John Kraman and Cycledrag.com as they give you a behind the scenes look at some of the outstanding motorcycles at the Mecum Motorcycle Auction in Las Vegas, Nevada. Watch as a KZ 1300, an S2 350 triple…

Mecum Motorcycle Auction Bike Features – Z1, H1, Z1-R, KZ 1300 and more

Enjoy these classic motorcycle features from day No. 1 of the Mecum Motorcycle Auction from South Pointe Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Jan. 23-27. The incredibly knowledgeable John Kraman helps us take a close look at a Z1-B, H1,…

Kawasaki Headquarters Museum Tour

Join us for this amazing tour of Kawasaki’s headquarters in Foothill Ranch, Calif. We take a close look at the new Z900RS and compare it to the legendary 1973 Z900. We also look at some classic two-strokes, dirtbikes and more.…

NHRA Headquarters Tour

Join us for this behind-the-scenes tour of the NHRA headquarters from beautiful Glendora, Calif.

Bench Racing With Pro Stock Motorcycle Competitor Fred Camarena

Join us for this in-depth interview with longtime NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Fred Camarena and his crew chief Warren Myers from their shop in Norco, Calif. Camarena shows us his new motorcycle, voted best engineered by the NHRA, talks…

Dragbike Legend Steve Rice Interview

Join us for this sit-down interview with Funny Bike legend Steve Rice from his garage in Costa Mesa, Calif. Rice shares some great stories, talks about factory involvement in motorcycle drag racing and reveals what is next for him.

2018 Kawasaki Z900RS

Enjoy a close look at the brand new, retro Kawasaki Z900RS created in the image of the iconic 1973 Kawasaki Z900.

A Salute to the Great One-Hit Wonders, One-Time Champs in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

One-Time Champs in Pro Stock Motorcycle? Their Reunions Are Very Small. You hear the term “one and done” a lot these days in almost every sports community. That appellation refers to a single instance of noteworthy achievement which fails to…

Remembering: The Big Bang – Marion Owens and Elmer Trett’s Unforgettable Day

There are many memorable moments in motorcycle drag racing that racers talk about, especially when bench racing.  Notable moments in time that everyone seems to know a little about, but not necessarily the correct story of what really happened.  Remembering…

Rob Muzzy Recalls Greatest Motorcycle Drag Racing Memories

Rob Muzzy of Muzzy Performance is one of the most accomplished engine builders and tuners in motorcycle racing history. The two-wheel icon with the signature carny mustache has amassed a staggering total of 21 AMA National Championships. Along with drag…

The Great Rivalries in Dragbike Racing

Rivalries are inevitable. Any time money and ego are at stake, strong and unchecked emotions often find their way into the equation.   Technically speaking, those involved in a rivalry don’t have to dislike each other. But, as we’ve seen…

The Quickest Lawyer on Two Wheels – Dragbike Racer Ken Schwartz

Good lawyers offer clients a swift and successful verdict. Attorney Ken Schwartz of St. Louis, Mo., is accustomed to getting rapid, rewarding results. Not only is he good in the courtroom, he regularly turns on win lights in about eight…

Celebrating and Reflecting on 30-Plus Exciting Seasons of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Racing

When Pro Stock Motorcycle officially became a professional category in the National Hot Rod Association, Ronald Regan was President, a Ford Mustang could be purchased for less than $10,000 and Lethal Weapon, the original, was one of the most popular…

From a Burnout Box Hand to the Winner’s Circle – Eddie Krawiec

Eddie Krawiec wasn’t even old enough to get his driver’s license when he began his first job in drag racing in 1992 at New Jersey’s storied Raceway Park in Englishtown. Krawiec’s first assignment was to man the burnout box, a…

The First Funny Bike, and First Wheelie Bar in Motorcycle Drag Racing

Ray Price has had an enormous impact on the sport of motorcycle drag racing. Where a number of people have been really gifted racers or tuners, the North Carolina Harley-Davidson dealer and legendary drag racer actually came up with two…

Remembering Larry “Drums” Brancaccio

The motorcycle drag racing community was stunned when it suddenly lost one of its most successful and colorful racers, Larry “Drums” Brancaccio.  The 14-time national champion Brancaccio, who was a mainstay in the sport for more than three decades, a…

A Look Back at the Unusual Wins of Pro Stock Motorcycle Veteran Steve Johnson

NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle year veteran Steve Johnson has a longer run history than anyone in the class.  He made his professional debut in 1987 by airfreighting his bike to the race track and pitting out of crate for the entire…

Rickey Gadson’s Road to Becoming One of the Most Successful Dragbike Racers of All-Time

You could say Rickey Gadson is a two-wheel prodigy. The legendary dragbike pilot starting riding motorcycles at about the same time he learned to walk. At the young age of nine, astoundingly, he could operate a heavy, powerful and massive Kawasaki Z900,…

A History of Motorcycle Drag Racing’s Sanctioning Bodies

Before motorcycle drag racing could grow, it needed visionary individuals who recognized its potential as a spectator sport. If races among bootleggers barreling down country roads could become NASCAR, wasn’t there also potential for those racing motorcycles from stoplight to…

The First 200 MPH African-American Dragbike Racer – Tommy Bolton

Tommy “Tombo” Bolton is one of the most accomplished and influential African-American motorcycle racers of all-time. Tombo amassed over 25 championships, built a highly-respected business and secured major sponsors, helping to pave the way for other great African-American motorcycle drag…

Suzuki Hayabusa to Dominate the Future of Motorcycle Drag Racing? KZ and GS Out?

The 2015 and 2016 racing seasons have proven to be eventful; the Manufacturer’s Cup, NHDRO and IDBL classes were filled to the point of overflow with street bikes and purpose-built racing machines alike. At a Man-Cup race, you are likely to…

Dragbike Legend Bob Carpenter Denounces Flow Bench

Motorcycle drag racing legend Bob Carpenter has been involved in a lot of unique projects throughout his more than 40 years in motorsports. The cylinder head expert’s latest endeavor is unlike any he’s ever been a part of before. The…

All Harley Drag Racing Alive and Well with the AMRA

On October 15 -16, 2016, I had the pleasure of attending the 25th Annual AMRA, Jim McClure/Ray Price, Nitro Nationals, as sanctioned by the American Motorcycle Racing Association.  This was my first attendance to an AMRA event and I hope…

The First Dragbike Slick

The Long Beach Night Drags in 1956 marked the appearance of a new type of tire from the Cadet Tire Company of Los Angeles. It was a regular street tire onto which a “slick” had been grafted. Sometimes, the arrangement…

The Pioneers of Pro Stock Motorcycle: 1973-2000 – Part 2

Motorcycle drag racing journalist John Stein is back with his multi-part series dedicated to the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. Click here, if you have not checked out Part 1 yet. It’s great reading. Bob Carpenter In many ways Bob Carpenter…

Reggie Showers – A Closer Look the Inspirational, World’s Fastest Amputee

Enjoy a look back at one of the most inspirational men in not only motorcycle drag racing, but in all of sports, Reggie Showers, the world’s fastest amputee. Showers may have taken a break from racing, but as most can…

The Birth of Pro Stock Motorcycle: Part 1

Although not the fastest or loudest or flashiest form of motorcycle drag racing, Pro Stock Motorcycle has nevertheless become synonymous with the sport. News organizations as prestigious as the “New York Times” cover it, and companies as large Fortune 500…

Remembering Funny Bike Champion Gary Clark

Great motorcycle drag racing champions seem to leave this world as quickly as they blasted down the quarter-mile. Or maybe that’s just the way it feels due to the unfillable void they leave when they go. Sadly, Funny Bike legend…

Long Live the Two-Strokes, Garrett Wood Reflects on Super Eliminator Record and Passion

A contemporary dragbike fan could read about a recent record on a Kawasaki H2 and immediately picture Team Green’s brand new, innovative, supercharged sport bike. But long before Kawasaki unveiled its 2015, blown, four-stroke H2, another beastly Kawasaki H2 was…

It’s All In the Name. Kobernusz. Alvin Kobernusz.

Throughout the history of motorcycle drag racing, there have been a fair number of riders with names that reverberate with the thrill, excitement, and spine-tingling drama one would expect to find in such a power-hungry category, from the Sportsman level…

Walt Timblin and Experts Believe a Modern Funny Bike, Built Right, Could Run Fives

Several times in the past on the Cycledrag.com Facebook page (please like and share) the question was raised, how quick could a modern Funny Bike, turbo-charged, wheelie bar machine, run if all of the most modern technology, engineering and data…

The Last Great Drag Racing Milestone Has Not Been Reached…. Yet

Throughout drag racing history, there have been performance milestones reached and surpassed by some of the greatest names in the sport’s history. On April 9, 1988, Eddie Hill broke the 4-second barrier in his Pennzoil Top Fuel dragster at the…

Motorcycle Drag Racing: What is it?

Fans and racers alike flock to drag strips annually to see and hear the spectacle known as motorcycle drag racing.  But what is it really this so called sport devoted to motorcycles locked into side-by-side acceleration contests, what’s it actually…

The Greatest Motorcycle Drag Racing Photo of All Time

While everyone will have his or her own opinion as to what is the most beautiful drag bike of all time, there should be little doubt as to what is the greatest photograph. It’s small, but the image is unforgettable.…

Remembering Dragbike Legend Dave Schultz

On February 11, 2001, the world lost the greatest Pro Stock Motorcycle champion in history. There were no announcements on the NHRA website. No mention was made on any other websites or in social media. February 11, 2015 came and…

The First Time I Met Jim Kizer

Cycledrag.com is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Kizer, father of AMA Prostar founder Keith “Scooter” Kizer. Jim Kizer was a fixture at AMA Prostar events, assisting his son in many capacities. He was known for his…

Where Have the Turbo Bar Bikes Gone? Weighing in on the Turbo vs. Nitrous Pro Comp Dragbike Debate

In light of ManCup’s decision to rename Pro Comp back to Pro Mod and bump the turbos to the new Pro Open class, quite the debate was started on Facebook. Please check the Cycle Drag Facebook page if you have…

Why Some Dragbike Pros Burnout Across the Starting Line

A racer recently, in social media, posed the question “Why do some professional dragbike racers do burnouts across the starting line?”  An interesting question with a lot of merit in 2014, when now drag bike parts cost more than ever…

Saluting the Dragbike Past Today

One of the great Top Fuel drag bike racing teams, that pounded drag strips for a few decades, recently shared a bit of drag bike racing history with me worthy of repeating. It’s important for members of today’s sport to…

Jim McClure: Master of the Nitro Harley Dragbike

On Friday, April 2nd, 2004, the heart of Jim McClure stopped beating ending his time on this earth.  Yet his legendary exploits as a Harley Davidson Dragbike fuel bike pilot will live on for all time.  This is the legacy…

Motorcycle Drag Racing Secrets by Mark E. Dotson

I have heard it a million times, “if drag racing was easy, everybody would be doing it”. That saying remains just as true today as it was many years ago.  Many people get into drag racing thinking that they just…

Pro Open – a New Motorcycle Drag Racing Class for the Open-Minded

Evolution in motorcycle drag racing, is a good thing, it shows progress.  It bodes well for the sport as a whole, it’s necessary.  Evolution speaks to the future and the future of any good business is new business, not just…

Jerry Cooper – A Wealth of Drag Bike Knowledge

Jerry Cooper was born in Peoria Illinois on May 6, 1962. He started riding motorcycles at an early age. Through his early years Jerry developed his passion for engines, he built both his first car and motorcycle engine at the…

The First Car-Engine Drag Bike

Drag racers—especially during the sport’s early and less restrictive years–would try anything that made sense. And not surprisingly, they looked in all sorts of places to find them. While motorcycle guys have often borrowed technology from car guys, some have…

Rare Dave Schultz Pro Stock Motorcycle Photo Gallery

Dave Schultz is one of the greatest motorcycle drag racers who ever lived. For his ingenuity and tremendous success, he is revered as the godfather of Pro Stock Motorcycle. A true perfectionist and a fierce competitor, Schultz was a pioneer…

Motorsports Legend Colbert Seagraves And His Love of Dragbike Racing

Colbert Seagraves of Viper Motorcycles has one of the most remarkable resumes in all of motorsports. In 2013, Seagraves along with his Viper Motorcycles-backed Matt Smith Racing Team added another impressive career highlight by capturing a NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle…

Remembering Motorcycle Drag Racer Clem Johnson, creator of “The Barn Job”

It’s hard to tell which one is more famous, Clem Johnson the motorcycle drag racer, or his motorcycle, “The Barn Job.” Frankly, you can’t talk about one without disusing the other. Any way you look at it, they are both…

The First Twin Engine Dragbike

Motorcycle drag racers were no different from car drag racers. In addition to looking for ways to increase the performance of their engines, they also looked at ways of adding a second one. The car guys had done it as…

The Story Behind Brad Mummert’s Pro Street GS Dragbike

Have you ever pondered for a moment – if you took your favorite machine from yesterday, and threw all the technology of today at it, what could you create today? What kind of performance numbers could you squeeze out of…

Remembering Bill Warner – King of Hayabusa Land Speed

  On Sunday, July 14th, 2013, the racing community world wide lost the king of speed for sit-up bikes in the realm of Land Speed Record racing (LSR).  Bill Warner, 44,  of Wimauma, Florida, was attempting to break his 2011,…

How The New England Dragway Motorcycle Masters Race Came to Be

  Veteran motorcycle drag racer Tom McCarthy has been competing in the motorcycle ranks at his local track, New England Dragway, in Epping, NH, since 1981 when time and money permit.  In 2012 he looked at his buddies and all…

George Bryce’s Championship Wheel of Success: How to Roll-Over your Opposition

 Have you, as a racer, ever wondered what it takes to win a championship?  Do you know what it takes to roll over your opponents again and again?  Are you out to win a championship in your class, or are…

Pro Dragster – Top Fuel Roots Keeping the Lineage True to Course

It’s great from time to time, to look back on where a racing class originated from.  A bit of historic perspective instills a sense of pride when heritage enters into the view upon looking back on one’s roots.  Pro Dragster,…

Tom McCarthy Bio

Cycledrag.com  contributing writer/photographer Tom McCarthy is the author and publisher of Elmer Trett’s biography, Elmer Trett and the Gods of Thunder.  Mr. McCarthy’s background in motorcycle drag racing both as a journalist and sportsman racer span 1981 to present.  …

A Look Back at the World’s First Six Second Streetbike Pass

The wait for the world’s first 6 second streetbike pass emded, 10 years after Brock Davidson ran the first 7 second one. It’s not insignificant that both runs were made at the two tracks that make up the world’s premier…

Exploring the Vance and Hines V-Rod Monopoly

Ever since the inception of the Vance and Hines Harley-Davidson V-Rod in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class, the unique marvel of engineering has been a major topic of conversation and controversy. In the V-Rod’s infancy in the early 2000s,…

Attaining Sponsorship: “Ask for the Order”

So you want to be a racer?  Great. It takes money to do it. Odds are you will never make money racing. Some do make money, but very few. You can work real hard and spend your own money on racing.…

Crashing is No Fun – A Story Shared by the Late Aaron Green

The article is dedicated to its late author Aaron Green. The following is about a topic that I never intended to do any “research” on, but I did end up with some “research” on the subject, even though I did…

How Many Classes is Too Many?

The article is dedicated to its late author Aaron Green. This is just an observation, something I have thought about many times over the years. Readers may agree with me, then again they may not. How many classes is too…

Local Motorcycle ET Bracket Racing Can It Be Saved?

The article is dedicated to its late author Aaron Green. For the last several years around North America it has been pretty obvious that local motorcycle ET bracket racing has been in a state of decline. Having been around ET…

Exploring Brand Rivalry in NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle Class

Bill Stephens is a guest columnist for CycleDrag.com. Stephens has been involved in the motorsports media for over 30 years and has compiled a lengthy resume of accomplishments. Most notably he has hosted NHRA Today, NHRA Heat, and served as…