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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.…

Michael Davis Bio

Cycledrag.com is pleased to have veteran photographer and journalist Michael Davis contributing to the site. Davis is 56-year-old proud father of three children and two step children, all boys, and grandpa of two grandsons and one granddaughter. He is very…

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…

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…

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…