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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…