Ever wanted to be a stunt riderâ€™s pillion? Nowâ€™s your chance.
Stunt rider Dave Coates’ is auctioning a ride on the pillion of his Yamaha R1 and/or YZF450 quad bike, which will be professionally photographed, to raise money to save The Forum Music Centre, Darlington, from closure.
The handwriting had been on the wall for a while: insiders knew that Cycle News, the quasi-official organ of Americaâ€™s racers, industry insiders and die-hard enthusiasts, was struggling with the double-whammy of competition from new media and an imploded industry. So thatâ€™s why hearing Cycle News has shut down as of August 31, 2010 was saddening, but not surprising.
The Cycle News story began in 1965 when Chuck and Sharon Clayton purchased an existing L.A.-area motorcycle publication and renamed it. It quickly got a reputation for providing the best and most timely coverage of Southern Californiaâ€”and later nationalâ€”motorcycle racing. Sharon (herself an enthusiastic rider) would cover events herself, but the Claytons soon began relying heavily on a network of freelancers, training an army of moto-journalists who would go on to careers at other publications. By the early 1980â€™s,Â Cycle News hadÂ Â …Â Details