Volume 12, Issue 1: Spring 2016

Close Encounters of a Deadly Kind… Freedom, Riders, Road Racing and Risk

David Walton

"The brain is such a wonderful instrument (until God sinks his teeth into it). Some people hear Tiny Tim singing when they go under, and some others hear the song of the Sausage Creature." (Hunter S. Thompson, 1995) The above epigraph was Hunter S. Thompson’s way of describing the fate of those of us who are attracted to what he called “the curse of speed.” Hunter S. Thompson’s “curse” is related to his love of riding fast motorcycles ... Continue reading

BSA Motorcycles – The Final Evolution

Book Review By Steve Koerner

When this reviewer was an undergraduate at the University of Victoria during the early 1970s, a friend purchased a brand-new 1972 BSA B50SS Gold Star motorcycle. It was one of those ill-fated machines, the twenty-one new or redesigned existing models, which were part of the so-called “Power Set” the company built for sale between 1971 and 1972. Those bikes are the subject of Brad Jones’ book BSA Motorcycles — The Final Evolution ... Continue reading

Stories of Bike

Film Review by Christian Pierce

From the “actualities” of the Lumière Brothers to the magical Melies’ narratives, the short film served as a foundation for what soon became a full-fledged film industry. Even as features rose in popularity and eventually took over the entertainment landscape, short films served as introductory cartoons and informative newsreels. Over time the short film faded from theatrical exhibition ... Continue reading

‘Ixion’ of The Motor Cycle. The Fiery Wheel. (The First Motor Cycle Dairist). The Life and Times of Canon Basil H. Davies B.A.

Book Review By Chris Potter

For almost six decades, an Anglican priest provided inspiration and advice to generations of British and colonial motorcyclists. In his weekly articles, Ixion’s “Occasional Comments,” appearing in The Motor Cycle (one of the foremost motorcycling periodicals), he provided an insight into the movement; his rather secretive persona belying an in-depth knowledge gained by dealings at grass-roots levels ... Continue reading
On a long ride challenges often arise that impact the schedule and/or route. Factors ranging from inclement weather to mechanical failures may deter us, but as motorcyclists we know that the journey usually proves more interesting than the destination. The International Journal of Motorcycle Studies has recently experienced one such challenge and as a result we failed to publish a Fall 2015 issue. We sincerely apologize to our readers for missing that issue and appreciate the many inquiries we received regarding future publication. I am pleased to announce that we are moving ahead with our Spring 2016 issue, but would like to call attention to the fact that we are doing so with only one longform article. Over the course of our history we have experienced ebbs and flows with respect to submissions, but since the Fall our tank has been near empty. Before we introduce this issue the editorial board would like to take a moment to humbly request that anyone considering the submission of his or her work please do so. Our future as a publication relies on scholarly submissions from authors and a community of readers and researchers and if you would like to see us continue along this path then we need your support. If interested in submitting your work please follow our submission process page and get your work to us ASAP.

In this issue David Walton examines risk and motorcycling, beginning with a personal account followed by a study of racing, in a piece entitled “Close Encounters of a Deadly Kind… Freedom, Riders, Road Racing and Risk.” Steve Koerner, an authority on the British motorcycle industry, reviews Brad Jones’ BSA Motorcycles – The Final Evolution. Christian Pierce touches upon motorcycles and their appearance in short films in a review of Cam Elkins’ Story of Bike series. Finally, Chris Potter reviews Dave Masters’ ‘Ixion’ of the Motor Cycle. The Fiery Wheel. (The First Motor Cycle Diarist). The Life and Times of Canon Basil H. Davies B.A. Regrettably, the work of Dave Masters is no longer in print, but an opportunity exists to see it transformed into digital form. If you are interested in this title and have any experience publishing books electronically, please contact us using this contact form and we can put you in touch with the author. Thanks again for taking time to visit our site and to read the work of our contributors listed above.

We would also like to remind our readers that the 2016 International Journal of Motorcycle Studies Conference to be held July 14-16, 2016 in London, England is rapidly approaching. Hosted at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London this year’s conference serves as an opportunity for scholars from around the world to share their work on the many aspects and nuances of motorcycle cultures and community.

Please visit the conference microsite for further details and we hope to see you there.