WSBK or MotoGP aren’t risky enough?

You’d think that, if you were spending big money on a world-class motorcycle racing team, you’d prevent your riders from doing things that might endanger their health during the racing season, but apparently not.

Reigning world champion Valentino Rossi joins his teammate Jorge Lorenzo on the “recently bitten by a dirt bike” list. Rossi crashed his dirt bike yesterday in Italy and reportedly injured his back and shoulder in the fall.

Perhaps these motorcycle racers have some sort of adrenaline junkie problem.

As hard as that is to believe.

BMW: Getting it done

While most motorcycle manufactures are mired in the sales doldrums due to the worldwide economic recession, BMW is bucking the trend.

The BMW Motorcycle segment clearly exceeded last year’s sales in the first three months of this year: Sales were 20.9% higher at 20,840 units (17,232). In March 2010, 11,541 motorcycles – an increase of 26.8% – were delivered to customers (prev. yr . 9,100).

And in some countries, such as the UK, sales are setting records, with 1,539 motorcycles sold in March, up 50% over the same month in 2009.

Enthusiast Publications

If you’re interested in reading about motorcycles, or in learning how to ride better, the New York Times, of all places, has a list of books and DVDs about Motorcycling.

Included in the list is:

  • Alan Cathcart’s American Dream Bikes
  • Roland Brown’s Superbikes of the Seventies
  • Kevin Cameron’s The Grand Prix Motorcycle: The Official Technical History
  • Keith Code’s A Twist of the Wrist II DVD
  • Abe Aamidor’s Shooting Star: The Rise and Fall of the British Motorcycle Industry

All of these offerings seem worthwhile, and the Kieth Code DVD on precision cornering techniques is supposed to be very useful in improving one’s riding skills.