MuddyWatersMX.net

An unconventional look at the world of moto

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terryfrazierI’m Terry Frazier and I love every aspect of motorcycling — from custom choppers to vintage American iron to European sportbikes. From booming 1960’s British 4-strokes to screaming two-stroke MX bikes of the 1970s and ’80s. I love road riding, track days, and offroad adventures on the hills and woods. But motocross is at the core of my motorcycle soul. It’s what first caught my interest, and what still excites me most today. From vintage to modern, I like it all.

MuddyWatersMX.net is a site I built as a place to think out loud about issues in motorcycling, offroad riding, vintage bikes, MX racing, and whatever else strikes my fancy. I’ve been riding since I was about 6 or 7 years old. I took my first ride behind my Dad on his Harley ElectraGlide when I was 4 or 5. We rode that thing 250 miles to my grandmother’s house in Arkansas and I can still remember how sore my butt was from that old spring seat.

Mom and Dad in 1980 at the Hatfield, AR Moto Guzzi rallyMy Dad, God rest his soul, rode bikes for as long as I can remember. He toured all 48 contiguous states on his Moto Guzzis. He traded his bicycle for his first motorcycle when he was 15. One of his favorite stories was about the beating he got when he came home after making that deal! In between he owned Bimmers, Ducatis, Harleys, and even a few Hondas. As for me, I mostly had Jap bikes when I was younger because that was what I could afford. I have a little more money now (not much more) so I can get a little more exotic in my old age. Today I have some CZs, a Yamaha, a Suzuki, and a Moto Guzzi 750 street bike. I ride for fun but, like so many of us, work and life keep me from having quite as much fun as I’d like.

My 21st b'day with some cheesy trophiesMotorcycling has changed immensely since I started some 40 years ago – especially dirt biking. Some changes have been good, others not so much. That’s what this site is about – trying to understand the changes, and how to make things even better in the future.

I’m a journalist by training, a business writer and consulting analyst by trade. Since 1998 I have been a consultant to major corporations, some of the biggest in the US as well as a few in Belgium, Germany, and Japan. I’ve learned a lot about how big corporations operate and what motivates them. Big corporations now control much (perhaps most) of what happens in motorcycling. This brings a whole new set of challenges for those of us in the sport. From racing to the bikes we buy to the kind of regulations we work under, big business plays a role in all of this. So part of what we’ll discuss here is the role of big business in our hobby. We’ll also look at the politics of our sport, the effects of technology, and anything else that seems interesting.

We’re not about focusing on race reports or rider gossip from the AMA nationals. There are many, many sites already doing that. And we’re not about extreme sports, naked chicks, brand arguments, or the limp-wristed, loud-mouthed flame wars between morons with tiny penises that dominate the internet. There are plenty of other places to get your fill of that. We are about learning from the past to improve the future, and trying to find new ways of facing our sport’s challenges. We’re also about building a better place for the aging athlete who wants to stay involved in MX.

I hope you’ll enjoy what you read here enough to join in the conversation. Maybe together we’ll discover something that improves our future. Thanks for stopping by.

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