Bibliography of Selected Published Works

Ed Youngblood has written extensively on motorcycle history and the American motorcycle culture. Below is a bibliography of selected works, arranged alphabetically by title. Titles indicated * are available through this web site. Photocopies of other works are available from the author for fifty cents per page, plus $2 postage and handling. For more information write

24 Karat Memories

American Motorcyclist, March 2000, 4 pages.
Overlooked by most historians, it was Tommy McDermott who became the first American to win ISDT gold.

The AMA at 75

American Motorcyclist,
October 1998, 4 pages. A brief overview of 75 years of American Motorcyclist Association history.

BoldVision, Bitter End

Classic Bike Rider,
September 2002, 6 pages.
The vision of Indian’s Ralph Rogers was really not so different from that of Soichiro Honda. So why didn’t it work for him?

The Boxer Obsession

American Motorcyclist,
February 2003, 3 pages.
About David Percival’s remarkable collection of vintage BMWs.

*A Century of Indian

Motor Books International, 2001.
A 168-page history of the Indian Motocycle Company, including a speech delivered in 1931 by company founder George Hendee, never before published.

Daytona, Dick Mann and the CB750 Honda

Classic Bike Rider,
April 2002, 6 pages.
The story of how a dark horse won Daytona and proved the potency of the legendary Honda 750 Four.

Denis Manning's Quest for Speed,
April 2003.
The story of a man who has devoted his life to building record-setting streamlines, including Cal Rayborn's 1970 land speed record machine.

Dick O'Brien, March 2003. A tribute to a dominant personality who formed Harley-Davidson's racing policy for a quarter century.

*Dirt Track Racing

Capstone Press,
A 48-page remedial reader.

Edison Dye and the American Motocross Experiment

Racer X Illustrated,
June/July 2000, 8 pages.
Edison Dye wanted to import Husqvarnas. In the process he imported motocross.

From Revolution to Evolution

American Motorcyclist,
July 2000, one page.
The impact of the Penton brand on a decade of motorcycle design.

Harley-Davidson History

Thunder Press,
August 2002 - August 2003, 41 tabloid size pages.
A 50,000 word history of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, serialized in 13 parts.

*Heroes of Harley-Davidson

Motor Books International, 2003.
Official catalog of the Heroes of Harley-Davidson Exhibit at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. Contains photos an brief biographies of more than a hundred notable Harley-Davidson enthusiasts.

*Hill Climbing

Capstone Press,
A 48-page remedial reader.

The Hunter

American Motorcyclist,
June 2002, 4 pages.
How Doug Leikala created what may be America’s greatest collection of motorcycle memorabilia.

John Penton and the BMW Connection

BMW Owners News, March 2000, 4 pages.
Before he decided to design his own motorcycle, John Penton’s name was closely associated with BMW.

*John Penton and the Off-Road Motorcycle Revolution

Whitehorse Press, 2000.
The story of a man whose obsession to build a better off-road motorcycle helped revolutionize the American motorcycle sport and industry.

A Life Less Ordinary

Racer X Illustrated, August/September 1999, 7 pages.
The author’s difficulty in capturing the contribution of John Penton in this article caused him to write a book.

A Man in Full

Big Twin, January 2000, 6 pages.
Three-time hill climbing champion Tom Reiser is viewed in the shadow of his chance encounter with Tom Wolfe some 35 years ago.

*Mann of His Time

Whitehorse Press, 2002.
A biography of Dick Mann, arguably the most versatile, accomplished, and influential professional motorcycle racer America has produced.

Old Saint Dick

Cycle World, June 2003, 5 pages.
Dick Mann, his accomplishments are exceeded only by his modesty.

Remembering Bill Boyce, 2000.
A tribute to a dedicated and unpretentious man who devoted 40 years to motorcycling and the American Motorcyclist Association.

Riding the Paha Sapa

American Motorcyclist, March 1998, 2 pages.
Exploring the ancient lore of the Black Hills aboard a 1938 Harley-Davidson.

The Rise and Fall

American Motorcyclist, June 2001, 4 pages.
An overview of Indian motorcycle history with emphasis on its engine design and development.

Rolling Sculpture with a Superbike Soul

Classic Bike Rider, June 2002, 6 pages.
The story of Craig Vetter’s most ambitious motorcycle project, the Mystery Ship, a high-end sport bike of which only ten were built.

Rolling Thunder

Biker, November 1999, 5 pages.
Vietnam vets descend on Washington.

Storming the Hill

American Motorcyclist, November 1999, 4 pages.
A new generation discovers the ancient sport of hill climbing.

The Story of Indian, Part Four

The Antique Motorcycle, Winter 2001. 4 pages.
How the Indian brand has failed to die, despite the fact that the company quit building motorcycle in 1953.

*Superbike Racing

Capstone Press, 2000. A 48-page remedial reader.
Toy Machine,
Racer X Illustrated, October/November 1999, 6 pages.
How Bud Maimone and his mini-cycle changed racing in America.