Images from the Code File
images by dylan code

Dylan Code of the California Superbike School sent Soup these images he has collected over the years. This photo, with the fire, the people, the debauchery, can only be the old Loudon.

Keith Code is really the first riding guru motorcycle that the US or world roadracing ever experienced. Code advised Rainey, Lawson, Chandler and many others on their riding. Here he talks with Flyin' Fred Merkel, the three-time AMA Superbike champion.

Again, black tire smoke fills the horizon, and a crudely constructed sign encourages women to expose their breasts; this was Loudon.

Proud Okie: Sam McDonald on his privateer/support VF750 Honda Superbike.

At a few AMA rounds in the early to mid 1980s all riders no matter the factory affiliation took part in a 'California Superbike School Challenge' on Kawasaki 550s. Dave Busby, Miles Baldwin and Ashmead, among others, filled the grid. #14 is Moto America partner Chuck Askland.

Elkhart Lake's Road America in the early 1980s. Long, beautiful, fast ... and potentially lethal. Fred Merkel leads John Ashmead.

The one that Rainey didn't win. Wayne Rainey leads the late Randy Renfrow in an F1 race at Sears Point. Renfrow and co beat Rainey and co for the F1 title.

A five across Superbike start in the early 1980s. Wes Cooley Jr on the Yoshimura GS, the late Adamo on the Ducati while Merkel anticipates the starter's flag. Air-cooled vs Desmo vs liquid-cooled V4.


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