The second shot is a Jeep pick up, with the American flag waving from the back. Yes, the sharpness could be improved. The framing could be a lot better.
I'll be kicking myself over the last photo for a while. I was experimenting with the panning technique-- moving my body and the camera along with the motorcycle moving up the street. The goal is to get a sharp bike with a blurry background.
I did get the background blur. The back of the bike is in focus. The rest is weak.
Upon further review... I used a shutter speed of 1/80. I should have gone up a few notches, but a former newspaper photographer told me I could have gone slower, if my panning was more in tune with the bike.
I also used a 24mm prime lens, not the fastest focusing lens in my bag. I used it because I was relatively close to the street and I needed something with a wide angle
For a first time, it could have been worse. I think I showed enough promise to keep trying. That's part of the fun.