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#1 Unread post by zeligman » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:11 pm

so, what are your favorite books featuring motorcycles?

I just finished, 'the perfect machine' by melissa holbrook pierson - AWESOME book... makes me want to look at moto-guzzi's

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#2 Unread post by RockBottom » Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:29 am

My daughters gave me Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance for my birthday last summer, and I'm now reading it. I'm loving it but it is the perfect point in my life for it--I was a philosophy major as an undergraduate, so I get that aspect of it, but having started riding about 16 months ago (and having 23K miles under my belt), I now also understand that part.
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#3 Unread post by redwing » Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:46 am

zeligman ... I liked the book 'Proficient Motorcycling' by David Hough. Much of the book is riding safty and he brings ideas out that most would realize are a danger. But you either need to experience, reason, or read about the situation. I forget how the percentages break but I think the two main problems motorcyclist face are keeping it on the road and hitting cars that get in your way.
And you gotta be able to ride the bike also. 8)

Hope you like the book.

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#4 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Sat Oct 03, 2009 12:42 pm

You know, I love motorcycling books, but I always thought there would be more pics of hot women in them.

I mean how I am supposed to pay attention to all this technical stuff about declining radius turns, Center of gravity, without some motivation!!!

I'm getting old I need to see in pictures what I'm certainly not going to see in real life! :) Of course good information that will save my life is always good.

I have found that the Hough book is excellent (on a serious note). I gave away both my copies of it and now find that I shouldn't have done that. But one of the guys that has the book is riding now (a scooter, he's looking to upgrade) and the other isn't - maybe the book scared him off.

David Hough is so plain speaking... It is great.

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#5 Unread post by zeligman » Sat Oct 03, 2009 3:05 pm

ahhh, perhaps i wasn't completely clear - i read david hough - continue to re-read it regularly as i ride... but what OTHER books are out there ...even fiction - maybe featuring bikes or centering around one ... not just about instruction or skills :)

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#6 Unread post by PeterTrocewicz » Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:59 pm

I've read and enjoyed The perfect Vehicle, and Zen (it was actually part of grade 13 english in high school). But the best In my opinion, are by Max Burns. In particular, "Around The Bend Again", a collection of his regular columns he used to write for Cycle Canada magazine, and 'On Any Wednesday". Both had me in stitches. 'These Are A Few of May Favourite Roads" is good too, particularly if you're travelling Canadian backroads. :D

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#7 Unread post by dayll » Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:45 pm

Hog Fever is good reading. You'll start planning a mc trip even begore you finish it. Of course Zen and the Art is a MUST read but it usually takes three or four read throughs to feel like you got the gist of what Pirsig was putting down. Also, if you managed to get smitten by Zen and the Art, you might take a shot at his other book Lelia, but it is more about boats and dogs than bikes. Another book that I just finished and enjoyed is Zen and Now by (sorry - I forgot his name) but he reprises Pirsig's immortal ride across the northern plains. I found it kinda adds to the experience if you have some Bob Seger playin' kinda low in the background. -dayll

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#8 Unread post by RockBottom » Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:47 pm

Zen would have been way over my head in high school.
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#9 Unread post by Gunslinger » Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:00 pm

I'm reading Stayin' Safe by Larry Grodsky. It's a collection of his articles from Rider magazine. I wouldn't really call it a How-To book, it more of a collection of his observations mixed with some good riding tips and stories. Ironically Larry passed away from a deer strike while riding his bike, which is probably the one thing he had no control over. I'm not finished with the book but so far I like his writing style and I would recommend it as a good read.

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#10 Unread post by NYGiantsGuy » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:09 pm

Hell's Angels by H.S. Thompson is a great book, although it chronicles more motorcycling culture than maintenance or non-fiction practicalities.

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#11 Unread post by storysunfolding » Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:47 pm

Gunslinger wrote: Stayin' Safe by Larry Grodsky.
That plus total control, and twist of the wrist two are great books.
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#12 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:07 pm

I also like Sport Riding Techniques by Nick Ienatsch. Like Hough's book, I reread it regularly.
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#13 Unread post by storysunfolding » Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:05 pm

Grey Thumper wrote:I also like Sport Riding Techniques by Nick Ienatsch. Like Hough's book, I reread it regularly.
That's an interesting read but fairly inconsistent and with weird ideas on how physics works. It's really great at breakin it down barney style though
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#14 Unread post by DenverD » Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:42 pm

Please advise a good book or instruction on the structure of a motorcycle.

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#15 Unread post by Tom Dik » Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:33 pm

DenverD wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:42 pm
Please advise a good book or instruction on the structure of a motorcycle.
I don't remember the exact title of the book, but when I was studying to be a mechanic, this book was our main one. I remember even on the basis of the information from this book I tried to write an essay on my own about the structure of a motorcycle tank.

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