Archive for Items Categorized 'Motorcycles', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

The Adventurous Motorcyclist’s Guide to Alaska

by Lee Klancher

The only guidebook you’ll ever need. Really. Written specifically with the needs of the motorcyclist in mind, this book is useful to any traveler, even the armchair variety.


by P J Wallace

A mini history of the world’s first purpose-built banked motorsport venue and one of Britain’s first airfields.

Terry the Tramp: The Life and Dangerous Times of a One Percenter

by K. Randall Ball

Becoming an outlaw biker is not a choice you make, or is it? Maybe remaining one is. Terry still is a member, after 42 years, having been ousted as president of his club and gone to jail. Why?

Custom Motorcycles

by Miquel Tres with Claudia Matheja

A custom motorcycle is a very visible, and often very expensive, way of telling the world you’re different. In a world full of mass-market, cookie-cutter consumer goods anything custom is certainly worth a closer look.

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

by Matthew Crawford

“Knowledge worker” vs. “blue collar.” Apples/oranges. Is one “better” than the other? Crawford says yes, but is it?

Steve McQueen: A Passion for Speed

by Frédéric Brun

To an American reader a book written from a foreigner’s perspective about a quintessential American icon is often as revealing as it is disconcerting—the two being different sides of the same coin.

Art of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

by D Blattel & D Gingerelli

This is first and foremost a photo book. If you’ve had Harleys on your brain for a while it is almost not possible not to have encountered photographer Blattel’s images before.

Motorcycle Survivor: Tips and Tales in the Unrestored Realm

by Kris Palmer

Back in 1865 German physicist Rudolf Clausius introduced us to the term entropy. Much like the issue of degradation it addresses, the use of the word itself has degraded over time. Central to the second law of thermodynamics and vastly complicated, it is here used in the gravely simplified sense of “the steady degradation of matter in the universe.”

The Art of the Racing Motorcycle: 100 Years of Designing for Speed

by Tooth & Pradères

Taking up only a small footprint in a more or less open frame, pretty much all the bits that make a motorcycle go are plainly visible. There is an art to arranging them and an art to photographing them. Both are revealed in this excellent book.

David Molyneux: The Racer’s Edge, Memories of an Isle of Man TT Legend

by David Molyneux with Mathew Richardson

Who would have thought that when the first race on the Island was held in 1904 (because racing in Britain was forbidden and the 1903 introduction of a 20 mph speed limit) that more than a 100 years later the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy could lay claim to being the oldest circuit in the world still in use?

You Can’t Wear Out an Indian Scout: Indians and the Wall of Death

by A J Ford & N Corble

If you’ve never seen near-vertical motorcyclists careening around a Wall of Death you’ll need to have 3D-capable imagination to fully appreciate the gut-wrenching gravity-defying stunts! This book examines what it is that makes the Scout the tool of choice for wall riders.

McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon

by Matt Stone

Could Henry Mushman have become the “King of Cool”? It probably didn’t hurt his image that Steve McQueen was not saddled in real life with the nom de plume he adopted for his early motorcycle racing persona but had a name that was as properly burly as the roles he played and the things he liked to do.