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Old 04-24-2014, 10:59 AM   #1
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reading about motorcycles

first off is the right place to put this question? sure seems it to me...

im taking a plane ride to Europe in a couple weeks, need to burn up 12 hours of travel time each way. anybody have some books recommendations? I love leanings (peter egan) and just picked up leanings 2, problem is i'll probably burn through it fast... also bringing a book about the cannonball run.

anybody have suggestions on some fun reading concerning fun stuff? bikes, cars, boats whatever... im not too into philosophy and other deep subjects, but open to any suggestions...
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Old 04-24-2014, 11:12 AM   #2
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first off is the right place to put this question? sure seems it to me...

im taking a plane ride to Europe in a couple weeks, need to burn up 12 hours of travel time each way. anybody have some books recommendations? I love leanings (peter egan) and just picked up leanings 2, problem is i'll probably burn through it fast... also bringing a book about the cannonball run.

anybody have suggestions on some fun reading concerning fun stuff? bikes, cars, boats whatever... im not too into philosophy and other deep subjects, but open to any suggestions...

Neil Peart's Roadshow: Landscape with Drums - A Concert Tour by Motorcycle. Especially if you're a Rush fan (he's the drummer & lyricist, of course), or a fan of a behind-the-scenes look at a major modern rock band tour.
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Old 04-24-2014, 12:18 PM   #3
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There's always the classic Jupiter's Travels (Ted Simon) and I enjoy both the Long Way... books.

At some point, someone's gonna suggest Zen - ignore them. It's one of the worst books I've ever read - self pretentious crap.

Here's a list, not put together by me...

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/7...torcycle_Books

Non-bike related, I can recommend both Cry Freedom and Long Walk to Freedom (great when read back to back). 7 Years in Tibet it another good read, as is Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything.
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Old 04-24-2014, 12:32 PM   #4
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If you like technical stuff, get Kevin Cameron's Classic Motorcycle Race Engines: Expert Technical Analysis of the World's Great Power Units
I really enjoyed that book and learned a lot of useful stuff. He covers quite a bit of racing issues and how they were resolved. And unlike most other books, you can read the chapters in any order you want. I got the Ducati and Yamaha sections out of the way early, then went for Triumph, Norton, and on through to some manufacturers that I didn't know much about.

It would be a great travel book.
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Old 04-24-2014, 03:16 PM   #5
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Old 04-24-2014, 04:26 PM   #6
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Big Sid's Vincati by Matthew Bieberman. While it is not really about motorcycles, it is about some part of what makes motorcycling an important part of most people's lives.
If you want more of a technical look at Vincents then pick up a copy of Vincents with Big Sid.
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Old 04-24-2014, 05:38 PM   #7
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The Vincent in the Barn, by Tom Cotter. A reader's digest-ish book of several stories about the discovery of forgotten bikes, some of them quite rare or famous. I think there might be a volume 2 as well.
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Old 04-24-2014, 05:56 PM   #8
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One Man Caravan by Robert Edison Fulton - required reading, and clear proof that "adventure riding" isn't some recently-invented fad.
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Old 04-25-2014, 08:05 AM   #9
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Here's a list, not put together by me...

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/7...torcycle_Books


Hey catweasel67,
Thanks for posting that link.
There are a few I had not heard of before.
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:51 PM   #11
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Big Sid's Vincati

Thanks for recommending my book Big Sid's Vincati. It is satisfying to know that people still keep it alive so to speak. I miss my dad, and am only know really coming to appreciate how special a soul he was.

My new dream is a side car rig. Come Adventure Rider people. Help me find a rig in Louisville KY!

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Old 04-27-2014, 07:13 PM   #12
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If you like technical stuff, get Kevin Cameron's Classic Motorcycle Race Engines: Expert Technical Analysis of the World's Great Power Units
I really enjoyed that book and learned a lot of useful stuff. He covers quite a bit of racing issues and how they were resolved. And unlike most other books, you can read the chapters in any order you want. I got the Ducati and Yamaha sections out of the way early, then went for Triumph, Norton, and on through to some manufacturers that I didn't know much about.

It would be a great travel book.
I second this recommendation. I wish more books and mags went into that level of detail. It was a fantastic read.
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Old 04-27-2014, 11:59 PM   #13
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A good read for me.

A good read for me, is a book called, UNEASY RIDER by Mike Carter. He's an outstanding writer, whose going through a mid life crises. Mike rides through some 16 countries, from his youth. I found his book enjoyable.
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If you like technical stuff, get Kevin Cameron's Classic Motorcycle Race Engines: Expert Technical Analysis of the World's Great Power Units
I really enjoyed that book and learned a lot of useful stuff. He covers quite a bit of racing issues and how they were resolved. And unlike most other books, you can read the chapters in any order you want. I got the Ducati and Yamaha sections out of the way early, then went for Triumph, Norton, and on through to some manufacturers that I didn't know much about.

It would be a great travel book.
Cameron also has "Top Dead Center" in 2 volumes. It's a collection of his Cycle World columns through the years. Great technical subjects by a good tuner and writer. It would be good for traveling because each column reads like a short story and is convenient if you have to put it down occasionally.
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The Road Gets Better From Here, by Adrian Scott. A crazy Australian that decided to ride from Kamchatka in Russia, through China and Mongolia, essentially the Silk Road in reverse. Very interesting stuff and perspectives.

Crazy part: He decides to go with little to no riding experience. Buys his bike ships it and goes from there.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1602641862
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