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The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions – Book Review

The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions by Richard W. Bulliet

Anyone who enjoys reading about history should appreciate this book, “The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions.” Myself, I like going back to the origins of things. It might be an English fellow messing around with the internal-combustion concept back in the 17th century — and using gunpowder as the fuel. Or somebody building a portable firearm, like a 14th century arquebus ...

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Book Review: ‘Indian Motorcycle: America’s First Motorcycle Company’ and ‘The Complete Book of Ducati Motorcycles’

Indian Motorcycle: America's First Motorcycle Company, by Darwin Holmstrom. (Image: Motorbooks)

Large coffee-table books dealing with the motorcycle world seem to be all the rage. These are not books dealing with criticisms, but visual histories, with lots of pictures and a smattering of prose. The two books I am reviewing here are both published by Motorbooks, and both arrived within a couple of weeks of each other. They are certainly not ...

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Book Review: ‘On Grief, Hope and Motorcycles: A Diary’

On Grief, Hope and Motorcycles: A Diary, by Candiya Mann. (Photo: the author)

Nothing is certain, except death and taxes. This oft-quoted truism is still pertinent, but for those of us who are immersed in the world of motorcycling, there are even more certainties: the left-turning driver coming toward us will not use a signal, it will rain in the middle of a 10-year drought two days after we leave home without rain gear…the ...

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Top 10 Motorcycle Travel and Adventure Books

Around The World On A Motorcycle

A motorcycle is like a flying carpet, taking the rider to places all over this planet. And riders are often moved to write about their trips, short or long, and we can read about their exploits in newspapers, magazines or books. Probably the first such narrative was written by George Wyman, who rode a California Motor Bicycle from San Francisco ...

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Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (AZBDR) DVD and Map Review

AZBDR-DVD

A couple of years ago, with two friends, I completed Route 5 of the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route (ORBDR), a 750-mile, north-south mostly off-road route from California to Washington through the central and eastern part of the state. The ORBDR is managed by the Oregon Off-Highway Vehicle Association (OOHVA), which sells paper maps of the various ORBDR routes. I bought ...

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Motorcycle Industry Council Releases Tire Guide How-To Video

The Motorcycle Industry Council has released a new Tire Guide video, a four-minute instructional video that highlights the importance of selecting the right tires for your bike, and shows you how to make regular inspections of your tires, how to maintain them, and when to replace them. Motorcycle tires are the crucial connection between your motorcycle and the road. Monitoring ...

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Ride Like a Pro DVDs and Book: Review

Ride-Like-A-Pro-newDVD

Since joining the Rider staff in 2008, I’ve attended riding schools on racetracks, on the street and off-road. Every school has taught me valuable lessons on how to ride more safely and proficiently. A few simple techniques that I learned early on, when I reviewed Jerry “Motorman” Palladino’s Ride Like A Pro V DVD (Rider, August 2008) and attended one ...

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