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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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Malcolm Smith Autobiography Coming Soon

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The autobiography of legendary American motorcycle and off-road racer Malcom Smith, who also starred in the classic motorcycle documentary, On Any Sunday, has been printed and a bulk shipment is expected to arrive at Malcolm’s Southern California store via ocean container in October 2015. To create Malcolm! The Autobiography, Malcom teamed up with motojournalist Mitch Boehm, a 30-year industry veteran ...

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Book: Jupiter's Travels in Camera

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Forty years ago, Ted Simon rode a motorcycle around the world at a time when such long-distance rides were still very rare. Now, his adventure has come alive through his new book Jupiter’s Travels in Camera: The Photographic Record of Ted Simon’s Celebrated Round-The-World Motorcycle Journey, which features more than 300 pictures from Simon’s four-year trip. The book ($49.95) is ...

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Third Motorcycle Safety Foundation iBook Targets Prospective Motorcyclists, Their Friends and Families

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The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has launched its third iBook on Apple’s iTunes as part of an ongoing effort to promote motorcyclist safety on the roadways to a broader riding and non-riding audience. Released exclusively for iPads, Rider Choices specifically addresses the questions and concerns of prospective motorcyclists, their families and friends. The interactive 32-page Rider Choices iBook is priced at ...

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