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Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s iBook Designed to Help Increase Motorcyclist Awareness

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In its latest effort to reach current and prospective motorcyclists and all other roadway users, and to promote an overall safer traffic mix, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has launched its newest iBook, “Intersection: Sharing the Road.” Available exclusively for iPads, the 32-page iBook costs just 99 cents and is accessible to users in 32 countries. Created with the iBooks Author ...

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Book Launch Nov. 10 to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

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Support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and meet Rocker J. Geils, Luthier Jol Dantzig and Award-Winning Author of Rockin’ Garages Tom Cotter at Music Icon Billy Joel’s 20th Century Cycles in Oyster Bay, New York, on Saturday, November 10, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 192-page hardcover book ROCKIN GARAGES: Collecting, Racing & Riding with Rock’s Great Gearheads ($35) ...

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Ted Simon Launches Revamped Website


In 1973, Ted Simon left London for what became a four-year solo journey around the world. Then, in 2001, he did it again with the aim of discovering how the world had changed in the intervening 28 years. He visited more than 40 countries on each trip and covered a combined 123,000 miles. Now, 39 years after he began his ...

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Motorcycle: The Definitive Visual History (Book Review)


When the ground-breaking “Art of the Motorcycle” exhibit opened at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, in 1998, I had the good fortune of attending—twice. At the time, I was living in Philadelphia, a two-hour ride to the south via the mind-numbing New Jersey Turnpike, and a diehard enthusiast buddy of mine just happened to live in midtown Manhattan. ...

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Motorcycle Haiku Contest!

Rider Haiku Contest Grab Bag

OK, Grasshopper, this contest is easy! Or is it? Write a haiku about motorcycles. Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry that consists of just three lines – the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables and the third line has 5 syllables. For example… See the shiny chrome So much elbow grease wasted I should ...

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101 Road Tales


There’s bound to be at least one good holiday-oriented story among 101 of Clement Salvadori‘s best Road Tales columns from Rider magazine. Rather than a detailed travel guide, 101 Road Tales ($24.95) is a guide to the enjoyment of motorcycle traveling, as told by our bon vivant Contributing Editor in his informal style. Reading it is like sitting by the ...

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Stayin' Safe Book


What better way to show your loved ones you care this holiday season than with the gift of Riding Really Well? Motorcycle safety legend Larry Grodsky‘s Stayin’ Safe–The Art and Science of Riding Really Well ($24.95) is a collection of his best columns from Rider magazine (from 1988 until his untimely death in 2006). Grodsky’s entertaining wit and unique style ...

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The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing (Book Review)

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Writing about riding isn’t easy. Choosing and stringing together words to describe the visceral experiences and deeply felt passions of motorcycling, not to mention the essence of the mechanical contraptions that transport and transform the lives of men and women in profound ways, is difficult. I struggle with this endeavor almost every day, trying to communicate clearly and authentically to ...

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Writers and Riders: Meeting Melissa Holbrook Pierson and John Ryan


In his 1929 short story, Chains, Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy hatched the idea of six degrees of separation, whereby every person on earth could be connected to every other person on earth through a “friend of a friend” chain with six or fewer links. Nearly seven decades later, in 1997, American author Melissa Holbrook Pierson published The Perfect Vehicle: What ...

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