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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)

John Ryan in Key West

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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Book review: Harley-Davidson Everything you Need to Know


[This Harley-Davidson—Everything you Need to Know Book Review was originally published in American Rider] Like “new and improved,” the phrase “everything you need to know” packs a lot of implications. Aside from promising to deliver information that is both all-inclusive and necessary, the phrase also promises to tailor this information to “your” needs. While in most cases grandiose claims of ...

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Book Review: The American Motorcycle Girls 1900-1950


[This book review of The American Motorcycle Girls 1900-1950 was originally published in American Rider magazine] If you’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing a truly well-archived scrapbook, you know what a moving experience it can be. Leafing through generations of accomplishments documented through newspaper clippings, you begin to see traces of yourself in the sepia images of your ancestors ...

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