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Book review: Harley-Davidson Everything you Need to Know

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[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

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[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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Motorcycle Book Review: Riding in the Zone

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Review by Andy Saunders [This Riding in the Zone motorcycle book review was originally published in the August 2009 issue of Rider magazine] What do motorcyclists want? It’s a question answered many times, never satisfactorily, until now. What motorcycle riders want is to get better at riding motorcycles. However many miles are under a rider’s belt, there is always the ...

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Book Review: The Road Gets Better from Here

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[This review of “The Road Gets Better from Here” was originally published in the March 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Reassembling his Kawasaki KLR650 on the tarmac of the airport at Magadan, Russia, after flying it in on the mail plane from Vladivostok, Australian Adrian Scott began the journey of a lifetime. The two locals who watched him work and ...

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Book Review: McQueen’s Machines

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Review by Andy Saunders [This McQueen’s MachinesBook Review was originally published in the August 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Twenty-eight years after the movie actor’s and part-time racer’s death from cancer, Steve McQueen’s motoring legacy lives on. Perhaps this quote from son Chad describes it best: “When we got home from the motorcycle races every weekend, it wasn’t dinnertime; it ...

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Book Review: Breaking the Limit

Breaking the Limit, by Karen Larsen

Here is the situation: You’re a 31-year-old woman living in New Jersey, you’ve just finished your Master’s degree, your new job doesn’t start for a couple of months and your boyfriend doesn’t seem too friendly. What to do? Get on your motorcycle and ride to Alaska. Good choice. That is what Karen Larsen, author of Breaking the Limit, decided to ...

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Book Review: Dreaming of Jupiter by Ted Simon

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[This Dreaming of Jupiter book review was originally published in the May 2008 issue of Rider magazine] This book, Dreaming of Jupiter, can be enjoyed on several levels. As a travelogue of a two-and-a-half-year trip around the world; as the viewpoint of a slightly curmudgeonly 70-year-old going to little-visited places on a BMW GS; or as a sequel to Jupiter’s ...

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Book Review: Norton Commando by Mick Duckworth

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Review by Andy Saunders [This Norton Commando book review was originally published in the March 2008 issue of Rider magazine] The Norton name never seems to die. Just when you think it’s gone, someone comes along and resurrects the marque again. We seem to be between Norton revival periods right now, so maybe the time is right to look at ...

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