Sunday, March 20, 2011

Good Motorcycle Reads

So what do you do when it is too cold or raining too hard to be out enjoying riding your motorcycle? Read about motorcycles of course :)

Here are a couple of books I have enjoyed reading over the last couple of years on motorcycles:

Leanings by Peter Egan

In case you have lived under a rock and do not know who Peter Egan is, he has written for Cycle World since 1977. Leanings is a collection of his tales from his failed attempt at a cross-country riding trip on a British Twin to his journey along the abandoned Route 66. Egan sprinkles in his frustrations at motorcycle maintenance. His humor and adventure makes it worth the read.

Leanings 2 by Peter Egan

Another grand collection of stories and adventures from a man who loves motorcycles and playing in a garage band.

The Old Man and the Harley by John J. Newkirk

In 1939, a nineteen year old man sets out on a Harley VL Big Twin to see the New York's World Fair and the San Francisco Golden Gate Exposition. Numerous mechanical issues crop up as do sudden suprises while camping in the woods crossing the United States.

Across America by Motor-Cycle (1922)

In 1929, a British Royal Air Force Captain, C. K. Shepherd set out to ride a motorcycle across the United States. At the time, the interstate system did not exist. In fact, a great deal of the highway system was dirt or gravel roads. Shepherd chronicled his adventure and kept a tally of how many times he had to rebuild the engine on his bike.

This story gives you grand appreciation for the interstate system we enjoy today and the realibilty we enjoy with modern day motorcycles.

These are few good reads that I have enjoyed. How about you? What have you been reading?


Canajun said...

Always looking for good motorcycle reads, so thanks for adding a few to my list.

You might want to check out One Man Caravan if you haven't read it.

Bill (cycleguy) said...

Since my two wheels are of the human-powered variety, I am more inclined to read Bicycling Magazine or Velo News. Sorry. :) I have been reading some fiction lately and really enjoyed Sam Batterman's Wayback. Since my occupation requires some different type of reading I am also reading Big God by Britt Merrick and Always True by James McDonald. I soon hope to read some fantasy of C.S.Lakin and The Summit by Alexander. However, if I had a Harley....

Allen Madding said...

Canajun, thanks for the recommendation. I'll be adding it to my search list.

Bill, no problem on the cycle reads. I have been reading a lot of Christian books as well. I will be adding those two books to my search list. Have you read Blue Like Jazz?


Jack Riepe said...

Dear Mr. Maddening:

I have the two books by Peter Egan, and will get the others on your recommendation. Yet, no library is complete without a copy of "Politically Correct Cigar Smoking For Social Terrorists."

Fondest regards,
Jack • reep • Toad
Twisted Roads

Bill (cycleguy) said...

i tried reading it Allen but just could not get through it. I must be an anomaly since so many others raved about it. :) If you are interested in a "throwback" book, you may want to check out Reborn to be Wild by Ed Underwood. Interesting read on the 60s movement.

Brobrian said...

I do love to read Egan. His "Leanings 2" is on my night stand right now. What a big life that guy has lived. Not just motorcycles, but planes, cars, and world travel.
Guess it's time to let you know how much I enjoy checking in with your blog. Keep it up.


Allen Madding said...

Brobrian - thanks for the kind words. Glad to have you joing us.