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Book Review: Riding with Rilke by Ted Bishop

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Riding with Rilke
Ted Bishop. W. W. Norton 2007, Paperback, 272 pages, $14.95

The excitement at setting out is what I’ve come to think of as the andiamo phenomena. Andiamo is Italian for “let’s go.” D. H. Lawrence calls it the most beautiful word in the Italian language. Certainly, the English “let’s go” feels flat-footed in comparison, […]

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Book Review: Smooth Riding by Reg Pridmore

March 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Smooth Riding the Pridmore Way
Reg Pridmore. Whitehorse Press 2003, Paperback, 160 pages, $24.95

Reg is a natural for writing a book on technique. He has the requisite credentials and scary personal stories. He has a coherent philosophy for riding a bike well. He has successfully taught zillions of riders to ride better and safer. He’s built a successful business […]

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Reading the Road Book Canon: A first stab at the definitive list of books about riding

March 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments

With all this writing and rambling about riding, I find myself drawn to reading what I would describe as the motorcycle rider’s canon. Being a bit pigheaded, I’ve decided to assemble my own, though I suppose there are no end of other’s who’ve already opined on this topic.
In some cases I’ve already read the book; […]

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Book Review: Total Control by Lee Parks

March 10th, 2008 · No Comments

Total Control
Lee Parks. Motorbooks 2003, Paperback, 192 pages, $26.95

If you buy just one book on motorcycle riding technique, this would be the one to get. It’s clear, well written, and well illustrated. More importantly, it tells you the good stuff. Starting with “traction control.”
Lee is a “motorcycle entrepreneur.” I don’t know how else to describe him. He writes […]

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