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Book Review Updates - The Ride So Far: Tales From a Motorcycling Life & The Harley-Davidson Reader: Foreword by Jean Davidson, Granddaughter of founder Walter Davidson

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Book Review: The Ride So Far: Tales from a Motorcycling Life

A good storyteller draws the listener into the story; like a campfire next to a tent after a long day on two wheels draws a tired rider. Motorcyclists have been telling stories since the first kickstand hit the dirt. The Ride So Far: Tales from a Motorcycling Life draws the reader into the world of author Lance Oliver. He takes you along on the ride; wherever that may be. Whether on the road in America, Mexico or the racetrack you are there for the ride. This is an enjoyable collection of stories divided into two parts: Great Places & Memorable Rides and Ruminations & Meditations. The author writes of road trips, observations and shaggy dog stories, all with a motorcycle theme.

I hope you enjoy these tales and that at some point they make you nod in recognition and say, “Yes, that’s just the way it feels.” I also hope they inspire you to get out and live some new motorcycle stories of your own.

This is not a turn by turn travel guide or a go here and do these sorts of things motorcycle guide book, but you can glean some good roads from the stories Lance presents. His style represents a laid back approach to life and riding. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys the motorcycle life.


Whitehorse Press

Title: The Ride So Far

Subtitle: Tales from a Motorcycling Life

ISBN: 978-1-884313-88-2

Author: Lance Oliver

Binding: Hardcover

Format: 5.25 x 8 inches

Pages: 224

Art: B&W drawings and photos

Price: $24.95

Publication Date: October 15, 2010





The Harley-Davidson Reader: Foreword by Jean Davidson granddaughter of founder Walter Davidson

Although this book has been on the shelf for quite some time it contains enough hidden gems to make it a worthwhile read. Motorbooks collected various texts from the usual suspects such as Hunter S. Thompson and Sonny Barger and more esoteric writers such as Evel Knievel, Arlen Ness, Brock Yates and more. Also included are works of fiction such as Tom Swift and His Motor-Cycle by Victor Appleton and The Grandstand Complex by Horace McCoy.

The Harley-Davidson Reader is also chock full of illustrations in the form of numerous full page color and black and white motorcycle photographs, smaller black and whites of old bikes, racetrack and movie posters and advertisements from days gone by. Also included are numerous examples of Evel Knievel product illustrations from the 1970’s. God, that brought back some memories. I saved some of my old Hot Wheels and stuff, but the Evel Knievel toys didn’t stand a chance. To emulate the famed daredevil us kids launched that stuff loaded with sparklers, cherry bombs and good old gasoline. I’ll never forget the look on my Moms face when she saw the melted mass of plastic that had been Evels’ Snake River Canyon Jumper at my birthday party a few hours before.

Editor Michael Dregni covers the myth and the legend behind our favorite brand of motorcycle with several eye opening articles. Do you know the year when the Motor Company’s first motorcycle was made? Do you really? You might be surprised. How about the old stories revolving around Elvis Presley and his two wheeled love affair with Harley? Where is his first Harley today? Did he really get a bike as a gift from James Dean? The answers to these fun facts and more are included. I highly recommend this great collection about the legendary Harley-Davidson motorcycle.


Format: Paperback, 348 Pages

ISBN: 9780760337127

Publisher: Motorbooks

Illustrations: 197 color photos

Size: 8 x 9 x .9375

Published: February 7th 2010

Price: $19.99



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