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    Posted: 02 Feb 2018 at 13:00
God awful riding weather, so my leisure gas money goes into mail order books.
Plenty of non-fiction subjects interest me, but so far I've found very few motorcycle related, non technical, human interest type books.
I've read Robert Pirsig, Che Guevara, (Guzzi girl) Melissa Holbrook Pierson, those fit the bill for me.
Are there other good/great riding books I'm not aware of ?
Thanks for your suggestions if you have any.

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Sons of Thunder, by Neil Bradford. A collection of short stories, including some by those mentioned.

Thoroughly recommended.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote iansoady Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Feb 2018 at 14:08
Nice to hear from another Pirsig fan, although I just couldn't get on with Leila. Zen and the Art however is a book I often return to.

How about Ted Simon's Jupiter's Travels (and a couple of books he wrote later with the bits missed out of the first one)?

The Mint by TE Lawrence(Lawrence of Arabia).

Rich Mixture by Phil Irving (plus Tuning for Speed and Motorcycle Engineering by the same author)

Whatever Happened to the British Motorcycle Industry by Bert Hopwood.

Some will be out of print but most will be available.
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Thanks Barry, the title would have put me off, now I'll read it.

Ian, I didn't get on with Leila either, still have the only copy of Tuning for Speed I never lent !
I know "Whatever happened...?" is not going to be an uplifting read Cry but I'll check it all, Thanks
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cyclobutch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Feb 2018 at 14:32
Took me three goes before I managed to get to the end of Zen.The original Jupiter's Travels for sure. Also check out - 

Motorcycle Adventurer: Carl Stearns Clancy: First Motorcyclist To Ride Around The World 1912-1913. 
Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
Investment Biker: Around the World with Jim Rogers
These Are the Days that Must Happen to You – Dan Walsh (possibly an acquired taste)




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Thanks, great, it's turning into a shopping list.

I must also mention I read enough Hunter Thompson to need rehab myself...  (kidding).

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Here's another one I was trying to recollect earlier;

Across America by Motorcycle by C.K. Shepherd (1922)

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Lois Price has written several motorcycle travel books which are in my view a good read.Crossing the Sahara, travelling through South America and the Middle East.She's a brave lady.
"One Man Caravan" is a classic, by Robery Elton Fulton Jr. He rode his Douglas around the world wearing khaki shorts and a Pith helmet (open face)back in the early thirties.
There are many more.Enjoy the search!!

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I intend to read 'One Man Caravan' when I can find a cheap dog eared copy, I guess I'm curious to find out how khaki shorts fared in the many areas of the world troubled by midges.
There are several funny motorbike touring books by the Irish journalist Geoff Hill, one of which describes his ride from Mumbai to Ireland on a Royal Enfield. When asked by reporters which place he'd passed through where he felt the most scared, he replied 'Glasgow'.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iansoady Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Feb 2018 at 16:41
Yes, both One Man Caravan and the books by Lois Price are good.

On recommendations by others, I had a copy of Elspeth Beard's Lone Rider at Christmas. I must say that I preferred Ted Simon's approach - Elspeth really didn't seem to have a good time at all although worth reading (probably not buying). I did wonder why she waited for 30+ years before writing about her experiences....
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From zero to spoiled for choice in a few hours !  Great forum reaction !

Thanks all of today's and future (hoping!) contributors  Clap

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I struggled with investment biker as he was so objectoinable, Hislop , Foggarty biographies are good . I've got a book about a Manx guy that rode a sidecar across the US on the train tracks-I'll try and dig it out. Jupiters travels is brilliant so is the Johnny Bealby book ,Running with the moon.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote johnno Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Feb 2018 at 18:14
Originally posted by cyclobutch cyclobutch wrote:

Took me three goes before I managed to get to the end of Zen.The original Jupiter's Travels for sure. Also check out - 

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the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs</span>
<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;">Investment Biker: Around the World with Jim
Rogers</span>
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i forgot all about Dan Walsh , whatever happen to him ? Must find out
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Escorting the monarch, we lead others follow by Chris Jagger
the history of the Special escort group


and two wheels to war by Martin and Nick Shelly
an amazing book about dispatch riders in the great war
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Lois Pryce..Nick Adams...soon to be Paul van Hoof and last but very definitely not least...the Mommy of them all...the Rugged Road....Theresa Wallach....
A tale of her and Florence Blenkirons ride across the Sahara...on a 600 Panther in 1938..
Ewan and Charlie mite have brought bike rides to the masses...these gals just did it.
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850 LE MANS...1 & 2....V7 Loop Frame..V7 Sport replica...Guzzi Daytona...Ducati 900ss Bevel not belt.....Laverda 3C ....and an MZ...
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