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Motorcycle Books: Fiction and Non.

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' at netrider.net.au started by Jaqhama, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. As we now have a Sticky for favorite motorcycle movies I suggested to Mouth a Sticky for books and novels that are related to motorcycling.
    Some are fiction, some are non fiction.
    Please feel free to add to the list...provided you have actually read the book(s) you are listing.
    There's no point adding a book you have not read, because then you cannot include your review of it.
    I can find a dozen books about bikes that I have not read myself.
    We want reviews of them also.
    Cheers: Jaq.

    Motorcycle Books; Fiction and Non.

    Most are available as new or used on www.amazon.com

    Ted Simon, Jupiters Travels.
    One of the first people to ride off around the world. Ted is a legend amongst around the world riders.

    Heldge Pedersen, Ten Years on Two Wheels.
    This guy rode around just about every country in the world for ten years.
    A coffee table book, more photos than writing.

    Roger Zelany, Damnation Alley.
    Hell Tanner is the last outlaw biker left alive in California. A nuclear war has decimated most of the USA and Boston has the Plague. As a dubious alternative to a life long prison sentence Tanner agrees to drive/ride and fight his way across a wasteland of mutated humans and monsters. A great adventure novel, made into a truly horrendous movie starring Jan Michael Vincent and George Peppard and re-named Survival Run. The book is completely different to the movie. Not even the same characters or storyline. It’s interesting to note that this book was written a long time before Mad Max and all the other post apocalyptic road movies came out.

    Chris Scott, Desert Biking.
    Everything you always wanted to know about how to set up a bike for serious off road riding, be it for the Sahara or the Australian Outback.

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
    I mention it only because it has almost nothing about bikes in it. Don’t be mislead by the title.

    Ewan Macgregor and Charley Boorman, Long Way Round.
    Great DVD but a crap book IMO.
    They had a good producer and a crap Editor from what I can see.
    I found the novel very boring, many others agree.
    If you’ve seen the DVD set, don’t bother reading the book.

    Steve Wilson, Lost Traveler.
    Again set in a not too distant future, another nuclear war (I see a trend here?)
    Biker gangs have organized and run/protect the vital oil routes. A small group of them is tasked with a vital mission, rescuing an oil chemist from a fortified prison belonging to another group. Starts with plenty of action, a decent story, kind of wanders around a bit in the middle and at the end. Could have been better.
    Worth reading however, simply because Steve Wilson is a biker himself and has written many books about Harley, Triumphs and classic bikes.

    Easyriders Magazine, Best Book of Biker Fiction, volumes 1 to 3.
    Some great stories, action, humour, sadness. Some true to life, some not so.
    Many by authors like Jody Via (my favorite writer of short motorcycle adventure/action stories). JJ Solari, to whom nothing is sacred, not even the Harley or outlaw club. Some written by famous American biker personalities.

    Hunter S. Thompson, Hells Angels Forever.
    The noted American writer and poet rode with the Angels for a year or more and afterwards wrote this book.
    Condemned by the Angels as not being a true to life account of what the Angels were like, nevertheless the novel inspired many movies and other books about the club.

    Chocolate George Wilson, A Wayward Angel.
    A real life Hells Angel, a confident and riding brother of club Prez Sonny Barger, George tells a rather more interesting account of riding with the club.
    He and the Angels parted company after many years and George has been in the witness protection and relocation program ever since.
    Again a book to be taken with a grain of salt, but worth reading anyway.

    More bike books to follow, I’ve a bookcase filled to the brim and need to sort thru them to get author names and titles.
  2. Roland Brown and Mac McDiarmid "The Complete Handbook of Motorcycles and Motorcycling" - Has a brief section on bikes in general, info on a few bikes from each of the major manufacturers and a complete history of Harley (which makes up more than half the book - fine if you like Harleys I guess). Have seen it sold in various shapes and sizes - also seen the seperate sections sold as separate books.

    Also have Robert Crouchers "Observers Motorcycles" - basically a full list of technical specs for every bike available new in 1986.

    Still trying to find a decent book on the history of Japanese motorcycles (including those sold only in the Japanese market), covering the late 70's through to the early 90s - if anyone can recommend anything that'd be great.
  3. Hell's Angels by Yves Lavigne Gory detail. Reads like a crimino-documo- forensic pathology style text.

    Hell's Angel by Ralph "Sonny" Barger with Keith and Kent Zimmerman Interesting to compare and contrast with Hunter S Thomson.

    "Brother's in arms". (Milperra Massacre.) A story of small business growth gone wrong.

    "The Bikeriders" by Danny Lyon Photo Essay with various Chicago Outlaw Club member interviews from the 60s. From a time before technical fibres... :cool:

  4. 'LEATHERS' by Donna Gardner
    "a story of deceit, lust and revenge, set in the glamorous high-octane world of Grand Prix motocycle racing"

    I have no idea what its like - has been sitting under my bed since I received it ..... 600+ pages!
  5. Didn't we say don't post it up without a review??? :LOL:

    I've read it. I guess if you like GP racing it's not that bad.
    It's kind of a book for the masses IMO.
    In fact I had completly forgotten that I had read it at all, which probably says something about it.
    You can probably get it in your local library.
  6. The Perfect Vehicle by Melissa Holbrook Pierson. Autobiography. Explores Melissa's entry into motorcycling and passion (perhaps misguided :LOL:) for all things Moto Guzzi and the value of lessons that only motorcycling can teach. Wasn't a riveting read. But I enjoy reading about motorcycling so I pick it up every so often.

    Barry Sheene 1950 - 2003. Biography by Stuart Baker. Loved it, the detail into his life both on and off the track was great. Even had to cry at the end.

    Carl Fogarty: The complete Racer. Biography. Author: Julian Ryder (unabashed Foggy fan). I am not a big fan of Carl's and I suppose this didn't help as found numerous instances of "No one's as good as me" got a little tedious after a while. But if you love bikes and racing - it is a good read.

    Mick Doohan: The Thunder from Down Under. Biography. Author Mat Oxley. Read this a couple of years ago, had to as I think Mick is a Legend. Good detail but a bit short really.

    World Superbikes: The first Ten Years by Julian Ryder. Great read into the formation of the series up to 1997 when Kocinski won it. Great photo's and very interesting insight into a great Championship.

    Joey Dunlop: King of the Roads by Stephen Davison. More a pictorial book with brief para's to describe the photos, but if you are a Joey fan as I am worth to have. Nowhere near as good as the video "Joey 1952 - 2000" which is brilliant and once again there were tears before bedtime.

    The Aussies and 2 NZ Blokes by Don Cox. Biographical chapters on most of the household names from Grand Prix and Superbike not to mention info on the Technical wizards behind them. Very interesting and worth a read, although only Corser and Mladin are still racing full time.

    G, Loved your description of Brothers in Arms - it cracked me up, more than the book itself did!
  7. "The Brotherhood - Inside the Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs", by Arthur Veno. Published by Allen and Unwin. 9781741 141375.

    Not a bad read for those with an interest in Aussie 1% Motorcycle Clubs. Veno also goes away on a few trips with some Clubs and gives his view on them.

    "Brothers in Arms"

    Format : Paperback
    ISBN : 1865085014
    Publisher : Allen & Unwin

    Starts off with the Commancheros and tells how some left to start the Bandidos. Then some get evens for leaving and onto the Milperra massacre and follows the courtroom trial and to prison.
  8. has quite a bit about motorcycling in it, unfortunately it is mostly about harleys (apart from his mates beamer with the loose handlebars) but yeah, not what you expect at all, but a rather interesting if saddening read
  9. I was kinda hoping it would be a about martial arts and bike gangs. :LOL:
  10. :oops: oops - will read it now just to regain some face :)
  11. Linda Raven Moore: A Little Twist of Texas
  12. I've been trying to find an Initial D-like manga for motorcycling, but I'm struggling! The creator of Initial D made one before he made ID, but nobody's translated it into English :(
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  14. Very good Sonja, perhaps you'd like to tell us what the book is about, did you enjoy it?

    We're looking for reviews of the books, not just the titles. I can find many books about motorcycling on the Internet, but we want books people have read and can recommend (or not as the case may be).

    Cheers: Jaq.
  15. Ummm Van, I have no idea what the sentence you wrote above means?

    Intial D and ID means nothing to me? Manga is Jap anime yes?
  16. I have this, well I did until I lent it to someone. Hopefully i will be getting it back soon :grin:
    I thought it was a great read. It's a story in the eyes of Donna Gardner and about her life as a wife of a MotoGP rider. Wayne also helped her write the book after they separated.
  17. sorry to sort of hijack thread but has any one bought from amazon? whats deliver and delivery costs like?
  18. A Twist of The Wrist 2 by Keith Code.

    This book, brought to you by the founder of the California Superbike School, provides valuable, nay essential information to all riders, regardless of level of experience, track aspirations or bike type, and is virtually an expanded version of the first volume.

    The book covers the theory, geometry and physics behind why a motorcycle behaves the way it does, as well as providing simple lessons for all to follow to improve their riding techniques.

    Primarily aimed at racers, beginners and racers alike will take something away with themselves from this book.

    Honda's V4's on Road and Track by Julian Ryder

    Another of my faves, this book delves into the persistence and faith that Honda had in their V4 engines, even after nearly sending the company broke with the VF camshaft dilemmas. The V4's subsequent rise in motorsport was hard earned, and brought the company the road sales it had been seeking for so long, primarliy with the vfr series.

    Excellent pictures accompany the technical (but still very readable) text, and if you're a 2-wheeled motorsport buff like me, then you'll enjoy the early pictures of the HRC works bikes and the big name riders. Great read.

    Shameless plug: Both of these books are available at the Technical Bookshop (Melb):
  19. Actually it IS NOT about her life as the wife of a GP Racer at all.

    It is a FICTIONAL novel about an upcoming new GP Racer and his trails and tribualtions with women, teams and fellow riders.

    Think of it as a Danielle Steel novel about motorcycles.
  20. The more books you buy the cheaper the postage becomes Woody.
    I've bought a few books from them.
    Normally at least five at a time.

    You can also type the author name or the title of the book into Google search or Yahoo search and you will probably find links to other on-line stores that sell it, so that you can compare prices.

    There are many on-line bookshops that specialise in used books at good prices, they explain the condition that the book is in.
    Amazon does this also.

    Cheers: Jaq.