By tradition, the motorcycle is a naked beast, differing from other vehicles by the fact that its mechanical structure is also part of its aesthetic appearance. In The Fine Art of the Motorcycle Engine, photographer Daniel Peirce examines the graphic nature of historic engines with stunning and dramatic photography. Since the beginning of the motorbike, engine designers knew they had to design power plants that performed well and looked good doing it. Peirce presents 64 stunning pictures from his popular Up-N-Smoke Engine Project. In addition to including his engine photography, the book also tells the story of the project and the years it took to bring it from an inspired idea to a tangible reality. The story of the Up-N-Smoke Engine Project reveals how what started as an artistic outlet became an obsession and eventually a business. This is the project that Cycle World magazine called "Pornography for Gearheads." A special chapter is included showing the process that each picture needed to go through to create the finished product.
Recent statistics show that approximately 12 percent of motorcycle owners are women and that close to 25 percent of motorcycle riders are women. While it’s still a male-dominated field, the number of female bikers has increased by more than 25 percent in just five years, showing that women have a strong presence on two wheels. In The Women’s Guide to Motorcycling, author Lynda Lahman (herself a motorcycle owner and rider) provides a comprehensive look at motorcycling techniques, street smarts, and safety concerns. She also addresses female-specific challenges, as well as issues that all bikers face from a female point of view.
Inside the book, you’ll find:
Come along for the adventure of a lifetime: an epic motorcycle journey traversing the Americas, from Brooklyn to Patagonia. Revel in the freedom of a road trip, and join two friends riding into the unknown, traveling 20,000 miles across vast landscapes and through magnificent natural diversity. They go from the dense Guatemalan jungle through the high mountain passes of the Peruvian Andes to the magical, desolate Bolivian salt flats, and ultimately Ushuaia, the land of fire.
Follow this trip through the photography of Matias Corea, who offers advice on how to prepare for an endeavor of this magnitude. His reflections chronicle breakdown, breakthroughs, and serendipitous encounters with local characters.
Hit the open road and discover the beauty of the Americas!
Why would anyone want to do something as dangerous as motorcycling? For those who love to ride, no explanation is necessary. For everyone else, there’s Why We Ride. Designed as both an explanation for outsiders and an anthem for those within the fold, this book presents the insights of Mark Barnes, a motorcycling clinical psychologist. As a popular columnist at Motorcycle Consumer News for more than 20 years, Barnes articulates the elusive physical, emotional, and interpersonal elements that make the world of the motorcyclist such a rich and exciting place. His wide-ranging text covers both sports psychology and the psychoanalysis of common riding experiences, including the results of his own empirical research. Heartfelt and thought-provoking, here is a straightforward account of what makes real motorcyclists tick.
Inside Why We Ride:
> • What makes all the hazards and hardships of riding a motorcycle worthwhile to perfectly sane, intelligent, and responsible individuals
• Insights from clinical psychologist and moto-journalist Mark Barnes
• Examination of the complex gratifications, relentlessly compelling passions, and deeply personal experiences that motivate motorcyclists
• Sports psychology, psychoanalysis of common riding experiences, and reflections on the author’s personal journey as a rider
• Results of the author’s own empirical research on the motives of motorcyclists
• Thought-provoking exploration of the human dimension of motorcycling
• Special section on how riders achieve the quasi-mystical state of “flow,” a concept at the center of modern sports psychology