Unique pleces of 20th century Americana, Choppers have inspired motorcycle customizers across the globe and are some of the most sought after motorcycles in the world. This book presents a history of Choppers, tracing the genre from the early days when motorcycles were stripped down, or chopped in an attempt to improve performance, to modern times, when builders like Jesse James of West Coast Choppers create USD 100,000 works of rolling art.
There are few men who are as quintessentially American as Sonny Barger. He is patriotic--a veteran who loves his country. He is independent--choosing his own path on his motorcycle, living life on his own terms. He is outspoken--he has boldly criticized injustices in American law and society despite the backlash this has evoked from the establishment. Yet the element that he finds most important, most sacred, most American, is freedom.
In Freedom, Sonny articulates many of the principles he employs in his own life. Whether he is regarded as a leader, a rebel, a revolutionary, a criminal, or a soldier, Sonny's outlook has been influenced not just by school but by the military, prison, and his experiences riding with the world's most notorious motorcycle club. It was on these various journeys that he learned the lessons that are most important in his life and the qualities he respects when he sees them in others:
Customize Yourself; Originals Don't Come Off an Assembly Line
Temper the Steel to Forge a Strong Blade
Treat Me Good, I'll Treat You Better; Treat Me Bad, I'll Treat You Worse
Presented in the form of fifty credos, this book gives Sonny Barger's perspective on how to live a life that embodies the most fundamental of American virtues: freedom.
Sensational color shots of the finest Harleys around Panheads, Shovelheads, Knuckleheads, and more 1903-1991. All are featured in superb color photography capturing all the details of the most interesting Harleys from every decade. Girdler's colorful text tells the history of Harley's company and racing bikes in a style that's pure pleasure to read.
A mix of photos, paintings, reminiscences, movie posters celebrating the hog. The cultists and auto history buffs will want This Old Harley . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).
"Haynes disassembles every subject vehicle and documents every step with thorough instructions and clear photos. Haynes repair manuals are used by the pros, but written for the do-it-yourselfer."
Covers everything from how to choose and maintain a motorcycle and how to buy appropriate gear to how to ride safely, and how to make the most out of trips on the open road. It also discusses motorcycle history and the timeless motorcycle mystique.
- Right Beyond the Horizon tells the gripping tale of Christopher's latest voyage between 2012 and 2016: a motorcycle adventure from Germany to Australia - This time, he's taken a right beyond the horizon...What if the journey of a lifetime becomes a lifelong journey? When people say "life's a journey," some take this aphorism more literally than others. Christopher Many embarked on an overland trip in 1997, believing he'd spend no more than a year or two on the road. Well, that didn't quite work out as planned; 19 years have passed, and he is still somewhere out there, doing what he loves most: circumnavigating the globe with vehicles of questionable reliability in a quest to understand, through first-hand experience, what makes humanity "tick." Right Beyond the Horizon tells the gripping tale of Christopher's latest voyage between 2012 and 2016: a motorcycle adventure from Germany to Australia, together with his partner Laura Pattara. Their modern-day odyssey follows the ancient Silk Road from Europe to Central Asia, then across the Pamir Mountains into China, where Christopher and Laura become the first overlanders with a foreign vehicle to obtain legal permission to transit the Middle Kingdom unescorted. Four years later they reach the harbor of Denpasar on the Indonesian island of Bali the gateway to Australia and terminus of the classic trans-Asia overland route. Come along for an exhilarating ride around the global block with this unusual vagabond and witness all the joys and hardships such a lifestyle entails every day will be full of surprises and utterly unpredictable However, you should also be warned: some roads detour into the shadows where the scales of global justice are imbalanced and humanity's failings are all too evident. There's also a major risk that, after the last page, you'll feel inspired to pack your rucksack, free yourself from modern society's constraints and head off into the sunset indefinitely. You wouldn t be the first...
One part Plato, one part Aristophanes, two parts Easy Rider, Organ Grinder is a cocktail of lewd wisdom gathered equally from the poetry of antiquity and from near-death experiences on the open road. In a series of short works inspired by Horatian satire, Alan Fishbone bounces from gonzo fever-dream to philosophical treatise, investigating the conflicts between idealism and cynicism, love and sex, body and soul. Here's a taste:
After my accident, I thought I was done with motorcycles. Until a few years ago-- I was lying in bed having trouble sleeping when I heard a voice say to me, "Alan, get a Harley and ride to Death Valley." I didn't even like Harleys. And I didn't believe that God had called me and told me to get one. It seemed unlikely that the monotheistic god we're stuck with would endorse a brand of motorcycle. Maybe the pagan gods of antiquity. Zeus might have ridden a Road King, or Apollo a BMW; you can imagine Aphrodite on the back of Ares's Ninja, zooming around the planets with the tip of a golden thong sticking out of her robe. Even that twerp Hermes on a Vespa delivering messages. Those gods liked to drink and screw and run around, like bikers, but not Yahweh or the Lord or Allah--strictly black limousines and security goons for those guys. Thou shalt not ride. Thou shalt not be free. Thou shalt pay off the debt of thy sins.
So writes Alan Fishbone, our motorcycle riding scholar of ancient Greek and Latin, in one of the salty, sharp-eyed pieces that fill the pages of Organ Grinder.