The Perfect Vehicle
What It Is about Motorcycles
ISBN10: 0393318095 ISBN13: 9780393318098 Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc Published: May 1 1998 Pages: 240 Weight: 0.70lbs. Height: 8.50" Width: 6.00" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
In a book that is a must for anyone who has loved a motorcycle (Oliver Sacks), Melissa Pierson captures in vivid, writerly prose the mysterious attractions of motorcycling. She sifts through myth and hyperbole: misrepresentations about danger, about the type of people who ride and why they do so. The Perfect Vehicle is not a mere recitation of facts, nor is it a polemic or apologia. Its vivid historical accounts-the beginnings of the machine, the often hidden tradition of women who ride, the tale of the defiant ones who taunt death on the racetrack-are intertwined with Pierson's own story, which, in itself, shows that although you may think you know what kind of person rides a motorcycle, you probably don't.