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Motorcycle Mania: The Biker Book





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For motorcyclists and wannabes, Motorcycle Mania: The Biker Book is thrilling. Designed by the freewheeling Charles Routhier, the book itself is full of verve and expressiveness. It has tinted, '50s-style black-and-whites as well as slick, rich color photos and layouts in which bikes seem to be careering on and off the pages. Aside from the pictures, which include Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, hair-raising shots of racers leaning parallel to the ground, and a spread on chopped and channeled masterworks, this book contains a dozen pithy essays. In "Merely Motorcycles, or Something More?" Jon Thompson quotes Harley-Davidson design chief Willie G. Davidson: "In motorcycle design form follows function. But they both report to emotion." This seductive book would not be complete without the page of brief reminiscences titled "My First Bike." Deputy Sheriff Ray Smith of Miami/Dade County begins: "My parents made me promise as a teenager that I would never ride a motorcycle, but at the age of sixteen I was secretly..." --Peggy Moorman

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