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2011 Motorcycle Holiday Gift Guide: Books

Monday, December 19, 2011
Motorcyclists come from all walks of life and have colorful experiences to share. Whether racing the GP circuit or touring to odd ends of the planet, a good book can be the perfect way to learn more about our passion and hobby. For all two-wheeled enthusiasts out there who also share in the excitement for good reads, MCUSA presents a few options in its 2011 Motorcycle Holiday Gift Guide to Books.
 
Art of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

Art of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle
Art of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle
Photography by David Blattel with text by Dain Gingerelli
 
If you combine stunning photographs of Harley-Davidsons with authoritative text on the machines, you get Art of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle. Photographer David Blattel melds the best of his photo selections with Dain Gingerelli’s knowledge of the Milwaukee motorcycle giant’s history and technical details, giving readers a better appreciation for HD. Covering more than 100 years of Harley-Davidson development, the book features a wide spectrum of models that will leave any reader better informed on the marque’s products. Photos are vibrant and supported by just enough text without being dull. 

Motorbooks
Far and Away: A Prize Every Time
Far and Away: A Prize Every
Time
ISBN: 9780760341308
MSRP: $40.00

 
Far and Away: A Prize Every Time
By Neil Peart
 
Author of Ghost Rider and also the lyricist and drummer for the rock band “Rush”, Neil Peart offers an inside look at his motorcycle travels in Far and Away: A Prize Every Time. Traveling across North America, Europe and South America on two wheels, Peart combines personal reflections with color photos to help narrate his adventure. Taking place over four years, the story reveals Peart’s love of riding and also details his personal accomplishments along the way. This is an intriguing story from one of the leading drummers in the rock genre, and is both entertaining and enlightening. 

ECW Press
ISBN: 9781770410589
MSRP: $28.95

The Grand Prix Motorcycle
The Grand Prix Motorcycle
The Grand Prix Motorcycle: The Official Technical History     
By Kevin Cameron

It wouldn’t be a Holiday Book Guide without the venerable Mr. Cameron included, and The Grand Prix Motorcycle is a gem. As the sub-title implies, it is the officially licensed technical history of Grand Prix racing, and it stretches from the post-WWII beginning all the way up through the 2008 season. The renowned Cycle World scribe delivers his historical tidbits and technical ruminations in the way only Cameron can. The text is supplemented by 103 color illustrations. King Kenny Roberts provides the forward. Great gift for any Grand Prix fan! - Bart Madson

David Bull Publishing
ISBN: 9781935007012
MSRP: $39.95

The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing: Long Distance Motorcyclings Endless Road
The Man Who Would Stop at
Nothing
The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing: Long Distance Motorcycling’s Endless Road
By Melissa Holbrook Pierson
 
For those interested in long-distance motorcycle traveling, Melissa Pierson’s story of John Ryan is a unique look at a man that likes to average 550 miles every day of the year on a bike. In The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing: Long Distance Motorcycling’s Endless Road, Pierson uses her close friendship with Ryan to explore his obsession. She highlights the intricacies of the Iron Butt Association – a group of some 50,000 members who embrace two-wheeled travel as a lifestyle. Pierson, who also is a rider, provides a snapshot of her own return to the motorcycling community after an 11-year break. About overcoming obstacles both personal and physical, this book looks at motorcycles and the passion they inspire from us. 

Norton
ISBN: 9780393079043
MSRP: $24.95

Ben Spies: Taking it to the Next Level
Ben Spies: Taking it to the
Next Level

Ben Spies: Taking it to the Next Level
By Larry Lawrence
 
The story of Ben Spies’ rise through multiple racing classes - including AMA SuperBike, World Superbike and most recently MotoGP - is inspiring as it is entertaining. Through interviews with friends, family and Spies himself, author Larry Lawrence puts the spotlight on an American motorcycle rider who has significantly raised the bar in two-wheeled competition. Ben Spies: Taking it to the Next Level is filled with photos that span his amateur days up to his most recent campaign in the 2011 MotoGP Championship. There is also a foreword written by 1993 GP champ Kevin Schwantz. If you’re a fan of Spies, make sure to grab a copy as it offers rare insight on one of America’s greatest motorcycle racers. 

David Bull Publishing
ISBN: 9781935007159
MSRP: $29.95
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