Motorcycles

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Penguin, 2001 - Transportation - 428 pages
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The definitive buying and lifestyle guide!

-- The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to Motorcycles, Second Edition is the most comprehensive book on motorcycles-covering 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 even discusses motorcycle history and the timeless motorcycle mystique.

-- Written by the editors of Motorcyclist Magazine, the world's largest streetbike publication, with a monthly circulation of 230,000 and an estimated readership of 1.3 million.

-- Features a cover quote from Jay Leno!

The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to Motorcycles, Second Edition will contain approximately 15% new and/or revised information, including a completely updated buyer's guide featuring the latest motorcycles and equipment, an updated chapter on racing covering new rules and venues that have come about over the past three years, updated material on the repair and maintenance of motorcycles that reflects new product and service changes of the newer models, and additional resources for beginners to motorcycling.

  

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Contents

Biker Basics
1
A Brief History of Bikes
13
Street Squid or Dirt Donk? Types of Motorcycles
27
So You Want to Buy a Bike?
43
Anatomy of a Motorcycle
57
Start Your Engines
73
bike
85
Insider Tips on Buying a Bike
99
Freeway Riding
175
Special Situations
185
Crowned Roads
191
Riding OffRoad
199
Living with a Motorcycle
211
Repair
229
Creative Customizing and Collecting
243
The Motorcycling Community
257

Getting the Gear
107
On the Road
127
Learning to Ride
141
Rules of the Road
155
Steering Through Sticky Situations
169
Touring and Rallies
271
Motorcycle Road Racing
287
How to Become a Motorcycle Road Racer
301
Appendixes
311
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About the author (2001)

Ralph "Sonny" Barger is the author of "Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club". A master mechanic who has owned and operated his own bike shops, he currently lives in Arizona, where he rides every day.

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