Let's Ride: Sonny Barger's Guide to Motorcycling

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Harper Collins, Jun 8, 2010 - Transportation - 288 pages
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“The baddest man on two wheels.”
—Rolling Stone
 
One of the founders and the most famous member of the infamous Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club, Ralph “Sonny” Barger says, “Let’s Ride” with this ultimate guide to motorcycling. With expert co-author Darwin Holmstrom—former writer for Motorcyclist magazine and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Motorcycles—Barger, “The archangel of all Hells Angels” (New York Post) is ready to take you on the ride of your life with this exhilarating and practical nuts-and-bolts master class in the fine art of freedom. So climb on, start it up, and…Let’s Ride!

 

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This is a wonderful book written by a very interesting guy. If you're going to be taking up the sport of motorcycling and want to soak up as much as you can before taking your training class, this is a great read. You get a lot of backstory which backs up what the author tells you in regards to the important things about riding and what you need to know and what you can forget about.
It's akin to sitting at a café with the author and having him tell you all about his life and what he knows as someone who has been riding the majority of his life. Things a rider of under 25 years wouldn't be able to tell you. It's rather well written which was surprising (and why I purchased the book).
I'd pull the trigger on this one if you're new or fairly new to riding.
 

Contents

Why rIde?
1
What to rIde
55
the fundamentals of rIdIng
93
evaluatIng a used motorcycle
123
BuyIng a BIke
177
advanced rIdIng technIques
199
lIvIng WIth a motorcycle
231
motorcycle resources
263
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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.

Darwin Holmstrom, senior editor at Motorbooks International, has written or cowritten more than a dozen books on motorcycles, including The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection, BMW Motorcycles, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Motorcycles.

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