The Complete Idiot's Guide to 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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User Review  - Ralph L Angelo Jr. - Goodreads

This is a good book for anyone who is seeking to learn about motorcycling. I recommend this as well as many other books (Such as my own "Help! They're all out to get me! The motorcyclists guide to ... Read full review


Biker Basics
A Brief History of Bikes
Street Squid or Dirt Donk? Types of Motorcycles
So You Want to Buy a Bike?
Anatomy of a Motorcycle
Start Your Engines
Insider Tips on Buying a Bike
Freeway Riding
Special Situations
Crowned Roads
Riding OffRoad
Living with a Motorcycle
Creative Customizing and Collecting
The Motorcycling Community

Getting the Gear
On the Road
Learning to Ride
Rules of the Road
Steering Through Sticky Situations
Touring and Rallies
Motorcycle Road Racing
How to Become a Motorcycle Road Racer

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About the author (2001)

Motorcyclist magazine, the "World's Largest Streetbike Publication," recently celebrated its 85th year of publication. In a concise and amusing style, it focuses on the motorcycles, products, events, and people that fire the passions of streetbike enthusiasts. Motorcyclist has an audited monthly readership of 2.1 million motorcycle enthusiasts.

Darwin Holmstrom has been riding motorcycles for 23 of his 34 years. He bought his first dirtbike when he was 11 years old and has owned at least one functioning motorcycle ever since. He has ridden nearly 300,000 miles. The only thing that has remained constant in his life is his passion for motorcycling, and he rides every chance he gets. He now supports his motorcycling habit by working as the Midwest editor for Motorcyclist magazine and by working as a freelance writer.

Darwin has worked as a reporter and photographer for a daily newspaper. He won the Associated Press Photographer of the Month award in March 1997. He has also worked as an editor and graphics designer for a variety of publishing houses and periodicals, covering topics as diverse as engineering, liturgical studies, and Western mysticism. In 1997, he won a National Small Press design award for self-help books.

Darwin has a Master's degree in creative writing and a Bachelor's degree in photography and graphic design. He currently lives in western North Dakota with his wife and four dogs.

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