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Wintertime Reading
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Guth Online
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Wintertime Reading
For many of us, winter presents itself as a great time to sit down with a good book (along with a good pair of reading glasses in my case, lol) as a way to enjoy the "quieter side" of life presented by this season. I know that we've covered this in the past here in the forum, but in the spirit of addressing the "skinny posts syndrome" I thought I'd bring this up again just in case anyone else has hit upon some new titles that i'm not familiar with.

Peter Egan's "Leanings" books (Vols. 1,2, and 3) are great not only because they are so entertaining but because they can be read in small chunks (separate articles). This is especially nice for revisiting the books.

Big Sid's Vincati was a great read and I learned a lot about Vincent's in the process.

"The Vincent in the Barn" and "The Devil can Ride" were both enjoyable collections of short stories/articles.

My favorite so far has been "Mann of His Time" (a Dick Mann biography).

I'm currently reading "Evel", and "Ghost Rider" is good, but now finds itself waiting for me to pick it back up again after a long spell of sitting back on the shelf. I've also got a couple more books lined up waiting for me to get to them later on this winter (or next) including "Riding Man" and "Zen and Now — On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance".

Anyone else still here who is a member of the "Motorcycle Book Club"?

2013 CB1100: Placed deposit on Nov. 12, 2012; Received delivery on April 5, 2013.
(This post was last modified: 12-21-2017 12:53 AM by Guth.)
12-20-2017 10:43 AM
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The ferret Online
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RE: Wintertime Reading
I have all 3 of Egans books

also have "No Thru Road" by Clement Salvadore

and "10 years on 2 Wheels" by Helge Pederson

plus 16 motorcycle reference books/encyclopedias

and subcriptions to Motorcyclist, Road Runner, Motorcycle Classics, Cycle and Rider.

Have plenty to read lol

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12-20-2017 12:27 PM
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Ulvetanna Away
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USA
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RE: Wintertime Reading
I tend to read a lot of political science but I don't think that stuff would make it to the reading list here, lol.

To relax the mind after a visitation with Walter Lippman (the Pulitzer-prize winner born in 1889), Alexander Hamilton, or A. de Tocqueville, nothing suits quite as well as Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Currently plowing through the "Pellucidar" series for the second time. Cannot wait to find out what happens with Stellara and the Korsars.

After that, will work through the entire John Carter and Tarzan collections again.

"Ten Years on Two Wheels" is a terrific book. The photography alone makes it worth the owning. There's a guy who defines "adventure."

I was pretty impressed when Pedersen recounted disassembling his R80GS and transporting it across the Darien Gap in canoes.

2013 CB1100 Standard. July 2013 to December 2016, 10,500 miles. Low bars, Ikon shocks. Gone to a good home, I hope.Thumbs Up
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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RE: Wintertime Reading
I'm a neatnic, so I don't usually keep things I no longer use. But there are two exceptions: a 1967 BSA brochure and a 1978 book entitled "The Story of BSA Motor Cycles". Might just have another peek at that book.

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12-20-2017 09:48 PM
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Wisedrum Offline
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Germany
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RE: Wintertime Reading
I'm not reading one book at the time but a few parallel.
Among them is a book which title in Englisch should be
' 111 Reasons To Ride A Motorbile' written by Martin Klein. Did no googling but I think it's only available in German '111 Gründe Motorrad zu fahren'. It's no deep stuff but amusing and entertaining in the way it explains different aspects of motorbike riding in short chapters.

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12-21-2017 12:16 AM
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W/R Online
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New Brunswick, Canada
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RE: Wintertime Reading
I doubt any of the books I read will make the list here either, I gravitate more to ancient history, archaeology and anthropology.

Come to think about I don't believe I have ever read a motorcycle book - unless a coffee table picture book counts.

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2003 HD Night Train with sidecar
12-21-2017 05:15 AM
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Ulvetanna Away
High Mileage

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RE: Wintertime Reading
(12-21-2017 05:15 AM)W/R Wrote:  I doubt any of the books I read will make the list here either, I gravitate more to ancient history, archaeology and anthropology.

Come to think about I don't believe I have ever read a motorcycle book - unless a coffee table picture book counts.
C'mon, give. What're you reading now?

BTW I have noticed a LOT more activity on this forum of late. Anyone else? And nary an oil thread in sight.

2013 CB1100 Standard. July 2013 to December 2016, 10,500 miles. Low bars, Ikon shocks. Gone to a good home, I hope.Thumbs Up
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W/R Online
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New Brunswick, Canada
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RE: Wintertime Reading
Right now I am finishing Tamurlane - Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World by Justin Marozzi. Tamurlane was the last of the "great" (that depends which side you are on) Mongol conquerors but least known, primarily because of Soviet suppression of anything that would give the Kazakh people a source of pride.

On deck is The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond.

I'm on here a lot lately as I haven't been able to leave the house for six weeks now and I'm bored out my skull. I am also fairly limited physically on what I can do at the moment.

2014 CB1100A
2009 Buell Ulysses XB12XT
2007 CRF450X
2003 HD Night Train with sidecar
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The ferret Online
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RE: Wintertime Reading
So W/R... No shoveling snow? You lucky dog


( looking for a positive for you)

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12-21-2017 07:51 PM
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EmptySea Offline
Been There

Chicagoland, USA
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RE: Wintertime Reading
I got these books last Christmas and I think I even posted about them at that time. I confess to only skimming one and not even cracking the other, but that is more a commentary on the reader than on the writer.

The author is Melissa Holbrook Pierson.

The titles are "The Perfect Vehicle (What It Is About Motorcycles)" and "The Man Who Would Stop At Nothing (Long-Distance Motorcycling's Endless Road)"

I started "The Perfect Vehicle" last year. I don't recall why I stopped, but it's here waiting for me to finish this post to delve into it again. "The Man Who Would Stop At Nothing" is about Iron Butt riders and one particular rider, John Ryan.

For my birthday, my son, who is a musician, gave me "The Rest Is Noise" by Alex Ross which is about 20th Century composers and their music. I figure he wants me to have a running knowledge of the subject since it is his passion. I'm more than happy to oblige...but I will read about my passion first--mainly because the books about my passion have bigger print.

MTC


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