Live to Ride: The Rumbling, Roaring World of Speed, Escape, and Adventure on Two Wheels

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Live to Ride: The Rumbling, Roaring World of Speed, Escape, and Adventure on Two Wheels

Format:  Hardcover,

274 pages

Publisher: Atria Books

Publish Date: Jun 2010

ISBN-13: 9781416550327

ISBN-10: 1416550321

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"Live to Ride "is pure adrenaline--a full-throttle exploration of motorcycles that pushes to the limit, with heart-pounding accounts of riding the greatest bikes of all time, all over the world.

"Live to ride, ride to live." For many motorcycle riders, these words express life's guiding principle. Just take a look at the patch emblazoned on the jackets of legions of riders. Whether they're roaring down an empty highway on two wheels at an insane speed, hopping on for a few mind-boggling loops of motocross, joining in the "rolling thunder" of a veritable outlaw motorcycle club, or just cruising on a Harley on a Sunday afternoon, motorcyclists of all stripes share a common love of the freedom that is riding.

Wayne Johnson, a lifelong motorcycle-lover and acclaimed writer, takes us around the globe and onto the terrain where the most extreme, thrilling forms of riding happen. Johnson shows where it all began more than a hundred years ago when the first motorcycle evolved from the bicycle and lands us on the track today with some of the world's highest-paid athletes-- professional motorcycle road racers. From there we go inside radically different competitions like the vertigo-inspiring "Widowmaker Hillclimb" and the fastest land racing on the planet at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Johnson also offers an inside look at the legendarily secretive culture of biker clubs with firsthand accounts of his own wild rides with an outlaw club. In every one of these venues, you aren't just passing through as an observer--you are on a bike, racing across new and undiscovered country, the horizon your only destination.

If you have ever wondered what it's like to climb on a motorcycle and feel its engine roar to life, or have actually done it and felt the rush of flying off into the wild blue yonder, or have simply been intrigued by this iconic part of American culture and history, hold on tight for this irresistible, one-of-a-kind journey into motorcycling.

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Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: Jun 2010
ISBN-13: 9781416550327
ISBN-10: 1416550321
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 274
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.98
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.0 x 1.2 x 9.0

About the author

Biography of Johnson, Wayne

Wayne Johnson grew up in the north lakes region of Minnesota and on the White Earth and Red Lake reservations. He was a teaching-writing fellow of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and is the recipient of the prestigious Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. His short fiction has appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including, The Atlantic Monthly, the Norton Anthology of Literature, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards.

Chapter outline

Author's Notep. ix
The Call of the Open Roadp. 1
The Riders of the Apocalypse Find a New Mountp. 11
Road Racing: Sex on Wheelsp. 57
Why Don't We Do It in the Dirt?p. 99
MCers, 1%ers, Outlaw Bikers, and Club Riders: Brando, Barger, Balls, and Blusterp. 137
Widowmaker: Hill-Climbing Killer Extraordinairep. 177
At the Last, Fastest Place on Earth: Salt Feverp. 203
The Ultimate Freedom Machine: (Just) Getting Out Therep. 245
Acknowledgmentsp. 273

Book description

Live to Ride is pure adrenaline—a full-throttle exploration of motorcycles that pushes to the limit, with heart-pounding accounts of riding the greatest bikes of all time, all over the world.

“Live to ride, ride to live.” For many motorcycle riders, these words express life’s guiding principle. Just take a look at the patch emblazoned on the jackets of legions of riders. Whether they’re roaring down an empty highway on two wheels at an insane speed, hopping on for a few mind-boggling loops of motocross, joining in the “rolling thunder” of a veritable outlaw motorcycle club, or just cruising on a Harley on a Sunday afternoon, motorcyclists of all stripes share a common love of the freedom that is riding.

Wayne Johnson, a lifelong motorcycle-lover and acclaimed writer, takes us around the globe and onto the terrain where the most extreme, thrilling forms of riding happen. Johnson shows where it all began more than a hundred years ago when the first motorcycle evolved from the bicycle and lands us on the track today with some of the world’s highest-paid athletes— professional motorcycle road racers. From there we go inside radically different competitions like the vertigo-inspiring “Widowmaker Hill climb” and the fastest land racing on the planet at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Johnson also offers an inside look at the legendarily secretive culture of biker clubs with firsthand accounts of his own wild rides with an outlaw club. In every one of these venues, you aren’t just passing through as an observer—you are on a bike, racing across new and undiscovered country, the horizon your only destination.

If you have ever wondered what it’s like to climb on a motorcycle and feel its engine roar to life, or have actually done it and felt the rush of flying off into the wild blue yonder, or have simply been intrigued by this iconic part of American culture and history, hold on tight for this irresistible, one-of-a-kind journey into motorcycling.

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