Leanings 2: Great Stories by America's Favorite Motorcycle Writer (Anglais) Broché – Illustré, 11 janvier 2010
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He's got a great sense of humor and the rare ability to inject just the right phrase/comment into a well told story to get one laughing or at least snickering. The man's dabbled in all kinds and makes of motorcycles: Ducatis, Vincents, Beemers, Hondas, Nortons, Triumphs and Harley-Davidsons amongst others that slip my mind as I type. He's got a weakness/bias for British Iron and Italian Reds but is not adverse to throwing his leg over other marques as well. His long motorcycling careers encompasses many motorcycles/racing cars and through it all he can recount to you specific events in his life that evoke similar thoughts in one's own experiences. His road trip tales are very detailed and amusing, his dirt rides through Baja even made me, briefly, want to get a dirt bike and follow the trails he rode. I really liked his trademark 'Should you buy a X bike' tests where X is replaced by the word British or Italian or German, you get the idea. The tongue-in-cheek questions always, at least to me, had obvious answers and amuse the test taker at the same time. His short stories of fixing/wrenching on his many bikes stirred an affinity with him what with my recent mechanical work on Brigitta, my 1987 R80 Beemer. He's of course way more knowledgeable and experienced than I'll ever be, but its good to see he also can sometimes not "bend" a bike to his will in terms of mechanical issues. Well worth the read, and you can do several of his articles in a short sitting, leaving you inspired to get some riding in; or perhaps "rescue" an old bike from storage and restore it to health, something he did quite often. He must have a very understanding wife, as I do, though I am sure mine would draw the line way before FIVE motorcycles were parked in my garage. Five being the perfect number of motorcycles according to Pete Egan! You'll have to read the books to find out why. --Examiner dot com, January, 2010
Présentation de l'éditeur
Even the most die hard of motorcyclists can't ride--or work on--their bikes all the time. So in those moments away from that precious Triumph, Suzuki, or Harley, Cycle World columnist and writer Peter Egan comes to the rescue--taking all kinds of riders along with him on his journeys.
Part self-effacing humor, part philosophy, part nostalgia, Egan's pieces remind us not only of all that matters in the motorcycle world, but in the world at large. In Leanings 2, more of his writing (four features and 95 columns) is collected into one volume, giving readers another taste of his best work.
From a trip down the Mississippi to find the grave of blues artist Robert Johnson to rearranging his garage for optimal motorcycle ikebana, Peter Egan's stories hit home with all of us who define our good times with motorcycles. To get his view on how much your motorcycle habit really costs, which rock 'n' roll artists exemplify which bikes, the fine art of carrying motorcycle gear, and much more, crack open this book. It is for everyone who rides a motorcycle--and who has a soul.
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I am absolutely loving it, it makes me want to get out and ride, ride, ride! Could there be more that Peter would want? Maybe rescue an old cafe racer and restore it, I'm tempted.
He talks of toys and real bikes, most sport bikes are toys and real bikes are those you can use every day. Mine is one of the latter, it takes me to work every day yet I love corners so it has to double duty since it is my only ride. Where the highway is shorter I use the back roads, only because they are more interesting with a variety of traffic circles, off-camber sweeps. Keeps the tyres round longer. I tried to insert a pic but got stumped so briefly it is 2007 Bonneville Black with opened up pea shooters.
As a reader of Cycle World in a time when non-local mags were affordable I used to go straight to the columns - then the drought till next month. Now you can get all those evocative reads one after the other, I'm only dreading finishing it. (As an aside you Yanks are blessed: $10 a subscription post free from Amazon, that's 12 mags. Here they cost 150% of that for ONE, off the shelves).