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Leanings 2: Great Stories by America's Favorite Motorcycle Writer (Anglais) Broché – Illustré, 11 janvier 2010

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came to Peter Egan's writings in a roundabout way; roundabout, that is, from a motorcyclist's point of view, because I first became aware of Peter Egan in the pages of Road & Track magazine. Egan carries on the tradition of exquisite and eloquent writing in the nature of two of my other favorite motoring journalists: L.J.K. Setright, who wrote (if that simple word can be used to describe his craft) for the British Car magazine, and whose prose graced the pages of many other automotive magazines; and Denis Jenkinson, another Citizen of the Crown, whose work I became familiar with as a youth. I think - and I would hope - that Peter Egan would be proud to be considered as equals to Setright and Jenkinson, who are both legendary and whose works are still discovered and enjoyed to this day by many readers. Many motorcyclists have enjoyed Peter Egan's writings in Cycle World magazine since he first appeared in those pages back in 1977. He's been writing ever since as a sort of stream-of-consciousness raconteur (not many of these left in today's hyper-video sound bite society). I also enjoy his columns, but missed the first collection in the original Leanings, first published in 2002. That book has become one of the most popular motorcycle related books in print. Egan certainly has a unique gift; he can talk motorcycles both old and new; travel; nostalgia and just good ol' stories that seem to ring true with everyone who reads him. Leanings 2 contains four feature articles that first appeared in Cycle World from 2003 to 2005, including 'The Search for Robert Johnson', 'Where the Sidewalk Ends', 'A Thousand Miles From Nowhere' and 'In the Moon of the Falling Leaves'. The second part of the book includes a full 95 Cycle World columns that appeared in Cycle World from 1988 to 2004. You may wonder why you should buy a book that's basically a reprint of Cycle World columns, some of which you may have already read. But like classic films, Egan's writings can be enjoyed over and over, and each time you will discover something new. This is an absolutely perfect book to take on that next coast-to-coast plane trip; to the beach house in the summer; or just to keep on the nightstand so that you can read a chapter or two before bed, which will both calm you down and provide you with sweet dreams of a world full of motorcycles and good times. --Web Bike World, January, 2010

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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Got an itch? Scratch it. 21 août 2012
Par Richard Sprowson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book came out of LAX via Frankfurt to me in South Africa. It came quite quickly along with Nick Inestich's riding manual (don't have it with me so forgive the spelling please). The prequel, ordered at the same time came about a month later, at least it came, such is the way SA's post office works.
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).
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thoroughly Enjoyable Read 11 décembre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
As with my other reviews of Egan's writings, most books are of his reprints of his magazine column in Cycle World and Road and Track, I thoroughly enjoy his material and especially his way of writing. Some articles are so funny that I can't hardly get through them due to laughing when sharing them with my wife (which I think she enjoys even more than the account itself). After one of his books, I've bought all his others (except the very expensive $60.00 one). Each article is short (a couple of pages; they are monthly magazine columns), and most do not relate to another, so you can pick up and read at any place in the book (and reread, as I have with some already). He nails the human condition, our idiosyncrasies and foibles, doing it with humor, usually with him on center stage,and not just re: MCs or old cars. I recommend them all.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Please publish another book soon 30 novembre 2005
Par deepsouth - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
A word of warning. If you love motorcycles, you will devour this book during a chilly night or two and be left wanting more. And you will be sad that Peter Egan is not your best friend. In short, magazine essay-length chapters, Egan evokes funny and warm and all-too-accurate images of motorcycling life and obsessiveness. Gratefully, he does not have the need to romanticize riding, as do so many writers who have followed Persig. No spirits, no transcendance, no self-actualization here, thank God. Egan comes across as a regular guy, with regular friends, and a very understanding wife, who loves a good motorcycle (or eight), Delta blues, and a cold Guiness. He is one of us, but he writes the story better. Read it slow and it will tide you over till spring.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 leanings 1 & 2 by peter egan 10 janvier 2014
Par joseywales - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
at some point I prolly read most of these over the years , being a long time subscriber to cycle magazine. but its great to have them all "bundled" together in two great books. peters writings always take me to a happy place in my mind , and always perks my sense of adventure up !! as always makes me want to get out on the road and create my own "musings" in real time !!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining book of stories related to motorcycles 4 mai 2014
Par dstarr - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
A great collection of short stories (columns) about motorcycles and the author. They usually describe situations the author experienced with the maintenance, restoration or travel with motorcycles. Peter is a great story teller. If you enjoy motorcycles and motorcyclists and would like to read some enjoyable tales this book is for you.
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