There are millions of new motorcyclists hitting the blacktop every year. But being part of the American motorcycle culture takes more than just wanting to be cool. It takes a passion for the open road, freedom, and a lifestyle that even the best financing cant buy. This book, by someone who knows motorcycles as few do, provides a road map to biker culture for anyone new to the experience. Jay Barbieri explains everything a new rider needs to know to become a real biker. He begins with a brief history of motorcycles, and draws on his twenty-five years of riding experience for examples of what works and doesn't in this heady world. Most of all, he aims to spare new bikers the bad decisions neophytes typically make. With hundreds of motorcycle trips under his belt, there is not a mistake Barbieri hasn't made or a situation he hasn't encountered. By sharing the sometimes comical outcomes, he gives the new biker a head start to become more comfortable, credible, and knowledgeable about joining a community that is as much a part of American culture as baseball, hotdogs and apple pie.
Get it Straight: American Motorcycles
How to Be a Cheap SOB Without Looking Like One
Planning a Trip: This Time it Doesn’t Mean Finding the Guy With the Best Dope
Time to Get Going, But How?
Pack it In
Don’t Be “That Guy” . . . You Know Exactly What I Mean!
F&%k the Midlife Crisis
End of the Road
New York Daily News, Dec. 23. 2007
Nydailynews.com, Dec. 22, 2007
“For anyone who wants to take to the open road, these tips should save you some of the pain of learning from your mistakes.”
Petersen.org, October 2007
“With sometimes comical anecdotes from his 25 years of riding experience, Biker’s Handbook is full of useful tips on how to be part of the fun in the American motorcycle culture.”
“Readers are provided a sound foundation of dos and don’ts between vignettes of moto history … What helps bring Barbieri’s work to life are the abundant black and white photos. It was a smart move to give the reader a visual foundation of the friends and faces and places that have helped shape his past. They add validity to his stories. Toss in tons of cartoons and caricatures of him and his buddies in different predicaments and you’ve got a book that is visually entertaining and fun to read.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nov. 18, 2007
JSOnline.com (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), Nov. 19, 2007
“Even excluding the cheesecake picture of Michele Smith … bike enthusiasts will enjoy paging through the handbook.”