Perfect Vehicle : What It Is About Motorcycles

Author(s): Melissa Holbrook Pierson


"This book, a polished, winding meditation on the theory and fractiousness of motorcycles, celebrates both their eccentric history and the wary pleasures of touring."--The New Yorker

In a book that is "a must for anyone who has loved a motorcycle" (Oliver Sacks), Melissa Pierson captures in vivid, writerly prose the mysterious attractions of motorcycling. She sifts through myth and hyperbole: misrepresentations about danger, about the type of people who ride and why they do so. The Perfect Vehicle is not a mere recitation of facts, nor is it a polemic or apologia. Its vivid historical accounts-the beginnings of the machine, the often hidden tradition of women who ride, the tale of the defiant ones who taunt death on the racetrack-are intertwined with Pierson's own story, which, in itself, shows that although you may think you know what kind of person rides a motorcycle, you probably don't.


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General Fields

  • : 9780393318098
  • : W. W. Norton & Company Limited
  • : W. W. Norton & Company Limited
  • : 0.7
  • : May 1998
  • : 0.50000mm X 6.00000mm X 8.50000mm
  • : February 1998
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Melissa Holbrook Pierson
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 796.75
  • : BL 98004081
  • : 240