The Perfect Vehicle: What It Is About Motorcycles


The Perfect Vehicle: What It Is About Motorcycles by Melissa Holbrook Pierson
W. W. Norton & Company (January 23, 2013) | ISBN: 0393318095 | PDF | 14.20 MB | 240 pages

“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 YorkerIn 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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