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Rider’s Library features reviews of some of the best books on motorcycles, including some that are very hard to find.

Sunday Rides on Two Wheels: Motorcycling in Southern Wisconsin Review

Full disclosure: As a long-time resident of and motorcycle rider in Southern Wisconsin, I admit to having a strong bias in its favor as...

The Complete Book of Ducati Motorcycles, 2nd Edition Review

Ian Falloon is one of the motorcycle industry’s foremost brand historians. What’s more, he doesn’t rest on his laurels; his brand histories are dynamic...
What's My Dream Motorcycle? 1971 Norton Commando 750

Rider’s Library: Norton Villiers Triumph by Brad Jones Book Review

It is a story with a lot of moving parts. It involves problems with products, people, policies, and politics, plus promises not kept. Poor...

Burma-Shave – The Rhymes, the Signs, the Times Review [Rider’s Library]

Riders of a certain age—myself included—may remember seeing them. They were those small, unobtrusive but often funny placards in sets of six along the...
Freddie Ludlow Book Cover

Rider’s Library: “Freddie Ludlow. His Life on Two Wheels” Book Review

These days, it’s not uncommon to see classic films with the notation “digitally remastered” to bring the old content to a new generation in...
The Big Book of Motorbikes: Price

The Big Book of Motorbikes First Look: For New Readers and Riders

If you have a new reader on your Christmas shopping list, we’re going to make things easy for you—buy The Big Book of Motorbikes....
"Ride Captains and Tail-Gunners—The Complete Guide for Motorcycle Group Riding" Book Review: For Sale

“Ride Captains and Tail-Gunners” Book Review [Rider’s Library]

Motorcyclists are social types. We tend to enjoy each other’s company, and that results in club events, gatherings, and group rides. Group rides can be...

“Culture & Customization – The Motor Scooter Story” Book Review

If you love scooters—and let’s face it, a lot of us do because we may have experienced our first motorized two-wheel rides on one—Barry...
2021 Holiday Gift Guide Motorcyclists

Gary’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide For Ultimate Motorcyclists [Two Top 5s!]

It’s an annual event or dilemma, depending on your point of view—selecting the right holiday gift to get that motorcycling special someone, be it...

The Harley-Davidson Sourcebook Book Review [Rider’s Library]

Just when you thought about everything that could be written about Harley-Davidson motorcycles had been written, Canadian author and custom bike-builder Mitch Bergeron hits...

Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel [Review – Rider’s Library]

With new start-up companies building electric motorcycles seemingly all over the place, the idea of anybody considering building an e-bike solo hadn’t seriously occurred...
John Hopkins' "Leathered" Audiobook

John Hopkins’ “Leathered” Audible Audiobook Review – Rider’s Library

Even if you have no interest in motorcycle racing, John Hopkins' "Leathered" autobiography is a great listen. Yes, I actually listened. Although an autobiography,...
The Bad Editor by Peter Jone review

The Bad Editor by Peter Jones: Rider’s Library Review

Collected columns and untold tales of bad behavior... If you have read Peter Jones for any length of time, you know his work is insightful,...
The Motolady’s Book of Women Who Ride by Alicia Mariah Elfving book

The Motolady’s Book of Women Who Ride by Alicia Mariah Elfving [Review]

It is with some embarrassment that I have to admit that many of the remarkable women featured in Alicia Mariah Elfving’s new book, “The...

Scrambling for Enthusiastic Beginners: Historic Motorcycle Book Review

Author Frank Melling’s new book will not teach you a darn thing about how to scramble. Scrambling for Enthusiastic Beginners – How I Survived...