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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.

A Treasury of Motorcycles of the World by Floyd Clymer review

A Treasury of Motorcycles of the World by Floyd Clymer | Rider’s Library

Floyd Clymer was a prolific writer, having written several other books and over 400 articles by the time A Treasury of Motorcycles of the World was published. The book is at once a partial memoir of Clymer’s own career in motorcycling, and a fascinating snapshot of the motorcycle world as it was in 1965.
Magnificent Motorcycle Trips of the World | Book Review

Magnificent Motorcycle Trips of the World | Rider’s Library Book Review

The ironic thing about Colette Coleman’s new book, Magnificent Motorcycle Trips of the World—38 Guided Tours from 6 Continents, is that the less likely it is that you will ever be able to do the incredible, far-flung tours she describes, the more you should have the book.
Long Daze at Long Binh: The Perfect Saddle Bag Book | Rider's Library

Long Daze at Long Binh: The Perfect Saddle Bag Book | Rider’s Library

That said, many motorcyclists of a certain age are also Vietnam veterans or served in other parts of the world during the Vietnam era. For those among our readers, Long Daze at Long Binh may have a special appeal and interest.
Malcolm! The Autobiograpy review

Malcolm! The Autobiography | Rider’s Library Review

Through his superb book, Malcolm! The Autobiography, Malcolm Smith, a star of On Any Sunday, takes us all with him on his long, spectacular ride in life.
A Midwestern Motorcyclist by Darrell Broten | Rider's Library Book Review

A Midwestern Motorcyclist by Darrell Broten | Rider’s Library Book Review

Darrell Broten speaks the language of all of us average daily motorcycle riders, and he does it well. With a little luck, we’ll see more of his stories.
Triumph Motorcycles in America Book Review | Rider's Library

Triumph Motorcycles in America Book Review | Rider’s Library

“Triumph Motorcycles in America” tracks the history of Triumph from growth to boom years, decline, collapse and the resurrection under John Bloor.
Valentino Rossi Books for Sale

Valentino Rossi: Life of a Legend by Michael Scott | Rider’s Library Review

London’s Michael Scott has created a spectacular biography that covers Valentino Rossi from his earliest days to the present.
The Life: Steve McQueen book

The Life: Steve McQueen by Dwight Jon Zimmerman | Rider’s Library

In The Life: Steve McQueen, Dwight Jon Zimmerman has created a way to know McQueen as much more than the media stereotypical king of cool.
The Life Harley-Davidson by Darwin Holmstrom

The Life Harley-Davidson by Darwin Holmstrom Review | Rider’s Library

Darwin Holsmstrom’s "The Life Harley-Davidson," is about the brand's broader history and the cultural impacts of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
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The Unlikely 1 by UM Contributor Gary Ilminen | Rider’s Library

In "The Unlikely 1," Gary Ilminen, takes us on his journey to the Bonneville Salt Flats through the perspective of the everyday man--not a sponsored racer.
Why we Ride—A Psychologist Explains the Motorcyclist’s Mind and the Love Affair between Rider, Bike, and Road

Why We Ride: A Psychologist’s Take on Riding | Rider’s Library

Why we Ride—A Psychologist Explains the Motorcyclist’s Mind and the Love Affair between Rider, Bike, and Road is entertaining and thought-provoking.
One More Ride: Fred and the Craft of Motorcycle Meditations | Rider's Library Review

One More Ride: Fred and the Craft of Motorcycle Meditations | Rider’s Library Review

Fred Milverstedt's "One More Ride" tells of great and not-so-great motorcycle adventures that are crisp, vivid and fun to read.
The Norton Commando Bible Review

The Norton Commando Bible: All Models 1968-1978 Review | Rider’s Library

The Norton Commando Bible: All Models 1968-1978 is a book that any Norton fan and most any motorcycle history buff would want to have in their collection.
The Triumph Tiger Cub Bible Review

The Triumph Tiger Cub Bible Review | Rider’s Library

Mike Estall’s The Triumph Tiger Cub Bible is a mix of historical textbook, technical manual and memoir of one of Triumph’s most enduring models.
The Complete Book of Moto Guzzi Every Model Since 1921 by Ian Falloon

The Complete Book of Moto Guzzi Every Model Since 1921 by Ian Falloon: Review

The Complete Book of Moto Guzzi | Rider's Library When Carlo Guzzi, Giovanni Ravelli and Giorgio Parodi teamed up to form the upstart motorcycle firm...

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