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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.

The Triumph Trophy Bible by Harry Woolridge Review (Rider's Library)

The Triumph Trophy Bible by Harry Woolridge: Review (Rider’s Library)

Whether you’re a hardscrabble collector/restorer or a part-time enthusiast of classic British bikes, Harry Woolridge’s “The Triumph Trophy Bible” is the kind of technical and historical resource you’ll be glad to have.
'Lone Rider: The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World' Elspeth Beard

‘Lone Rider: The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World’ | Review &...

Lone Rider: The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World Book Review & Author Interview At 23, Elspeth Beard had options. All the options...
Motorcycling in the 50s by Jeff Clew Review

Motorcycling in the 50s by Jeff Clew | Rider’s Library Review

Motorcycling in England through the fifties has a magical place in memory and nostalgia, and perhaps no book captures the history and the feel of that time better than Jeff Clew’s Motorcycling in the 50s. The book is a page-turner of a time-machine back to those times.
Franklin’s Indians Irish Motorcycle Racer Charles Franklin, Designer of the Indian Scout & Chief | Rider's Library

Franklin’s Indians Irish Motorcycle Racer Charles Franklin, Designer of the Indian Scout & Chief...

Even if you are a very well-informed, long-time fan of the Indian Motorcycle brand, there is a chapter in the company’s history—well, several chapters—you may not be aware of, unless you already have a copy of Franklin’s Indians Irish Motorcycle Racer Charles Franklin, Designer of the Indian Scout & Chief.
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.

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