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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.

'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.
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.

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