The Perfect Vehicle: What It Is About Motorcycles
Melissa Holbrook Pierson
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"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 Yorker
In 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.
If you love motorcycles and words, you won't find a better book that allow both of these passions to swirl so richly, step so lightly, leave such a massive impression and yet feel so much like your own half-formed thoughts about motorcycles. A beautiful, beautiful book about motorcycles, and why we love them.
- Category: Transportation
- Published: Jan 12, 2011
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
- Seller: W. W. Norton
- Print Length: 240 Pages
- Language: English