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Let's Ride: Sonny Barger's Guide to Motorcycling Paperback – June 8, 2010
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“Let’s Ride is the new authoritative guide to motorcycling and rider safety from Sonny Barger, the famous ‘leader of the pack.’” (BikerNews.org)
“An incredibly valuable piece of literature that every motorcyclist should read twice! . . . Sonny has an unparalleled passion for motorcycling and a vast knowledge base that makes him the perfect author for this book.” (RoadCaptainUSA.com)
“Let’s Ride is an interesting book suitable for any motorcyclist, primarily because the author provides a broad spectrum of information. Informative, instructive, and entertaining-- there is something for everyone.” (CycleMatters.com)
“Offers up a lifetime of bike-riding wisdom you just can’t argue with” (Biker Chick News)
“Barger [is] an American classic, an individualist who lived by a code” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“Barger’s the hombre who gave you motorcycle culture. . . . The biker style Barger originated remains timeless.” (Chicago Tribune)
“Sonny Barger spreads the gospel of two wheels in Let’s Ride. He is the rare rider who could write such a book with authority. (Los Angeles Times)
“When Sonny Barger enters a bar, men twice his weight back away. Women stare.” (Los Angeles Times)
“The baddest man on two wheels” (Rolling Stone)
“Sonny Barger truly is an American Legend.” (Salon.com)
“Packed with the stories and advice it would take years to hear and learn on the road and should be considered a must for any rider, regardless of their experience.” (Clutch and Chrome)
From the Back Cover
The Ultimate Motorcycle Guide By the Author Of The New York Times Bestselling Memoir Hell's Angel
Let's Ride is a nuts-and-bolts guide to mastering the art of motorcycling. From choosing the right bike to sharpening riding techniques, Sonny Barger mines his lifetime of experience to provide advice and wisdom that will help fellow riders—new and veteran alike—survive the dangers of motorcycling.
Let's Ride is the only book of its kind: an essential resource covering every aspect of motorcycle riding and ownership. Chapters include:
- Why Ride?
- Dissecting the Beast: the Anatomy of a Motorcycle
- Types of Bikes
- Fundamentals of Riding
- Evaluating a Used Motorcycle
- Buying a Bike
- Advanced Riding Techniques
- Living with a Motorcycle
Learn how to ride—the right way—from an American legend.
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Top Customer Reviews
Let's Ride is like a pleasant afternoon conversation with a wise rider who has clocked more than 1,000,000 miles in safety; it's an honest account of riding, straight forward, doesn't preach, fun and gets the job done.
Remember the saying"...Ride hard,Die young,and leave a good looking corpse"? With 'Lets Ride',Sonny gives us a better plan:"Ride Smart, Live Long,and Die from Old Age." Coming from a man that has seen, and experienced just about everything, how can we not take heed.
To quote Sonny," This book will cover the things you need to do to learn to ride a motorcycle, tell you how to buy the right motorcycle, teach you how to be comfortable and safe, and give you advice on what to do once you start riding."(page 17) Sonny begins by "dissecting the beast"( chapter 1). He covers everything from the crankcase to windshields; fuel systems to riding positions. He talks about buying the right motorcycle for you. He stresses the need for proper training. But most of all, He teaches us how to ride safe. He teaches us how to ride for life.
This publication is not a novel. This publication is "Sonny Barger's Guide to Motorcycling" A must read for anybody thinking about becoming a motorcycle enthusiast:a reminder for old school.
Live long, Ride Safe
I had a motorcycle about 6 years old that I used to commute around nyc. When I left the city, the bike sat and I didn't ride much since then. About 6 months ago, I got the itch to ride again and got myself something a little bigger and badder.
I picked up this book to get some safety tips and really any information that I could find on safe motorcycling.
This book is very "readable." Which is to say that it can be read in the course of an afternoon. It provides a lot over VERY basic information. It's entertaining, because it includes little tidbits of experience and perspective from one of the most famous bikers there ever was. But that is really all that it has to offer. It is a short book that tries to cover nearly ever topic and does so in such a superficial way that nearly any mount of background knowledge negates the usefulness of the book. While I found the information on rider safety to be very useful, even that was too short. In other parts of the book, he tries to explain various maintenance procedures. But he does it so generally that there is really no point at all. The entire maintenance chapter should say "Maintenance is important. Get a service manual."
This book tries to be too much with too little detail. In the end, I kind of felt as though I paid $14 to pretend like I was friends with a Hell's Angel and didn't really learn much.
So, if you want to hang on Sonny Barger's every word and really want to know what he thinks about xyz, then you'll love this. But if you really just want to learn how to enjoy motorcycling to the fullest, you're going to have to keep looking.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best book for anyone who are planning on buying a motorcycle, for the first time or no matter what number.Published 6 days ago by Big O
Been riding for years, but always nice to get another's perspective and tips for riding. Enjoyed it and passed it on.Published 3 months ago by john yearwood
I like Sonny's no nonsense approach to motorcycles. In addition to the practical aspects of this book you can also feel the overwhelming passion for riding motorcycles. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ILS
Rambles on between good advice. Misleading opinionated information about bike makers other than Victory. He really pushes Victory bikes. That said Mr. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Valencia
There is a LOT of good information in this book, and not only that, it is a darned good read. Lots of common sense information about everything from basic riding techniques, to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Roger J. Buffington
This book was way, way better than I could have imagined. Sonny has such a vast wealth of riding knowledge and delivers it all in his very no nonsense, no punches pulled style. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Randall Ling
good book I ordered it in hardcover and got it in paperback not thrilled about that but o well I guess don't feel like sending it back got here fast only complaint is that it was... Read morePublished 5 months ago by this pen sucks
Sonny gives some good advice here, but if you're looking for more stories about his riding days get his other books. This book would be a good book for someone new to motorcycling.Published 7 months ago by Ispahana