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“Proffers some of the best advice around … [has] insight into all aspects of motorcycling ... Provides a solid, practical foundation for anyone. But it also has bits of advice that could aid the seasoned rider as well. It’s written in easy-to-understand prose, with Barger’s wit woven in.” (Motorcycle USA)

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)

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061964263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061964268
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,714,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephen Andrews on July 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a tremendous volume of Sonny Barger's experience of motorcycles and motorcycling and the BEST read of any rider training book I've seen. I've read Hough, Hahn, MSF, Parks and many other professional riders' and journalists' rider instruction books and while all are helpful none compare with Barger's narrative style and readability.

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.
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. This publication is not about history. This publication is not about philosophy. This publication 'is' about all of the above. This book is a Guide for Riding Motorcycles.
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
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I wasn't sure if I was going to buy this book because I've been riding so long I figured I pretty much knew everything there was to know about being a motorcyclist. Then I paged through a copy and decided that if I could learn as much as I learned from just reading a few random pages, there must be a lot in this book that I didn't know. I was right. I read the book cover to cover and was blown away. Sure, there was some material aimed at beginners, but even that stuff was informative. A lot of it I knew a little about, but this book really helped me understand it. The buying guide alone was worth the cost of admission. I learned a lot, but what surprised me was how much fun it was to read. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised; I've read all of Mr. Barger's other books, and I've enjoyed them all. Say what you will about the Hells Angels, but Sonny Barger has done a tremendous service for the motorcycle community by writing this book. I predict that he'll save more than a few lives by having done so. Excellent work, Mr. Barger.
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By way of background:

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.
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I'm finding myself reading everything Barger has written. This book is a stand-alone educational tool on buying and maintaining a motorcycle and riding safely. It goes into great deatail on such things as insurance, financing, examining a used bike, clothing, riding techniques, staying alive in traffic, etc. Intertwined you will find decades of riding experience as well as Sonny's unique interaction and experiences with the various motorcycle companies. This book is not solely about Harley-Davidison, though they are included. This is about all brands and all types of motorcycles. Though this book is aimed at the new rider, I highly recommend this book for all motorcycle riders and potential riders. I've been riding for 45 years and I still learned a few things and noticed only a couple of minor errors. It's obvious Sonny loves motorcycles and it shows in this book. He pulls no punches with the various companies and their models. In my opinion, Barger, through this book, has done more for the advancement and improvement of motorcycle riding and ownership than any other book out there - period. He has truly given back to this great lifestyle.
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