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"Through their wide-ranging study of history, technology, literature, film, fashion, and aesthetic design, Alford and Ferriss have created the most extensive, perceptive, and rewarding inquiry yet into the role of the motorcycle and our fascination with it."
(Ed Youngblood, past president of the American Motorcycle Association and editor of Motohistory 2007-06-14)

“Motorcycle takes you from the motorized bicycle to the life cycle of Bosozoku gangs; from the concept of ‘flow’ to leather and sexuality; from Broughs to toughs to white-gloved Motor Maids. Like a good motorcycle ride it leads you into new territory and gives you a fresh sense of familiar terrain. International in scope, informative and provocative, it opens up the field of motorcycle culture and design.”

(Ted Bishop, author of Riding with Rilke: Reflections on Motorcycles and Books 2007-06-25)

"An exploration of the 'fact, myth and legend of the motorcycle.'"
(Cycle World 2007-10-01)

About the Author

Steven E. Alford and Suzanne Ferriss teach at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  They have been involved in the study of the intersection of motorcycles and culture for a number of years, lecturing on diverse topics such as biker fashion, New Zealand motorcyclists Burt Munro and John Britten, and the psychological effects of riding.  Their work has appeared in Harley-Davidson and Philosophy, TheLiterature of Travel and Exploration, Motorcycle Consumer News, and elsewhere.  They also edit The International Journal of Motorcycle Studies.
 
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Product Details

  • Series: Objekt
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (January 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861893450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861893451
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,507,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book explores the motorcycle as a design object, from its humble beginnings as a bicycle with a motor bolted onto it, through a century of design evolution and innovation to modern times. It turns a wide-angle lens on the history and development of the machine, and how people have reacted to it--both those who love it and those who hate it.
It focuses beyond the tunnel vision of the American landscape and bike industry to an international, multileveled, and complicated story, and rescues the motorcycle from triviality (in the US) by treating it as a serious engineering feat which has polarized societies since its inception.
A good companion read is Steven L. Thompson's "Bodies in Motion."
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By L. W. on December 13, 2008
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MOTORCYCLE is a fascinating look at this compelling "objekt" of power and beauty,and its great significance not only as a machine but as an aesthetic and pop cultural icon. The authors have provided interesting historical and social insights in their look at the motorcyle, and their lively prose is punctuated with compelling photographs. Alford and Ferriss have done a thoughtful,sophisticated job of analyzing the impact of the motorcycle on cultural imagination--and our ideas about motion, freedom, gender, and the future--as well as illustrating its importance in art, design, literature and film. Clearly, the motorcycle is much more than the sum of its parts, as this ambitious and well-wrought analysis shows. It makes one want to put on some goggles and hit the open road--with the book in one's pack, of course! Vroooom!
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The book Motorcycle is for all those who want to know everything there is to know about the role that motorcycles have played (and continue to play) in the world's culture. My own fascination with them began in the early 1960s as I envied those fellow teenagers who had mopeds and Honda 50s. Freedom, cool, and speed are the words that come to my mind when I think of those days.

What is fascinating about this book is that it is everything you would expect a book about motorcycles not to be .... highly relevant and intelligent. Bring your brain ... it's a book to savor.
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