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These authors tell their own personal stories of what happened to them as they rode their motorcycles.
Among these writers are a few professionals who made some of their works available to me early in their careers. They now have books of their own.
Some tales are very short, and some are very long. I've tried to mix them up. You may find the stories of some authors grouped together. Each tale was intensively edited to provide a good reader experience.
You'll find humor, risk-taking, adventures, poetry, rhyming verse, 2-up excursions, world travelers, stupid tricks on bikes, lessons learned, winter riding perils, hazards while riding, and stories told by returning riders.
I wrote five of these stories. Two of my stories relate my experiences on my motorcycle trips. Two stories are fictional children's stories that involve fantasy and motorcycles. The last story is a short fictional tale that describes an alternate world of motorcycles.
Got a better original tale? Send it to me for consideration in a possible sequel.
This book is based on user submissions received by Walter F. Kern while he was the Motorcycles Guide at About.com and also during his current assignment as Editor of Motorcycle Views, which he founded.
The book is an anthology of motorcycle haiku poems including seven original poems written by Walter. The other authors are motorcyclists from all walks of life. They have created short 3-line, 17-syllable haiku poems that reflect their love of riding motorcycles.
Haiku is a three-line unrhymed verse with the first line containing five syllables, the second line containing seven syllables and the last line containing five syllables. Sometimes the verse has a seasonal theme.
Haiku is an old literary, poetic form. Motorcyclists seem to like motorcycle haiku poems. That is evident as you read the 17-syllable haiku poems contained in this book. You will be amazed to find out that the feelings of motorcycle riders can be so succinctly expressed in just three short lines.
Here's an example:
Fresh wind in my face
On an early morning ride
Each haiku poem has been titled and then paired up either with a motorcycle picture or a motorcycle tattoo. Each bike or tattoo picture is described, and then Walter offers his own thoughts to link together the poem and the bike or tattoo picture. Some safety or riding tips and philosophy may also be included in the narrative.
If you've never read haiku before, you're in for a treat. Sit back and enjoy this book of Motorcycle Haiku Poetry.
It provides introductory motorcycling information for new riders to help push them into being safer riders. It's also intended for returning riders who have been away from motorcycling for many years. Hey guys and gals, motorcycling isn't what it used to be.
The reader will learn how to get into motorcycling using all the proper steps to ensure that he or she will be well trained and be acquainted with the technical aspects of motorcycles.
Walter is trying to reach out to riders and present them with a core set of motorcycling information that may help them to survive on the road. Perhaps Kindle readers, who are also riding motorcycles, will take this ebook along with them for reference --whatever it takes to decrease the likelihood of accidents by untrained riders.
The 13 chapters are:
Getting Started Riding a Motorcycle - My Story
How You Can Learn to Ride a Motorcycle
Get Training on How to Ride a Motorcycle
Basic Gear for a Motorcycle Beginner
Ten Ways to be Safe on a Motorcycle
How to Get Back Into Riding Motorcycles Again
Seven Things Only a Biker Knows
Ten Motorcycle Myths
Buy a Motorcycle
Buying a Motorcycle is Only the Beginning
Motorcycle Trips and Touring
Glossary of 225 motorcycle terms
Most of the stories were submitted to Motorcycle Views by visitors to the site. Walter lived and wrote 19 of these tales; eight of the 19 are fictional depictions of far-out motorcycle events that could happen. Jane Ann Kern wrote four stories before her untimely death.
Some tales are short, and some are long. Each tale was intensively edited to provide a good reader experience. You'll find humor, risk-taking, adventure, two-up excursions, stupid tricks on bikes, winter riding perils, hazards while riding, and lessons learned.
Sit back and enjoy 50 More Wild Motorcycle Tales.