RoadRUNNER Digital Rider

Building a Digital MotoLibrary

May 15, 2012 View Comments by

When I first started writing motorcycle stories 10 years ago, one of the first things I did was seek out examples of the genre so I could inspect and dissect how the best of the best told their tales. I sought the opinions of fellow riders for recommended books and then trawled local bookstores and online specialty shops to build a modest motorcycle library.

My, how things have changed. Now all an aspiring writer has to do is turn on a Kindle or iPad and in minutes download the same collection that took me years to build. Better yet, these devices are easy to take on the road and read beside the campfire after a great day of riding.

A quick search of the Kindle Store results in over 800 motorcycle-related ebooks. Some notable ebooks include:

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

Jupiter’s Travels by Ted Simon

The Perfect Vehicle: What It Is About Motorcycles by Melissa Holbrook Pierson

Total Control by Lee Parks

Proficient Motorcycling by David L. Hough

The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara

Long Way Round by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman

The library isn’t complete though. Robert Edison Fulton Jr.’s One Man Caravan is missing. Fulton wasn’t just the scion of Mack Trucks; in 1932 he was likely one of the first people to ride a motorcycle around the world. One Man Caravan is his story of that epic trip. Keith Code’s Twist of the Wrist—a must for any aspiring road racer—is also missing, as is Ghost Rider by Neil Peart and Valentino Rossi’s What If I Had Never Tried It.

This post wouldn’t be complete, however, without a shameless self plug. Yours truly has just released Ten Tips: Motorcycle Travel Photos in the Kindle Store. Who knows, maybe 10 years from now someone else will be blogging about it . . .

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About the author

You know that little boy who stares at you, mouth agape, as you ride by? That was me, thirty-plus years ago. I merged two of my passions, motorcycles and photography, when I became a contributor to RoadRUNNER.