Biker's Handbook by Jay Barbieri

Jay Barbieri is the producer of "American Thunder," a telelvision motorcycle show. He recently authored a new book, "Biker&#...

Jay Barbieri is the producer of "American Thunder," a telelvision motorcycle show. He recently authored a new book, "Biker's Handbook: Becoming Part of the Motorcycle Culture" that teaches new motorcycle owners how to fit into the lifestyle without looking like they're trying.

Susan Carpenter, who covers most of the motorcycle news for the Los Angeles Times, interviewed Barbieri. When asked about who is this book targeted for, he responds...
The guy who buys the leather jacket with a huge logo on the back. The guy who buys the pseudo-Nazi helmet with a big spike. The guy who rides up next to the minivan that says "Baby on Board" and revs his bike looking all bad trying to scare everyone inside.
He goes on to say that his book is really about fitting into the American motorcycle culture...
The original title was "Becoming Part of the American Motorcycle Culture." My publisher didn't want the word "American" in there because the books they put out with "American" in the title didn't do well, but this book is about becoming part of the American motorcycle culture. My point is simply this: In the '70s, there was a very clear line drawn in the sand. The Japanese said, "We do not want the negative stigma of being outlaw bikes." The American motorcycle never changed its philosophy.

About 10 to 15 years ago, Harleys got really popular again, and metric motorcycles came up with a V 45 motor and started styling themselves after Harley-Davidson with a lower price point. A lot of guys went out and said, "It looks like a Harley, sounds like a Harley, so I'm going to buy it." You don't have to buy a Harley to be part of the motorcycle culture, but this is where I get in all kinds of trouble. You're buying a motorcycle that wants to be like something else.
If you're interested in reading this book, here's the link to it on Amazon.com...

http://www.amazon.com/Bikers-Handbook-Becoming-Motorcycle-Culture/

Thanks Thumper for the tip.

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