Monday, June 13, 2011

Harley-Davidson Memories

By Bob Tyson

From the back of the book:

When Bill Harley and Arthur Davidson began tinkering with the idea of engine-assisted cycling in 1901, they probably had no idea where it would lead. Harley-Davidson is the one motorcycle manufacturer that has managed to outlast all the others while becoming not only a legend, but a lifestyle in the process. Ride with motorcycle expert and enthusiast Bob Tyson as he takes a look at vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycles and recounts the heady days of early cycling, when the world was just getting to know this amazing machine.

Just my opinion:

There’s nothing like the distinct sound of a Harley! Most people recognize it from a block away and it makes heads turn. It’s classy and classic.

Bob Tyson brings that sound and style to the pages in this fascinating book that tells the history of Harley-Davidson. With a great array of photos – past and present – and a bevy of advertisements, you will be transported to the open road as you explore how this company changed the course of travel more than 100 years ago.

Tyson is no stranger to either motorcycles or writing. He’s written for motorcycle magazines and is a member of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. He brings that experience to the pages as he delivers an interesting account straight from the annals of history. In fact, this book could have been titled “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Motorcycles … But Were Afraid to Ask Mr. Harley or Mr. Davidson.”

Honesty, I have an innate fear of motorcycles, but with the right driver, whom I can trust with my life, I do enjoy a ride now and then. So, I found this book quite interesting and informational. Whether you’re a fan or not, if you enjoy reading about how American standards were made, you’ll also find something to like about this book.

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