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Motorcycle Book Reviews

Riding Skills, Safety, Restoration, History Books and More, We Review The Best Motorcycle Books for Every Use Case

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At wBw we have spent years pouring through every conceivable motorcycle book you can imagine. While the internet is awesome we still love the physical aspects of paper. We tried to organize this page into broad topics that made sense. We cover reviews of books on motorcycle riding, motorcycle training,  motorcycle racing, maintenance and repair, touring and more!

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Book Review Categories & Book Ratings Index

The wBW Flaming Helmet Rating System:  4 = Fantastic book, a must have; 3 = Really good, should have; 2 = Would be nice to have, but don’t sweat it; 1 = Spend your time polishing your bike! A list of all of the motorcycle books we’ve reviewed, sorted by their Flaming Helmet rating and alphabetically within rating groups!

Motorcycle Technology, Repair and Design Books

Motorcycle History Book Reviews

365 Motorcycles You Must Ride by Dain Gingerelli, James Michaels Charles Everitt.
Modern Sports Helmets: Their History, Science and Art by James A. Newman.
Art of the Basket Case by Andrew C. Bauer.
The Fine Art of the Motorcycle Engine by Daniel Peirce.
25 Years of Buell by Court Canfield and Dave Gess.
Hold ON! by Stan Dibben.
The British Motorcycle Directory by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth.
Exotic Motorcycles by Vic Willoughby.
Classic Images Isle of Man TT Races
Classic American Racing Motorcycles by Mick Walker.
Great Motorcycle Legends by Richard Renstrom.
British Motorcycles of the 1930’s by Roy Bacon.
Café Racers: Rockers, Rock ‘n’ Roll and the Coffee-bar Cult by Mike Clay.
The Mod Years Edited by Steven Myatt.
The Rocker Years Edited by Steven Myatt.
Motociclismo Tells the Story of Ducati by Luigi Bianchi and Marco Masetti.
The Ducati Story: Racing and Production Models from 1945 to the Present Day by Ian Falloon.

Motorcycle Racers and Experience Book Reviews

60 Years of MotoGP & the World Motorcycle Championship by Michael Scott.
Motorcycle Matt by Phyllis Andrews (Children’s Book).
The Last Hurrah by Des Molloy (Book and DVD).
The Rugged Road by Theresa Wallach.
Fay Taylour – Queen of Speedway by Brian Belton.
Fifteen Times by Giacomo Agostini and Luca Delli Carri.
Valentino Rossi Photographs by Micro Lazzari.
Leanings 2 by Peter Egan.
Valentino Rossi – The Autobiography by Valentino Rossi with Enrico Borghi.
Barry Sheene, 1950-2003: The Biography by Stuart Barker.
Mick Doohan – Thunder From Down Under by Mick Doohan.
Hizzy: The Autobiography of Steve Hislop by Steve Hislop, Stuart Baker.
Colin Edwards: The Texas Tornado by Rob Simmonds.
Valentino Rossi – Moto Genius by Mat Oxley.
Joey Dunlop: His Authorised Biography by Mac McDiarmid, Bob McMillan.
Biker Billy Cooks With Fire  By Bill Hufnagle.
HEAR ME ROAR: Women, Motorcycles, and the Rapture of the Road  By Ann Ferrar.
Bill Lomas: World Championship Road Racer by Bill Lomas.

Motorcycle Touring and Long-Distance Riding Reviews

Bikers’ Britain by Simon Weir
There And Back Again to See How Far It Is by Tim Watson
Zero to Sixty: A Dakar Adventure by David Mills
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook (6th Edition) by Chris Scott
Rolling Through the Isles by Ted Simon
Bonjour! Is This Italy? by Kevin Turner.
The Motorcycle Touring Bible by Fred Rau.
Tortillas to Totems: Sidetracked by the Unexpected by Sam Manicom.
Building the Ultimate Adventure Motorcycle by Robert Wicks.
India: The Shimmering Dream by Max Reisch.
Lois on the Loose by Lois Pryce.
Dual Sport Motorcycling by Carl Adams.
Distant Suns by Sam Manicom.
I See By My Outfit by Peter S. Beagle.
One Life to Ride by Ajit Harisinghani.
Motorcycle Journeys Through the Rocky Mountains by Toby Ballentine.
Motorcycle Journeys Through California & Baja by Clement Salvadori.
Motorcycle Journeys Through the American South by Scott Cochran.
Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps & Beyond by John Hermann.
Into Africa and Under Asian Skies (2 books) by Sam Manicom.
Blood, Sweat & 2nd Gear by flash gordon, m.d.
Twisting Throttle Australia by Mike Hyde.
The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel by Dale Coyner.
Chasing Dakar – by Dr. Jonathan Edwards and Scot Harden.
Monks and Motorcycles – by Franklin E. Huffman.  A 1950’s adventure across the globe.
Motorcycle Journeys Through the Pacific Northwest – friendly guided tours by Bruce Hansen
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook, 5th Edition – the “Bible” of motorcycle adventure touring.
AMA Ride Guide to America – covers 5 regions of the United States.
Motorcycle Journeys Through the Appalachians by Dale Coyner has 36 day trips with maps and info.
Two Wheels Through Terror is Glen Heggstad’s incredible story of a motorcycle adventure gone bad.
Moto-Maps pre-selected motorcycle tours in several New England states.
Going the Extra Mile – A Handbook for Long-Distance Motorcycling and Endurance Rallies by Ron Ayres.
Against the Wind: A Rider’s Account of the Incredible Iron Butt Rally by Ron Ayres.

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