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Biker's Handbook: Becoming Part of the Motorcycle Culture

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Advance praise:

“Just about everybody in the V-twin motorcycle aftermarket knows Jay Barbieri. Besides being a TV producer for American Thunder on SPEED Channel, Jay is genuinely into motorcycles. What you may not know if that Jay has a very quick wit and a great, though twisted sense of humor. He puts his many years of riding experience and a good dollop of that sense of humor to work in his Biker’s Handbook: Becoming Part of the Motorcycle Culture. If you are new to the two-wheeled lifestyle, do what Jay tells you and you'll be fine. If you're already a biker, you'll laugh your butt off because Jay’s accounts of the good, bad and ugly experiences of living the lifestyle ring hilariously true.”  

Dave Nichols, editor of Easyriders and V-Twin magazines

“Having worked and partied with Jay for the last few years, I can attest to the fact that he’s a crazy bastard. As for his book, I heartily recommend it. It’s a great read, being both informative and entertaining. In his own free-wheeling way, Jay tells you what you need to know about bike events and the motorcycle subculture to fit right in and enjoy the ride. Definitely read it with a cold one at hand, in a place where you can laugh as loud as you want.”

Chris Maida, editor of American Iron Magazine

About the book:

There are millions of new motorcyclists hitting the blacktop every year. But being part of the American motorcycle culture takes more than just wanting to be cool. It takes a passion for the open road, freedom, and a lifestyle that even the best financing cant buy. This book, by someone who knows motorcycles as few do, provides a road map to biker culture for anyone new to the experience. Jay Barbieri explains everything a new rider needs to know to become a real biker. He begins with a brief history of motorcycles, and draws on his twenty-five years of riding experience for examples of what works and doesn't in this heady world. Most of all, he aims to spare new bikers the bad decisions neophytes typically make. With hundreds of motorcycle trips under his belt, there is not a mistake Barbieri hasn't made or a situation he hasn't encountered. By sharing the sometimes comical outcomes, he gives the new biker a head start to become more comfortable, credible, and knowledgeable about joining a community that is as much a part of American culture as baseball, hotdogs and apple pie.

Author Bio:

Born and raised in Stratford, Connecticut, Barbieri graduated from the Paier College of Art in New Haven with a B.F.A in Fine Arts (1986), the same year he bought his first Harley-Davidson. During the next ten years, his obsession with American motorcycles grew so much that he partnered with a biker friend from Traverse City, Michigan to open a custom motorcycle shop called Old Mission Scooters. In 2001 he moved to California to pursue his dream of combining his passion for motorcycles with the entertainment industry. By 2004 Barbieri was at the helm of SPEED Channel’s highest-rated and longest running motorcycle magazine show, American Thunder. Since he got his first Harley in 1986, Barbieri has racked up over a two hundred and fifty thousand miles on two wheels and has attended Daytona Bike Week and Sturgis over twenty times combined. In this book, Barbieri shares the lessons learned from his years of experience on the motorcycle to help all riders feel more comfortable, credible, and knowledgeable on the road.

Synopsis:

“When I was four years old, I remember waking up one evening to the sound of the motorcycles. When I looked out my window, I saw my uncle and a few friends sitting on their bikes. I was so excited I rushed out of my room and into the front yard. The next thing I remember was sitting on the gas tank and hanging onto handlebars. As I rode around the block, I could feel the warm air rush against my face.  The smell of the gas and oil was intoxicating and the rumble from the pipes was awesome! That night I fell in love with motorcycles.  But not just any motorcycles – American-made Harley-Davidsons. Twelve years later I got my motorcycle license and six years after that I owned my first Harley.”

--Jay Barbieri

 

Born and raised in Stratford, Connecticut, Barbieri graduated from the Paier College of Art in New Haven with a B.F.A in Fine Arts (1986), the same year he bought his first Harley-Davidson. For the next ten years, Barbieri worked in the music industry, where his most public and noteworthy triumph was his involvement with “CHANT,” the most successful classical-pop crossover album in music history.  During these years, his obsession with American motorcycles grew so much that he partnered with a biker friend from Traverse City, Michigan to open a custom motorcycle shop called Old Mission Scooters.

 

In 1996 Barbieri struck out on his own to found the first Internet recording label, J-Bird Music Group. In 2001 he sold his interest in J-Bird and moved to California to pursue his dream of combining his passion for motorcycles with the entertainment industry. In 2004 Barbieri was at the helm of SPEED Channel’s highest-rated and longest running motorcycle magazine show, American Thunder.

 

Since he got his first Harley in 1986, Barbieri has racked up over two hundred and fifty thousand miles on two wheels and has attended Daytona Bike Week and Sturgis over twenty times combined.  He has had the opportunity to ride with and meet other bikers such as Jay Leno, Tim McGraw, Big Kenny from Big and Rich, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry from Montgomery Gentry, Vince Neal of Motley Crüe, Rick Allen of Def Leppard, Neal Schone from Journey and NASCAR driver Greg Biffle, to name a few.

 

In his upcoming book, BIKER’S HANDBOOK: Becoming Part of the Motorcycle Culture, which MotorBooks Inc. will publish in November 2007, Barbieri shares the lessons learned from his years of experience on the motorcycle to help all riders feel more comfortable, credible, and knowledgeable on the road.

   .

Synopsis:

Barbieri explains everything a new rider needs to know to become a real biker. By sharing the lessons he learned the hard way, Barbieri gives the new biker a head start to become more comfortable, credible, and knowledgeable about the motorcycle culture.

Synopsis:

This book, by someone who knows motorcycles as few do, explains everything a new rider needs to know to become a real biker.

Synopsis:

This book, by someone who knows motorcycles as few do, provides a road map to biker culture for anyone new to the experience. Jay Barbieri begins with a brief history of motorcycles, and draws on his twenty-five years of riding experience for examples of what works and doesn’t in this heady world. With hundreds of motorcycle trips under his belt, there is not a mistake Barbieri hasn’t made or a situation he hasn't encountered. By sharing the sometimes comical outcomes, he gives the new biker a nearly risk-free way to become more comfortable, credible, and knowledgeable about joining a truly American community.

Synopsis:

There are millions of new motorcyclists hitting the blacktop every year. But being part of the American motorcycle culture takes more than just wanting to be cool. It takes a passion for the open road, freedom, and a lifestyle that even the best financing cant buy. This book, by someone who knows motorcycles as few do, provides a road map to biker culture for anyone new to the experience. Jay Barbieri explains everything a new rider needs to know to become a real biker. He begins with a brief history of motorcycles, and draws on his twenty-five years of riding experience for examples of what works and doesn't in this heady world. Most of all, he aims to spare new bikers the bad decisions neophytes typically make. With hundreds of motorcycle trips under his belt, there is not a mistake Barbieri hasn't made or a situation he hasn't encountered. By sharing the sometimes comical outcomes, he gives the new biker a head start to become more comfortable, credible, and knowledgeable about joining a community that is as much a part of American culture as baseball, hotdogs and apple pie.

About the Author

Jay Barbieri hosts a weekly segment on Speed TVs “American Thunder,” the longest-running TV motorcycle magazine, and is the supervising producer for “Chopper Nation” and “The Million Dollar Biker Build Off” on ESPN2 and “The Great American Poker Run” on Chicago Super Station WGN.  He lives in Hollywood, California.

Table of Contents

Dedication

Introduction

Chapter One

Get it Straight: American Motorcycles

 Chapter Two

How to Be a Cheap SOB Without Looking Like One

Chapter Three

Planning a Trip: This Time it Doesn’t Mean Finding the Guy With the Best Dope

Chapter Four

Time to Get Going, But How?

Chapter Five

Pack it In

Chapter Six

Don’t Be “That Guy” . . . You Know Exactly What I Mean!

Chapter Seven

F&%k the Midlife Crisis

End of the Road

Product Details

ISBN:
9780760332108
Author:
Barbieri, Jay
Publisher:
Motorbooks International
Foreword by:
Smith, Michele
Foreword:
Smith, Michele
Author:
Smith, Michele
Subject:
Motorcycles - General
Subject:
Motorcycling
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Motorcyclists -- United States.
Subject:
Motorcycling -- United States.
Subject:
Automotive - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
First
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 b/w photos
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 7.88 in 1.31 lb

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“When I was four years old, I remember waking up one evening to the sound of the motorcycles. When I looked out my window, I saw my uncle and a few friends sitting on their bikes. I was so excited I rushed out of my room and into the front yard. The next thing I remember was sitting on the gas tank and hanging onto handlebars. As I rode around the block, I could feel the warm air rush against my face.  The smell of the gas and oil was intoxicating and the rumble from the pipes was awesome! That night I fell in love with motorcycles.  But not just any motorcycles – American-made Harley-Davidsons. Twelve years later I got my motorcycle license and six years after that I owned my first Harley.”

--Jay Barbieri

 

Born and raised in Stratford, Connecticut, Barbieri graduated from the Paier College of Art in New Haven with a B.F.A in Fine Arts (1986), the same year he bought his first Harley-Davidson. For the next ten years, Barbieri worked in the music industry, where his most public and noteworthy triumph was his involvement with “CHANT,” the most successful classical-pop crossover album in music history.  During these years, his obsession with American motorcycles grew so much that he partnered with a biker friend from Traverse City, Michigan to open a custom motorcycle shop called Old Mission Scooters.

 

In 1996 Barbieri struck out on his own to found the first Internet recording label, J-Bird Music Group. In 2001 he sold his interest in J-Bird and moved to California to pursue his dream of combining his passion for motorcycles with the entertainment industry. In 2004 Barbieri was at the helm of SPEED Channel’s highest-rated and longest running motorcycle magazine show, American Thunder.

 

Since he got his first Harley in 1986, Barbieri has racked up over two hundred and fifty thousand miles on two wheels and has attended Daytona Bike Week and Sturgis over twenty times combined.  He has had the opportunity to ride with and meet other bikers such as Jay Leno, Tim McGraw, Big Kenny from Big and Rich, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry from Montgomery Gentry, Vince Neal of Motley Crüe, Rick Allen of Def Leppard, Neal Schone from Journey and NASCAR driver Greg Biffle, to name a few.

 

In his upcoming book, BIKER’S HANDBOOK: Becoming Part of the Motorcycle Culture, which MotorBooks Inc. will publish in November 2007, Barbieri shares the lessons learned from his years of experience on the motorcycle to help all riders feel more comfortable, credible, and knowledgeable on the road.

   .

"Synopsis" by , Barbieri explains everything a new rider needs to know to become a real biker. By sharing the lessons he learned the hard way, Barbieri gives the new biker a head start to become more comfortable, credible, and knowledgeable about the motorcycle culture.
"Synopsis" by ,
This book, by someone who knows motorcycles as few do, explains everything a new rider needs to know to become a real biker.
"Synopsis" by ,

This book, by someone who knows motorcycles as few do, provides a road map to biker culture for anyone new to the experience. Jay Barbieri begins with a brief history of motorcycles, and draws on his twenty-five years of riding experience for examples of what works and doesn’t in this heady world. With hundreds of motorcycle trips under his belt, there is not a mistake Barbieri hasn’t made or a situation he hasn't encountered. By sharing the sometimes comical outcomes, he gives the new biker a nearly risk-free way to become more comfortable, credible, and knowledgeable about joining a truly American community.

"Synopsis" by ,

There are millions of new motorcyclists hitting the blacktop every year. But being part of the American motorcycle culture takes more than just wanting to be cool. It takes a passion for the open road, freedom, and a lifestyle that even the best financing cant buy. This book, by someone who knows motorcycles as few do, provides a road map to biker culture for anyone new to the experience. Jay Barbieri explains everything a new rider needs to know to become a real biker. He begins with a brief history of motorcycles, and draws on his twenty-five years of riding experience for examples of what works and doesn't in this heady world. Most of all, he aims to spare new bikers the bad decisions neophytes typically make. With hundreds of motorcycle trips under his belt, there is not a mistake Barbieri hasn't made or a situation he hasn't encountered. By sharing the sometimes comical outcomes, he gives the new biker a head start to become more comfortable, credible, and knowledgeable about joining a community that is as much a part of American culture as baseball, hotdogs and apple pie.

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