Motorcycle Books for Women Riders
Motorcycle Books: There are a few books written by women riders that I love, and strongly recommend as required reading for any woman motorcyclist, or even any motorcyclist. Motorcycle Books about are great time-fillers when you can't ride - say, like in the dead of winter, in Illinois.
I read this book when it first came out in 1998, and I could hardly put it down. Reading it made me want to quit my job and hop on the motorcycle, for the ultimate adventure. I didn't, of course, but everytime I read this book, that feeling returns. Melissa brings it all to life through her words. I have read many reviews, some glowing and some quite critical, but my opinion does not change. I came to like Melissa, despite her flaws, and identified with her anxieties and fears. Mostly, I identified with her love of motorcycling, and the freedom that one feels when one rolls the throttle forward, and the bike takes off. This would have to be my number one motorcycle book.
The other motorcycle book is one that I just discovered:
Lois is a hoot, quite an adventurer, completely free of the fears and anxieties that often overwhelm me. Her travelogue is imminently readable, and enveloping. I felt as though I was traveling right along with her, except in the places when she traverses bodies of low lying water.
Another can't-put-down book, but I think it is the history coupled with motorcycling that makes this book irresistible- at least for me. I cannot think of a better vehicle on which to travel the same path that the historic Mormon women traveled, than a motorcycle. To understand the complexities interwined between religion, and the passion of a woman motorcylist, and then to capture this understanding in words - priceless. This is a great read.
If you are a woman, and you ride a Harley:
This book is a great resource for beginning riders, with useful tips on riding in certain weather conditions, and how to keep your bike in good mechanical order. However, if you are a critical reader, this book, which is full of bad editing, poor grammer choices, and bad spelling, may prove to be more irritating than informative. If a book provides me with meaningful information, I'm usually willing to look past literary deficiencies. This book has been out-of-print, but is now available again.
This book is about one woman's motorcycle trip from New Jersey to California to Alaska and back. On her journey she met fellow travelers, local folks and her birth family. Larsen is an excellent writer and her trip, like all good journeys, led her to a lot of self-revelations. If you can't make the journey yourself you should at least read the book.