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Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do

A deeper look at driving written by Tom Vanderbilt Knopf, $24.95, 416 pages A few years ago, I was riding somewhere in the Midwest when I saw a work-zone sign that read, “Construction Ahead. Merge Right.” The right lane was filled with cars that jumped into that lane when they saw the sign, but the left lane, in which I ...

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Learning life’s lessons

We’ll See the World from My Harley: Motorcycle Adventures and Human Relations Dennis Miner Outskirts Press, Inc., $12.95, 153 pp. www.outskirtspress.com www.theworldfrommyharley.com “So what are the most important of life’s lessons that I have definitely learned so far? Somewhere along the way I was told these things but I had to experience them for myself to really learn them.” —Dennis ...

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Harley’s secret stash

The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection Randy Leffingwell and Darwin Holmstrom Motorbooks, $60, 408 pages www.motorbooks.com I’m reminded of the last scene in the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. The successfully recovered Ark of the Covenant has been crated and loaded on a forklift, and the camera pans out to show a seemingly endless secret warehouse filled with similar ...

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Roadacious and ridealicious

The Chrome Cowgirl Guide to the Motorcycle Life by Sasha Mullins Motorbooks, 192 pages, $24.95 www.motorbooks.com Sometimes a book meets a pair of eyeballs that recognizes the real thing—a woman rider whose pen has captured the feeling of the open road and other elusive delights, fears and thrills about motorcycle life. The emotions are known only to those of us ...

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Around the world—again

Dreaming of Jupiter by Ted Simon Jupitalia Productions, $24.95, 429 pages www.jupitalia.com Ted Simon is “Jupiter.” His first book, Jupiter’s Travels, came out in 1978 and inspired many riders to throw caution to the wind and set out on round-the-world motorcycle tours. He certainly was not the first to do so, but his book definitely inspired my generation of long-distance ...

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Riding through history

Around The World on a Motorcycle: 1928 to 1936 by Zoltán Sulkowsky Whitehorse Press, $29.95, 408 pages www.whitehorsepress.com “This book was not written by a scholar. Neither did I set out on my adventurous journey after thorough scientific preparations or precise planning. What I did pack in my proverbial rucksack was an intense desire to see and to learn, and ...

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