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By Barbara Joans

ISBN-10: 029917350X

ISBN-13: 9780299173500

ISBN-10: 0299173542

ISBN-13: 9780299173548

motorcycle Lust roars immediately into the area of girls bikers and provides us a journey. during this event tale that also is an insider's examine of an American lifestyle, Barbara Joans enters as a passenger at the again of a motorcycle, yet quickly learns to journey her personal. As an anthropologist she untangles the foundations, rituals, and rites of passage of the biker tradition. As a brand new member of that tradition, she struggles to beat worry, actual weak point, and a bent to shoot her mouth off-a tendency that pretty much will get her killed.

motorcycle Lust travels a panorama of contradictions. Outlaws nonetheless chase freedom at the street, yet so do millions of riders of all sessions, races, and colours. Joans introduces us to the ladies who trip the rear-the biker chick, the calendar slut straddling the new engine, the back-seat Betty on the most recent rally, or the underage groupie on the neighborhood run. yet she additionally offers us the 1st shut examine girls who trip of their personal correct, on their lonesome motorcycles, in addition to a brand new figuring out of the altering global of male bikers. those are traditional women's lives made awesome, including a size of braveness to the game now not skilled via men, risking existence and limb for a glimpse of the very fringe of life. This neighborhood of riders exists as a primal tribute to humanity's lust for freedom.

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As if Harley didn’t have enough competition already, with automobiles offering both transportation and smooching space, overseas motorcycle companies started building better bikes. The opening shot in what has been called the motorcycle wars was fired in 1959 when the first Japanese Honda motorcycle rolled ashore. By the end of the sixties, Hondas were everywhere. Harley was hard pressed to survive. Harleys had always appealed to the bluecollar working-class guy. The Harley had both rural and urban appeal and drew its strength from its American roots.

That, and the willingness to openly ride on the wrong side of the law. The Harley world is vast. It is also being transformed. Its strength and durability lies in both its diversity and its continuity. A tradition that began in 1903 in a shed in Milwaukee continues today as an American institution. It is a tradition that exists in chrome and steel and also in the heart. 18 3 The Early Years “There’s almost a hundred years of history here. ” My husband’s been riding motorcycles almost all his life.

But he was very serious about the Dudley Perkins Company. He was also aware that they were riding the crest of Harley popularity and the good times were rolling. “We never take a customer for granted. The Motor Company must understand that this is merchandise that nobody actually needs. A motorcycle, for most, is a leisure-time vehicle. Being a salesperson means that I will never take for granted what people buy. And I appreciate whatever they buy from me. The factory must realize that no household ever really needs a Harley.

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