Recommended Books: Riding and Reflection

Here are some New England Riders’ recommended motorcycling books to entertain and inspire. Riding technique & safety books/videos are listed elsewhere. All books may be purchased at or Barnes & Noble, among others.


Leanings book coverLeanings
by Peter Egan (Debbie, Jim)

zen book coverZen and the Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance
by Robert Pirsig (Debbie, Ken)

One Man Caravan
by Robert E. Fulton Jr. (Debbie, Ed) Great story about Fulton’s ride around the world in 1932!

Jupiters Travels book coverJupiter’s Travels
by Ted Simon (Debbie, Bill)

Long Way Round book coverLong Way Round
by Ewen McGregor & Charley Boorman (Debbie)

Ghost Rider book coverGhost Rider
by Neil Peart – Story of Neil Peart’s (drummer of the rock band RUSH) 2 year ride on his BMW after the death of his wife and daughter. (Tim)

Against the Wind book coverAgainst the Wind: A Rider’s Account of the Incredible Iron Butt Rally
by Ron Ayres – An insightful, fascinating read for the motorcyclist wondering what endurance riding is all about. (Bob)

Across America book coverAcross America By Motor-Cycle
by C.K. Shepherd – 1919 account of across the US. I’m most of the way through and it is a terrific read, very humorous. Available as FREE E-Book¬†from Project Gutenburg. (Steve G):

by Glen Heggstad – In November of 2001, on a motorcycle trip to the tip of South America, Glen Heggstad was kidnapped at gunpoint by Colombian rebels and held captive for five weeks.