Big Sid's Vincati: The Story of a Father, a Son, and the Motorcycle of a Lifetime [NOOK Book]

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"If you believe it is possible to fall in love with a motorcycle, you will love this book." -Jay Leno

When Big Sid had a heart attack and gave up the will to live, his son Matthew Biberman panicked.
Impulsively, Matthew promised his father that they would build a Vincati together. This fusion of two legendary motorcycles, ...

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Big Sid's Vincati: The Story of a Father, a Son, and the Motorcycle of a Lifetime

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Overview

Read Matthew Biberman's posts on the Penguin Blog.


"If you believe it is possible to fall in love with a motorcycle, you will love this book." -Jay Leno

When Big Sid had a heart attack and gave up the will to live, his son Matthew Biberman panicked.
Impulsively, Matthew promised his father that they would build a Vincati together. This fusion of two legendary motorcycles, the Vincent Black Shadow and the Ducati GT, a Vincati was considered near-impossible to build.

But if anyone could do it, Matthew knew his father could. Big Sid was the mechanic to see about repairing Vincents for nearly sixty years. But now, Sid was old, busted up and broke. Matthew, despite sharing his dad's passion, had become a Shakespearean scholar. The two men hadn't spoken in years-but called a truce to attempt a shared dream.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance meets Shop Class as
Soulcraft
, in this heartfelt memoir that shows how two very different men built a legendary motorcycle, and along the way, discovered what it means to be father and son.




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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101029268
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/30/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,367,230
  • File size: 386 KB

Meet the Author


MATTHEW BIBERMAN teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Louisville. He also works on Vincent motorcycles in his garage with his father, “Big Sid” Biberman.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: In the Hospital xi

Part 1 How Sid Got Big

Chapter 1 Flat Out 3

Chapter 2 Last Train to London 19

Chapter 3 A Score to Settle 27

Part 2 Sid's Kid

Chapter 4 Why God Made Sunday 45

Chapter 5 Near Miss 51

Chapter 6 Another Jewish Faulkner 69

Chapter 7 Getting Back On 87

Part 3 The Build

Chapter 8 Sid's Return 95

Chapter 9 The Land of the Righteous 113

Chapter 10 The Last Piece 129

Chapter 11 The Mechanic and the Professor 153

Chapter 12 Lucy's Bike 163

Part 4 The Road

Chapter 13 Last Rides 183

Chapter 14 Locked Up 195

Chapter 15 First Start 217

Chapter 16 Sid's Gift 237

Chapter 17 Strange Beach 255

Epilogue: Every Day 259

Notes 263

The vincatis 263

Polly's specs 263

Acknowledgments 267

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    One of the all time best motorcycle books

    A story of how a sons love for his father led them on the bike building journey of a lifetime.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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