Biker's Handbook: Becoming Part of the Motorcycle Culture [NOOK Book]

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There are millions of new motorcyclists hitting the blacktop every year. But being part of the American motorcycle culture takes more than just wanting to be cool. It takes a passion for the open road, freedom, and a lifestyle that even the best financing cant buy. This book, by someone who knows motorcycles as few do, provides a road map to biker culture for anyone new to the experience. Jay Barbieri explains everything a new rider needs to know to become a real biker. He begins with a brief history of ...
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Overview

There are millions of new motorcyclists hitting the blacktop every year. But being part of the American motorcycle culture takes more than just wanting to be cool. It takes a passion for the open road, freedom, and a lifestyle that even the best financing cant buy. This book, by someone who knows motorcycles as few do, provides a road map to biker culture for anyone new to the experience. Jay Barbieri explains everything a new rider needs to know to become a real biker. He begins with a brief history of motorcycles, and draws on his twenty-five years of riding experience for examples of what works and doesn't in this heady world. Most of all, he aims to spare new bikers the bad decisions neophytes typically make. With hundreds of motorcycle trips under his belt, there is not a mistake Barbieri hasn't made or a situation he hasn't encountered. By sharing the sometimes comical outcomes, he gives the new biker a head start to become more comfortable, credible, and knowledgeable about joining a community that is as much a part of American culture as baseball, hotdogs and apple pie.
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Editorial Reviews

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New York Daily News, Dec. 23. 2007

Nydailynews.com, Dec. 22, 2007

“For anyone who wants to take to the open road, these tips should save you some of the pain of learning from your mistakes.”

Petersen.org, October 2007

“With sometimes comical anecdotes from his 25 years of riding experience, Biker’s Handbook is full of useful tips on how to be part of the fun in the American motorcycle culture.”

Motorcycle-USA.com

“Readers are provided a sound foundation of dos and don’ts between vignettes of moto history … What helps bring Barbieri’s work to life are the abundant black and white photos. It was a smart move to give the reader a visual foundation of the friends and faces and places that have helped shape his past. They add validity to his stories. Toss in tons of cartoons and caricatures of him and his buddies in different predicaments and you’ve got a book that is visually entertaining and fun to read.”

“Having worked and partied with Jay for the last few years, I can attest to the fact that he’s a crazy bastard. As for his book, I heartily recommend it. It’s a great read, being both informative and entertaining. In his own free-wheeling way, Jay tells you what you need to know about bike events and the motorcycle subculture to fit right in and enjoy the ride. Definitely read it with a cold one at hand, in a place where you can laugh as loud as you want.”
Chris Maida, editor of American Iron Magazine

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nov. 18, 2007

JSOnline.com (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), Nov. 19, 2007

“Even excluding the cheesecake picture of Michele Smith … bike enthusiasts will enjoy paging through the handbook.”

Advance praise:
“Just about everybody in the V-twin motorcycle aftermarket knows Jay Barbieri. Besides being a TV producer for American Thunder on SPEED Channel, Jay is genuinely into motorcycles. What you may not know if that Jay has a very quick wit and a great, though twisted sense of humor. He puts his many years of riding experience and a good dollop of that sense of humor to work in his Biker’s Handbook: Becoming Part of the Motorcycle Culture. If you are new to the two-wheeled lifestyle, do what Jay tells you and you'll be fine. If you're already a biker, you'll laugh your butt off because Jay’s accounts of the good, bad and ugly experiences of living the lifestyle ring hilariously true.”
Dave Nichols, editor of Easyriders and V-Twin magazines

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610600385
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/15/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 421,333
  • File size: 25 MB
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Meet the Author

Born and raised in Stratford, Connecticut, Barbieri graduated from the Paier College of Art in New Haven with a B.F.A in Fine Arts (1986), the same year he bought his first Harley-Davidson. Immediately out of college, he was hired to be a designer for Coleco Toys. At age 23, he moved to Los Angeles to become a Vice President for Colorfast Marketing Systems. Returning to Connecticut, he was recruited to join PolyGram Records in 1989 as Director of Purchasing. It was also this year that he partnered with a biker friend from Traverse City, Michigan and opened a custom motorcycle shop called, Old Mission Scooters. In 1992, he joined Angel Records, a division of EMI Records Group, as Vice President of Creative and Production Services. His most public and noteworthy triumph was his involvement with "CHANT," the multi-platinum Gregorian "CHANT" CD recorded by the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos. The CD became the most successful classical-pop crossover album in music history. During this time Barbieri never let go of his passion and continued to design custom Harleys and help expand the business in Michigan.

Realizing the potential of the Internet, Barbieri seized the opportunity and in May 1996 exited Angel and found the first Internet recording label, J-Bird Music Group. Later that year, Barbieri brought the company public and grew its' roster to over 350 artists ranging from Billy Squier, to the world famous Harlem Gospel Choir.

In 2001 Barbieri sold his remaining interest in J-Bird Music Group and moved back to California to pursue his dream of combining his passion for motorcycles with the entertainment industry. It wasn't long before his goals came tofruition and in 2004 Barbieri was at the helm of SPEED Channel's highest-rated and longest running motorcycle magazine show ever, American Thunder.

Currently he is the supervising producer and field correspondent of American Thunder and is also the supervising producer for ESPN2s Chopper Nation.
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Table of Contents

Dedication

Introduction

Chapter One

Get it Straight: American Motorcycles

 Chapter Two

How to Be a Cheap SOB Without Looking Like One

Chapter Three

Planning a Trip: This Time it Doesn’t Mean Finding the Guy With the Best Dope

Chapter Four

Time to Get Going, But How?

Chapter Five

Pack it In

Chapter Six

Don’t Be “That Guy” . . . You Know Exactly What I Mean!

Chapter Seven

F&%k the Midlife Crisis

End of the Road

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    Amusing in parts, but don't look here for advice. My riding car

    Amusing in parts, but don't look here for advice. My riding career is similar to the author, got my license at 16 and have over 20 years in...and actually find some the advice to be outdated at best and really bad at worse. For a new rider looking for good practical advice, pick up a copy of Sonny Barger's Let's Ride. One other thing...try to avoid taking advice on authenticity from anyone that lists TV Producer as their occupation... ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Harley not American!

    The author kept saying that Harley is the way to go that it is an American bike! Well it use to be but now most of the parts are made overseas! Victory is the new cadilac of bikes! And to be honest it doesnt even matter just ride and feel the wind blow!

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    Hilarious ride

    This book was given to me after I bought My first bike. What a great gift. I still pick it up now and then for the enjoyment, fun factor. It is a great look at what Motorcycle Riding is all about

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    What a ride

    Too funny. After spending over 35 years in the saddle myself, every word rang true. The party's, the rides, the good times and the bad, they're all here. Even if you've never ridden before, this is a great way to see what attracts so many people. If you're new to riding, you'll find gobs of good info on what 'to do' and what 'not to do' and most important 'where to do it' Jay takes you along for the ride with some of his best friends on his favorite rides and some he just assume forget. 'The Bikers handbook' is a must have in any biker oriented library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2008

    The Real Stuff

    Great book for new riders, and riders who have been there.

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