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Hog Fever [NOOK Book]

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Richard La Plante started riding motorcycles at sixteen, escalating from a Cushman motor scooter to a Norton Electra. An arrest ended his ride at twenty. Eighteen years later, he realized that something was missing from his life.

That something was a Harley-Davidson. Middle-aged, but determined, he bought the smallest bike in the Harley fleet, an 883 Sportster—opening the ...
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Hog Fever

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Overview

Richard La Plante started riding motorcycles at sixteen, escalating from a Cushman motor scooter to a Norton Electra. An arrest ended his ride at twenty. Eighteen years later, he realized that something was missing from his life.

That something was a Harley-Davidson. Middle-aged, but determined, he bought the smallest bike in the Harley fleet, an 883 Sportster—opening the floodgates to new adventures.

In <i>Hog Fever</i>, La Plante motors from the King’s Road, London, to the badlands of New Mexico, riding with everyone from posers to outlaws. Along the way, he rises to the heights of highway nirvana then plummets to the depths of a crashed bike, a long dark highway, and two hundred miles to ride with a broken foot.

In <i>Hog Fever</i> you will experience not only the creation of the custom bike but the creation of the biker himself, from La Plante’s first tottering ride to his ‘Death Race’ across the American Dream.
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HOG is the acronym for Harley Owners Group, and novelist LaPlante (Leopard) was a founder of the first chapter in Britain. His fever for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, which lay dormant until he was 38, goes hand-in-hand with an obsession for everything from the 1960s, including the films Easy Rider and The Wild One. Readers learn that the Harley frenzy extends not just to owning a bike but also to customizing it, a process evidently requiring little originality since owners copy their ideas from
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015868395
  • Publisher: Escargot-Books
  • Publication date: 10/24/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 647,466
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Richard La Plante began his working life as a special education teacher in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he spent a great deal of time playing the guitar and working on songs to the amusement of his students. Following his dismissal, he formed the rock band Revenge and toured and recorded till egos clashed and noses were broken.
His first book, <i>Tegne, Warlord of Zendow</i>, a fantasy-fiction novel, combined his longtime study of Japanese martial arts with his interest in metaphysics and love of adventure tales.

He wrote a sequel to Tegne, entitled <i>The Killing Blow</i>, then switched from fantasy-fiction to hardcore thrillers with a popular series featuring the characters Josef Tanaka, a Japanese-American medical examiner and shotokan karate master, and Bill Fogarty, an Irish-American police Lieutenant. <i>Mantis</i> was the first novel in the series, followed by <i>Leopard</I>, <i>Steroid Blues</i>, and <i>Mind Kill</i>.
A great deal of the money earned from his books ended up in the chrome and steel accessories that adorned his custom Harley-Davidson, a 1989 Springer, an obsession which became the inspiration for his motorcycle memoir, Hog Fever. Detours, written in 2002, continues the motorcycle theme and traces a solo cross-country journey ending in Sturgis, the famous motorcycle rally in the black hills of South Dakota.

Richard and his second wife, Betina, an accomplished photographer and mother of his two sons, built their first home from the ground up on a bluff overlooking Gardiner’s Bay in East Hampton, New York.

In 2004, the family moved to Ojai, a small town in the high desert of Southern California, where they built their dream home on a mountaintop, inspiring his latest memoir, <i>Never Again</i>.

Richard’s other interests include anything paranormal, western boxing, and competitive swimming.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2003

    I know I have the fever!

    An excellent book for those of us who have the fever! Richard tells his own tale of Harley ownership--all the good and bad. It's funny very and entertaining. Harley owners will enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2002

    The most entertaining book I've ever read!

    My husband and I read this book aloud during an auto road trip, and we laughed so hard we nearly had to pull over! Funny and TRUE - as we were just in the early stages of the fever! This is a must-read for all "new" Harley riders!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2000

    A true depiction of the illness of Harley ownership!

    I am currently in the midst of my own affliction of Hog Fever. I am on my second Harley, and money well spent is money well invested. This book gave insight not only to what I have been through, but what I have yet to experience. It was eerie!

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