“With How to Paint Your Motorcycle, she [Bortles] actually does a thorough and comprehensible job of showing you how to … gasp … paint your own motorcycle. And paint it really, really good. She should know how, too. As the celebrated proprietress and maitre d’art of Crazy Horse Painting, JoAnn has produced scores of world-class custom paint jobs and garnered a reputation for excellence in a tough industry.
“She does all this in a very human and conversational tone, offering encouragement and perspective along with her expertise, and coming across as equal parts master painter and life coach. She’s liberal with anecdotes of her own past screw-ups, disillusionments and inverted learning curves on some techniques, which go a long way toward dispelling any illusions that the task of painting a custom scooter requires any special gift beyond patience, persistence, practice and knowledge of the materials involved.”
IronWorks, July 2006
“’It’s a real nuts-and-bolts book.’ And we agree. The real world, trial-and-error approach she experienced herself has armed her with frank, practical advice to pass on to the others. If you want surefire, functional shortcuts, you’ll find them here, along with cautions on when these tips are completely inappropriate to apply.”
American Iron Magazine, September 2006
“An informative guide … Unlike many other purported how-to guides, which focus primarily on the end result, this book addresses the beginning, middle, and end steps of a given project.
“The text is clearly written and accompanied by numerous photos … [It’s] the best alternative to actually being in a classroom with JoAnn.”