The Upper Half of the Motorcycle: On the Unity of Rider and Machine

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Due to the popularity of Bernt Spiegel's The Upper Half of the Motorcycle in its original German, leading to multiple editions and printings, the book has been translated into English to bring its provocative message to a wider audience. Spiegel's metaphor considers the rider and the motorcycle as a single unit, the rider being the upper half. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, Spiegel draws on anthropology, psychology, biology, physics, and other disciplines to analyze the theory and function of the ...

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Overview

Due to the popularity of Bernt Spiegel's The Upper Half of the Motorcycle in its original German, leading to multiple editions and printings, the book has been translated into English to bring its provocative message to a wider audience. Spiegel's metaphor considers the rider and the motorcycle as a single unit, the rider being the upper half. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, Spiegel draws on anthropology, psychology, biology, physics, and other disciplines to analyze the theory and function of the man-machine unit. Motorcycle riding is seen as a serendipitous junction where people have created machines for personal transport and then become so adept at using them that the machine becomes like an artificial limb — part of the rider himself. The ultimate goal for riders is the integration of the man-machine interface and skill development to the point of virtuosity. Spiegel considers the various aspects of motorcycle riding that must be understood, practiced, and mastered before virtuosity can be attained. Many anecdotes, supplementary material, and in-depth treatment of specialized topics is contained in sidebars and footnotes. Numerous diagrams and photographs illustrate the book's principles.

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"There are a number of books available that'll explain the dynamics of motorcycling and how to take advantage of them, but there are few, if any, that first focus on you, the rider. Bernt Spiegel's book, "The Upper Half of the Motorcycle on the Unity of Rider and Machine," is in its ninth printing and finally translated into English. A German behavioral psychologis, Spiegel uncovers new insights and gives unique perspectives that challenge the reader to think about riding from an intrinsic standpoint instead of a mechanical one." - Sport Rider

"Spiegel says motorcycles can function like a body part; i.e., a prosthetic limb. In fact, some amputees become competitive athletes. He uses physics, biology, psychology and anthropology (and other sciences) to look at the human/motorcycle unit. The subtitle nails it: "...on the unity of rider and machine," and he offers fascinating techniques to integrate the function of the motorcycle into your unconscious. it's an ideal gift for the motorcyclist who likes thinking about the "how" and "why" of riding. So popular, it's gone through nine printings and three editions in German. Now in English, thanks to translator Meredith Hassal." - Motorcycle Consumer News

"Wunderbar! This legendary and highly popular motorcycle strategy book by Bernt Spiegel, that explores the unity of rider and machine, has been on my wish list for a long time. Unfortunately, I can't read German. Fortnately, the good folks at Whitehorse Press have made an English translation possible. No other book defines the man-machine unity like this one does. Danke Whitehorse Press!" - Rider

"Few motorcycle books tackle the physical and mental facets of motorcycling the way The Upper Half does. It provides practical information for improving "riding behavior" and delves into aspects of motorcycling that promise to deepen the understanding of the machines we love." - Motorcycle News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884313752
  • Publisher: Whitehorse Gear
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 401,717
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

A behavioral psychologist, design consultant, university professor,and founder of the Spiegel Institut in Stuttgart, Bernt Spiegel has spent more than 50 years working on man-machine interface issues. This book reflects his unique views of the physical and psychological relationship riders have with motorcycles and the concept of motorcycles coming to function as an“artificial limb” for master riders.

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