"Through their wide-ranging study of history, technology, literature, film, fashion, and aesthetic design, Alford and Ferriss have created the most extensive, perceptive, and rewarding inquiry yet into the role of the motorcycle and our fascination with it."

Ed Youngblood,


Marlon Brando in The Wild One – MotoGP – Easy Rider . . . The motorcycle is a global icon of untamed freedom, symbolizing daring and reckless adventure. Yet few books chronicle how and when this legendary vehicle began to roar down the open road. Motorcycle explores the roots of the rebel’s ultimate ride.


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International Journal of Motorcycle Studies


"Motorcycle takes you from the motorized bicycle to the life cycle of Bosozoku gangs; from the concept of “flow” to leather and sexuality; from Broughs to toughs to white-gloved Motor Maids. Like a good motorcycle ride it leads you into new territory and gives you a fresh sense of familiar terrain. International in scope, informative and provocative, it opens up the field of motorcycle culture and design."

Ted Bishop, author of Riding with Rilke: Reflections on Motorcycles and Books

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