Motorcyles have long been associated with romantic adventure, freedom, rebelion, and danger. To a certain extent that remains true today, and many still associate motorcycles with images of roving gangs of violent criminals harrasing the “honest, decent local citizens”. But that does great injustice to the tens of thousands of riders that travel the highways and byways and back roads. But sadly, too many of the everyday average riders out for a scenic tour end up another statistic of motorcycle accidents and deaths. Many of those victims lacked the necessary skills, training, and experience to survive the challenges of motorcycling on today’s highways. The Road Riders Survival Guide offers half a century of experience with an emphasis on safety and preparation. It provides a review, and perhaps a new perspective, for the experienced rider and valuable information and insight for newer rider. Everyone that rides a motorcycle on public highways should read this book.
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About the Author
I was born in 1947, the first offspring of a young sailor just returning home at the conclusion of the Second World War, and a head-strong girl too young for marriage, and much too young motherhood. The marriage didn’t last long, and I proved to be a difficult child, nearly as stubborn as my mother. For the most part, my school years were a miserable experience and my life at home barely tolerable. As a pre-teen I had spent many long hours mowing the neighbors yards for pocket change, and later a paper route and summers picking strawberries and raspberries. I was only fourteen when I heard about the job working the apple orchards and the chance to leave home. The experience proved to be life-changing. I completed high school via correspondence courses, eventually attending several years of college. Most of my working career was related to machinery, beginning as a service technician for the Excello Corporation of Detroit. The last 27 years spent working as a Stationary Engineer in Spokane, Washington, and then in Portland, Oregon. After retiring, I returned to the Spokane area and once again returned to my passion for motorcycles. A great many enjoyable miles were spent touring throughout the Northwest. While riding down those long forgotten and obscure roads of the Indian Reservations I began to recall the many experiences I’ve had with Native Americans. Realizing this was a part of my life that my children and grandchildren didn’t know, I began making a few notes, and eventual result was the publication of Summer with the Indians. We sometimes forget there are important lessons in life that should be shared with your offspring, and I hope to some degree I have achieved that goal.