For the new rider, the returning rider, and the veteran who’s looking for more information, this handy book has it all: the necessary facts on street-riding from first to last, clearly and concisely laid out. Author Bill Stermer brings an insider’s knowledge to the job, and the result is an expert, user-friendly guide to selecting, equipping, understanding, and using a street motorcycle with occasional useful detours into such topics as road food and tunes, security and first aid, staying warm and dry, carrying laptops or cameras, and shipping your bike. From a close survey of the types of street motorcycles and different engine configurations, Stermer goes on to discuss features and options, accessories and apparel, mechanical considerations (from power and suspension to detailing and tires), and using a motorcycle in a group or alone or with a passenger, to commute or camp, for rallies or tours.
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Whether you’ve never ridden before or are getting back into it after some time off, a little knowledge can make motorcycling on public roads a lot more enjoyable. From the kind of bike to buy to the kind of helmet to wear, from the type of motor oil to use to what you’ll need to pack for a 1000-mile ride, long-time motorcycle journalist Bill Stermer answers your questions in Streetbikes: Everything You Need To Know. It’s like downloading twenty-five years of riding experience directly to your brain. Nowhere else will you find such a broad spectrum of information about street motorcycles. Stermer begins with the kinds of bikes available, from major manufacturers down to custom builders. He also discusses the various types of engines, features and accessories available. Once you have the information you need to choose the perfect bike, he teaches you how to maintain it. Then, Stermer goes over the modifications you can make to your bike so it truly becomes yours. Finally, he discusses things to do with your bike, from touring to track days, rallies to road strategies. All in all, this is the most complete book on streetbikes available today.About the Author:
Bill Stermer started riding in the 1960s, and became a moto-journalist when he joined Cycle magazine in 1978. Since then he has tested hundreds of motorcycles and has written more than two thousand articles. His first book, Motorcycle Touring, was published in 1982 as a how-to for the touring rider. On the Perimeter, published the following year, was the as-told-to autobiography of Hazel Kolb, "The Motorcycling Grandma," which he did for Harley-Davidson.After three years as editor of the trade magazine Motorcycle Industry, Stermer's touring background led him to Rider magazine in 1990. That same year his third book, Motorcycle Touring and Travel, was published. A second edition appeared in 1998. In 1994 Stermer again returned to free-lance writing. Today, his work regularly appears in Rider, American Rider, Cruising Rider, Powersports Business and V-Twin magazines. His fifth book, BMW R100RS, was published in 2002. This is his sixth book.In addition to writing, Stermer is an accomplished photographer and public speaker. He has appeared many times at the Americade rally in New York and at local club events.Stermer lives in Southern California with his wife Margery and their children, Paul and Julia.
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