The Virtues of Practice

A friend passed along a piece by Jim Citrin on Geoff Colvin’s book Talent is Overrated. His key point, and it’s been made by others, is that people who achieve at super high levels don’t get there on talent. Some have freakish talent–Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods are usually put into that category. But most … [Read more…]

Faster Now on I-Tunes

Call me a shill (okay, “shill”). Some online colleagues sent me a note asking me to notify my vast readership that the most excellent motorcycle film “Faster” is now available. on iTunes. Delighted to help out. If you’ve never seen the movie “Faster,” let me encourage you to remedy that unfortunate state of affairs. Covering … [Read more…]

Book Review: Jupiter's Travels

[amtap book:isbn=0965478521] Ted Simon sits comfortably at the table reserved for motorcycle Gods, “long distance division.” I say “comfortably” in reference to his unassailable adventure credentials and iconic book Jupiter’s Travels. By every account I’ve read he’s actually a bit embarrassed by all the accolades. 78,000 miles over four years through 45 countries on a … [Read more…]

Book Review: Riding with Rilke by Ted Bishop

[amtap book:isbn=0393330745] The excitement at setting out is what I’ve come to think of as the andiamo phenomena. Andiamo is Italian for “let’s go.” D. H. Lawrence calls it the most beautiful word in the Italian language. Certainly, the English “let’s go” feels flat-footed in comparison, pedestrian in the worst sense. The Italian is like … [Read more…]

Book Review: Smooth Riding by Reg Pridmore

[amtap book:isbn=1884313469] Reg is a natural for writing a book on technique. He has the requisite credentials and scary personal stories. He has a coherent philosophy for riding a bike well. He has successfully taught zillions of riders to ride better and safer. He’s built a successful business or two in motorcycling. He’s a member … [Read more…]

Book Review: Total Control by Lee Parks

[amtap book:isbn=0760314039] If you buy just one book on motorcycle riding technique, this would be the one to get. It’s clear, well written, and well illustrated. More importantly, it tells you the good stuff. Starting with “traction control.” Lee is a “motorcycle entrepreneur.” I don’t know how else to describe him. He writes books. He … [Read more…]