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31st January 2003


Down The Road: Genuine Mileage On Classic Motorcycles by Steve Wilson, with illustrations by Nick WardDown The Road

In his introduction to Down The Road, Steve says; 'the object of the exercise is to do whatever you have to do to get and keep the old dears running, and when they are, to ride them out on the road as often as possible; looking for the old good feeling.'

Actually, he says about two thousand words more than that in the intro alone -- but that snippet just about sums up the essence of Steve's lifelong travels aboard British bikes. This hardback volume compiles a selection of his adventures, accompanied by Nick Ward's beautiful illustrations. Down The Road is the sort of book you can read in the bath or curled up on the sofa; one to savour in the middle of winter when your own riding days seem somewhat distant. But beware: read just one chapter and it's bound to inspire you to get out there and ride your own road!

Said one reader; ' I really identified with author of this book especially the 'love my bike/hate my bike' section. But it's a good read for anybody interested in old British bikes and the short chapters make it easy to pick and put down.'

And another; ' Having recently purchased a motorcycle again after a long period away from the sport, I was searching for a book which would rekindle a feel for those halcyon days before the ultimate demise of the British motorcycle industry, a time I well remember. By a careful mix of nostalgia, industrial history and personal recall Steve Wilson manages to achieve all that for me, together with the very evocative drawings of Nicholas Ward. It proved an ideal bedtime book with the length of each chapter just about coinciding with my shortened span of night time concentration.

'I thoroughly recommend the book to all born-again bikers and those with a passion for British bikes.'

Down The Road: Genuine Mileage On Classic Motorcycles by Steve Wilson, with illustrations by Nick Ward.
Published by Haynes, ISBN 1 85960 651 2, price 17.99.
Buy a copy from Amazon for 15.29


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