Friday, December 14, 2007

A Ducati Motorcycle Odyssey

I just finished reading Riding with Rilke, subtitled Reflections on Motorcycles and Books by Ted Bishop. This was a very good read, I couldn't put the book down once I got started.

The author is a University Professor from Alberta, Canada. He wrote the book while recovering from a near fatal crash on his girlfriend's BMW. It covers his motorcycle odyssey from Edmonton, Canada down to Austin, Texas, riding his beloved Ducati Monster.

He writes about his experiences and reflections along the way through the American West from the unique perspective of an academic researcher, professor, writer, and Ducati enthusiast wearing a bug splattered leather jacket.

Riding with Rilke took me along for the journey; from the back room archives of a library and out into the light of the open road. I'm glad I discovered the book and will no doubt be reading it again.
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Conchscooter said...

Doesn't stop there does it? They were pairing that book up with another one. That's $27. Plus shipping, plus I'm on file so its too easy. So....going to take any responsibility are you? Links are deadly.

Anonymous said...


I've gotta pick that one up!

When I interviewed photographed the John Edgar Lightning in Austin and interviewed the owner for my book, (Legendary Motorcycles), he told me all about the author of Riding with Rilke and how they met. Sounds like a great book.

Hope all is well.


Bill Sommers said...

Sounds like my kind of read. I'll look it up.

Have fun,

Heinz & Frenchie said...

Just dropping by to say Happy Holidays and safe riding.

irondad said...

Just wondering if you're still around. No pressure to blog. I was thinking about you and curious how things are going for you.

Bill Sommers said...

Hey man, just checking to see how things are going.

Have fun,

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