Motorcycling’s sensations are easy to experience, but harder to explain. How can riding be so exciting and yet relaxing at the same time - and why does this combination make us feel so good? Rather than question this, most motorcyclers simply settle into the saddle, turn the key, grab the handlebars, and enjoy the magically uplifting experience.
Here, Steven L. Thompson examines some of the most nuanced aspects of the rider/machine relationship. With research and analytics he disentangles our psycho-biological connections with the kinesthetics of riding from a complex mix of cultural elements surrounding motorcycling. Here are ideas that point us toward a better understanding of why motorcycling is important, and why riding has such a powerful influence on us.
In the author’s own words, Bodies in Motion “…is written both for motorcyclists and non-motorcyclists, and thus longtime riders will inevitably find some material familiar, though I have tried to ensure that the context is analyzed to highlight aspects of the commonalities that are usually overlooked or misunderstood…Bodies in Motion thus explores what evolutionary science, psychology, human-factors research and engineering research can tell us about why some people seek certain kinds of mobile experiences and others do not.
The overwhelming importance of automobility to our way of life means that human nature, as science can show it to be, is vital to our continuing attempts to cope with the costs that automobility has thrust upon us, along with its benefits.” Foreward by Andy Goldfine. Softcover, 6"×9", 400+ pp., b/w illustrations. USA.
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- "Bodies in Motion" comes closest to explaining why we ride.Review by Thomas
- "Bodies in Motion" comes the closest of anything I have ever read in explaining why we ride. Author Steven L. Thompson goes back to the earliest origins of why we like to be in motion and why it is in our DNA. He also explores the spiritual value of riding. His book is very well written and is based on extensive research. I would recommend it to anyone even remotely interested in why we ride. It should become a classic. (Posted on 4/20/10)
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“what I believe to be the most important book ever written on the subject (of motorycycling)”
-- Melissa Holbrook Pierson - author of The Perfect Vehicle: What is it about motorcycles? and The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing