Henry Gregor Felsen Barbara Campbell - Essay

Barbara Campbell

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[In Living with Your First Motorcycle] Felsen offers nononsense, pragmatic advice for new motorcycle riders that drives home the importance of learning a responsible attitude at the outset. According to the author, the most difficult part of owning a bike is not its upkeep and endurance, but rather learning to live with the motorcycle's limitations (the automobile is still the king of the American road) as well as the rider's own. This is not primarily a how-to-ride nor a how-to-fix-it manual, although there are chapters on both. The book's strongest point is its emphasis on learning to ride the right way so as to ensure staying in one piece as well as enjoyable motorcycling. (pp. 132-33)

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