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    The Ride: New Custom Motorcycles and Their Builders (Hardback) Edited by Chris Hunter, Edited by Robert Klanten

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    DescriptionThe motorcycle is back! Similar to the fresh contemporary scene that has established itself around bicycles in the last few years, the motorcycle is currently undergoing an aesthetic rebirth. A young subculture worldwide is discovering the motorcycle as an expression of its personality and creativity. The Ride explores motorcycle riding as it is meant to be: as a means of getting around with attitude, as an extension of one's own body, as an expression of personal freedom, but also as a significant challenge to technical expertise, craftsmanship, physics, discipline, and driving skill. In the motorcycle scene of 1960s Britain, it was frowned upon to drive a motorcycle as it was produced in a factory. Following in this historical tradition, The Ride focuses on those who are creating customized motorcycles that come as close to one's own vision of how pure riding should be as possible. For example, the creative young people who are buying old, wrecked bikes on eBay, removing everything but the motor and frame, and then rebuilding them in ways that are as radical and subversively creative as they are knowledgeable and respectful of tradition. The archetypes of the new motorcycles created in this way--classic board racers, bobbers, cafe racers, and choppers--may very well be 30-50 or even 80 years old, but what is made out of them is new, not retro. Decked out with state-of-the-art disk brakes, LED lights, gears, and drive components, these machines are more agile, faster, more radical, and therefore more fun than anything produced in the past. The Ride features transformations such as a boring plastic motorcycle made in Japan in the 1990s turned into a slick cafe racer with an Italian feel, a soulless neo-baroque machine turned into an in-your-face scrambler, or an old find from grandpa's barn turned into a absolutely comfort-free hardtail with the coolest of sounds. The book also presents small, local custom motorcycle workshops from around the globe that have established themselves with sought-after products that inspire other builders worldwide. It features extensive profiles of pioneers including Walt Siegl, Wrenchmonkees, DP Customs, Cole Foster, Deus, Shinya Kimura, Ian Barry, and Uwe Ehinger and their very different ideas of how a motorcycle should be. The unique bikes created in their garages--sometimes made-to-order, sometimes in a limited series--are often technically superior, better thought-out, and simply more radical than those produced by larger manufacturers who need to appeal to a broader audience. The spirit of this young motorcycle scene is reminiscent of that of current bike frame builders or even today's new food subculture. It's about making, transforming, or designing something with your own hands. In this case, something that will get a person from A to B, that makes noise, smells, vibrates, and comes to life. What could be more exciting, more analog, and more satisfying?"


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    Title
    The Ride
    Subtitle
    New Custom Motorcycles and Their Builders
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Chris Hunter, Edited by Robert Klanten
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 270 mm
    Height: 300 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 2,359 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9783899554915
    ISBN 10: 3899554914
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T12.1
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15860
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 04
    BIC subject category V2: WGCK
    B&T General Subject: 790
    Ingram Subject Code: AU
    BISAC V2.8: TRA003000
    Abridged Dewey: 629
    LC classification: TL
    Libri: KRAD5000, KRAF6500, MOTO4500, PROD2750
    BISAC V2.8: TRA003020
    DC23: 629.2275
    Thema V1.0: AJ, WGCK
    Illustrations note
    Mit farbige Abbildungen
    Publisher
    Die Gestalten Verlag
    Imprint name
    Die Gestalten Verlag
    Publication date
    13 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Berlin
    Author Information
    Mitherausgeber des Buches ist der Journalist und "Custom Motorcycle"-Experte Chris Hunter, der mit seinem BikeEXIF Projekt wie kaum ein anderer dafür gesorgt hat, die weltweiten Szene zu vernetzen, ihr eine Plattform und ein Sprachrohr zu geben.
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    The Ride explores motorcycle riding as it is meant to be: as a means of getting around with attitude, as an extension of one's own body, as an expression of personal freedom, but also as a significant challenge to technical expertise, craftsmanship, physics, discipline, and driving skill. The Ride features transformations such as a boring plastic motorcycle made in Japan in the 1990s turned into a slick cafe racer with an Italian feel, a soulless neo-baroque machine turned into an in-your-face scrambler, or an old find from grandpa's barn turned into a absolutely comfort-free hardtail with the coolest of sounds. "