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Book Review: The Ride So Far

Book Review - The Ride So Far
Author: Lance Oliver
Published By: WhiteHorse Press
Hardcover, 5.25 x8", 224 pages, B&W illustrations



I finished up Lance Oliver's, The Ride So Far and I'd describe it as a nice 'light' reading motorcycle book that might just spark a desire to put the book down and pick up the keys to your motorcycle. This was not a tech manual or round the world story...  just a guy talking about his motorcycle experiences and some of his thoughts on them.  I managed to read it cover to cover over a long weekend.  That's a lot faster than I read most motorcycle books so that in itself should tell you something about how I enjoyed it.  It was a real pleasure to read.

I do enjoy technical motorcycle books and read my fair share of them but this felt a little less like work  and a little more like something you want to do.  I laughed several times throughout the book and found myself nodding in agreement on some of his beliefs about motorcycle safety.

Oliver's stories about some very embarrassing motorcycle experiences are particularly entertaining and make you feel a little bad for the guy! Who among us hasn't done some stupid things they wouldn't do differently? Oliver has some that are pretty hard to top!

Definitely a worthy book to consider if you're looking for some casual motorcycle themed reading!

Now on to the publisher comments about the book:

What is it about riding a motorcycle that has us all so hooked?  Whitehorse Press is pleased to announce publication of a telling new book, The Ride So Far: Tales From a Motorcycling Life by popular motojournalist Lance Oliver, who has spent more time than most of us thinking about this question and writing with wit and insight about his own lifelong passion for two wheel tuning and travel. 

Whether dodging wildlife on a laid-back ramble through West Virginia, describing the sensation of plunging down the famed Corkscrew turn at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, or plumbing the psychological depths of our slightly exaggerated emotional attachments to our motorcycles, these original stories go straight to the essence of what it is about riding that is so much more than another way to get from here to there. Any motorcyclist who has ridden down a highway will identify with these tales, which are by turns whimsical and serious, hilarious and heartfelt. 

In Part I, Great Places and Memorable Rides, Oliver takes us along to destinations both famous and obscure, from California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the Mount Washington Auto Road in New Hampshire, to anonymous country lanes in Puerto Rico and Canada. Even if you’ve been to some of the places he writes about, you’ll see them from a new perspective, thanks to his eye for detail and his knack for describing not just the destination, but also the unexpected delights found along the way. Oliver also shares some unusual rides you may not have imagined, whether he’s inexpertly troubleshooting a 40-year-old Italian Motobi at  roadside during the Motogiro USA vintage road rally, flogging a 125cc tiddler at full throttle in a non-stop charity run around Lake Erie, or test riding a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R on the surrealistically smooth asphalt of Losail International Circuit in Qatar. 

Part II, Ruminations & Meditations, digs into the things we all talk about when the kickstands are down, such as the potent mix of memories that well up when we think back to our first motorcycles. You’ll find yourself chuckling along (and probably recalling some of your own foibles) as he ‘fesses up to some of his less stellar moments on two wheels (“Nothing focuses a young man’s mind like gasoline streaming toward his crotch, just inches from hot engine parts.”).  

We have our own reasons for riding, but few accounts are more engaging than these well spun tales from a varied motorcycling life. The Ride So Far will have you nodding in agreement, “Yes, that’s just the way it feels.” It will inspire you to head for the garage and go forth to write your own riding adventures across the face of the earth.

Check out more books we've read HERE.

Canadian readers can get a big discount on this book and plenty of other great books here: