Au­thor: Gor­don Bunker Pub­lisher: Creates­pace (ISBN-13 9781468115734) Pages: 149 Price: Rs 588 (pa­per­back, Flip­kart), Rs 231.16 (Ama­zon Kin­dle)

Bike India - - BOOK REVIEW - – Saeed Akhtar

E VEN IN THIS AGE OF E-BOOKS and wide­spread self-pub­lish­ing, good mo­tor­cy­cling books are few and hard to come by. So it is al­ways a pleas­ant sur­prise when sheer serendip­ity lands in our hands a copy of a page-turner.

Al­ways fas­ci­nat­ing, of­ten funny and fre­quently po­etic, Gor­don Bunker’s The Mak­ing of a Mo­tor­cy­clist is a heart­felt ac­count of a biker’s ad­ven­tures and ex­pe­ri­ences rid­ing his bike around the United States of Amer­ica. Over the course of his trav­els, the au­thor en­coun­ters a mul­ti­tude of fas­ci­nat­ing cus­toms, friends and strangers and suf­fers all the tri­als and tribu­la­tions that longdis­tance rid­ers are so fa­mil­iar with. All along the pages, his love for his bike and ex­plor­ing new places are ev­i­dent. In lov­ing de­tail, he de­scribes how his over­ar­ch­ing love for mo­tor­cy­cles has led him off the beaten track, in­tro­duced him to new cul­tures and peo­ple as well as mo­ments of self­in­tro­spec­tion and dis­cov­ery and even some ro­man­tic af­fairs.

The au­thor also goes into vivid de­tail about the me­chan­i­cal as­pects of his mo­tor­cy­cles, rang­ing from Har­leys to Du­catis to Beemers, ev­ery now and then. My per­sonal favourite parts are when he hu­mor­ously ex­pounds the na­ture of mo­tor­cy­cles from dif­fer­ent brands and their typ­i­cal rid­ers. With such an easy­go­ing flow, this 149-page book comes to an end all too fast and you’re left wish­ing that it were just a bit longer.

Gor­don Bunker, born in 1957 in New Hamp­shire, USA, is a dyed-in-the-wool bik­ing afi­cionado with a flair for lan­guages and self- dep­re­cat­ing hu­mour. Fu­elled by a pas­sion for en­gines and ev­ery­thing me­chan­i­cal at a very early age, he took to mo­tor­cy­cling at a ten­der age and since then has been rid­ing around the Amer­i­can sub­con­ti­nent on var­i­ous mo­tor­cy­cles, most re­cently a 2007 BMW R1200 R. In the pur­suit of his en­deav­ours, he has also jug­gled a va­ri­ety of jobs like pick­ing ap­ples, wash­ing dishes, boat build­ing, fine art con­ser­va­tion, fur­ni­ture de­sign and build­ing, mo­tor­cy­cle ser­vice, ar­chi­tec­ture, con­struc­tion and bot­tling spir­its, all of which left him un­ful­filled. His ex­pe­ri­ences, doc­u­mented on his blog, www.gor­don­, have been read by read­ers in 65 coun­tries and his writ­ings have been pub­lished in mag­a­zines like ‘Drive’, ‘Roundel’, ‘Pil­grim­age’ and BMW’s very own in-house mag­a­zine. In ad­di­tion to The Mak­ing of a Mo­tor­cy­clist, Bunker has also penned an­other novel, In Amer­ica.

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