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Motorcycles Forever

Independent Review: In his second book "Motorcycles Forever", Ian Mutch has produced a historic masterpiece. This is a seminal volume of fascinating pictures with enough words to lend meaning and depth. It's far more than just a collection of images though. It's an intriguing study of how the motorcycle culture has evolved over the last 30 years and of the battles by MAG to protect the fun and freedom of the open road.

Rockers get a good showing with contemporary images from the ACE Cafe which contrast with examples of real grunge bikers and smooth HOG types.

The book covers many of the political battles to protect our riding freedoms with a degree of humour that prevents it becoming stodgy.

Ian's credentials for attempting a book of this significance are probably unrivalled. A biker since 1969, he's ridden Harley-Davidsons since 1981 and worked for the riders rights group MAG on a voluntary basis for 20 years before working full time publishing the group's magazine since 1996.

This is the kind of book you can go back to again and again and thumb through, picking up a bit more history or humour each time you look at it."

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Looking For America

Review by Andy Kybert Editor The Harleyquin, magazine of the Harley-Davidson Riders Club of Great Britain.

"This book has all the outward appearance of just another travelogue, written as it is by one of our Club members and one could be forgiven for thinking that it represents a day-to-day histoire of his journey from New York to the west coast. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Although the book contains many wryly described examples of travel and itinerary details made by the author it is far more than the sum of these. It is a journey through the soul of the writer and his vision of and reflections on the soul of America as viewed from the relative comfort of the touring seat of his recently purchased FXR. (Although perhaps the chapter on Death Valley belies this - with the heat being described in graphic detail right down to the uncomfortable nether regions of the writer!)

This is a book which will make you think. Not just about what is written but about that which the author leaves untold about both himself and the land in which he finds himself."

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Low Rider

Riders Digest Review: "When approached with the task of reviewing Ian Mutch's new book "Low Rider" I was a bit apprehensive because I finished school two years ago and don't think I have sat down and got into a book since then. But it only took the twelve words of the first sentence for me to realise that this was not like the books I had been forced to read in English lessons.

In this fascinating tale, Mutch re tells his story of his epic journey from his home all the way to the Dead Sea in Israel on his chopped up, low rider Triumph Bonneville. To say it was not the smoothest of journeys is a massive understatement. Mechanical issues, what seemed like, every ten miles and travelling conditions seemingly worse than what Ray Mears could have prepared him for make this a compelling story of hardship, desperation, and huge achievement in the face of adversity.

The book is written in such a way that you can see and feel exactly what is going on and I found myself thinking, 'oh just one more chapter and I'll stop'.

Overall this is a brilliant book that I would recommend to almost anyone, and one of those that you could pick up again in a few years time and read it all over again. And it's small enough to slip in a jacket pocket to read on your coffee break or when you're having your bacon sarnie!"

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