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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead (HC) (Dec 12 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157322099X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573220996
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,113,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
What a wonderful surprise this book was for me. I don't think there is a man over 30 that can't relate to this one. Not that it's just a guy book... Plenty of interest for anyone who has a life... I'm buying five more as gifts!
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One of the other reviewers perhaps said it best: I really wanted to like this book. As a mid-life motorcyclist (Harley) and pilot, with a penchant for old airplanes and motorcycles, I have long harbored the dream of restoring something really classic; a Harley J, a '32 Ford, a Stearman biplane, etc. So I grabbed the book without a second thought, anticipating a real restoration chronicle. What I got was part soap opera and part Pirsig, with a too-large serving of jobbing out a restoration to various subcontractors, and not enough nuts and bolts. Wish it had been edited bt Tom and Ray Magliozzi (The Tappet Brothers).
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By CD on Oct. 24 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this book could be twice as long as it is. it was such an enjoyable read, i just couldn't put it down. i agree with some other reviewers that it is better than "zen and the art of motorcylce maintenance". although actually there is not much going on in "rebuilding this indian", the reader is drawn into the story and follows the recontruction of the classical motorcycle. i can't quite understand why people see parallels in the bike and fred's daughter phoebe, who is born during the rebuilding of the bike. the bike is always in the foreground. the book is for sure no masterpiece languagewise, but this is i think not the intention of the author. i really liked it, and was sad when i finished it!
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The author tries really hard to make this a story about the motorcycle. Unfortunately the book is mostly a personal memoir of a guy who just happens to be restoring a 1940's motorcycle. The author talks too much about his prozac medication when you really want to hear more about bike restoration. He doesn't go into too much detail about which parts fit where and how hard to torque the bolts. Instead he talks more about what goes on in his life and how restoring a motorcycle makes him feel.
One thing that really disappointed me was that the author did not rebuild the engine himself! He sends off the motor at the beginning of the book and then gets it back at the end. The stuff in between is a story about waiting for parts and finding enough money to pay for the restoration. "Rebuilding the Indian" is really about bike-people and bike-culture and only slightly about bike-rebuilding.
Lastly, the author makes a big point about how wonderful his Indian looks painted in midnight-blue, but the photographs in the book are only black and white. The publisher could have at least put one color photo on the cover, showing the completed motorcycle. This book was a good effort, but not quite 100-percent of what one might expect from the serious-sounding title.
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By A Customer on April 14 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is not a restoration book on how to rebuild Indian motorcycles but a story of a man who bought a 1941 Indian Chief and his joys and tribulations of trying to get the bike on the road while juggling the responsibilities of his real life.
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By A Customer on Jan. 4 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Is he a frustrated English Major out to write a book no matterwhat? That's one explanation. Or perhaps been assigned a writingproject to augment counseling to deal with his end-to-end relationaltroubles with his son-from-first-failed-marriage as well as his ownfather-now-married-again-to-someone-not-the-author's-Mom? That wouldbe another explanation. Or is he the tree surgeon overspending on anexpensive hobby he can't really afford? Yes, yes, and yes. Thosewould be some author-centric comments, to which must be joined someexplanation of the motorcycle subject (the old Indian) and thedramatic sideshow issues (the types of people whom he encounters alongthe way to rebuilding the old motorcycle, and how commenting on themreveals the author's own story).
Here's what strikes me: Just whenyou think Fred has careened down the path of absorbing somelowest-common denominator biker behavior, he mentions having a Latt'ewith someone. Or having a dinner party at his house for poets andwriters. Then, from the other end, when he gets into a critique ofhis first failed marriage to a comparatively more-uptight academicwoman, he swings up into the trees with references to his preferencefor hanging out with marginal law-breakers who drink, cuss, and felltrees for a living. So in the interstices of all of that, he cleverlycatches readers who may be located anywhere within this spectrum ofmotorcycle enthusiasts.
For it is the motorcycle person who reallyloves this book. Anyone who has ever taken apart a lawnmover or amini bike will instinctively identify with the drama of getting theold Indian together and running, along the way meeting the types ofartisans so admired by Robert Pirsig, the author of Zen and the Art ofMotorcycle Maintenance.
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I very much enjoyed and identified with this book. After a difficult divorce, I turned to motorcycling as a new way to enjoy being alone and found it to infect me with enthusiasm about the new life I had to adapt to. Rebulding the Indian talks not only about the author's restoration of a vintage motorcycle, but how the journey gave him new perspective on his life as well.
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