5.0 out of 5 stars
Smart and true, May 26 2001
Little of what I experience on a motorcycle has been put into words elsewhere, but almost all of it is here, which I find to be the central pleasure of this book. Pierson evokes specific sensations, like the distinctive tactile stress of turning sharply and braking smoothly with ice water-soaked jeans, and conjures together the strange complex of thought and feeling that rules much of the time. Admitting to moments of panic within a turn, or to outraged fear when confronted by thuggish (male) bystanders, or to less than confident expertise with engines has apparently undermined her authority with some in the riding world. But the risks and discomforts peculiar to motorcycles--including the emotional and psychological risks--do create the type of ecstacy we feel riding. She's right.