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Adventurers & Explorers
Robert Pirsig, in his groundbreaking Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, wrote about the relationship of rider and machine, the fact of 'seeing deeply into the nature of things by direct experience'. T.E. Lawrence described 'the lustfulness of moving swiftly', the sensation of feeling 'the earth moulding herself under me . . . heaving and tossing on each side like a sea'.
Not all the contributors to this exhilaratingly high-octane collection are quite so lyrical or mystical. Hunter S. Thompson concludes his review of the Ducati 900 Supersport with a brutal comparison: 'A fool couldn't ride the Vincent Black Shadow more than once, but a fool can ride a Ducati 900 many times, and it will always be a bloodcurdling kind of fun. That is the Curse of Speed which has plagued me all my life. I am a slave to it. On my tombstone they will carve, IT NEVER GOT FAST ENOUGH FOR ME.'
Men don't have the monopoly on mufflers or power-to-weight ratio. Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Lois Pryce and Theresa Wallach have full-throttle tales to tell. There are even poems by Ted Hughes and Thom Gunn about the pleasures and perils of riding this awesome machine.
For the fanatic and even the armchair traveller, Neil Bradford's collection of motorcycle writing, Sons of Thunder, makes the most persuasive case for the unique excitement and emotional experience offered by one of humankind's greatest inventions.
'Packed with tonnes of thunder in its pages, it will make you go out for a ride as soon as possible after you put it down.' Forbes India
'This anthology beautifully evokes the joy of travelling as one with the elements, and the invisible but palpable bond that connects bikers the world over.' The Indian Express
'Bring[s] forth the power and poetry of this splendid cultural icon.' Hindustan Times
Note By the Author
India has an extraordinary per capita ownership of motorcycles so I always felt that there would be interest in SONS OF THUNDER but I have been enthralled by the response to the book. There is a passion for the motorcycle that transcends borders, cultures and religions and unites people all across the world inspiring us to grab the crash helmet, sweep up the keys and embark upon the journey. I hope that everyone who reads the book feels as inspired as I was by the writers collected within. Personally I can't wait to get the bike out onto the roads of India, absorb thIs wondrous country, meet its people, experience its multitude of cultures and expose myself to its elements - and there's really no better way to do it!
About The Author
Neil Bradford has ridden motorcycles for over 30 years. He has owned Hondas, Kawasakis, Aprilias and a Ducati but has always returned to flat-twin BMWs and currently rides an R1200GS Adventure. He works in publishing.