Bike Lust roars straight into the world of women bikers and offers us a ride. In this adventure story that is also an insideras study of an American subculture, Barbara Joans enters as a passenger on the back of a bike, but soon learns to ride her own. As an anthropologist she untangles the rules, rituals, and rites of passage of the biker culture. As a new member of that culture, she struggles to overcome fear, physical weakness, and a tendency to shoot her mouth offaa tendency that very nearly gets her killed. Bike Lust travels a landscape of contradictions. Outlaws still chase freedom on the highway, but so do thousands of riders of all classes, races, and colors. Joans introduces us to the women who ride the rearathe biker chick, the calendar slut straddling the hot engine, the back-seat Betty at the latest rally, or the underage groupie at the local run. But she also gives us the first close look at women who ride in their own right, on their own bikes, as well as a new understanding of changing world of male bikers. These are ordinary womenas lives made extraordinary, adding a dimension of courage to the sport not experienced by males, risking life and limb for a glimpse of the very edge of existence. This community of riders exists as a primal tribute to humanity's lust for freedom.Reid offers the interesting theory that some Harley dealers, in a last-ditch effort to cater to their core clientele, tried to perpetuate a type of ... Without the merger, it is unlikely that the company would have survived. ... To the untutored eye, Yamahaa#39;s Virago, Hondaa#39;s Shadow, Kawasakia#39;s Intruder, and Suzukia#39;s Vulcan all lookanbsp;...
|Publisher||:||Univ of Wisconsin Press - 2001-08-03|