The 10 Best Motorcycle Books

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. If you know someone who loves to travel on two wheels, you may want to consider giving him or her one of these informative and entertaining motorcycle books. Our selection includes editions covering just about every type of machine and biking adventure, as well as some more technical tomes for true gearheads, and we've ranked them here by their writing style, usefulness, and content. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best motorcycle book on Amazon.

10. The Ride

9. The Vincent In The Barn

8. The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive

7. Essential Guide To Motorcycle Maintenance

6. Adventure Motorcycling Handbook

5. Proficient Motorcycling

4. Leanings 3

3. The Build

2. McQueen's Motorcycles

1. Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance

Editor's Notes

March 25, 2019:

Given the variety of motorcycles and motorcycling activities out there, it was important that we structure our list in a way that values the quality of a given book as much as it does its applicability. For example, Robert Persig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance remained at number one thanks to its more universal appeal, while a new addition, Proficient Motorcycling, only came in at number five. That particular volume is one of the best for introducing new riders to tried and true ways they might stay safe on the road, but it doesn't have much to offer anyone who's been on a bike for more than a few years. Among the books leaving our list, Classic Motorcycle Race Engines has become too prohibitively expensive to be considered a viable option to anyone but wealthy collectors.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on March 26, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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