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Resources for Research

Rede de Estudos em Duas Rodas (Network for Two-Wheel Studies) is an IJMS-inspired website coordinated by Fábio Magnani that hopes to promote motorcycle and bicycle studies in the academic community (e.g., among engineers, sociologists and physicians), and facilitate connections between members of the academy and the real world (citizens, companies and government). Based at the Brazilian Federal University of Pernambuco, the website disseminates the research conducted at UFPE itself, and also proposes bibliographies and contacts for those looking for resources and partners. The website focuses on everything about two-wheeled vehicles, including design, marketing, philosophy, accidents, culture, traffic, technology, fiction, environmental sustainability and economics.

Interactive Timeline

Designed by Tim Fransen, Digital Design Technician at the University of the Arts, London, this interactive timeline charts the history of motorcycle travel literature. Pan the timeline by dragging it horizontally and click on the grey bars to get book details. Readers are encouraged to suggest additions by completing the form at the bottom of the timeline page.

Motorcycle Travel Books/Motorrad Reise Bücher

This database offers access to bibliographic details on over 1100 motorcycle travel books published from 1907 to the present, the most extensive collection in the world. Over 800 come from Bernd Tesch's private collection.


Steven Alford and Suzanne Ferriss
"Classifying Motorcycle Writing: A Preliminary Consideration"

Geoff Crowther
"Motorcycling and Consumer Studies: A Bibliography"

Resources for Teaching

Charles Johnson
Emerson and Whitman Were Wild Hogs

Galen Farrington
Motorcycle Literature

Carter A. Edman
Live to Ride, Ride to Live: Motorcycles and America

Leland Giovanelli
The Motorcycle's First Century: Materials, Mechanics and Culture

Steven E. Alford and Suzanne Ferriss
Motorcycle Myth and Culture: An Honors Seminar

Steven E. Alford
"Teaching Motorcycle Travel Literature"

Katherine Sutherland
"Reading the Ride"

Leland Giovannelli
"Teaching the Design History Of The Motorcycle"

Sample Syllabi

Robin Peck, St. Thomas University
"The Motorcycle and Art"

Katherine Sutherland, Thompson Rivers University
"Studies in Fiction:  Motorcycle Literature, Speed and Masculinities"

Randy D. McBee, Texas Tech University
"Born to be Wild": A Post-World War II History of Motorcyclists in the United States


Ed Youngblood's MotoHistory

Dedicated to the history of motorcycles and those who ride them, who have led the way, broken new ground, and stirred debate and controversy for the past 150 years.

Enginecycle® Motorcycle Directory Online

The Enginecycle motorcycle directory is a free online directory, which includes a rich listing of motorcycle industry participants in the American market. Present directory categories include: Motorcycle Manufacturers, Motorcycle Magazines, Motorcycle Museums, Motorcycle Technical Schools, and Motorcycle Cafes & Diners.

Motorcycle Clubs, Museums and Shows

This listing at KneeDraggers.com was recommended to us by Mrs. McVey's 5th-grade class at Cleary Mountain Elementary School.

Friends of IJMS

Riders for Health

In Africa millions of people are dying from easily-preventable diseases because health workers do not have the reliable transport to reach them. By ensuring health workers have access to vehicles that never break down Riders for Health is making sure millions of people across Africa receive regular, reliable health care, often for the first time in their lives.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), incorporated in 1987, is a membership-based national motorcyclists’ rights organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.