Funny, engaging, nostalgic, frank and written with a tremendous swagger… breathtakingly good at evoking time and place. Ride.
Set in the late 1970s and the following decade, The Street Riding Years is a motobiography and a ‘prequel’ to my better known Adventure Motorcycling Handbook.
It’s the story of my start on bikes and subsequent years as an urban motorcycle mercenary, a time when badly behaved messengers capitalised on London’s economic revival, when squatting was easy, and when Thatcherism polarised the nation.
By the end of the 1980s I’d had many more motorcycles than birthdays, riding everything from classic Brit twins and thundering Italian street racers, to demented dirt missiles and nitrox-injected dinosaurs.
My sensible overlanding guides advise how it should be done. The Street Riding Years is not that kind of book.