Good Vibrations

Author: Tom Cunliffe
Edition year: 2000
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'A motorcycle the size of Roz's Betty Boop would have been beyond the dreams of the craziest pack leader at the Ace Cafe on London's North Circular Road in the monochrome days of rockers, Nortons, Bonnevilles and Marianne Faithfull, when 'good' was middle class, 'bad' misunderstood and the motorcycle offered stark hope to a generation of inarticulate searchers ...' Tom Cunliffe and his wife Roz take life in the saddle and on to the American highways and byways astride the quintessential 'dream machine' - the Harley-Davidson. Bikes Betty Boop and Black Madonna are chrome steeds for an extensive road-trip: from Maryland on the east coast to San Francisco on the west (and then back again), they thunder their way over the sun-beaten plains, through scorching Death Valley, neon Las Vegas, the deep South and everywhere in between. With flashbacks to the Sixties, the eclectic assortment of moonshiners, bikers hard and not-so-hard, cowhands, Sioux Indians, strippers, bible-bashers, war veterans, southern gents and the occasional alligator delivers a unique insight into the diversity of the USA. An easy-riding peepshow into today's America through British eyes and between the handlebars of the great Harley-Davidson.


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