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Let's Ride: Sonny Barger's Guide to Motorcycling

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  291 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Let’s Ride is the new authoritative guide to motorcycling and rider safety from Sonny Barger, the famous ‘leader of the pack.’” —

“An incredibly valuable piece of literature that every motorcyclist should read twice!”  —


From Sonny Barger, the bestselling author of Hell's AngelLet's Ride
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by William Morrow (first published 2010)
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Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Being a novice rider, I really appreciated this book. There were parts where I actually laughed out loud. Barger and Holmstrom are really good at being able to stress how serious and potentially dangerous motorcycling can be without having to scare or shock the crap out of you to do it. They do a good job of finding the middle ground between the "motorcycling is dangerous" and "motorcycling is freaking amazing" camps: Yeah its wonderful. Yeah it can be dangerous. Just don't be an idiot.
The Final Song ❀
Good advice overall, but mostly for american readers (I mean they are the target for this one) and the constant shitting on Harley Davidson motorcycles by a member of the Hell Angels is just too good to pass it.
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Lots of solid basic advice for beginning riders, or those looking to start - as someone that's been riding for quite a while, it didn't offer much that I haven't previously read elsewhere (except for maybe "Don't buy Italian") in any number of similar books. Was hoping for a bit more insight from someone that's ridden as many miles as Barger.

And speaking of that... Found it a bit odd that he refers repeatedly to "his club", or goes a bit farther to describe them as "one-percenters" (including a
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Highly recommended for total beginners. I learned a lot and read this book in tandem with taking the MSF endorsement course.
Catie Kelly
I really can't tell at all which parts of this book come from Sonny Barger and which are all Holmstrom, but there's some solid stuff here. I absolutely read it for the information, not the celebrity, so I ain't mad.
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book.
James C Bourne
Good read

I enjoyed this book. It was informative and kinda makes you think about riding and the dose and don’ts of it..
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an interesting read, lots of tips on riding motorcycles.
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hunter S Thompson may well have been surprised by the blanket no-no of beer and biking, but it goes with the sensible and sober approach the authors take. They were different times lol
Matthew Ciarvella
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
There is a good bit of solid advice for those just starting out on a motorcycle or for those thinking about getting a motorcycle. There might be more factual books out there on riding, but I doubt there are any that have the conversational style and feeling like you're in a bar sharing a beer with Sonny Barger as he tells you about bikes.

Despite the fact that it was an enjoyable read, there were a few quirks that ended up being distractions. First was the repeated insistence on the author's "buy
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: motorcycling
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Steve Haley
I was given this book as a joke by a friend and read it on a whim. It's a pretty good guide for both new motorcyclists and an entertaining read for more experienced riders as well.

The author does an outstanding job of giving the reader the benefit of his fifty plus years of riding experience. It's enlightening to read the reasons that Barger, the author, a past president of the Hells Angels, is diehard advocate of safety equipment. The chapter on safety gear and safe riding practices alone make
Blake Thompson
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are an experienced rider or just getting started, this is a great book to keep with you. Sonny gives pointers from first bikes to maintenance. He gives an objective view on how to choose what motorcycles are right for you, as well as speaks on the importance of motorcycle safety courses. Sonny packs a load of personal experience in with how to make smart decisions and how to ride safely. If you ride daily or you're a weekend warrior, this is a must for your shelf.
Court C
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: motorcycles
Great information and tips on riding safely. Very well written and thoughtful approach. Refreshing that it wasn't your typical "if your not a one per center" you should not be riding, if fact it was just the opposite. I recommend this book to anyone that is new rider or is thinking about getting into riding.
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Motorcycle riding presented by a famous 1%er

Not what you'd expect from an infamous biker. Actually a well written sensible guide to motorcycling. Sonny doesn't hide the fact he's a patch wearing member of a notorious club. Instead he weaves his experiences into a book about riding that anyone can get valuable information from.

Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased-new
It fully delivers on its advertised merits and is offered with, and through, an intense, individualistic perspective. Great place for the novice beginner to start. And, either love or hate him... but Barger is indeed the Man who lived/lives as large as the shadow cast.
Mar 31, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Theodore Tyndall iii
Good advice for the beginner rider. Sonny puts it all in terms that are easy to understand and even fun at times.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written for the beginner, but it has some good info for more experienced riders too. The section on how and what to check when buying a used motorcycle was worth the cost of the book alone.
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you can ride and already know your way round a bike it won't be that eye opening but you may pick up an odd tip or two.
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Informative, easy to read.
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Ralph Hubert "Sonny" Barger (born October 8, 1938) is a founding member (1957) of the Oakland, California, U.S. chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. He is also the author of five books - Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club (2000), Dead in 5 Heartbeats (2004), Freedom: Credos from the Road (2005), 6 Chambers, 1 Bullet (2006), and Let's Ride ...more

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