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Why would anyone want to do something as dangerous as motorcycling? For those who love to ride, no explanation is necessary. For everyone else, there's Why We Ride. Designed as both an explanation for outsiders and an anthem for those within the fold, this new book presents the insights of Mark Barnes, PhD, a motorcycling clinical psychologist.
As a popular columnist at Motorcycle Consumer News for more than 20 years, Dr. Barnes articulates the elusive physical, emotional and interpersonal elements that make the world of the motorcyclist such a rich and exciting place.
His wide-ranging text covers both sports psychology and the psychoanalysis of common riding experiences, including the results of Dr. Barnes' own empirical research. Heartfelt and thought provoking, here is a straightforward account of what makes real motorcyclists tick.
Mark Barnes launched his career as a clinical psychologist in 1992 and settled in as a regular contributor to Motorcycle Consumer News in 1996. His monthly columns have explored wide-ranging psychological aspects of the motorcycling experience and he has written numerous gear and accessory reviews, technical/how-to articles and feature stories about motorcycle-related events and destinations. Having ridden extensively both on- and off-road, Mark has amassed a wealth of observations and insights over four-plus decades of involvement.