When I was a kid, I had a neighbor who took his all-terrain motorcycle out of the garage every weekend and brought it to life. It usually took two or three kicks before that two countdown kicked in. Then he had let it sit there for a few minutes, shutting off the throttle like both strokes tend to do. Ring-ding-ding. Ring-ding-ding. Ring-ding-ding. Finally, he lifted it off the milk crate, threw one leg over it, and roared down the block. My neighbors probably hated him for it, but I remember stopping everything I was doing and watching this bike go by.
Looking back, I don’t remember him ever taking him to a motocross track, but that didn’t matter. Subconsciously if nothing else I couldn’t not notice another motorcycle. My parents didn’t want me to buy a bike, so I had to wait until I was 19 and have my own money to go and buy one behind their back.
This is not a context that Rennie Scaysbrook can identify with. The third generation of motorcyclists in his family, Rennie rubs shoulders with motorcycles – uh, motorcycles as they are called in his native Australia – from the womb. His parents and grandparents are former racers and Jim (Rennie’s father) was Mike Hailwood’s famous Ducati teammate in the Isle of Man F1 race in 1978. Today, Rennie is not not just an extremely fast runner, champion of Pikes Peak Hill Climb and Cycle news Road Test Editor, but he’s also a friend. For as long as he can remember, Rennie has lived and breathed on two wheels. Today, he wants to pass this passion for cycling on to the next generation of cyclists, including his own son.
He did it by writing a book. Not just any book, but a children’s book. The big book of motorcycles Essentially condenses everything we know to be cool, true, and awesome about motorcycles and mixes in a bit of history to get kids excited about motorcycles. Asim Hussain’s bright and colorful artwork helps drive the point home. Whatever the genre, there is a little bit of everything to get motorcycle fans young and old alike excited for two wheels.
Less than 30 pages, The big book of motorcycles is divided into six chapters. While other children’s books have characters and tell a story, Sarah and Simon are your tour guides in The big book of motorcycles that guide you as the motorcycles talk. We start with why we love motorcycles, then tackle e-bikes, the different colors of the motorcycle, the history of motorcycles, racing, and end with some incredible records that have been made on two wheels. If you are already a fan of two wheels, your enthusiasm will hopefully pass from the book to your children.
As the father of two little girls myself, my kids’ only exposure to motorcycles is whatever I bring home for work. Sure they went to a race or two of mine, watched me slip by and sat on my lap while MotoGP played on screen, but if it was up to my daughters they would be just fine. happy to play with their dolls. The visual dread of coming face to face with, say, a Ducati Panigale means nothing to them. And really, I agree with that.
My daughters know how much motorcycles mean to me, so they reluctantly forced it as we sat down to tell stories before bed. To be honest, my five year old wasn’t overly interested. She must get it from her mother. But the two-year-old girl convinces me more and more that she gets the genes for the reducer from me. On each page, she would point to the bikers on the page and ask, “Is that daddy?” Then she was excited when the Kawasaki appeared in the color chapter – green is her favorite color. She doesn’t quite understand the words yet, but is happy to follow along and look at the photos. Unfortunately, no, none of the riders in the drawings, which are caricatures of real pictures, are me. Towards the end, as the kids started to doze off, I found myself following like a kid. Did you know that a guy named Mustafa rode his motorcycle on a tightrope for 426 feet? It’s true.
So if you have kids, or if you’re just a kid at heart, and want to share a book with the little ones that only conveys a glimpse of the excitement of two wheels that we all share, save $ 18 and go to Amazon and order yourself a copy of The big book of motorcycles.
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