Having worked and partied with Jay for the last few years, I can attest to the fact that he s a crazy bastard. As for his book, I heartily recommend it. It s a great read, being both informative and entertaining. In his own free-wheeling way, Jay tells you what you need to know about bike events and the motorcycle subculture to fit right in and enjoy the ride. Definitely read it with a cold one at hand, in a place where you can laugh as loud as you want. --American Iron
Just about everybody in the V-twin motorcycle aftermarket knows Jay Barbieri. Besides being a TV producer for American Thunder on SPEED Channel, Jay is genuinely into motorcycles. What you may not know if that Jay has a very quick wit and a great, though twisted sense of humor. He puts his many years of riding experience and a good dollop of that sense of humor to work in his Biker s Handbook: Becoming Part of the Motorcycle Culture. If you are new to the two-wheeled lifestyle, do what Jay tells you and you'll be fine. If you're already a biker, you'll laugh your butt off because Jay s accounts of the good, bad and ugly experiences of living the lifestyle ring hilariously --EasyRider magazine/ V-Twin magazine
,,,I'm happy to say for the people who do need this, you're fortunate to have something like this available to you...why not learn from another's mistakes, it could save you from more than just an ass betaing --Biker Profile
About the Author
Born and raised in Stratford, Connecticut, Barbieri graduated from the Paier College of Art in New Haven with a B.F.A in Fine Arts (1986), the same year he bought his first Harley-Davidson. During the next ten years, his obsession with American motorcycles grew so much that he partnered with a biker friend from Traverse City, Michigan to open a custom motorcycle shop called Old Mission Scooters. In 2001 he moved to California to pursue his dream of combining his passion for motorcycles with the entertainment industry. By 2004 Barbieri was at the helm of SPEED Channel s highest-rated and longest running motorcycle magazine show, American Thunder. Since he got his first Harley in 1986, Barbieri has racked up over a two hundred and fifty thousand miles on two wheels and has attended Daytona Bike Week and Sturgis over twenty times combined. In this book, Barbieri shares the lessons learned from his years of experience on the motorcycle to help all riders feel more comfortable, credible, and knowledgeable on the road.