The Upper Half of the Motorcycle: On the Unity of Rider and Machine

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The Upper Half of the Motorcycle
The Upper Half of the Motorcycle
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When youíre on the road, does it sometimes feel like the motorcycle is an extension of yourself? You can feel the road and the bike moves with your body. The Upper Half of the Motorcycle: On the Unity of Rider and Machine explores the relationship between rider and bike on many levels.

Based on the original German, the English translation brings the authorís message of unity to a whole new audience. He examines the symbiotic relationship using a variety of sciences from anthropology and psychology to biology and physics.

The rider is the upper half of the bike and the bike itself is the bottom half. Author Bernt Spiegel explains that a driver can use the motorcycle like an artificial limb with training and experience. The bike becomes a part of the rider and vice versa.

The Upper Half of the Motorcycle book begins by looking at how the human brain works and how through evolution, many processes are handled in our subconscious part of the mind. It examines how people see the world and through foresight and learning applications we adapt to an ever-changing mesocosm.

The second section shows how these processes and our conscious action interact and how people use tools to go beyond their natural capabilities. Eventually, there is integration between man and his tools (the motorcycle) and an increase in riding proficiency.

The final sections explore techniques for even higher performance levels through self-training and practical training recommendations.

Anyone looking to develop a deeper and more meaningful relationship with their motorcycle must have this book. Riders already feel like their motorcycle is a part of them and this book shows them how right they are.


Subject: A motorcycle enthusiast book about how the motorcycle and rider become one. ISBN-10: 1884313752 | ISBN-13: 9781884313752 | Motorbooks 13752

Specifications
  • Publisher: Whitehorse Press
  • Author: Bernt Spiegel
  • Pages: 192 - Color photos and illustrations
  • Binding: Softcover - 8.5 x 11 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-884313-75-2
Table of Contents
TABLE of CONTENTS:
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Publisher's Note
  • PART 1: IT'S A MIRACLE THAT MOTORCYCLING WORKS AT ALL!
  • Beginnings
  • Systems and Subsystems
  • Foresight
  • Adaptation
  • Action Programs for Motorcycling
  • Some History
  • Man-Machine Systems
  • Inborn Programs
  • What do we Trust?
  • PART 2: MIND AND GUT
  • The Workings of the Brain
  • Brain Activities "Translated" into Actions
  • Dangers and Risk
  • Trust in the Subconcious Self
  • The Price we have to Pay
  • PART 3: THE QUESTION OF KARL V
  • The Concept of Integration
  • The Motorcycle as a Tool
  • Man, Objects, and Environment
  • Interface Displacement
  • Integration and Super-Ordinate Systems
  • Integration in Motorcycling
  • The Transition to Integration
  • The Effects of the Deep, Subconcious Self on Integration
  • PART 4: WHAT'S LEFT FOR THE HEAD TO DO?
  • Tasks for the Concious Self
  • Self-Perception
  • Training Aids
  • Mental Training
  • Specific Acts of Mental Training
  • Conceptual Aids
  • Training Objectives
  • PART 5: OBJECTIVES — GIVE THEM A TRY
  • Looseness
  • Rider and Road
  • Riding Posture
  • Objectives for Practice
  • EPILOGUE: THE FASCINATION OF MOTORCYCLING
  • Glossary
  • References
  • About the Author
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