Research Projects /

Nicola Drew’s research project investigating ritual and belief in British motorcycle culture(s).

The Health Benefits of Trail Riding
Sean Comber’s publication describes and analyses the health benefits of off-tarmac trail riding.

Resources for Research

Rede de Estudos em Duas Rodas (Network for Two-Wheel Studies) is an IJMS-inspired website coordinated by Fábio Magnani that hopes to promote motorcycle and bicycle studies in the academic community (e.g., among engineers, sociologists and physicians), and facilitate connections between members of the academy and the real world (citizens, companies and government). Based at the Brazilian Federal University of Pernambuco, the website disseminates the research conducted at UFPE itself, and also proposes bibliographies and contacts for those looking for resources and partners. The website focuses on everything about two-wheeled vehicles, including design, marketing, philosophy, accidents, culture, traffic, technology, fiction, environmental sustainability and economics.

Interactive Timeline

Designed by Tim Fransen this interactive timeline charts the history of motorcycle travel literature. Pan the timeline by dragging it horizontally and click on the grey bars to get book details. Readers are encouraged to suggest additions by completing the form at the bottom of the timeline page.

Motorcycle Travel Books /
Motorrad Reise Bücher

This database offers access to bibliographic details on over 1700 motorcycle travel books published from 1907 to the present, the most extensive collection in the world. Over 800 come from Bernd Tesch’s private collection.

Also visit for a substantial resource about motorcycle travel in Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe and around the world – use the ‘Moto-Tours’ sidebar menu to select area of interest.


Steven E. Alford and Suzanne Ferriss
Classifying Motorcycle Writing: A Preliminary Consideration

Geoff Crowther
Motorcycling and Consumer Studies: A Bibliography

Resources for Teaching

Charles Johnson
Emerson and Whitman Were Wild Hogs

Galen Farrington
Motorcycle Literature

Carter A. Edman
Live to Ride, Ride to Live: Motorcycles and America

Leland Giovanelli
The Motorcycle’s First Century: Materials, Mechanics and Culture

Steven E. Alford and Suzanne Ferriss
Motorcycle Myth and Culture: An Honors Seminar

Steven E. Alford
Teaching Motorcycle Travel Literature

Katherine Sutherland
Reading the Ride

Leland Giovannelli
Teaching the Design History of the Motorcycle

Sample Syllabi

Robin Peck, St. Thomas University
The Motorcycle and Art

Katherine Sutherland, Thompson Rivers University
Studies in Fiction: Motorcycle Literature, Speed and Masculinities

Randy D. McBee, Texas Tech University
“Born to be Wild”: A Post-World War II History of Motorcyclists in the United States


Ed Youngblood’s MotoHistory
Dedicated to the history of motorcycles and those who ride them, who have led the way, broken new ground, and stirred debate and controversy for the past 150 years.

Enginecycle® Motorcycle Directory Online
The Enginecycle motorcycle directory is a free online directory, which includes a rich listing of motorcycle industry participants in the American market. Present directory categories include: Motorcycle Manufacturers, Motorcycle Magazines, Motorcycle Museums, Motorcycle Technical Schools, and Motorcycle Cafes & Diners.

Friends of IJMS

Michael Lichter Photography
Michael Lichter Photography is a commercial photography studio in Boulder, Colorado specialized in motorcycle photography and capturing the motorcycle lifestyle through images.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), incorporated in 1987, is a membership-based national motorcyclists’ rights organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Two Wheels for Life and Riders for Health
In Africa millions of people are dying from easily-preventable diseases because health workers do not have the reliable transport to reach them. By ensuring health workers have access to vehicles that never break down Riders for Health is making sure millions of people across Africa receive regular, reliable health care, often for the first time in their lives.

London South Bank University
London South Bank University (LSBU) is one of London’s largest and oldest universities. A cosmopolitan university with over 18,000 students drawn from over 130 countries. Since 1892, it has been providing vocationally-relevant, accredited and professionally recognised education. LSBU has supported IJMS through its Employee Volunteering Scheme, providing Tim Fransen, Technical Tutor in the School of Arts and Creative Industries, paid leave which has enabled the publication of several manuscripts in 2019.

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