Book Review: Easyriders Tech Tips & Tricks Collection


Manuals are like mentors that don't make you sweep the floors when you're done. They hold and organize the vast amounts of knowledge none of us could possibly retain in our feeble brains. Wiring diagrams, exploded schematics, torque settings and basic troubleshooting tips are there inside manuals to point every lost chopper builder in the right direction. What if your bike is a bastard collection of parts that don't match? What if the manual leaves out reams of details that would be nice to know Friday night before the big weekend ride? Well, these Easyriders Tech Tips & Tricks might come in handy if you are working on an older H-D.



While surely not capable of solving every problem for every rider, these books do provide knowledge that few ordinary manuals can share. Compiled from decades of Easyriders magazines, each book is like a big stack of old Easyriders, minus the prison stories and flapjack titties. From simple stuff like how to pack a tool bag, to more complex operations like building a stroker knucklehead or truing flywheels, the content is pretty diverse and the delivery style is classic Easyriders, especially the older ones. When I asked Irish Rich about the Tips & Tricks manuals, he had a couple complaints. First, today there are better ways to do things than some of these ancient articles describe. Second, most of the companies and resources listed are long gone. I'd have to agree, but if you can swing the dough, there is still enough good info in this collection to make it worth your while. You can get them straight from Paisano for $14.95 each or $47.95 for the four-volume set.

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Commented on 6-18-2010 At 06:13 am

Very interesting.

Commented on 6-18-2010 At 06:37 am

I like whip cream and syrup on my Flapjacks.

Commented on 6-18-2010 At 07:37 am

These books are definitely worth the money. Also try and find a book titled "What Fits What" great info from 1936 thru the 80s.

Commented on 6-18-2010 At 09:53 am

i recently picked up sonny barger's "lets ride" book its not bad for the beginner rider, and has alot of good info.

Commented on 6-18-2010 At 11:52 am

I read all of these books when I was in middleschool. I loved them then and I love them now. a must read for anyone into bikes

Commented on 6-18-2010 At 01:09 pm

i just noticed the other day that the "what fits what" book is readily available at lowbrow customs.


Commented on 6-18-2010 At 04:45 pm

Just be careful if you order them from Paisano - their webmaster doesn't keep up with his security.

I found out all 4 books are still available from them and being a m/c book collector i jumped on the opportunity to own them. well my debit card got jacked. if you order them from there and IE or Firefox give you a warning, dont buy them

jest a heads up

Commented on 6-18-2010 At 05:31 pm

I used to read these all the time and I think I lost my mind.

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Commented on 6-20-2010 At 05:21 pm

Hell i had them given to me by an old rider! No shit!

Commented on 6-22-2010 At 10:07 am

Is their something similar out for Triumphs and BSA's? Other then Wes White stuff.

Commented on 7-11-2010 At 10:38 pm

We love some of the early Trikes that were built in the 60s and 70s and Easyriders had mine in the July 1980 issue. I remember Dick Allen from So. Bay Ca. and he built a super charged Ford Cobra Trike with grass laminated right into the paint and got busted every where he went. We were all cool back in the day and had a lot of fun doing what we did.

Commented on 1-6-2012 At 06:46 am

Got'em after I got my first stocker in '99, a little goofy at times for me, but the practical approach is a good confidence builder for a someone new to ridin...who at least has some common sense. I would recommend them to every rider who has not read them.

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