Why a Motorcycle book?
It is safe to say there are probably more than 7,000,000 people in the US that experience the freedom, power, and joy of riding a motorcycle each year. It is also safe to say that there are a lot of book about motorcycles. So why another one?
There seems to be four genres of motorcycle books on the market: Touring and Travel Journals, Maintenance and Safety, Motorcycle Gang Life, and Memoirs of famous riders. There are relatively few motorcycle books that deal with the bike as a metaphoric device for life. There is almost no book (I haven’t found one, but I assume there are somewhere) that deal with motorcycles and Jesus.
The purpose of ‘Motorcycle’ is to awaken this unique experience of becoming a biker and the lesson that so many have learned while on two wheels, all the while introducing, or in some cases reintroducing, the person of Jesus to an audience that would not otherwise care to listen.
The audience for this book, I pray, will be one of the seven million motorcycle owners. 2006 Statistics show that motorcycle registrations in the United States have grown from 3,826,373 in 1997 to 6,678,958 in 2006—a 75 percent increase overall. Sales of new street-legal motorcycles grew even more sharply from 260,000 in 1997 to 892,000 in 2006—a 243 percent increase. This is a growing audience with the average age owner’s age in the mid 40s.
The primary motivation for purchasing Motorcycle will be to present Jesus in a non-threatening way to our motorcycle friends and to fellow followers of Christ that might need to be reintroduced.