Rubber Aspect Down by Ron Davis | E book Evaluate

Rubber Side Down Ron Davis

Ron Davis, an affiliate editor at BMW House owners Information, has revealed his second e book, Rubber Aspect Down: The Inconceivable Inclination to Journey on Two Wheels. Like his first quantity, Shiny Aspect Up, it’s a compilation of revealed columns, essays, and musings on life behind a handlebar.

Rubber Aspect Down delivers 44 chapters on bike rides and the mandatory issues which can be required for an extended and satisfying motorcycling life. For instance:

  • How do you discover a girlfriend that really needs to trip on the pillion seat?
  • The place do you discover a motel that caters to simply bike prospects? (Search for one close to La Crosse, Wisconsin.)
  • What are you able to do about hazards resembling a livestock truck forward of you that all of the sudden splashes out a big steaming pile in your lane?
  • What’s the finest, swerving out of your lane or standing on the brakes when a kayak comes off the roof of a automobile and sails into site visitors?
  • Is tenting in parks with a motorbike and a pup tent a good suggestion. Ron explains all of the ups and downs and has determined roughing it’s only for youthful riders.

I used to be rolling alongside from chapter to chapter and having fun with every little thing after which I reached chapter 22, “Tip-Toeing Off the Resevation,” which begins with: Warning: The next column focuses on a motorbike that’s not a BMW. Sure, I do know, HERESY!


I nearly fell out of my chair. I lived within the Eau Claire space of Wisconsin for a number of years and I crossed Ron’s path many occasions. I typically requested him if he’d wish to attempt one in all my bikes to get a style of different manufacturers apart from BMWs.

“Attempt my Indian FTR,” I’d say. Or, “How concerning the Royal Enfield – it has about the identical quantity of energy as a BMW at one third the worth.”

“No, No! I’m a shameless Disciple of BMW!”

“What about that Triumph 900 at the back of the storage? Simply as old skool as a BMW, twin cylinders, air cooled, and 50-year-old styling.”

“Effectively, possibly someday, however not at this time.”

And right here I’m selecting myself up off the ground after seeing the photograph of Ron and his 2014 Honda NC700X originally in chapter 22, his hand masking the Honda brand and his face in “hand caught within the cookie jar” grimace!

After my coronary heart rhythm settled again down, I continued on till I reached chapter 30, “Glenn Stasky, Innovation Man.” Chapters from 30-34 comprise profiles of a number of BMW riders and pictures of their Germanic steeds. I turned again to the within cowl flap to see if the e book could be bought solely to BMW homeowners at BMW retailers. It doesn’t seem that’s the case.

As I labored my method towards the tip of the e book, I got here finally to chapter 39, “Exploring The Twisted Street.” Lastly, we should be attending to the tons of of twisting miles close to Eau Claire and La Crosse. Different chapters have given us seems at fishing within the Eau Claire River and find out how to ship pizzas in Eau Claire, so this should be the chapter on the unbelievable driving scene in northwest Wisconsin. The chapter turned out to be a plug for Twisted Street, a motorbike rental service Ron used when vacationing in New Mexico.

Why a sizzling mattress for motorcycling resembling Eau Claire was fully ignored within the e book may be very unusual. Ron, it’s possible you’ll not have participated, however the oldest bike charity trip within the U.S. is in Eau Claire’s yard. Indian Motorbike sponsors the Flood Run that follows the Mississippi River Street and even raffles off a brand new Scout annually. So far as I do know, BMWs and even Hondas are allowed to take part. This occasion from what I’ve seen would have supplied fodder for a fats chapter within the e book.

Rubber Aspect Down: The Inconceivable Inclination to Journey on Two Wheels is an pleasurable learn, whatever the model(s) of motorbike you like, however BMW acolytes will discover it notably interesting. Revealed by Street Canine Publications, the e book is 252 pages and retails for $19.99 on Amazon.


Ron Davis caught the bike bug at age fifteen. Forty years and about 20 bikes later, he has remained an fanatic, particularly for bikes carrying the BMW roundel. Over that interval, he’s additionally squeezed in a full-time profession educating highschool and college courses in writing, pictures, and publishing whereas additionally working as a social media author for the tourism trade in Northwest Ontario and as an affiliate editor and columnist for BMW House owners Information. Extra typically tongue-in-cheek commentary than a technical or journey focus, his writing has been featured by BMW Motorbike Journal, On The Stage, Backroads Motorbike Tour Journal, Quantity One, Our Wisconsin, and the Nationwide Writing Venture, and his essays (some about driving) could be heard commonly on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Wisconsin Life.”