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ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE

by ROBERT M.PIRSIG 412 pages. Morrow. $7.95.

Like the pool hall and the tattoo parlor, the motorcycle usually gets a bad press. T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia) terminated his romance with himself aboard a British army bike, which he had named George VII. During the '50s and '60s, Hell's Angels on their Harley-Davidsons turned in convincing performances as Visigoths at the gates of suburbia. Easy Rider could not keep off the grass, and Evel Knievel, that star spangled Icarus of the carnival circuit, gives young minibike...

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