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Friday, April 29, 2011

Motorcycle Racer -- and Writer -- Ed Milich Releases Book, Fueled, Saturday at Werkstatt

Posted on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Ed Milich races a Moto Guzzi, of which he has many.
  • Ed Milich races a Moto Guzzi, of which he has many.

A professional motorcycle road race is about the last place in the world you'd expect to find a literary reading. But that's what Ed Milich does. He did it at Daytona in 2010, and he did it at Willow Springs Raceway in Southern California (where he also took first- and second-place trophies in the Corsa Moto Classica) over Easter weekend. In a society increasingly run by specialists, Milich is a generalist -- one of the rare individuals who works intellect, athleticism, and blue-collar know-how into his life. The motorcycle mechanic, racer, and writer will be at Werkstatt on Saturday night for an event connected to his second book, Fueled.

In Fueled, Milich writes about his experiences racing and riding vintage European bikes (including Moto Guzzis, Ducatis, and BMWs). The first part of the book is free verse -- one of the more memorable lines we found is "Christ on a crotchrocket. I have stabbed myself with safety wire again." -- while the second contains essays, guides, and stories (including "The $600 Motorcycle that Won Daytona").

So all you Euro-moto-heads get over to Werkstatt and support a local shop -- if you know anything, you know that independent motorcycle shops have a lot in common with bookstores in terms of profit margin and the challenges to staying in business. As for the rest of you, it's a chance to see into this crazy obsessive culture via Ed Milich, a friendly and unassuming guy who also goes like hell on the track and writes about what he knows best -- old (and really fast) motorbikes. The party starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

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