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Rebuilding the Indian [PDF / Epub] ☆ Rebuilding the Indian By Fred Haefele – An absolutely charming and original book that will take its place alongside Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as not only a classic work on bikes but also as a touchstone for those looking for An absolutely charming and original book that will take its place alongside Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as not only a classic work on bikes but also as a touchstone for those looking for meaning in lifeMaybe he's losing his mind Maybe he's having a midlife crisis Or maybe he's simply fulfilling a lifelong dream despite its near impossibility Fred Haefele a writer who can't get his novel published an arborist Rebuilding the Epub / who has sporadic work that's murder on his aging muscles and an expectant father for the first time in than twenty years impulsively tackles the restoration of a Indian Chief motorcycleThis daunting project starts with a massive leap of faith the purchase of a basket case a heap of indeterminate old Indian parts in a cardboard box From this grab bag Haefele will slowly but surely resurrect one of the most beautiful machines ever built With limited mechanical skills a budget that relies heavily on a Visa Gold card and a cast of local experts Haefele takes us around every curve on his rocky road to restoration the thrill of finding an original spare part; the joy of completing a repair that was previously beyond his ability; the nagging doubt that he's insane and the bike will never be finished; the suspicion that once it looks finished it won't run; and finally the sheer headlong heart thrilling rush of riding the gleaming midnight blue Millennium FlyerFred Haefele writes with poetic ease about making something in this case both a gorgeous motorcycle and a beautiful baby girl and how the most versatile tool in his kit for both jobs was the fervent wish to do it right.

  • Paperback
  • 210 pages
  • Rebuilding the Indian
  • Fred Haefele
  • English
  • 23 January 2015
  • 9781573220996

10 thoughts on “Rebuilding the Indian

  1. Jeremy Jeremy says:

    I found Rebuilding the Indian on the clearance shelf of a bookstore in Napa California; for just 999 Being a motorcyclist I figured I'd pick it up If it turned out to be an awful book well only ten dollars wastedBut what a pleasure it turned out to be Not just a book about restoring an Indian it's about the Author's journey through life his failed first marriage his blissful second marriage and the birth of his third child Putting the bike back together seems to be a metaphor for his life as he attempts to resurrect his writing and teaching careers The restoration itself is an exercise in frustration and hilarity and an experience I can entirely relate to; doing whatever it takes to get the bike running at the very end when you need that last nut or bolt it's midnight and nearest bike shop is closed It's no Hemingway novel to be sure but it's easy to read entertaining and touching to the soulIf you're into motorcycles at all or have ever contemplated buying a basketcase of your own this is a must read Highly recommended

  2. Jpaflas Jpaflas says:

    I actually read this whole realatively short book in the book store at lunch over the course of a few weeks A fun read

  3. Peter Swanson Peter Swanson says:

    This is the first time I've re read the book since I got it in 1998 It's still really good providing insight into both the author's personal development and the process of restoring an esoteric old vehicle I'm a half century motorcyclist so there are things in the book which I may appreciate than a non rider but anyone can identify with Fred's personal struggles both motorcycular and family

  4. Ted Ryan Ted Ryan says:

    Fun story Now I want an Indian

  5. Kyle Kyle says:

    Solid but not exceptional The kind of uick but slightly introspective read that'd be nice on a road trip

  6. Cade Curtis Cade Curtis says:

    “Wow a real motorcycle”

  7. Lawrence Leporte Lawrence Leporte says:

    For whatever reason I really enjoy this formula the memoir of a fiddly difficult task involving some old piece of euipment and where there's a pleasantly nerdy technical dimension and one or two cranky old experts who need to be tracked down and where the author at times gets so fed up with the damn thing that he's tempted to uit but he doesn't he keeps soldiering on and by God he gets her done and starts up the old tractor or motorbike or chainsaw or what not and there's all this pride that comes from knowing that he made this happen so he's really in truth a sort of demi god because unlike government bureaucrats or people who work in service industry jobs he's created something that he can take to the county fair or the Harley rally where old guys will stand around and admire it and smile because it reminds them of the happy days they spent riding motorcycles with gears that were hard to shift or changing the engine oil on tractors or cutting all kinds of shit with ridiculously unwieldy chain saws or whateverYes I happen to like that formulaIt can be difficult though to explain the pleasure I take in it to spousal types or in laws or other similarly cut throat individuals who will put forward the suggestion that all I'm reading about is some slacker doing something inherently mundane and unheroic and trying to make it seem heroic by writing about it A true hero would be providing for his family by finding better paid employment and attending to important jobs around the house uietly and without complaintAnd that may well be a fair pointBut to such critics I say this Fred Haefele writes well His dialogue is particularly good nearly as good as El Leonard's I would venture He tells a good story Okay he seems prone to feeling sorry for himself but at one point or another don't we all? I say too that Fred Haefele was a man in need of a boost to his self esteem And if I'm not mistaken psychologists have proven if it can be said that they ever prove anything that the completion of a challenging project however mundane it may seem to assorted naysayers and peanut gallery types makes a person feel better about him or her selfSo the premise for this book that the author's life is going a little off the rails and that therefore he should restore an old motorcycle is not uite the non seuitur it might seem It is in fact a vindication of human nature It is an affirmation of a fundamental psychological truth And to those whose jejune and sluggish minds will not permit them to grasp or even contemplate this I would say only that in the fullness of time our sun will flare up into a red giant that will swallow the earth and eliminate all trace of humankind but the fundamental truths of human nature will endure The Platonic forms of the Indian motorcycle and the International Harvester 15 Series combine will abide indelible in the consciousness of the universe In laws spouses and their sympathizers take heed

  8. Fussfehler Fussfehler says:

    This is a fun read in its way Different people will get different things from it I'm a gearhead wannabe and sometime casual motorcyclist and like most guys my age I like old machinery I was mostly interested in the story of how an admittedly clueless novice transformed an array of pieces littering his garage floor into a beautiful probably better than new vintage motorcycle The really hard stuff like overhauling the engine was contracted out but even so it was obviously an undertaking that would be beyond most of us Many guys I know have long lists of uncompleted projects all less complicated than the rebuilding of a 1940s motorcycle and the simplest such projects sit half complete and neglected in corners of garages I can only admire the author for seeing this project through to completion in what I recognize as good time Of course he had a lot of help but never mind I'm not sure how interested I was in the rest of his life The progress of his wife's pregnancy and the birth of his daughter was clearly intended to run parallel to the restoration of the motorcycle The passages in which he describes his day to day work as an arborist serve to remind the reader that the author is a working stiff and the all consuming task of rebuilding a fifty year old motorcycle has to be fitted into an ongoing life Still as short as this book is I found myself wanting to skip many of the parts that dealt with his personal life thinking to myself that his personal life is no interesting than that of many of my friends or my own The motorcycle and how it affects him is what makes this story worth reading For that reason I found the acuaintances he made through his motorcycle project and his interaction with them interesting than his familyIt was a relaxing read but it was tedious in parts When I finished it i found myself leafing back to refresh my first impressions of his motorcycle mechanics mentors Maybe this book was better than I gave it credit for as I was reading it There's something about old bikes I've never ridden a really old bike but get off a 1980s bike and ride a twenty first century bike and the new bike does everything better Even so there's something about old machinery that won't be denied I give the author big points for staying with the old Indian machine with its balky engine and awkward unconventional controls I gasped with him for much of the description of his first rides I think I would have wrecked the machine and myself in the process and by the lights of the book the author didn't have much motorcycling experience than I do If you don't like old machinery in general or motorcycles in particular if you don't feel a sort of wistful envy of a guy who can see a huge project like this one while managing a working life this book is probably not for you Or maybe it is but you'll see it very differently from the way I did

  9. Jeff Jeff says:

    Rebuilding the Indian A Memoir Fred Haefele 1998 Nearly every aspect of the author's life is a complete failure With virtually no mechanical aptitude and very little general knowledge of motorcycles he some how manages to muster up the audacity to attempt to restore a 1941 Chief with predictable results The one time Stanford collage professor is likable yet in so many ways hopelessly pathetic becoming a tragic character in his own memoir Despite his limitations and many personal short falls I think that anyone with the basic ability to empathize can identify on some level with Haefele I know I did

  10. Peregrine 12 Peregrine 12 says:

    Couldn't finish it The autobiography aspect was intriguing but I just couldn't push on past the halfway point As a reader I just wasn't drawn into the author's struggles And despite appearances there is nothing in this novel to suggest a similarity to Pirsig's 'Zen' novel aside from the motorcycle

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