1969 and Then Some: A Memoir of Romance, Motorcycles, and Lingering Flashbacks of a Golden Age
Robert Wintner has written twelve well-reviewed novels. He is also point man on the current campaign to relieve Hawaii reefs of unregulated pressure from the aquarium trade.
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Wintner had crafted a book— and Then Some-A Memoir of Romance, Motorcycles, and Lingering Flashbacks of a Golden Age— that is at times more manifesto than memoir, more rant than retrospective. He shares not only that seminal motorcycle journey, but a critique of how things were then that led to the things gone wrong now. There is no mincing of words on the drugs and sex and rock and roll of the times he lived in, but there is also introspection on what it all meant to him and, in a way, to everyone. Some of the technical details may stretch things a little, but they add dimension to the story, such as this excerpt from his soliloquy on the BSA while shopping for motorcycles in London:.
But it could get up and go faster than anyone should go. Back then, BSA made a one cylinder model, the Victor, with a panache all its own.
No motorcycles had electric starters; all required a kick-start. Then again, taking the handlebar vault on a kickback was the mark of experience.
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I took the dive and came up laughing about it and still laugh at the utter hazard and unnecessary risk of the thing. But then, unnecessary risk was the risk most valued. The Victor came only in yellow, and actually owning a was a yellow badge of machismo—a pogo stick with incredible low-end torque. Still, the brief encounters on bike trips he describes take you along in vivid detail and may make you recall camping and traveling experiences of your own.
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There are no photos or other graphics in the book, though there is some graphic language. The narrative wanders at times; transitions from one thing to the next are fast if they are there at all.
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You have to pay attention or you fall behind—very much like the times he lived in. Riffs from the songs of the day pepper the tale linking the music to the life being lived and setting up a soundtrack in your mind as you read, at least it did for me; a most unusual feature. The switchbacks in the road of life Wintner experienced could be common to any of us, but some were definitely unique to his skill set—or the times, as may apply.
Just like life is and was. If you were a teenager and paid a little attention to what was going on in the world in , Wintner will likely jog some memories—some poignant, some not so much.
His journey may well make you envy him for the memories he shares and make you wish you were along for the ride.