Gathering Speed - Tales of Motorcycles and Life

a book by

David A. Braun
aka Flash
aka The Nashville Flash
Denizen of Doom #412
Chain Gang Inmate F650#412

ISBN-10: 0965617602; ISBN-13: 978-0965617604
You can read some of the Tales as originally posted to
The Tales in the book have been polished and many photos added.
Rebus Knebus and His Leap...
Pony Maples - A Colorful Character.
Isle of Memories - Heaven on Earth in the Irish Sea.
Team Casual - (Very) Amateur Roadracing.
Thumper - My (R26) BMW Single.
(A Real Long) Zielfahrt - The BMW 60 Year Rally.
People In Gray - Behind the Iron Curtain.

Gathering Speed - Tales of Motorcycles and Life contains Tales of Adventure acquired from touring the U.S.A. and the world, commuting, restoring, rallying, racing, wrecking, wrenching, and just generally absorbing life's lessons as delivered via motorcycles made by BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, MV Agusta, Vincent, and Yamaha, with an International Harvester pickup truck, an Amphicar and a machine gun or two thrown in for good measure. Boink for a look at the table of contents of the hundred ninety-eight page, soft-bound book, lavishly illustrated with eighty-some photographs.

Gathering Speed - Tales of Motorcycles and Life

Gathering Speed is available directly from the publisher
The best and only source to obtain a personalized autographed copy is to order directly from the publisher This can be done by mailing a personal check to the address below or online via PayPal (which allows use of Visa and Master Card). No matter how you order, be sure to send an email or note with your correspondence detailing the personalization desired for the autograph. The price of the book including delivery and all applicable taxes is as follows:
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(Note: Cover price is US$24.95.)
If you prefer not to use PayPal, mail payment to:
Bike Manuscript Works, LLC
P.O. Box 271643
Fort Collins, CO 80527-1643

For wholesale quantities or for questions, contact flash412 AT

This page is updated as necessary.

Boink to read reviews by Ged Martin, Shank, John Sloan, Roar Larsen, and Josh Fielek.
Reviews in print:
David L. Hough's review in the February 2002 issue of Motorcycle Consumer News.
Steve Johnson's review on the Chain Gang website.
Roland Slabon's review in the "Vintage BMW Bulletin."
Buddy Burnett's review in the BMW Motorcycle Club of Nashville Newsletter, "The Beemer."
John Flora's review in the "Indianapolis BMW Club News."
Micheal Pandolf's review in the BMW Riders Association of the Mid-South (BMW RAMS) newsletter, "The Shaft."
Al Cohen's review in the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America (BMW MOA) "Owners News."

Flash's BMW F650 Page

Flash's BMW Parts for Sale Page

C&DEA - Carol & David's Excellent Adventures - living in France.

Story Leavesley's Tale about riding my old bike to Tierra del Fuego
My treatise on rebuilding a failed BMW ignition trigger unit.
EDTA - What, How, Why, Where.
A (Bosch) Platinum Plug.
Riding in a Crosswind.
Do It Yourself Hotgrips by Eric Graudins.
Oh yeah, click here for some links...
The best things in life are ephemeral.

David Braun - Flash412 AT - - DoD # 412