An unsung Canadian motorcycle pioneer, Bernie Nicholson helped shape the industry in this country. But his influence has been and still is being felt around the world, and Prairie Dust, Motorcycles and a Typewriter tells that story. Together with his brother Lawrence, Bernie ran a successful motorcycle dealership in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He also wrote seven editions of Modern Motorcycle Mechanics. But he didn’t stop there. Nicholson spent three years with the Canadian Army from 1942 to 1945, training military dispatch riders and mechanics — another area of history that hasn’t been heavily explored. An entire chapter in Prairie Dust is devoted to Nicholson’s training techniques.
Well illustrated with black and white images from the Nicholson collection and filled with archival letters from British motorcycle heavy-hitters including Edward Turner, designer of the Triumph Speed Twin, and Bert Hopwood, designer of the B.S.A. A10, this book is a fascinating glimpse into more than just the life of a Canadian prairie motorcycle pioneer.