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Three decades after they first roared onto the scene, the superbikes of the 1970s are still regarded with awe and affection by motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere.
Beautiful, powerful, exotic, brutal, and quick are just a few of the adjectives that these machines still conjure up … and not just among those of us old enough to remember them. A generation of younger riders has heard countless stories about these legendary bikes from fellow cyclists and magazine reports.
But what were the original superbikes really like to ride? And how do they compare to today’s machines with their more sophisticated engines, suspension, and brakes? To answer these questions, Roland Brown, one of the world’s top motorcycle journalists, rides the best of these bikes and shares his impressions. He also describes each bike’s technical features and provides complete specifications and road-test excerpts from when the bikes were new. Hundreds of color photographs and vintage 1970s sales brochures help recreate the excitement of encountering these bikes for the first time.
Maybe you’re in the market for a classic motorcycle, or you want to learn more about a bike you already own. Or maybe you just want to find out how these bikes changed the world in the ’70s and paved the way for today’s machines. No matter what you’re looking for, Superbikes of the Seventies is the definitive guide to this unique era in motorcycling history.
We have completed compiling 12 years of Motorcycle Classics, bringing you the most brilliant, unusual and popular motorcycles ever made … delivered on a flash drive that plugs into the USB port on your favorite device. Whether you’re interested in a particular manufacturer or repairing a specific part, use our search function to bring up all of Motorcycle Classics’ relevant content! For collectors and enthusiasts, dreamers and restorers, newcomers and lifelong gearheads, we have you well covered.
By bringing together this collection of articles and photographs, we get the chance to share our vast archives with you, and to celebrate the work that you, our treasured readers, have enabled us to accomplish over the years.
Today, as we forge ahead into a new and uncharted media landscape, we continue to invest in ways to deliver the most relevant and valuable content in the most efficient and innovative formats. This digital archive contains more than 2,500 articles formatted for optimal viewing on computers.
In addition to the ability to search the entire archive or browse by each month and year, the interface contains enhanced search features.
Also included on the USB drive are 71 articles in PDF format. These articles, written by longtime Motorcycle Classics contributors Alan Cathcart and Phillip Tooth, appeared originally in print but not in our digital archive.
What's old is new again, and the newest trend on the block is Café Racers.
Written by well-known motorcycle and automotive author Doug Mitchel, How to Build a Café Racer starts with a history lesson. While those first bikes were built in the UK for racing from café to café, the current rage for Café Racers has definitely spread to the US.
Converting a stock motorcycle to a Café Racer requires more than a fairing and a few decals. The book starts with chapters on planning and choosing an appropriate bike, followed by chapters that detail the modifications that will likely be embraced by anyone converting a stocker to a rocker. From shocks and tires to engine modifications, Doug's book lays out each type of modification and how it's best carried through.
The center of the book holds a gallery of finished bikes. These are not just Triumphs or Nortons, but nearly every brand imaginable from Japan, Italy, the UK, and Germany.
The final chapters include two, start-to-finish Café builds. This is the chance for the reader to see how professional shops take a stock Honda, Triumph, or Ducati and convert it into a fast, sexy, and functional Café Racer, ready to race from cafe to cafe on Saturday night, or around the race track on Sunday afternoon.