Classic Motorcycle Books and DVDs

‘The Speed Kings’ by Don Emde

“The Speed Kings,” the winner of a Dean Batchelor Excellence in Automotive journalism award, provides a near complete history of boardtrack racing.

Street Bikes of the ’80s Special Issue

Our Street Bikes of the ’80s special issue showcases the Ducati Pantah, Suzuki Katana collection and more.

Haynes Service & Repair Manual

Owners of Royal Enfield motorcycles made from 2009-18 will find the Haynes Service & Repair Manual an almost in dispensable resource.

Destinations, by Joe Berk

Motorcycle Classics contributor Joe Berk's newest book, Destinations, is a blend of museums, parks and monuments with advice on where to ride and what to avoid.

The Comprehensive Vintage Motorcycle Price Guide Returns

We are now offering the 16th edition of The Comprehensive Vintage Motorcycle Price Guide, a resource you’ll want to have at swap meets and bike shows.

“Lone Rider” by Elspeth Beard

Elspeth Beard documents her two-year, 35,000-mile journey on a BMW R60/6 in her book, “Lone Rider: The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World.”

Rollie Free Revisited in Documentary

Produced and directed by Zach Siglow, “Black Lightning: The Rollie Free Story” details Rollie Free’s life and land speed record run.

2019 Andy Tiernan Classics Calendar

Featuring artwork by Mike Harbar, the 2019 Andy Tiernan Classics calendar benefits the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The Real Chiefs of the Mountain

Motorcycle journalist and artist Rachael Clegg tells the story of the Indian’s historic victory in the 1911 Isle of Man TT in her 2019 Milestones calendar.

Milestones: The Singles Collection Calendar by Rachael Clegg

Performance art calendar by the daughter and granddaughter of TT racers shares the history of the Isle of Man TT course.

2018 Andy Tiernan Classics Calendar

Featuring lead pencil and watercolor artwork by Mike Harbar, the 2018 Andy Tiernan Classics calendar is a great addition to your garage.

The Unlikely 1: What it Means to Race at Bonneville

Author Gary Ilminen’s presents his account of his preparation and rides on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Motorcycle Classics 2018 Calendar

Surprise your motorcycle friends with the Motorcycle Classics 2018 Calendar this holiday season, or get one for yourself!

The Complete Book of Moto Guzzi by Ian Falloon

Ian Falloon’s “The Complete Book of Moto Guzzi” covers the history of the Italian marque from the 1921 Normale to the 2017 models.

The Motorcycle as Art: ‘Classic Motorcycles: The Art of Speed’

Using a technique called light painting, “Classic Motorcycles: The Art of Speed” almost lifts motorcycles off the page.

Book Review: Discovering the Motorcycle

A celebration of the history and culture of motorcycling.

Ducati: A Photographic Tribute by Phil Aynsley

The second volume of Ducati: A Photographic Tribute features a foreword by former Cycle editor Cook Neilson.

Finding Cannon Ball's Trail: Reconstructing the Motorcycle Cannonball Run

Book provides insight into the years leading up to the Motorcycle Cannonball and a profile of Erwin G. "Cannon Ball" Baker.

The Indian Wrecking Crew: An American Dirt Track Story

Film 10 years in the making chronicles the Indian Wrecking Crew of the 1940s and 1950s.

BMW Model History: The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles

Ian Falloon's book tracks BMW model development and is a must-have for every BMW enthusiast.

Malcolm! — The Autobiography, by Malcolm Smith with Mitch Boehm

The story of legendary offroad enduro and desert racing star Malcolm Smith.

How to Restore Honda CX500 & CX650

Veloce Publishing's latest restoration guide, How to Restore Honda CX500 & CX650, is a must for any CX500 or CX650 owner.

Rule Britannia: Classic British Motorcycles

Classic British Motorcycles delivers a short, but enjoyable and informative history of the British motorcycle industry.

5000 Miles at 8000 RPM

New book reveals inside story on CSC bringing Zongshen's RX3 motorcycle to North America.

9 Great Motorcycle Books

Read our reviews of motorcycle books that cover a wide variety of topics from history to restoration.

Paul Ritter: Racing the Gods — A Ducati Superbike Racer’s Autobiography

The fascinating story of Paul Ritter’s relatively short but historically important racing career.

Honda CX500 Carb Guide

Larry Cargil was prompted to document the care and restoration of CX Keihins, resulting in the publication of Larry’s Guide to Rebuilding the Keihin CX/GL Carburetors.

Being There: The Hugh Anderson Autobiography

Alan Cathcart reviews "Being There," Hugh Anderson’s autobiography.

‘Morbidelli: A Story of Men and Fast Motorcycles’

The story of Giancarlo Morbidelli’s seemingly unlikely rise to championship victory is told through interviews with the players who filtered through Morbidelli’s team including, of course, Morbidelli himself.

Original Copies of “The Art of the Motorcycle” Available

New stuff for old bikes: The Art of the Motorcycle: Wonders, The Pyramid, Memphis commemorates the 2005 Memphis “The Art of the Motorcycle” exhibit.

Adventure Motorcycle Calendar by Octane Press

New stuff for old bikes: Adventure Motorcycle Calendar featuring riders and their bikes.

Leanings 3: On the Road and in the Garage With Cycle World’s Peter Egan

With the release of “Leanings 3,” many of retired motorcycle journalist Peter Egan’s famed “Cycle World” column entries are available now.

Clement Salvadori: Lifelong Pursuit of the Road Less Traveled

Motorcycle travel writer Clement Salvadori shares his stories in “No Thru Road.”

‘The Art of Ducati’

In “The Art of Ducati” Ian Falloon and James Mann show six decades of Ducati excitement.

‘Café Racers: Speed, Style and Ton-up Culture’

"Cafe Racers: Speed, Style and Ton-up Culture" looks at the Ton Up display at the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

'Hodaka: The Complete Story of America’s Favorite Trail Bike'

"Hodaka: The Complete Story of America’s Favorite Trail Bike" looks at the company’s origins and successes.

New e-Book from Dain Gingerelli

Motors For Nothing (Kicks For Free) is not a typical motorcycle book. It's a non-fiction anthology by motorcycle journalist, racer and enthusiast Dain Gingerelli about the bikes he's ridden, raced, tested, and even crashed, since he took up the two-wheel sport in 1965.

‘A-Z of Three Wheelers: A Definitive Reference Guide’

“The A-Z of Three-Wheelers” by Elvis Payne looks at the world of three-wheel motorcycles.

Motorcycle Documentary to be Released at AIMExpo

A motorcycle documentary film, "Why We Ride," will be released at AIMExpo, Oct. 17, 2013.

Arai Releases New Video Series

Shot at the factory, six videos cover the Arai story from beginning, through philosophy and construction, to emphasis on protection.   

Kevin Cameron: Classic Motorcycle Race Engines

A look at Kevin Cameron’s new book, Classic Motorcycle Race Engines.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

Established in 1973 when few formal, research-based motorcyclist training programs existed, the not-for-profit MSF created an education training program that has evolved from a single learn-to-ride program into a comprehensive training system with the breadth and depth to address a variety of riders' needs and interests and promote lifelong learning.

Motorcycle: The Definitive Visual History

“Motorcycle: The Definitive Visual History” looks at the colorful history of motorcycling.

Touching the World: A Blind Woman, Two Wheels, 25,000 Miles

“Touching the World” tells the story of Cathy Birchall, who is blind, and her partner, Bernard Smith, circumnavigating the globe on a BMW R100RT.

The Ultimate Triumph Collection

Timothy Remus’ book Ultimate Triumph Collection: One Man’s Obsession gives an in-depth look at Bobby Sullivan’s collection of vintage Triumph motorcycles.

Inside Job: The Strange Death of the British Motorcycle Industry

Steve Koerner’s new book, The Strange Death of the British Motorcycle Industry, looks at the downfall of the BSA/Triumph Group.

Book Review: Team Suzuki

The second edition of Ray Battersby's classic book "Team Suzuki" proves its still a definitive analysis of the Suzuki roadracing motorcycles.

Book Review: The Book of the Classic MV Agusta Fours, by Ian Falloon

Ian Falloon’s new book The Book of the Classic MV Agusta Fours will impress owners and fans of collectible motorcycles with vivid period and contemporary photos of classic MV Agusta Fours history. 

Triumph Bonneville: Portrait of a Legend, by James Mann and Mick Duckworth

Bonneville owners and fans alike will engage in Triumph history in the new book Triumph Bonneville: Portrait of a Legend by James Mann and Mick Duckworth.   

Genuine Honda Motorcycle Service Manuals and More Cool Finds

From genuine Honda motorcycle service manuals to new motorcycle tires for old bikes, here are six cool products every classic motorcycle fan needs to know about.

Bill Costello's Video Tribute to His Father and 1958 BMW R50

One of the first things Bill Costello did upon completing restoration of his father's 1958 BMW R50 was to craft a sort of video memorial to his dad.

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Video Tour

A brief video tour of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington, Ohio.

Ducati - The Story on DVD

Alan Cathcart reviews Ducati - The Story, recently released on DVD.

“Hogslayer: The Unapproachable Legend” set for release in 2011

Excitement is building among vintage racing enthusiasts for a new independent documentary about the multi-world champion motorcycle drag racing legend – the Hogslayer. Slated for release later this year, the production company, The Edge Ltd., is accepting additional documentary materials and offering sponsorships on this exciting project.

Hogslayer: The Unapproachable Legend

"Hogslayer: The Unapproachable Legend" documentary looks back at the most successful motorcycle dragster of the 1970s and the team behind the dual-engine Norton dragster.

12 Motorcycle Gifts for Christmas

12 motorcycle gifts for Christmas or any other gift-giving occassion.

12 moto gifts for the holidays

Twelve must-have holiday gifts for the motorcycle enthusisast in your family.

It is the details that count

My work takes me far from civilization and roads and motorcycles – consequently in the spring and summer months there are periods when I can only dream about riding; so I read about riding instead. And like a child with a favorite blanket, I return again and again to David Hough’s books Proficient Motorcycling and More Proficient Motorcycling. 

Motorcycle Movies for Winter Viewing

Eight great motorcycle movies for winter viewing.

Eight Motorcycle Books for the Motorcyclist

Some great gift ideas for your favorite gearhead.

Review: Brittown Documentary

I’m not a student of movie making, so I can’t tell you much about the cinematography in Scott Di Lalla and Zack Coffman’s latest “documentary,” Brittown. But I am a classic bike fan, British bikes being right up there on my radar, and I can tell you something about their latest film’s subject, Jeff Tulunius, aka, Meatball. He is, as the British might say, a “nutter.”

Vintage clips from the Isle of Man TT

 Duke Video has just released highlights from the Isle of Man TT in 1958, 1959 and 1960 on CD 100 years after its first race, the Isle of Man TT remains the greatest motorcycle race on Earth, and as it enters its second century Duke is offering fans a rare opportunity to own vintage recordings from a golden period of the event’s history.

Documentary on The Indian Wrecking Crew to be released

 The documentary film The Indian Wrecking Crew has begun production with a scheduled release in the spring of 2009. This film tells the incredible story of the Indian Wrecking Crew motorcycle racing team of Bobby Hill, Ernie Beckman, and Bill Tuman that, against all odds, took the post-World War II racing world by storm.

Book Review: McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon

As icons go, if you’re a gear head, there’s a good chance you’re also a Steve McQueen fan. Author Matt Stone catches up with some of his vehicles today. 

Book Review: Bonneville, World’s Fastest Motorcycles

Motorcycles and the Bonneville Salt Flats go back a long time. It’s a history rich with amazing stories, famous photographs, and, most importantly, lots of records. Speed records, that is.

12 Motorcycle Gifts For The 12 Days of Christmas

Here are 12 great motorcycle-related gifts for the two-wheel enthusiast on your list.

Book Review: Racer and the Rest

Classic motorcycle racing legend Colin Seeley’s eagerly awaited classic-era memoir, Racer … and the Rest, has finally been published by Redline Books.

The sound and the fury: celebrate the machines that changed the world!

Motorcycle Classics JulAug 16Motorcycle Classics is America's premier magazine for collectors and enthusiasts, dreamers and restorers, newcomers and life long motorheads who love the sound and the beauty of classic bikes. Every issue  delivers exciting and evocative articles and photographs of the most brilliant, unusual and popular motorcycles ever made!

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