No motorcycle manufacturer is more closely associated with one type of engine than BMW: the air-cooled boxer twin or 'airhead'. It was included in BMW's very first motorcycle in 1923 and virtually every machine the company made, of every type, from radical road bike to TT winner, to land speed record holder, to 1970s style icon and even to the creation of an all-new adventure bike class with the R 80 G/S, right up to the mid-1990s.
BMW Airhead Twins, with over 290 photographs, includes a history of the company pre- and post-War, and the personalities behind the development of the bikes. Profiles of each of the 'R' bikes in turn includes detailed specification guides and production numbers. Plus, an epilogue that looks to the future of the airhead twins completes the book.
The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles offers a thorough year-by-year guide to every production machine ever built by Germany’s leading motorcycle manufacturer.
From the first model, the 1923 R32 that launched BMW's motorcycle dynasty, to the latest (and fastest) superbike, the S1000RR, this book captures nearly a century of motorcycling excellence in a combination of historic and contemporary photos. Technical specs are provided for each model.
This comprehensive review covers all of BMW's bike families:
• The side-valve machines from the early years
• The early overhead-valve performance bikes
• The modern Airheads and Oilheads
• The four-cylinder and six-cylinder touring bikes
• The early pushrod singles
• The modern overhead-cam singles
• The latest parallel twins, and inline-four cylinder sport bikes
Among them, you'll find all the classic bikes—pre-World War II BMWs like the R5 that defined performance in that era; the military R12 that carried the Wehrmacht as it blitzkrieged its way across Europe; the Earles-forked R69S that offered the perfect platform for mounting a Steib sidecar; the R90S café racer; the K1 “flying brick”; and the GS (Gelände Sport) series that launched a dual-sport revolution right up to today’s world-class S100RR and retro-inspired R nine T.
The ultimate reference for Triumph lovers and fans of British motorcycles, The Complete Book of Classic and Modern Triumph Motorcycles, 1937-Today collects all of the motorcycles from this iconic brand in a single illustrated volume. In this revised and updated edition, you'll find the all-new Bonneville lineup introduced for the 2016 model year as well as other Triumphs through 2019.
Originally formed as a bicycle company in 1885, Triumph produced its first motorcycle in 1902, which was simply a bicycle fitted with a Belgian Minerva engine. From there, the company, in various iterations, went on to build some of the most iconic motorcycles of all time.
Written by respected Triumph expert Ian Falloon, this luxurious reference covers all of the major and minor models, with an emphasis on the most exemplary, era-defining motorcycles such as the Thunderbird, Tiger, Trophy, Bonneville, and new machines such as the Speed Triple, Thruxton, and Daytona 675. Detailed technical specifications are offered alongside compelling photography, much of it sourced from Triumph's archives.
The Complete Book of Classic and Modern Triumph Motorcycles, 1937-Today also features important non-production models and factory racing and speed-record-setting motorcycles that have become integral parts of Triumph's stellar reputation.
This is a book no Triumph fan should be without!
Ton Up! A Century of Café Racer Speed and Style focuses on the story of the ton-up boys and their café racers. But it's much more than just that. Illustrated with historic and modern photos and featuring a text by one of the world’s motorcycle historians, it's really the story of motorcycle speed and style evolved from the early 1900s right through today.
Café racers are most associated with the young, rebellious rock-and-rollers of 1960s Britain. These riders created the quintessential café racers—fast motorcycles customized to resemble the racing bikes of the period. They were called “café racers” because their riders raced on public roads, from one café to the next. The goal was to do “the ton” (exceed 100 miles per hour) on these runs, which led to their designation as “ton-up boys.”
Today, ton-up culture is more popular than ever and recognized worldwide with a following of young and long-time riders alike. With Ton Up!, enjoy a scenic ride through the history of this vibrant scene.
The Harley-Davidson Story: Tales from the Archives is a fascinating, visually driven overview of the motor company's rich story, created in cooperation with the Harley-Davidson Museum.
The story of Harley-Davidson is a classic American tale of spirit, invention, and the right idea at the right time. From its beginning in a small Milwaukee shed in 1903, William Harley and his cousins, the Davidson brothers, set in motion what would eventually become the world’s most iconic motorcycle company.
While other motorcycle companies rose and fell through the teens and 1920s, Harley went from strength to strength, whether introducing its first V-twin motor or dominating racetracks across America. The Milwaukee Miracle even prospered during World War II, building war bikes for the armed forces. By the 1950s, they’d buried their last American-built competitor, Indian, and gained a hold over the U.S. market that they maintain to this day.
By tradition, the motorcycle is a naked beast, differing from other vehicles by the fact that its mechanical structure is also part of its aesthetic appearance. In The Fine Art of the Motorcycle Engine, photographer Daniel Peirce examines the graphic nature of historic engines with stunning and dramatic photography. Since the beginning of the motorbike, engine designers knew they had to design power plants that performed well and looked good doing it. Peirce presents 64 stunning pictures from his popular Up-N-Smoke Engine Project. In addition to including his engine photography, the book also tells the story of the project and the years it took to bring it from an inspired idea to a tangible reality. The story of the Up-N-Smoke Engine Project reveals how what started as an artistic outlet became an obsession and eventually a business. This is the project that Cycle World magazine called "Pornography for Gearheads." A special chapter is included showing the process that each picture needed to go through to create the finished product.
No other motorcycle matches the style or sound of a Harley-Davidson, with its rumbling V-twin engines. Harley-Davidson Classics zooms in on more than 50 of the company’s greatest creations, giving a close-up portrait of each machine. Superb double-page photos and close-up shots highlight every aspect of each motorcycle. Comprehensive specification boxes accompany each model, covering all the technical aspects, including engine type and size, frame, transmission, suspension, and brakes. An in-depth description explores the bike’s development and manufacturing history. This unique and highly illustrated volume provides insight into the fascinating world of this legendary marque and is essential reading for all Harley-Davidson fans.
Come along for the adventure of a lifetime: an epic motorcycle journey traversing the Americas, from Brooklyn to Patagonia. Revel in the freedom of a road trip, and join two friends riding into the unknown, traveling 20,000 miles across vast landscapes and through magnificent natural diversity. They go from the dense Guatemalan jungle through the high mountain passes of the Peruvian Andes to the magical, desolate Bolivian salt flats, and ultimately Ushuaia, the land of fire.
Follow this trip through the photography of Matias Corea, who offers advice on how to prepare for an endeavor of this magnitude. His reflections chronicle breakdown, breakthroughs, and serendipitous encounters with local characters.
Hit the open road and discover the beauty of the Americas!
Kawasaki W, H & Z is the story of the air-cooled “big” Kawasaki bikes in definitive detail, researched and written in Japan with the full cooperation of the factory. This series of models put the Kawasaki company on the map during the 1960s and 1970s, helping it survive a difficult era that saw hundreds of Japanese motorcycle makers reduced to just four.
Successful immediately, these models defended Kawasaki’s honor on the track as well as in the showroom, handing the company numerous world championship victories. The series was recently revived as part of a retro boom, and a new machine has been launched, delivering the same thrill and charm as its predecessors.
The Ducati Story is brought right up to date in this new edition of Ian Falloon’s authoritative book, covering the complete history of the marque. Initially under government control, Ducati went through several decades of ups and downs, characterized by dubious managerial decisions. Held together by the great engineer Fabio Taglioni, the father of desmodromic valve gear, Ducati produced some of the finest motorcycles of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s: the Marianna, desmo 125 single, Mach 1, 750, and Pantah. Taglioni also instigated Ducati’s return to racing, and victory in the 1972 Imola 200 was the turning point. Mike Hailwood rode the 900 Ducati to victory in the 1978 Isle of Man Formula One race and Tony Rutter took four World TT2 Championships.
Cagiva purchased Ducati in 1985, bringing a new engineer, Massimo Bordi, and new designs (most famously the Desmoquattro). In various guises, this model dominated the World Superbike Championship during the 1990s, particularly in the hands of Carl Fogarty. Landmark models included the 916 and Monster, and, with the sale of Ducati to the Texas Pacific Group in 1996, the company continued to grow. The racing program expanded to MotoGP and new model families were introduced. With control taken by the Italian company InvestIndustrial in 2006, Ducati embarked on the next era of development, with Casey Stoner winning the MotoGP World Championship in 2007. Now under the Audi umbrella, Ducati continues to thrive. This new edition includes a brand new chapter featuring all the models from 2012 up to 2018.
The 916 spearheaded the Ducati revival of the 1990s. Introduced at the end of 1993, this product of Massimo Tamburini and the Cagiva Research Centre took the water-cooled four-valve engine of the 851 and placed it in an evolutionary chassis with revolutionary styling. The 916 immediately set new standards of performance for twin-cylinder machines, epitomized by its unequalled success in the World Superbike Championship. This book traces the conception and development of the four-valve Ducati from its first appearance at the Bol d’Or in 1986. Along with the factory racers, all the related four-valve models are covered in depth, from the initial 851 and 888 to the 748, ST4, and 996. All the variants, including the Sport Production series, are detailed, along with the rare and beautiful Supermono. This book is the definitive guide to these legendary Ducati models.
When Ducati unleashed Galluzzi’s Monster at the Cologne Show at the end of 1992, few expected it to become Ducati’s most successful model. Dramatically styled, minimalist in stature, yet bristling with innovative engineering, the 900 Monster created a new niche market. A multifaceted machine, the Monster bridged the gap between racetrack-oriented sport bikes and cruisers. The Ducati Monster Bible provides a fascinating guide through the maze of Monsters produced during the past 21 years. In this book, you’ll see a full description of development model by model, an analysis of the Monster by each model year, complete appendices of technical specifications, and more!