Want to be an expert on Triumph’s 350 and 500 unit-construction twins? Here is everything you need to know about these classic machines.
Alongside the headline-grabbing bikes, the Bonneville and Trident, Triumph built a whole series of smaller 350/500cc machines, with all the style of their bigger brothers, but lighter in weight, easier to ride and now cheaper to buy. The Triumph 350/500s played a key role in the company's success through the 1960s, in North America as well as the UK. The range included everything from the original 350cc 3TA, a mild mannered tourer, to the final Daytona Tiger 500 (a modified version of which won the Daytona 500 race in 1967), and the TR5T trail bike.
This comprehensive book covers the complete history of these bikes, with details of model variants, advice on buying and living with a Triumph 350/500, technical specifications, and a list of useful contacts.
Due to the popularity of Bernt Spiegel's The Upper Half of the Motorcycle in its original German, leading to multiple editions and printings, the book has been translated into English to bring its provocative message to a wider audience. Spiegel's metaphor considers the rider and the motorcycle as a single unit, the rider being the upper half.
Taking a multidisciplinary approach, Spiegel draws on anthropology, psychology, biology, physics, and other disciplines to analyze the theory and function of the man-machine unit. Motorcycle riding is seen as a serendipitous junction where people have created machines for personal transport and then become so adept at using them that the machine becomes like an artificial limb, part of the rider himself. The ultimate goal for riders is the integration of the man-machine interface and skill development to the point of virtuosity. Spiegel considers the various aspects of motorcycle riding that must be understood, practiced, and mastered before virtuosity can be attained. Many anecdotes, supplementary material, and in-depth treatment of specialized topics is contained in sidebars and footnotes. Numerous diagrams and photographs illustrate the book's principles.
Britain's best-known Triumph restorer delivers this amazing collection of inside information, humor, and anecdotes about the Triumph factory, the motorcycles, and the men who manufactured them. Hugie Hancox worked at the Triumph Motorcycle factory at Meriden from the 1950s until the 1970s. His years of experience working within the Triumph factory uniquely qualify him to present this fun-filled collection.
This fifth edition of John Hermann's classic Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps & Beyond touring guide is the best-loved and most-respected resource for any traveler planning to ride the high and twisty roads of Europe.
Detailing more area than any previous edition, Hermann's fun-to-read text has been thoroughly updated and revised, now adding new roads in Switzerland and France. All maps feature mountain relief backgrounds to highlight the topography, and many spectacular new photos have been added. Every region of the Alps is covered: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, and even special alpine-lookalike places such as Corsica, Slovenia, and the Pyrenees and Picos de Europa mountain ranges of Spain. All of the important roads and passes are described and critiqued.
Each recommended trip features a detailed route description, easy-to-follow maps, advice on accommodations and things to do, and plenty of inspiring photographs. Local customs, history, and amusing travel anecdotes dot every page to enrich the journey. There is no other motorcycle travel guide like this one!
Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps & Beyond is simply the best guide for any motorcyclist planning their trip of a lifetime to motorcycling's nirvana.
RVs are great for taking vacations, but today more and more people are discovering the advantages of living in an RV full time. Author and entrepreneur Gary Collins has found freedom and fulfillment in life on the road. His mile-by-mile guide shows how you, too, can liberate yourself and find lasting joy through simplicity.
Practical step-by-step instructions cover all the essentials:
With Collins at the helm, you’ll steer clear of costly and time-consuming mistakes so you can enjoy a smooth ride into your adventurous new life.
From a corner of the garage set up for routine maintenance to a dream shop housing classic machines, How to Set Up Your Motorcycle Workshop helps motorcyclists make the most of their available space.
Packed with practical advice, author C.G. Masi walks you through designing, building, and equipping the workshop you need, whether you plan to restore, repair, and maintain your own bikes or hope to open a small commercial facility. Masi starts by helping you determine your work space and storage needs and then walks you through the creation of a shop layout that matches your budget. Basics such as providing adequate electrical power, lighting, and heat and air conditioning are all addressed. With the workshop design in place, learn about the must-have and nice-to-have tools to equip the space, and then how to use them.
The book also includes several profiles of real-world workshops, from small garage spaces to purpose-built restoration and race-prep shops, providing ideas and inspiration. Each profile includes a scaled layout of the shop with photos, as well as tips from the owner and designer. A comprehensive resource directory for equipment, tools, computers, battery-powered tools, and energy-saving tips wraps up the book, ensuring you're armed with all the necessary information to tackle the design of your own dream work space.
Explore 75 of the world’s greatest superbikes, from the earliest models (such as the Honda CBX 1000 and Suzuki RG500) to the Yamaha YZF R-1 and Ducati 996 SPS.
Superbikes are at the pinnacle of two-wheeled production engineering. Designed for adrenaline-inducing speed, breathtaking handling, and head-turning good looks, these superb machines are the most glamorous and desirable bikes on the road. Classic Superbikes presents 75 of the best models, from renowned manufacturers including Aprilia, Bimota, BMW, Buell, Cagiva, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Suzuki, Triumph, and Yamaha. Each bike gets four pages with cutout photography from a variety of angles (and detailed annotations describing special features), while lively text explores the bike’s history and aspects of its design. For the real enthusiast, there’s a comprehensive specification box that covers everything from engine size and tire measurements to top speed, weight, power output, and gearbox.
The 17th annual Comprehensive Vintage Motorcycle Price Guide captures nearly 100 different marques and 120,000 prices in six different grades across 432 pages for the 2020/2021 season. Learn how to properly grade and apply the right condition to a motorcycle through pricing that is determined by real-time sales data from auctions, sales, shows, swap meets, dealer sales, and more. Plus, vintage motorcycle market analysis is included. Find out how to properly grade and apply the right condition to American, Japanese, European, and Asian marques! Whether you’re looking at buying an old bike or selling the one that’s been sitting in your garage, this is the guide you want to turn to.
Motorcycle Classics dedicates this Special Collector Edition to the remarkable street bikes of the 1950s. Numerous classic motorcycles were designed and built in the ’50s, and Motorcycle Classics has put together a 96-page special edition featuring articles that explore the decade and what it brought to the motorcycle world. The Harley-Davidson KHK, Honda JC58 Benly, Devil Lusso Extra, and many others are all covered in this glossy-page, full-color guide. Whether you’re just discovering these bikes or have been riding them since they first came on the market, you’re sure to enjoy this special edition.
Articles in this guide include:
• Unapproachable: 1957 Norton Model 30 – Joe Block’s rare 1957 Model 30 is one of just 70 built that year, but that doesn’t stop him from riding it.
• Big Sid’s 1950 Series B Vincent Meteor – A towering man, Sidney Biberman left a monumental legacy as a Vincent aficionado, tuner, and lover of speed.
• Dad’s 1958 BMW R50 – Shortly after the death of Richard Costello, his son Bill found a note attached to his father’s R50 in the garage. Since then, Bill has devotedly restored his dad’s BMW.
• Speed Twin: Ed Turner’s Triumphant Twin – Emulated by everyone, Triumph sold a parallel twin first.
Motorcycle Classics continues to celebrate the 1970s with an exciting second volume of Street Bikes of ’70s. Many great and classic motorcycles were designed and built in the ’70s, and Motorcycle Classics has put together another 96-page special edition featuring articles that explore the decade and what it brought to the motorcycle world. The Honda CB550K, Ducati 750 Sport, Yamaha RD400, and many others are all covered in this glossy-page, full-color guide. Whether you’re just discovering these bikes or have been riding them since they first came on the market, you’re sure to enjoy this special edition.
Articles in this volume include:
• 1975 Norton Commando Mark III – The Commando has always been more than the sum of its parts.
• Turbo Power: Kawasaki Z1R-TC – The first of many turbo motorcycles, the Z1R-TC was fitted with an American Turbo-Pak compressor and ancillaries.
• 1975 MV Agusta 750S America – Mark Cummings appreciates everything about motorcycles, but it was the sound of an MV Agusta 750S America that sent a chill down his spine.
• 1979 Yamaha XS750F – Honda was selling every CB750 Four it could make, and Yamaha desperately needed a hit in the 750cc category.
The Eighties was a decade to remember for many reasons, especially in the world of motorcycles. From cult-classic Suzukis to dreamy Ducatis, Street Bikes of the ’80s profiles 17 of the finest 1980s-era street bikes to ever grace the pages of Motorcycle Classics.
Take a trip down memory lane with the Motorcycle Classics Prewar Perfection special issue! Packed with stories about all different kinds of bikes (from a 1936 Harley-Davidson EL and 1941 BMW R75 to a 1927 Cleveland 4-45 and a 1933 KTT Velocette), this collection features something new and interesting on every page.