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.
Read about the enduring legacy of the inventor of Carmex lip balm (his grandson rides and fixes up motorcycles), travel to Berlin to discover the roots of the 1939 BMW R51, and learn how the 1930 Henderson KJ Streamline was used as a police transportation vehicle. This is the perfect read for the history lover and motorcycle collector!
Other articles include:
• Refined Pioneer: 1921 Reading Standard – Some antique motorcycles are time travelers. They do much better in current conditions than they did when they were built. One of these is the Reading Standard.
• Diamond in the Rough: 1931 AJS S8 Deluxe – Restorer John Whitby was flipping through ads for cars when a motorcycle in the background of a photo caught his eye.
• A Little Fun on the Side: 1941 BMW R75 – Owner Mark Dunn urges us to retain our historical memory while keeping it light at the same time with a military sidecar BMW.
• And more!
The Laverda Twins and Triples Bible provides a detailed history of this innovative and daring Italian manufacturer and the bikes they built.
Laverda has acquired a following of almost fanatical proportions. The large-capacity twins and triples were some of the most charismatic and exciting motorcycles produced in a golden era. With a successful endurance racing program publicizing them, Laverda’s twins soon earned a reputation for durability that wasn’t usually associated with Italian machinery.
Originally built for the British market, the 1000cc Jota was the fastest Superbike available in its day. While the twins faded before the end of the 1970s, the triples continued for almost another decade before dying with a whimper. By this time the company was in serious difficulty and went into receivership. Despite a resurrection in the 1990s, it is the classic twins and triples of the late 1960s through until the mid-1980s that Laverda is now famous for.
This book’s written by one of the world’s foremost motorcycle historians: Ian Falloon, who has his own small collection of classic sporting bikes (including a Laverda 750 SFC).
Destinations is a collection of motorcycle rides and destinations culled from the pages of Motorcycle Classics magazine.
Joe Berk is a regular contributor to Motorcycle Classics, and this book encompasses his travel stories going back as far as 2006: great motorcycle hangouts, mountain roads, national parks, best kept secrets, things to avoid, the best restaurants, and more for great rides in both the United States and parts of Baja.
It’s all here, inviting you to ride the best roads and the most exciting destinations in North America!
The Moto Guzzi V7 Sport and Le Mans are iconic sporting motorcycles of the 1970s and 1980s. They were among the first Superbikes to combine Italian style, handling, and performance. After struggling to survive during the 1960s, Lino Tonti was given the opportunity to create the V7 Sport Telaio Rosso in 1971. This was so successful that Moto Guzzi again began to concentrate on building sporting motorcycles. Covering the period 1971-1993 and all models (V7 Sport, 750S, 750S3, 850 Le Mans, 850 Le Mans II, 850 Le Mans III, 1000 Le Mans IV, 1000 Le Mans V) and with description of model development year by year, full production data, and 150 photos, this is a highly informative book and an essential bible for enthusiasts.
When Ducati's great engineer Fabio Taglioni designed the 750 Ducati in 1970 there was no way he could comprehend how important this model would be. His design was unlike any other before or since; a 90-degree V-twin with single overhead camshafts driven by a train of bevel gears. Taglioni soon developed his 750 into a Formula 750 racer, and in 1972 beat the rest of what the world had to offer at the Imola 200. With this victory, the desmodromic 750 became a legend. Ducati responded by producing a hand-built limited production desmodromic Super Sport. They also continued to produce the touring 750 GT and sporting 750 Sport until legislation killed them at the end of 1974.
Today, this triumvirate of 750s represents the end of an era; the era before cost accounting and government design requirements. These were among the last pure, unadulterated sporting motorcycles built and it is not surprising they have inspired a new generation of retro classics, the Sport Classic of 2005 and 2006. Read all about the history of the Ducati 750 in this information-filled book.
Street Rider’s Guide spells out safety tactics for motorcycle riders looking to get the most out of their favorite hobby for as long as possible. Covering topics from A to Z, this go-to handbook provides motorcyclists quick solutions to nearly 100 commonly encountered obstacles and road challenges (what safety experts call increasing a rider’s “situational awareness”). As author David L. Hough writes in the introduction, the most important way to avoid crashes is “to figure out what’s happening.” While many books exist on the market for riders looking to improve their ride or get better control of their bikes, no book out there is dedicated to helping riders develop their situational awareness, which is the most critical skill a rider can have.
Inside Street Rider’s Guide:
• Alphabetically arranged topics from “Alley Acumen” to “Zone Woes”
• Short descriptions of more than 80 critical situations selected by the author
• Expert tips about how to recognize oncoming hazards and how to avoid them
• A color photograph accompanies each entry, to illustrate real-life situations
For motorcyclists ready to take their rides to the next level, Mastering the Ride provides an exhilarating course in skills, safety, and common sense. With instructional color photographs and drawings, the book covers improving a rider’s skills of speed and passing on superslabs, mountain roads, and city streets; anticipating and handling street and road hazards, from treacherous tar snakes to lane-weaving drivers; and learning the limits of sight distances, executing quick stops at sudden hazards as well as curves. The book devotes two full chapters to the skills involved in mastering cornering, with specific advice about rolling on and off the throttle, shifting, braking, countersteering, body steering and positioning, and cornering lines.
Plus, author David L. Hough dedicates a chapter to understanding and employing conspicuity: understanding how motorcyclists and car drivers see their surroundings and getting others to see you on the road by using hi-viz clothing, LED lights, and other gear. And the chapter that follows it covers an ability key to safety: predicting how road events will unfold by thinking through the possibilities way before a potential hazard presents itself. Thanks to Hough’s direct and specific instructions to riders for what they need to know, to improve, to avoid, and to do every time they get on their bikes, this chapter and the skills it describes are nothing short of lifesaving.
Expert motorcyclist and author Ken Condon knows there’s a right way to hit the road and track when you’re behind the handlebars. In Motorcycling the Right Way, he lays out a basic riding course for motorcyclists who are smart enough to acknowledge that “you don’t know what you don’t know.” In setting forth the keys to riding safely and well, Condon’s method capitalizes on reducing risks and potential crashes and increasing the rider’s ever-improving skills and situational awareness. Filled with readable, useful advice and anecdotes from the road, Motorcycling the Right Way will be welcomed by beginners and returning riders, as well as experienced riders who are interested in learning more on the journey.
Motorcycling the Right Way will help riders:
• Add new tools to their s bag, such as: multitasking, sensory intelligence, self-awareness and situational awareness, risk smarts, visibility, and attitude adjustment
• Improve their ability to perceive danger, size up risks, and mentally prepare for the road
• Gain expert advice on handling the bike, cornering, traction, braking, and turning
• Learn the right way to avoid hazards and deal with perilous obstacles and road conditions
• And more!
Proficient Motorcycling lays out a clear course for all riders who want to sharpen their handling skills and improve their rides. This second edition, expanded and now in full color, offers new riders and road warriors the exact kind of advice they need to be prepared for anything when on the road, from how to avoid accidents to how to handle the unexpected. Author David Hough, who began motorcycling in the 1960s, tackles every imaginable topic, from the mechanics of the motorcycle, selection of the right-sized bike, and basic riding skills to night riding, group outings, and advanced survival tactics.
This book takes riders from long, snaking country roads right into the traffic of the big city, and Hough offers the best advice for riders dealing with the most challenging conditions (whether it’s road construction, snap-jawed intersections, skateboarders, or suddenly slippery road surfaces). A critical section of the book offers riders advice on how to deal with automobiles, including aggressive car drivers, oblivious SUV drivers, or “blind” truck drivers. The book offers the kind of firsthand experience that can literally save riders’ lives, as illustrated in the chapters “Booby Traps” and “Special Situations,” which offer evasive tactics and advice to avoid and handle everything from slick surfaces, curbs, and construction plates to ferocious dogs, hazardous wildlife, and difficult weather conditions.
Shifting Gears at 50 is a one-of-a-kind motorcycling manual for returning and late-entry riders, essentially anyone 40 years old and up who’s looking to hit the road on two wheels.
In part one, “Becoming a Motorcyclist,” author Philip Buonpastore discusses the basics of buying the right bike, gear, and equipment and getting the bike up to speed. The book continues with an overview of learning to ride, the importance of taking a road course, venturing out on the first ride, and extending rides to long-distance jaunts. This section also emphasizes what older riders should be aware of and which factors can affect their rides.
In part two, Buonpastore shares five of his favorite travelogues, covering his long-distance tours around the United States, from the American South to the west coasts. This section is illustrated by more than 100 of the author’s breathtaking photographs of the locations he toured on his bike.
This informational and beautifully photographed book is one you do not want to miss!
Why would anyone want to do something as dangerous as motorcycling? For those who love to ride, no explanation is necessary. For everyone else, there’s Why We Ride. Designed as both an explanation for outsiders and an anthem for those within the fold, this book presents the insights of Mark Barnes, a motorcycling clinical psychologist. As a popular columnist at Motorcycle Consumer News for more than 20 years, Barnes articulates the elusive physical, emotional, and interpersonal elements that make the world of the motorcyclist such a rich and exciting place. His wide-ranging text covers both sports psychology and the psychoanalysis of common riding experiences, including the results of his own empirical research. Heartfelt and thought-provoking, here is a straightforward account of what makes real motorcyclists tick.
Inside Why We Ride:
> • What makes all the hazards and hardships of riding a motorcycle worthwhile to perfectly sane, intelligent, and responsible individuals
• Insights from clinical psychologist and moto-journalist Mark Barnes
• Examination of the complex gratifications, relentlessly compelling passions, and deeply personal experiences that motivate motorcyclists
• Sports psychology, psychoanalysis of common riding experiences, and reflections on the author’s personal journey as a rider
• Results of the author’s own empirical research on the motives of motorcyclists
• Thought-provoking exploration of the human dimension of motorcycling
• Special section on how riders achieve the quasi-mystical state of “flow,” a concept at the center of modern sports psychology