Motorcycles have come a long way since Gottleib Daimler bolted an internal engine to a wooden-wheeled velocipede. Among the thousands of great, near-great and downright awful motorcycles built since then, many stand out as icons, or as engineering or cultural landmarks. Your opinions might differ, but you wouldn’t want to miss out on the bikes identified by authors Dain Gingerelli, James Manning Michels and Charles Everitt as rides-of-a-lifetime. These 365 must-ride motorcycles range from classic gaslight-era bikes, racers, and modern sportbikes to oddities that have to be ridden to be understood (or believed). From the 2007 Ducati 999R to the 1909 Harley-Davidson Silent Grey Fellow, 365 Motorcycles You Must Ride promises hours of entertainment (and a thrilling to-do list) to any motorcycle enthusiast.
About the authors
Dain Gingerelli has been a motorcycle enthusiast since 1965, and he began writing for motorcycle and automotive magazines in 1970. He’s been an editor for six motorcycle titles, and he’s authored numerous hot rod books. Prior to 365 Motorcycles You Must Ride, he completed his first motorcycle book, Harley-Davidson Museum Masterpieces, with photographer Randy Leffingwell. Dain lives in Mission Viejo, Calif., with his wife and two sons.
James Manning Michels is a lifelong motorcyclist and accomplished road racer. He lives in Minneapolis, Minn.
Charles Everitt is a former editor for just about every motorcycle magazine ever published. He wrote How to Repair Your Motorcycle. He lives in Hollywood, Calif.
Author: Dain Gingerelli
This book takes a look at some of the fantastic British motorcycle-based custom bikes around the globe. From the old to the new, it shows that when it comes to customizing British bikes, things go much further than the simple chopped Triumph parallel twin. A celebration of all things “custom Brit,” it is the only book devoted entirely to the British custom motorcycle, revealing the innovative, fresh approach to British-based custom bike building. Whether you’re a Brit-bike devotee, or a fan of the custom motorcycle scene in general, this book is for you.
Author: Ulrich Cloesen
In the modern era, mass-produced motorcycles tend to be Japanese or Italian, with the “big four” Asian manufacturers dominating the market. However, this wasn't always the case. Until the 1950s, and even into the ’60s, British makers such as Scott, Rudge, BSA, Norton and Vincent ruled the roost. These legendary companies sold their bikes around the world, winning racing championships and setting speed records as they went. They, and many smaller British firms like them, are motorcycling's founding companies. This is the story of those pioneering firms, whose engineers– (many self taught) were fired by racing ambition, commercial rivalry, patriotic duty and, above all, a passion for innovation. Superbly illustrated with more than 150 color pictures, many previously unpublished, Classic British Motorcycles is a captivating and highly informative account of the men, machines, race meetings and world events that shaped the development of the motorcycle from its bicycle origins.
Author: Colin Jackson
The motorcycle should have disappeared with the advent of the inexpensive automobile, because Henry Ford's Model T usurped the motorcycle's position as a primary form of utilitarian transportation, but a funny thing happened on the way to extinction: the motorcycle not only survived but thrived. Enough people were enamored of the thrill and beauty of the two-wheeled mechanical beast to ensure it would continue to exist indefinitely. And exist they have! Many of the motorcycles manufactured during the past century truly fit the description of "classic," and many consider these machines works of art.
Written by noted motorcycle author Patrick Hahn, Classic Motorcycles presents the history of motorcycling as told through the most significant, iconic, classic motorcycles of all time, with both period photography and modern portrait photography. All the best domestic and international makes are represented here, from BMWs, Indians, and Triumphs to Vincents, Ducatis, and Harley-Davidsons: the most classic models. You'll drool over the 1933 Matchless Silver Hawk, and you'll want to tear out the page displaying the 1956 Triumph Thunderbird and frame it. Each motorcycle was shot in a studio setting using photographer Tom Loeser's light-painting technique. Period ads and relevant historic photos and documents are spread throughout the book to supplement the portraits of the bikes, evoking a sense of time and place. Prepare to be in awe of the undeniably classic motorcycles in this collection. It's the only motorcycle history you'll need.
Author: Pat Hahn
Cool Tools features a selection of the best tools, the cheapest, or the only ones available to do the job. This oversized book reviews more than 1,500 different tools, explaining why each one is great, and what its benefits are. Illuminating the possibilities contained in each item, the catalog serves as an education outside the classroom. The content was derived from 10 years of user reviews published at the Cool Tools website.
Author: Edited by Kevin Kelly
Discovering the Motorcycle is a full-throttle, never-before completed history and cultural evaluation of motorcycling from 1867 to the present. Based on 49 years of the author’s personal experience, the book introduces readers to the vast world of motorcycling, its history, social impact, and how these machines are built and function. If you ride or have always wanted to ride and crave to know everything about the world of motorcycles, this 510-page book is now your bible.
Each individual chapter is devoted to a major aspect of motorcycling, ranging from historical discussions of the machines that led the way to our modern sportbikes; vintage classics; choppers and bobbers; off-road machines; touring rigs; and electric motorcycles. Chapters cover the history of motorcycle racing, bike events, museums, and clubs. The book honors motorcycling's great marques, with representation in each chapter.
Technical sections explore engineering matters, while the captions beneath more than 1,000 color photographs and illustrations add detail about the makes and their mechanical attributes. A chapter on the engine is unique in that it offers a glimpse into the 400-year evolution of the internal-combustion engine.
Many years of experience, research, and sharing of information between credible resources in the motorcycling world have resulted in an unprecedented biography of the sport. Discovering the Motorcycle will make a perfect gift for those who dream of cruising through the wind on two (or three) wheels, and for the casual weekend rider who just wishes to know more about this amazing world.
Author: Armand Ensanian
For the first time, the life of Edward Turner, one of Britain’s most talented motorcycle designers, is revealed in full. That makes this work much more than just another book about Triumph motorcycles. Although seen by many as an irascible man who ran a very tight ship, Turner succeeded in making his business a highly profitable company, it must be said. His hugely successful sales campaign after World War II stunned American manufacturers, and it had long-lasting repercussions on their own home market. As Bert Hopwood once said to the author, Turner was an inventive genius who had a flair for pleasing shapes, an uncanny ability to perceive what the buying public would readily accept, and to produce it at the right price. No one will deny the impact made at the annual Motor Cycle Show by his Ariel Square Four in 1931, his superbly styled single-cylinder Tiger models in 1936, and his revolutionary Speed Twin that dominated the Show in 1937. Even more was to follow with his post-war Thunderbird and Bonneville twins.
Author: Jeff Clew
In twenty-five years, Greeves produced around 25,000-30,000 machines - a number considered relatively modest when compared with some of their contemporaries, such as Triumph. However, Greeves was not small in ambition or achievement, which is resoundingly illustrated in this new book. Greeves: The Complete Story gives a detailed history from the early 1950s to the 1970s. With production histories and specification details for all main models, it is an ideal resource for anyone with an interest in these classic sporting motorcycles.
Author: Colin Sparrow
Historic Motorcycles 1885-1985 provides the reader with stunning full-color photographs of more than 100 of the world’s most beautiful and rare motorcycles. Richard Renstrom, an author of five books and an accomplished photographer, spent more than 50 years accumulating this library of photos of vintage motorcycles from 12 countries (including the United States, England, France, Germany, and Japan). Each photograph is accompanied by a detailed historical essay documenting the origin of each motorcycle as well as the technical specifications that make each machine a true original.
Author: Richard Renstrom
Hodaka motorcycles were some of the most creatively marketed and designed motorcycles in America. The brand was also a pioneer in the trail bike world and a race winner in all types of off-road competition. The bike of choice for the hip young racer, the street-savvy hipster or the 14-year-old boy's favorite poster, these machines had colorful logos, advertising and terrific names. The Combat Wombat, Road Toad, Dirt Squirt and the fantastic Super Rat are all covered in detail. More than 15 years in the making, this exhaustively researched tome contains all the details about the machines as well as a treasure trove of photographs, advertisements and graphics. Written by Ken Smith, the editor of VMX Magazine and filled with the wild graphic design and style that made Hodaka famous, this book is a captivating, colorful look back at one of the wildest machines of the 1960s and 1970s.
Author: Ken Smith
Indian Motorcycle: America's First Motorcycle Company tells the complete story of America's first mass-produced motorcycle maker, from its start as a bicycle manufacturer to the purchase of the brand by Polaris Industries in 2011 and the subsequent new Indian motorcycles. In the early years of the 20th century, Indian dominated the world's racetracks, earning the brand a worldwide reputation for quality, performance, reliability, and technical innovation. The once-mighty company fell on hard times, however, and in 1953 was forced to file for bankruptcy. The Indian brand never quite died, though, thanks in large part to fanatically devoted enthusiasts, who tried to resurrect it for more than half a century. Finally Polaris, maker of the highly regarded Victory brand of motorcycles, purchased the brand and released the Chief and Scout, models that once again restored Indian to its rightful place in the motorcycle pantheon.
Author: Darwin Holmstrom
Whether considering an ocean-to-ocean cross-country journey, a vacation ride through the Canadian Rockies, a full-length tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway, or an ambitious Four-Corners ride, this new "big idea" guidebook provides the head start everyone needs to plan fun-filled motorcycle tours through the continental United States and Canada, with an emphasis on the very best roads and expert advice on when to go, what routes to select, areas to avoid, must-see attractions along the way, places to stay and eat, and of course, plenty of firsthand stories and hard-earned lessons.
Author: Dale Coyner
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