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.
This book covers the first century of the British motorcycle industry, from its beginnings to the end of the 20th century. Divided into four chronological sections – The Pioneers, Vintage Days, The Classic Era, and Endings and Beginnings – it profiles 100 of the best-loved machines that helped shape a century of motorcycle design. Coverage includes all the famous marques such as AJS, Brough, BSA, Douglas, Greeves, Norton, Panther, Royal Enfield, Rudge, Scott, Sunbeam, Triumph, Velocette, Vincent, and Zenith. Each entry includes information about the history of the bike, with specification panels detailing years in production, engine type, bore and stroke, capacity, gearbox, brakes, transmission, power, weight, and top speed.
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 Superbly illustrated with more than 150 color pictures, many previously unpublished, Classic British Motorcycles is a captivating and highly informative account of the men, machines, race meetings and world events that shaped the development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.
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.
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.
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.
He already made the journey of a lifetime, so why not do it again? In his previous book, Jupiter’s Travels, Ted Simon tells the story of his four-year ride around the world. It’s an adventure classic that still thrills thousands of readers every year. But that was three decades ago.
At age 69, out of shape, barely able to do one push-up, or lift his bike, he says: “Why not do it again?” And, unbelievably he does. Halfway down Africa he breaks a leg but goes on anyway. In Brazil he revisits the scene of his earlier imprisonment. In Chile he falls in love. In India he enters the age of Shock and Awe.
While Jupiter’s Travels inspired thousands to enrich their lives, Dreaming of Jupiter will inspire thousands more to defy their years and hold on to their dreams.
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.
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.
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Motorcyclists face legal challenges that non-motorcyclists don't even consider. Unfortunately, many motorcyclists are ignorant of those challenges as well … until they find themselves in legal trouble. In addition to all the physical hazards of the road, motorcyclists must negotiate a seemingly endless array of legal hazards, from the myriad licensing requirements and restrictions that vary from state to state to the issue of anti-motorcycle bias among law enforcement officials. While motorcycle magazines frequently publish articles addressing various aspects of the legal issues with which a rider must contend, there has never been a one-stop source that contains all of this information until now. Motorcyclist's Legal Handbook collects all the information a rider needs to know in one comprehensive volume.
A lavishly illustrated and definitive look at the design evolution of the racing motorcycle. The dynamic between competition and design has always fueled the evolution of racing motorcycles and inspired astonishing feats of design and engineering. This book traces the development of the sport bike, from the earliest French motorcycles to the dominance of British machinery in the 1930s, the exotic Italian motorcycles of the 1950s and 1960s, the influence of American racing in the 1970s and 1980s, and today’s Japanese superbikes.
More than 50 classic motorcycles — from Harley-Davidsons to Peugeots, Velocettes, Moto Guzzis, BMWs, Kawasakis and Ducatis — are presented chronologically illustrated with stunning studio photographs that present the machines as works of art and wonders of design in themselves. They are accompanied by rare and beautiful archival images that place the subjects in the context of classic races, rallies and motorcycle shows, and essays reveal the legends behind the machines. Some of the championship motorcycles featured include the 1902 Manon, the 1922 Harley-Davidson 8-valve, the 1935 Terrot 500, the 1948 AJS Porcupine, the 1954 Moto Guzzi V8, the 1965 Honda GP 250, the 1976 Suzuki RK67, the 1986 Cagiva GP and the 1990 Ducati Supermono.
About the Author
Phillip Tooth has been a journalist for more than 20 years. For 10 years he was editor of U.K. magazines Classic Bike and The Classic MotorCycle, and also Motorcyclenews.com, before becoming a freelance writer so that he could spend more time with his motorcycles. He now writes for magazines throughout the world, including Klassic Motorrad (Germany), Moto Légende (France), BMW Bikes (Japan), Motorcycle Classics (US), and Motor (Netherlands). Jean-Pierre Pradères ran a studio in Paris where his clients included famous fashion house Hermès, and now devotes his time to photographing motorcycles and bicycles. His work has also been featured in the Guggenheim's The Art of the Motorcycle and The Golden Age of the Hand-Built Bicycle.
The Best of Peter Egan offers a “greatest hits” collection of Egan's motorcycle musings from the past four decades, delivered in his signature, wise but amusing, style. Peter Egan's writing invites you to pull up a chair, pour a little scotch, and relax while he shares with you his tales from the road, his motorcycling philosophy, and his keen observations about the two-wheeled life.
For some forty years, Peter Egan’s columns and feature articles have been among Cycle World's most anticipated monthly content. Egan's legions of fans know they will gain a fresh perspective on motorcycling from each of his articles.
Drawings from motoring artist Hector Cademartori beautifully illustrate Egan’s musings, and a foreword by super-enthusiast Jay Leno introduces the book. This is an unforgettable collection from a master writer whose simple adventures of two-wheeled life remind us why we love to ride.
Plus, this limited edition copy comes with a special slip cover and note from Peter Egan. Originally printed for a Cycle World event, these are now only available while supplies last through Motorcycle Classics!