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.
Everything you wanted to know about Moto Guzzi!
The oldest European motorcycle manufacturer in continuous production, Italy's Moto Guzzi has built some of the most iconic motorcycles ever produced. Established in 1921, the company is one of the most traditional motorcycle makers and also one of the most innovative. Today Moto Guzzi has a higher profile than ever, thanks to its popularity among celebrities like Ewan McGregor.
Moto Guzzi was formed by Carlo Guzzi, Giovanni Ravelli, and Giorgio Parodi after WW I. Carlo Guzzi's first engine design, a horizontal single, defined Moto Guzzi's road-going motorcycles for the company's first 45 years. In the 1950s, Moto Guzzi experienced tremendous success in Grand Prix motorcycle racing.
Moto Guzzi has experienced low points as well as high points. In February 1967, a state controlled receiver took ownership of Moto Guzzi. It was while in receivership that Guzzi developed the 90-degree V twin engine that came to define Moto Guzzi. De Tomaso Industries Inc. purchased Moto Guzzi in 1973. In 2000 Aprilia S.p.A acquired Moto Guzzi. In 2004, Piaggio & C. S.p.A acquired Aprilia. With the financial backing of a large corporation like Piaggio, Moto Guzzi was once again on firm financial footing, and sales have been on the rise.
For the first time ever, The Complete Book of Moto Guzzi: Every Model Since 1921 collects all of these iconic motorcycle in encyclopedia form, written by widely respected Moto Guzzi expert Ian Falloon.
Recent statistics show that approximately 12 percent of motorcycle owners are women and that close to 25 percent of motorcycle riders are women. While it’s still a male-dominated field, the number of female bikers has increased by more than 25 percent in just five years, showing that women have a strong presence on two wheels. In The Women’s Guide to Motorcycling, author Lynda Lahman (herself a motorcycle owner and rider) provides a comprehensive look at motorcycling techniques, street smarts, and safety concerns. She also addresses female-specific challenges, as well as issues that all bikers face from a female point of view.
Inside the book, you’ll find:
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!
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