Originally used as a slur against riders who used hopped-up motorcycles to travel from one transport café to another, "café racer" describes a bike genre that first became popular in 1960s British rocker subculture … although the motorcycles were also common in Italy, France and other European countries. The rebellious rock 'n' roll counterculture is what first inspired these fast, personalized and distinctive bikes, with their owners often racing down public roads in excess of 100 miles per hour ("ton up," in British slang), leading to their public branding as "ton-up boys." Café Racers traces café racer motorcycles from their origins in the mid-20th century all the way into modern times, where the style has made a recent comeback in North America and Europe alike, through the museum-quality portraiture of top motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter and the text of motorcycle culture expert Paul d'Orléans. Chronologically illustrated with fascinating historical photography, the book travels through the numerous ever-morphing and unique eras of these nimble, lean, light, and head-turning machines. Café Racers visually celebrates a motorcycle riding culture as complex as the vast array of bikes within it.
Author: Paul d'Orleans,Michael Lichter
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 Superbly illustrated with more than 150 color pictures, many previously unpublished, Classic British Motorcycles is a captivating and highly informative account of the men, machines, race meetings and world events that shaped the development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
Honda made its mark on the motorcycle world with small, affordable bikes, and grew well beyond that to create some of the most important performance machines ever built. Today, these bikes are increasingly coveted by collectors and enthusiasts. This guide to the collectible Hondas gives prospective buyers a leg up on the current market for groundbreaking classics like the CB77 Super Hawk, CB92 Benly, Dream 300, CB750, CB 400F, as well as 1970 to 1979 models that are quickly becoming classics in their own right. Photographs of the models are accompanied by complete descriptions of specifications, components, paint codes and serial numbers. A five-star rating system rates the bikes on collectability, parts availability, two-up touring compatibility, reliability and power. The author also highlights common repair and restoration needs, and looks ahead at future collectible models. This book is an updated version of the Illustrated Buyer's Guide Classic Honda Motorcycles.
Author: Bill Silver
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
Custom Motorcycle Fabrication starts at the beginning with a discussion of the materials commonly used to fabricate custom motorcycle frames, fenders, brackets, and all the rest. This discussion includes steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.
Joining metal (that is, welding) is an essential part of building almost anything and the copy here includes TIG and MIG welding, as well as Stick and Oxy/Acetylene welding. In each case, the author covers subtopics including penetration, strength, getting started, and the relative size of the heat-affected zone.
Most custom motorcycle frames, as well as many of the brackets that hold things together, are made from tubing. Thus, the book includes an entire section on bending and notching tubing to achieve a precise fit between any two parts prior to welding.
A good fabricator must be skilled at machining on both a mill and a lathe. The author walks the reader through the basics for both types of machining: set up, cutting speed, tools, lubrication, cooling, and safety.
Some commonly fabricated parts, such as handlebars and exhaust systems, are covered as separate topics, along with sections on building simple brackets and mounts.
Packed with good advice on choosing the right Ducati bevel twin, this book includes a comprehensive inspection guide and in-depth analysis of strengths and weaknesses. It covers desirable upgrades, modifications to avoid, valuation and predicting which models will become collectable. Photos throughout illustrate key areas to check and foibles to be aware of.
Author: Ian Falloon
Just before midnight on May 14, 1914, a ferryboat departed from Weehawken, New Jersey, and chugged along in the darkness across the Hudson River to Manhattan. On board was a tired-looking rider with an equally tired-looking motorcycle. The boat landed at 10 minutes past midnight, and there to greet him were representatives from the Federation of American Motorcyclists, the nation’s major motorcycle sanctioning organization. What they knew was that this rider, Erwin G. Baker, had just completed the fastest transcontinental trip in American history. Baker’s journey of 3,497 miles had taken him 11 and a half days. And, oh, what an incredible 11 and a half days it was! After leaving San Diego on May 3 he rode coast to coast, averaging only four hours sleep each night. Danger seemed to await him at every turn. In the Arizona desert, he ran out of gas and had to push his motorcycle 5 miles in the sand in 119-degree heat. When he got to New Mexico he hit some rainy weather, which turned the historic Santa Fe Trail into a deep mud bog. He suffered six flat tires once on the same day, which he had to repair with the tools he carried with him, and in Pennsylvania he rode 232 miles of mud in a steady downpour. Despite all this, Baker continued east as fast as he could legally go. When he landed on Manhattan, he had smashed the current record holder’s long-standing record by more than nine days. His amazing journey concluded at the Hotel Astor in New York City, where he was met by journalists wanting to get the story. One shouted out that he had “shot across the country like a cannon ball.” He was forevermore Cannon Ball Baker! In 2011, Don Emde, a former winner of the prestigious Daytona 200 motorcycle race and 1999 Inductee to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, embarked on a multiyear project to understand the riding conditions and retrace the route that Cannon Ball Baker had taken in 1914. Using modern day computer search tools, GPS, and current adventure-style motorcycles, he and an assistant, Joe Colombero, logged numerous miles in the California and Arizona desert to work out what remains of the dirt roads that Baker had ridden. Their research ultimately took them on a ride all the way to New York City on the same route that Baker had taken. Their discoveries and difficulties is a great story in itself. Finally, in 2014, Emde led a group of 30 motorcyclists on a celebration ride from San Diego to New York City, just as Baker had done a century before. The group departed on May 3—100 years to the minute from when Cannon Ball had left San Diego—and arrived in New York just as he had on May 14. This is the story of three epic motorcycle rides across America.
Author: Don Emde
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
Whether you have one of these high-performance motorcycles in your garage or have one in your sight line, Harley-Davidson CVO Motorcycles provides a close look into the Motor Company's ultimate custom motorcycles.
Author: Marilyn Stemp
The Harley-Davidson WLA was produced to US Army specifications during and around the Second World War. It was an adaption of an existing civilian model, the WL, the 45 solo type, having a 45-cubic-inch (740 cubic centimeters) engine displacement and single rider design. In 1944, the US War Department published this manual for troops ahead of entering the Second World War. In addition to a basic description of the motorcycle and how to ride it, this manual contained all the technical information required for identification, use and care of the material. It is the essential guide for any owner, with vehicle maintenance instructions for many technical issues, and no doubt saved many soldiers' lives out in the field.
Author: US WAR DEPARTMENT
Cruise through this collection of Harley-Davidson's most iconic motorcycles!
Harley-Davidson: The Complete History celebrates these iconic motorcycles, presenting them all in one beautifully illustrated book.
The most beloved and recognizable motorcycles are included here: the Knucklehead, the Panhead, the Peashooter, the KR, the Sportster, the XR750, the Shovelhead, the Evolution, the Twin Cam, the V-Rod, and all the rest. Pages in the book reveal historic images as well as modern photos from the top motorcycle photographers working today. Additionally, there are chapters from some of the most celebrated motorcycle writers of all time: Peter Egan, Kevin Cameron, Ed Youngblood, Allan Girdler, Steve Anderson, and many more. All of this material combines to tell the story of every major motorcycle that Harley-Davidson has built, from the first prototype to the Silent Gray Fellow to the latest liquid-cooled CVO Electra Glides and Softails. Harley-Davidson: The Complete History is the ultimate history of the ultimate motorcycle company.
Author: Darwin Holmstrom
Ever since the original appearance of its first single-cylinder engine (followed by its twin cylinders), the Harley-Davidson has distinguished itself with the introduction of models known for their trustworthiness and endurance and by how many competitions they won. In spite of the competition that sprang up in later years from America, the United Kingdom and Japan, Harley-Davidson has prevailed because of the innovations it has introduced (at times belatedly, but always the fruit of sensible reflection). The company has endured, too, because it diversified its family of motorcycles to make them correspond to the public's expectations. All you need to do is climb onto the saddle and rev up a Harley-Davidson to discover a new motorcycling universe, where the concept of pleasure reveals new meaning. This is the universe that this book invites you to discover, through the history of the brand's main models (embodying nearly 110 years of motorcycling adventures), and touching upon touring, sport, customization, and a simple and outright passion for motorcycles.
Author: Pascal Szymezak
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