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 Superbly illustrated with more than 150 color pictures, many previously unpublished, Classic British Motorcycles is a captivating and highly informative account of the men, machines, race meetings and world events that shaped the development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
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
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.
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
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
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