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
This illustrated official biography explores the life of the most successful racing motorcyclist in the 107-year history of the Isle of Man TT races.
In this classic book, written in association with the Dunlop family and originally published a year after Joey's death, Mac McDiarmid charts the life of the passionate motorcycle road racer who competed for the love of the sport, whether at high-profile races or to promote humbler events such as the Estonian one that claimed his life in July 2000. His achievements included three hat tricks at the Isle of Man TT races (1985, 1988 and 2000), where he won a record 26 races in total, as well as 24 wins in the Ulster Grand Prix and 13 in the North West 200 in his native Northern Ireland. For motorcycle fans, Joey Dunlop is still akin to royalty.
Author: Mac McDiarmid
Ted Simon rode a motorcycle around the world in the '70s, when such a thing was unheard of. In four years he covered 78,000 miles through 45 countries, living with peasants and presidents, in prisons and palaces, through wars and revolutions. Jupiter's Travels recounts the enthralling tale of his trek, and what distinguishes this book is that Simon was already an accomplished writer. In 25 years this book has changed many lives, and inspired many to travel, including Ewan McGregor.
Author: Ted Simon
Leanings 3 contains stories and observations from one of America's best motorcycle journalists. 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. His columns and feature articles are among Cycle World's most anticipated each month. Egan's legions of fans know they will always leave his articles with a fresh perspective. Leanings 3 offers a fresh collection of Egan's motorcycle musings delivered in his signature wise but amusing style. For added perspective, each feature article is preceded by fresh commentary from the author. This is an unforgettable collection of the works of a master writer whose simple adventures of life remind us all why we love to ride.
Author: Peter Egan, Cycle World
In 1982, at the age of 23, Elspeth Beard left her family and friends in London and set off on a 35,000-mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60/6.
With some savings from her pub job, a tent, a few clothes, and some tools, all packed on the bike, she was determined to prove herself and to get over a recent heartbreak. She had ridden bikes since her teens and was already well traveled, but this journey would be the toughest thing she’d ever done. By the time she returned to England two years later, she was 30 pounds lighter and decades wiser. She’d ridden through deserts and mountain ranges and war-ravaged countries. She’d faked documents and fended off sexual attacks, biker gangs, and corrupt police who were convinced she was trafficking drugs. She’d survived brutal crashes and life-threatening illnesses, and she’d fallen in love with two very different men. In an age before email, the internet, mobile phones, and GPS, Beard had to navigate with unreliable maps, communicate by post, and fix her bike with the tools she carried with her, but she achieved her goal nonetheless. Told with honesty and wit, this is the extraordinary and moving story of a unique and life-changing adventure.
Author: Elspeth Beard
There's something about motorcycles, the lure of freedom, and the open road. If you've ever wanted to take a motorcycling trip, you've been before and are looking for new ideas for places to go, or you just want to do something completely different, then this book will inspire you. Featuring 40 spectacular routes from the snowy passes of Patagonia to Australia's Red Centre, Magnificent Motorcycle Trips of the World is the perfect inspiration for your next big motorcycling adventure. All the featured journeys can be taken as part of a 2- to 3-week vacation or linked to form a longer trip. You can choose to take your own bike, rent one on arrival, or pick up a bike as part of an organized tour. Whether you’re an experienced overlander looking for a quick adventure fix or a novice rider seeking inspiration, these journeys will open up a whole new world of motorcycling possibilities.
The perfect book for anyone who has ever dreamed of taking off on a bike and exploring the globe, Magnificent Motorcycle Journeys of the World features 38 guided tours on six continents. It presents 40 awe-inspiring routes that take in the best of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the Americas. Full of stunning photography and route maps showing points of interest along the way, the guide focuses on journeys that are accessible to everyone (regardless of their level of expertise on a bike).
Author: Colette Coleman
Even 30 years after his death, Steve McQueen remains a cultural icon. His image continues to appear in advertising and pop culture and his fan base spans from car lovers to racing enthusiasts to motorcycle obsessives. In his movies, McQueen's character always had an envy-inducing motorcycle or car, but in his personal life, motorcycles were always McQueen's first true love. McQueen's Motorcycles focuses on the bikes that the King of Cool raced and collected.
From the first Harley McQueen bought when he was an acting student in New York to the Triumph "desert sleds" and Huskys he desert raced all over California, Mexico, and Nevada, McQueen was never without a stable of two wheelers. His need for speed propelled him from Hollywood into a number of top off-road motorcycle races, including the Baja 1000, Mint 400, Elsinore Grand Prix, and even as a member of the 1964 ISDT team in Europe. Determined to be ahead of the pack, McQueen maintained his body like it was a machine itself. He trained vigorously, weight lifting, running, and studying martial arts. Later in his life, as he backed away from Hollywood, his interests turned to antique bikes and he accumulated an extensive collection, including Harley-Davidson, Indian, Triumph, Brough Superior, Cyclone, BSA, and Ace motorcycles.
Today, McQueen still has the Midas touch; anything that was in the man's possession is a hot commodity. McQueen's classic motorcycles sell for top dollar at auctions, always at a multiple of what the same bike is worth without the McQueen pedigree. McQueen's Motorcycles reveals these highly sought-after machines in gorgeous photography and full historical context.
Author: Matt Stone
With the launch of the new California 1400 in 2013, and appointment of actor Ewan McGregor as brand ambassador, Moto Guzzi's owner Piaggio is proving its faith in the future and importance of Moto Guzzi. Moto Guzzi: The Complete Story charts the development of the stylish Guzzi bikes and the highs (and lows) of one of the oldest motorcycles marques still in existence. Topics covered include the origins of the Moto Guzzi factory at Mandello del Lario, the oldest motorcycle factory in the world; successes at the Isle of Man TT and races worldwide; the development of the V-twin engine; the De Tomaso years; and the introduction of the iconic Le Mans model.
Author: Greg Pullen
There is a line in a Lovin’ Spoonful song that says, “It’s like trying to tell a stranger about rock ‘n roll.” Motorcycle drag racing is a bit like that. To those who follow it, the sport makes perfect sense. To those who don’t, it makes none at all. This book is for both.
At 244 pages and nearly 3 pounds, this book is quite large. With so much to explore, it had to be. Organized motorcycle drag racing began nearly 60 years ago, and an incredible amount has happened since then.
While much of the change has involved the machinery—and the book discusses it in great detail – it is the people that make the sport so fascinating. And in the book, more than 500 of them are discussed.
In the words of former Cycle editor, Cook Neilson, “Stein gives dimension and warmth to the people who built and rode these bikes, some of whom are still banging their heads against the quarter-mile reality. Clem Johnson. Sonny Routt. Boris Murray. John Gregory. Leo Payne. Byron Hines. Joe Smith. Dozens more. Geniuses all, innovators all. John Stein has done them – bikes and men – proud.”
Author: John History
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
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.
Author: Pat Hahn
When Ducati opened its museum the goal was to celebrate the racing heritage and competitive spirit that have driven the company for more than half a century. But the Ducati museum is much more than just a collection of historic racing motorcycles-it is also a state-of-the-art facility designed to present each bike for maximum effect, and a shrine for the thousands of dedicated fans who visit each year.
In Museo Ducati, author Chris Jonnum and photographer Peter Harholdt go inside the museum to profile 25 of the greatest motorcycles on display there. The tour begins with a 1947 Cúcciolo motorized bicycle and concludes with the 2010 Desmosedici GP10 ridden by MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden. Other highlights include a 900 Super Sport prepared for Mike Hailwood's legendary 1978 win at the Isle of Man TT and the 1990 851 that Raymond Roche rode to Ducati's first World Superbike championship. The bikes are shown in stunning detail through photographs taken inside the museum itself. Harholdt's carefully composed images capture each model's overall design as well as uncovering details of engines, frames, suspensions and other components. And the detailed text by Ducati insider Jonnum explains each bike's contribution to Ducati's long and varied record of racing success.
If you're lucky enough to have visited the Ducati Museum, this book will bring back memories of a unique encounter with the history and people behind one of the great names in motorsports. And if you still haven't been to the Borgo Panigale, Museo Ducati is the next best thing to being there.
Author: Chris Jonnum