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.
Author: Richard Renstrom
Hodaka motorcycles were some of the most creatively marketed and designed motorcycles in America. The brand was also a pioneer in the trail bike world and a race winner in all types of off-road competition. The bike of choice for the hip young racer, the street-savvy hipster or the 14-year-old boy's favorite poster, these machines had colorful logos, advertising and terrific names. The Combat Wombat, Road Toad, Dirt Squirt and the fantastic Super Rat are all covered in detail. More than 15 years in the making, this exhaustively researched tome contains all the details about the machines as well as a treasure trove of photographs, advertisements and graphics. Written by Ken Smith, the editor of VMX Magazine and filled with the wild graphic design and style that made Hodaka famous, this book is a captivating, colorful look back at one of the wildest machines of the 1960s and 1970s.
Author: Ken Smith
Honda's CB750 was one of the most important bikes of the 1970s, and is considered by many to be the original superbike. Launched in 1969, Honda's first four-cylinder roadster revolutionized the motorcycle market, setting new standards of sophistication, user-friendliness and reliable high performance. The innovative CB750, with its overhead-camshaft engine, five-speed gearbox and disc front brake, changed the face of recreational motorcycling worldwide.
Author: Mick Duckworth
What's old is new again, and the newest trend on the block is Café Racers.
Written by well-known motorcycle and automotive author Doug Mitchel, How to Build a Café Racer starts with a history lesson. While those first bikes were built in the UK for racing from café to café, the current rage for Café Racers has definitely spread to the US.
Converting a stock motorcycle to a Café Racer requires more than a fairing and a few decals. The book starts with chapters on planning and choosing an appropriate bike, followed by chapters that detail the modifications that will likely be embraced by anyone converting a stocker to a rocker. From shocks and tires to engine modifications, Doug's book lays out each type of modification and how it's best carried through.
The center of the book holds a gallery of finished bikes. These are not just Triumphs or Nortons, but nearly every brand imaginable from Japan, Italy, the UK, and Germany.
The final chapters include two, start-to-finish Café builds. This is the chance for the reader to see how professional shops take a stock Honda, Triumph, or Ducati and convert it into a fast, sexy, and functional Café Racer, ready to race from cafe to cafe on Saturday night, or around the race track on Sunday afternoon.
Author: Doug Mitchel
How to Build a Motorcycle continues the Technical Tales series, in which a group of three unlikely friends – a rat, a sparrow, and a frog – come together to build a vehicle … this time, a motorcycle! As they start working, they encounter many unexpected obstacles, teaching them (and the reader) about the different parts that make a motorcycle work. Detailed illustrations explain the overall functions of the engine, clutch, brakes, distributors, as well as many other parts of the motorcycle. Through hard work and perseverance, the three friends learn about mechanics and teamwork as they work together to build a miniature motorcycle.
Author: Saskia Lacey
When Honda released the CX500, the sales brochure stated “First into the Future,” and described the bike as a road sports V-twin. Honda’s first venture into the V-twin engine market, with water cooling and shaft drive, was certainly different from their previous twin- and four-cylinder models. Known for its good handling and fuel economy, the low-maintenance Honda was comfortable, loved by tourers and couriers alike and, after overcoming early teething troubles, developed a reputation for reliability. Sportier models incorporating turbochargers were also released for those looking for an additional adrenaline rush. After 30 years, there’s now a resurgence of interest in the CX models, both from restorers and custom builders, with aftermarket café racer kits available, too.
The techniques, tips and tricks used by an experienced restorer will save you time and money. You’ll see that you don’t need expert knowledge or a fully fitted workshop for a restoration project. Packed with photographs and detailed instructions, this book is your perfect guide from start to finish.
Author: Ricky Burns
In 1969 the Honda Motor Company launched a motorcycle that many consider to be the world's first Superbike. The Honda CB750 had the first mass-produced 4-cylinder inline engine, a single overhead camshaft with four carburetors, a 4-into-4 exhaust system and came with electric start and front disc brakes as standard. This specification set the bar higher than had been seen before on a production motorcycle and led to the other Japanese motorcycle manufacturers introducing their own 4-cylinder motorcycles, albeit some time later. Following the success for the original CB750, Honda went on to produce a range of motorcycles using SOHC 4-cylinder engines. All with their own characteristics, they proved to be reliable and smooth-running, and even today they can offer reliable transport on modern roads if restored correctly. Now with some examples more than 40 years old, many enthusiasts wish to restore these classic machines. How to Restore Honda Fours has been written to guide the enthusiast through his or her restoration of these fine classic motorcycles.
Author: Ricky Burns
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
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Many books have been published about Italian motorcycles, but none has focused exclusively on the Italian motorcycle-based chopper, bobber, trike and quad custom bike scene - until now. Even though customizing is not normally associated with Italian brands, there are some fantastic individually built Italian custom bikes out there, old and new. In recognition of the trend Ducati entered into a new market segment when it launched its power cruiser Diavel in November 2010, while Moto Guzzi has its Aquila Nero range. These and many other custom-style bikes have been well-received in the customs scene. Italian Custom Motorcycles looks at some of the fascinating custom projects out there, accompanied by stunning photography of the finished bikes. Author Uli Cloesen has penned a great book for Italian bike fans, and fans of the custom bike scene in general.
Author: Uli Cloesen
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This book tells the incredible rags-to-riches story of one of the world's greatest motorcycle racers. Rising from humble beginnings in 1930s London to win six world titles, Jim Redman is one of the most extraordinary characters in Grand Prix history and a true legend of motorcycle racing. After migrating to South Africa, he started his racing career in the mid-1950s, and in 1964 he won three World Championships in a single day, a feat to this day matched only by Mike Hailwood.
During the mid-1960s, Redman was THE man to beat on track, but a bad crash at the '66 Belgian GP ended his racing career. Following this, he was involved in a number of business ventures -- including helping his two sons with their own successful sports careers, and owning a champion sire racehorse -- until, in 1995, he once again took up a career in racing as a Classic Racer and Demonstration Rider.
Author: Jim Redman
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