Ton Up! A Century of Café Racer Speed and Style focuses on the story of the ton-up boys and their café racers. But it's much more than just that. Illustrated with historic and modern photos and featuring a text by one of the world’s motorcycle historians, it's really the story of motorcycle speed and style evolved from the early 1900s right through today.
Café racers are most associated with the young, rebellious rock-and-rollers of 1960s Britain. These riders created the quintessential café racers—fast motorcycles customized to resemble the racing bikes of the period. They were called “café racers” because their riders raced on public roads, from one café to the next. The goal was to do “the ton” (exceed 100 miles per hour) on these runs, which led to their designation as “ton-up boys.”
Today, ton-up culture is more popular than ever and recognized worldwide with a following of young and long-time riders alike. With Ton Up!, enjoy a scenic ride through the history of this vibrant scene.
Want to be an expert on Triumph’s 350 and 500 unit-construction twins? Here is everything you need to know about these classic machines.
Alongside the headline-grabbing bikes, the Bonneville and Trident, Triumph built a whole series of smaller 350/500cc machines, with all the style of their bigger brothers, but lighter in weight, easier to ride and now cheaper to buy. The Triumph 350/500s played a key role in the company's success through the 1960s, in North America as well as the UK. The range included everything from the original 350cc 3TA, a mild mannered tourer, to the final Daytona Tiger 500 (a modified version of which won the Daytona 500 race in 1967), and the TR5T trail bike.
This comprehensive book covers the complete history of these bikes, with details of model variants, advice on buying and living with a Triumph 350/500, technical specifications, and a list of useful contacts.
This is the definitive story of Triumph, told through 130 years of its magnificent motorcycles. Created with support from the company and with a foreword from CEO Nick Bloor, Triumph: The Art of the Motorcycle is a celebration of their most beautiful bikes. With insightful text and stunning photography, this book is essential for all motoring enthusiasts.
With previously unseen images from the Triumph archives, design sketches, and behind-the-scenes information, this is a chronological look at the most important and exquisite Triumph motorcycles, from its founding to the launch of the latest machine.
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!
Filled with practical tips that any adult bike owner can use instantly, this resource includes advice on everything from how to ease a sore butt and avoid helmet hair to choosing accessories and mounting a bike while wearing a miniskirt. This updated edition contains new and revised information about bike types, the best locks, bicycle lubricants, and new-fangled bags and carriers. An updated supplier directory and list of bicycling resources, such as websites and advocacy groups, are also included. Illustrated with step-by-step instructions on every page, this reference is an ideal companion for casual and urban riders.
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