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 Superbly illustrated with more than 150 color pictures, many previously unpublished, Classic British Motorcycles is a captivating and highly informative account of the men, machines, race meetings and world events that shaped the development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.
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.
A complete workshop guide to restoring and maintaining your classic British motorcycle. Covering the principles of restoration and maintenance, and therefore applicable across all post-war classic British marques such as BSA, Matchless, Triumph, Norton, AJS and Royal Enfield, this new book covers everything from general maintenance procedures to full engine strips and rebuilds.
With step-by-step instructions and over 800 images throughout, the book covers:
• A brief history of the rise of the classic motorcycle movement
• Buying guides, legislation, essential tools, workshop advice and safety
• Stripping and rebuilding the key components, including the chassis, transmission, carburetor and engine - both singles and twins
• Common parts manufacturers, such as Amal, Smiths and Lucas
• Wiring, fitting and testing the electrical system
• Cycle parts - restoring the tin-ware, painting and refinishing
• General maintenance, advice, recommended sources and additions
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.
Explore 75 of the world’s greatest superbikes, from the earliest models (such as the Honda CBX 1000 and Suzuki RG500) to the Yamaha YZF R-1 and Ducati 996 SPS.
Superbikes are at the pinnacle of two-wheeled production engineering. Designed for adrenaline-inducing speed, breathtaking handling, and head-turning good looks, these superb machines are the most glamorous and desirable bikes on the road. Classic Superbikes presents 75 of the best models, from renowned manufacturers including Aprilia, Bimota, BMW, Buell, Cagiva, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Suzuki, Triumph, and Yamaha. Each bike gets four pages with cutout photography from a variety of angles (and detailed annotations describing special features), while lively text explores the bike’s history and aspects of its design. For the real enthusiast, there’s a comprehensive specification box that covers everything from engine size and tire measurements to top speed, weight, power output, and gearbox.
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.
He already made the journey of a lifetime, so why not do it again? In his previous book, Jupiter’s Travels, Ted Simon tells the story of his four-year ride around the world. It’s an adventure classic that still thrills thousands of readers every year. But that was three decades ago.
At age 69, out of shape, barely able to do one push-up, or lift his bike, he says: “Why not do it again?” And, unbelievably he does. Halfway down Africa he breaks a leg but goes on anyway. In Brazil he revisits the scene of his earlier imprisonment. In Chile he falls in love. In India he enters the age of Shock and Awe.
While Jupiter’s Travels inspired thousands to enrich their lives, Dreaming of Jupiter will inspire thousands more to defy their years and hold on to their dreams.
The 916 spearheaded the Ducati revival of the 1990s. Introduced at the end of 1993, this product of Massimo Tamburini and the Cagiva Research Centre took the water-cooled four-valve engine of the 851 and placed it in an evolutionary chassis with revolutionary styling. The 916 immediately set new standards of performance for twin-cylinder machines, epitomized by its unequalled success in the World Superbike Championship. This book traces the conception and development of the four-valve Ducati from its first appearance at the Bol d’Or in 1986. Along with the factory racers, all the related four-valve models are covered in depth, from the initial 851 and 888 to the 748, ST4, and 996. All the variants, including the Sport Production series, are detailed, along with the rare and beautiful Supermono. This book is the definitive guide to these legendary Ducati models.
Learn to build your own electric motorcycle with this instructional Two-Disc Set!
BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE contains everything an entry-level builder needs to create their own clean, fun transportation. The Video DVD contains two and a half hours of instruction on motors, motor controllers, batteries, chargers, and design tips and tricks.
The DVD-ROM disc contains computer files of the project, including over 600 digital still photos of the entire conversion process, recommended reading list, useful web links, information on controllers, including the Open ReVolt, and motor diagram.
This makes a fantastic summer project! (Or a winter project! Build it in your basement! There’s not gas or oil involved!) And gives a person a way to have a fantastic transportation option!
If you want an electric vehicle, but are concerned about how they might run in the winter, or how it would handle air conditioning, or that you don’t have enough space in the garage for another car….. Then an electric motorcycle is for you!
For the first time, the life of Edward Turner, one of Britain’s most talented motorcycle designers, is revealed!
Although seen by many as an irascible man who ran a very tight ship, it is an inescapable fact that Triumph was a highly profitable, industry pushing company. Turner's hugely successful sales campaign after World War 2 stunned American manufacturers, and had long-lasting repercussions on their own home market.
No one can deny the impact his Ariel Square Four made at the annual Motor Cycle Show in 1931, his superbly-styled single cylinder Tiger models in 1936, and his revolutionary Speed Twin that dominated the Show in 1937. Even more was to follow with his post-war Thunderbird and Bonneville twins.
The Harley-Davidson motorcycle is the stuff of myth and legend – a true American icon for generations of thrill-seekers. This book charts the history and evolution of the company and the machine, from its humble beginnings to the present day, and features a chronological guide to every Harley model produced, from the 1906 Silent Gray Fellow to the VR1000 superbike. It includes photographs showing each motorcycle to perfection, together with technical specifications, key design elements, engineering standards and notable attributes. This magnificently illustrated encyclopedia offers a wealth of information about this most intriguing, enduring and individual of marques.
• An encyclopedia of the definitive motorbike from classic to custom – exploring the legend of an American dream
• The complete history and evolution of Harley-Davidson, from its humble beginnings to its role as a cultural icon
• A visual directory presenting every model of Harley-Davidson motorcycle ever produced
• Packed with over 570 photographs and informative text which capture the spirit of this legendary motorcycle
No other motorcycle matches the style or sound of a Harley-Davidson, with its rumbling V-twin engines. Harley-Davidson Classics zooms in on more than 50 of the company’s greatest creations, giving a close-up portrait of each machine. Superb double-page photos and close-up shots highlight every aspect of each motorcycle. Comprehensive specification boxes accompany each model, covering all the technical aspects, including engine type and size, frame, transmission, suspension, and brakes. An in-depth description explores the bike’s development and manufacturing history. This unique and highly illustrated volume provides insight into the fascinating world of this legendary marque and is essential reading for all Harley-Davidson fans.