The Ultimate Encyclopedia, from Classic to Custom
The veteran motorcycle journalist and photographer Mac McDiarmid traces the history of an American legend, from William Harley and Arthur Davison’s basement workshop in Milwaukee in 1900 to the Electra Glide long-haul cruisers and today’s Sportsters. The book covers topics including the role of the bikes in wartime, hardware, customizing and Harley-Davidson racing, and presents a comprehensive catalogue of models, arranged chronologically and providing full descriptions, technical specifications and excellent photographs of these iconic motorcycles.
Factory-original Triumph Twins
Speed Twin, Tiger, Thunderbird & Bonneville Models 1938–62
The parallel twin arrangement of the engine in the Triumph 5T Speed Twin was not in itself unusual but the lightweight frame and ample power made the bike particularly capable. This detailed survey of the model and its post-war successors uses period sales brochures and specially commissioned photographs of original examples to explore the classic bikes and identify their factory specifications, for restorers and enthusiasts.
A Short History of the Motorcycle
An avid collector of classic and modern motorcycles himself, Richard Hammond describes how the machines have evolved, as well as their emotional appeal, in this introduction to motorcycle history and culture. In addition to examining notable manufacturers from BSA and Vincent to Honda and Ducati, the topics covered include bikes in films, biker gangs, racing heroes and Evel Knievel.
German Motorcycles of WWII
A Visual History in Vintage Photos and Restored Examples, Part 1
In the mid 1930s the German Army developed specialized armed motorcycle units attached to infantry regiments, but the bikes proved unsuited to extreme conditions and after 1943 were used mainly for communications. This volume uses wartime archive photographs as well as modern colour images of preserved bikes to explore the various BMW and Zündapp models used during the period.
Velocette 350 & 500 Singles: 1946 to 1970
The Essential Buyer's Guide
With a reputation for high build quality, an impressive racing pedigree and a tricky clutch, the Velocette Single attracts a dedicated following among classic bike owners. This volume's comprehensive inspection section identifies all the bike's foibles.
Heroes of 1960s Motorcycle Sport: Volume 3
Recalling the heyday of motorcycle trialling and motocross (then better known as scrambling), this book contains interviews and over 100 photographs of leading riders competing between the mid 1950s and early 1970s, when popular events at a variety of now-defunct British venues were regularly televised.
British Café Racers
With its origins in the coffee bar culture of the 1950s, the stripped-down and customized motorcycles used by rockers and 'ton-up boys' to dash between hangouts, such as the Ace Café, became known as café racers. This well-illustrated celebration of the culture explores some of the best existing 'café'd' bikes, based on classic makes including BSA, Norton, Triumph and Velocette, as well as examples of the racing bikes that inspired them.
An Indian Love Affair
Simon Gandolfi first visited India in the 1960s, driving a VW to Goa, where he met and fell in love with Vanessa. Forty years later, fury at the terrorist attacks on the Taj Hotel in Mumbai leads him to return, this time on a Honda 125. Gandolfi’s unique and charming travelogue interweaves the two trips, combining bittersweet memories of the past with a window on the India of today.