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.