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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Gianatsis Design Associates (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578650992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578650996
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jim Gianatsis’s interest in motocross began in1968 when he began racing dirt bikes, photographing races and writing about them. An editor, test rider and production manager for Cycle News, he was also a pro level rider in the AMA Nationals, covering all the major AMA National, Inter-AM, Trans-AM and Supercross races, and befriending the top international and American riders and their mechanics. The onetime marketing director for Husqvarna East, he was also involved with testing Husky prototype bikes. The only journalist given the privilege of testing all the top factory works bikes, Gianatsis later went to work at Moto-Fox, which was at the forefront of motocross suspension development, as marketing director and product designer. Today Jim lives in the Santa Monica Mountains above Los Angeles, and has turned his attention to racing and riding Ducati Superbikes and very hot sports cars. His weekends are spent riding the canyons or doing practice days at the racetrack.

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Jim Gianatsis is a world renown fashion and motorsports photographer, writer, editor and advertising director who has been deeply involved in the motorsports industry all his life. Included are 20 years as a professional racer in motorcycle motocross and roadracing, as well as sports car roadracing.

Jim is the Director of Gianatsis Design Associates - a motorsports and sports fashion marketing agency based in Los Angeles, and produces the Motorcycle Website, Motorcycle Books, and the annual Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show.

Jim's involvement in the technology and history of motocross began in the late 1960's racing CZs, Bultacos, Yamahas, Husqvarna and Kawasaki, and advancing up to AMA Pro National Motocrosser. He worked for Cycle News for 10 years, along with many other top motorcycle publications worldwide from 1969 to 1980 as editor, contributor and photographer. Jim chronicled what he describes as the Golden Age Motocross up through 1983. He often traveled and lived with many of the top factory national teams, helped work on their bikes, and was the only motojournalist allowed to track test and help develop many of the top factory works bikes of the era .

Jim was also involved in marketing and product development for major motorccyle manufacturers and product companies including Husqvarna, Moto-X Fox, Yoshimura and others at the fore front of motocross and roadracing technical development, and was close friends with all the legendary riders during the sports most exciting "Golden Era of Motocross".

In the 1980s Jim's interested shifted to superbikes and roadracing, and his expertese in suspension design and tuning while working at Fox Racing Shox saw him help win AMA Superbike Championships for factory riders Wes Cooley and Eddie Lawson. Jim also competed at local roadrace tracks as an expert Superbike racer himself.

Today Jim lives in Los Angeles and is the owner and creative director at Gianatsis Design Associates, a motorsports based advertising and marketing agency. He photographs and produces the Motorcycle Calendars and Website, and the big Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend held annually in Los Angeles.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Mann on December 21, 2013
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Helped in the understanding and application to our bike's suspension . Would recommend to anyone running motocross and needing info on suspension
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Xyzzy on March 6, 2014
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There are very few Kindle books about the technical side of motocross (or motorcycle technology) so I had hoped this would be worth the money.

Unfortunately, it is littered with countless spelling mistakes, oddly hyphenated words and pictures that have captions that are impossible to read.

There are no quotes or interviews from any of the famous people the author worked with, so the entire book is just his thoughts. His thoughts are moderately interesting but his writing style is extremely tedious to read.

A lot of attention is placed on the late 1970's and early 1980's, which is fun to read about, but there is very little about modern technology other than the obvious things.

This is an example of a book that feels like it was run through an OCR machine and never even read afterwards.
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By Andrew C. Kanekoa on November 3, 2014
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