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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; Hardcover edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760335508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760335505
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Motorcycle Dream Garages is a fascinating and beautifully photographed homage to dozens of folks who are obsessed by motorcycles as well as to the spaces they create to house those obsessions. Klancher (along with Kevin Cameron--who wrote the foreword--and collaborators Rick Schunk, Mike Seate, and Kris Palmer) has done an excellent job illustrating these with his excellent photography. In some of the photos, we can almost smell the grease and feel the grit of the parts-packed spaces. Additionally, Klancher manages to capture the character of his subjects with spare and succinct text that both tells us what drives these people as well as keeps us entertained. (His write-up on the secretive Hollywood fellow with the incredible toy collection is a masterful--and funny--portrait in words.) In the end, this book certainly deserves a space on the garage bookshelf of anyone who has ever longed for a bigger/better/badder barn for their bikes. And yes, the $75 price tag on this tome might be a bit steep to some in this climate, but just think of it as research or inspiration. --Friction Zone magazine

Klancher has created a work which is guaranteed to fascinate wrenches of all stripes and make them green with envy at the same time. In fact, when I took the book down to the shop, where I am employed, I almost had to engage in physical combat to regain possession of it from my co-workers. As a long time enthusiast book editor, Klancher has knowledge of his subject matter which is truly impressive, but I never felt like he was beating me over the head with it. It is also obvious that he is a true motor-head and loves sharing his passion and insights with others. If you have ever spent time spinning wrenches on bikes or dreamed of building your own custom garage or shop this book is a must have. --Examiner.com



All about the coolest garages in existence. If you are a garage person or maybe just looking for inspiration to make your own space cooler, this is a must-read. --Racer X Illustrated

From the Inside Flap

The keepers of motorcycle spaces have stories to tell. To create Motorcycle Dream Garages, author Lee Klancher traveled across North America to give readers an inside look at the homes of some legendary motorcycles and their well-known collectors. Many of these spaces have never been photographed for publication before, and a few are secret havens that would only allow access on the condition that the owners’ identities be kept secret. These anonymous hideouts include a large space in Southern California that houses a collection of exotic high-performance motorcycles, as well as a New York warehouse that is shared by an eclectic group of 10 motorcycle collectors and builders. The less-secretive garages encompass many great motorcycling stories, including Rising Wolf Garage, which housed the famous FDNY Dream Bike—the CB750 that was bought by a firefighter who was later killed in the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks. Klancher also focuses his lens on the space where Chris Cosentino designed and built an innovative race chassis and later built a complete motorcycle for Moto2 competition in the FIM Grand Prix series. Other profiles include the garage of Hollywood stunt motorcycle rider and race champion John Hateley, the dining room that is home to the world’s most valuable motorcycle, and an $8 million place in the hometown of builder Roger Goldammer.


More About the Author

Lee Klancher is a writer and photographer specializing in testosterone-fueled topics. His writing and photography has appeared in thirteen books, a dozen large-format calendars, and hundreds of feature magazine articles. Favorite subjects include dream garages, motorcycle racers, old farm tractors, and breweries. Assignments have taken him piranha fishing in the Bolivian Amazon, soaking up truck driver wisdom in Alaskan dive bars, and climbing Slovenia's Mount Triglav.

His work can be seen in Men's Journal, Draft, Motorcyclist, Motorcycle Product News, Garage Style, and more. You can also read Lee's work in his Twitter feed and blog.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Herman Ortaagopyan on October 4, 2009
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being a motorcycle nut when i saw the title i had to get it ,and when i got it i was so happy it was not full of Orange County Choppers kinda bikes in fact just the opposite people with great serious hobbies with really dream garages icing on the cake was when the author mentions my friends place (Powerplant Choppers) .My only complain on this book was that it was not more of it, cant wait for another one and hopefully one about motorcycle dream garages in Europe as well . herman agopian
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth J. Aiken on September 11, 2010
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Every motorcyclist has a dream garage, that list of bikes desired to be owned or ridden and a special space in which to park them that doesn't take second place to family or four-wheel transportation. The dream garage might have every tool needed to repair, restore, or custom build any motorcycle in existence. It could have showcases and wall spaces for rare memorabilia and racks to hold gear for any possible riding scenario. In any case, it would be unique, an extension of your own personality and passion.
Lee Klancher has found and photographed 17 very real dream garages. Some these, like Jay Leno's Big Dog Garage, are well known while others, such as one Hollywood garage that includes a MTT Superbike powered by a Rolls-Royce Allison gas turbine engine and a V-Max concept bike designed by Tim Cameron and built by Christian Travert, are understandably anonymous. Regardless whether these garages are famous or practically unheard of, publicly accessible or kept on a need-to-know basis, house the rarest bikes on the planet or people's favorite rides, all 17 of these are quite different in style and scope.
There are dozens of luscious machines featured in this book, but unlike so many coffee-table volumes this one focuses on the spaces that house motorcycles and the individuals who created these mechanical refuges. There's a bit of inspiration, no matter how modest, to be found on these 192 pages and among the 213 color photos in Kancher's book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Whyaduc on May 30, 2010
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I keep this book on the table by my reading chair and pick it up regularly. It always takes me to a happy place. They cover motorcycle garages from ones that are essentially museums at gritty garages that are full of classic bikes and artifacts (the unintiated might call it junk..but what in the hell do they know?). I raced motocross back in early 70's and there is a lot of fine on road and off road machinery from that era covered here. I love the fact that they covered both museum-like "garages" with perfectly restored bikes that probably never get ridden anymore and they show other men who love classic bikes and have worn bikes that they ride regularly and repair them regularly(as they need a lot of TLC) in disseveled garages. I have spend many hours in gagrages like these and they bring back wonderful memories.

Excellent book for lovers of motorcycles!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Leary on October 16, 2009
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If you like bikes, you'll love this book. Amazing pics and excellent stories of some of the very coolest bike stables you'll ever see ranging from the mega-rich to the hard-core enthusiasts. And it gave me some good ideas for my own little garage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Randy Norian on July 28, 2010
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Fabulous book, awesome photos and great garages. The fact that I will never have such a shop is a bit of a downer! Still, you can get some ideas from what you see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Bayer on March 13, 2011
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Unless you are one of the people depicted In this book, it'll make you feel miserable about your garage. Beautiful photos of beautiful machines and places. I've put it on my coffe table and discovered that it's great to start a conversation, even with people who don't care for bikes.
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By Wendall J. Alexander on July 15, 2014
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By harleyguy on June 13, 2014
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This book gives the reader a detailed look at some of the most outlandish and very basic types of "dream garages" that all of us gearheads simply wish for. A good read all around.
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