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Motorcycle: The Definitive Visual History Hardcover – March 19, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DK; 37352nd edition (March 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756690528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756690526
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.1 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a big coffee table book that also includes two frameable prints. The ones included in my book were the Indian 101 Scout 1928 and the Harley Davidson Electra Glide 1965.

The book itself is divided into; before 1920, the 1920's, 30's, 40', 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, from 2000 and the engine. There is a glossary and an index.

There are many large close- up pictures all in colour and pages with smaller pictures of examples of the motorcycles, each giving the country of origin, engine, top speed and a brief description. Within the chapters are articles covering almost all aspects of motorcycles' history. Examples are; the Enfield story, Indian Scout, reliable transportation, scooters, roadburners, off the highway, information on motorcycles used in the wars. The chapter on the engine has many close-ups and diagrams explaining how everything works.

Whether you are a motorcycle aficionado or just enjoy learning about the diversity of the motorcycle and its history this is a book that would assist you in learning much about it.
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I got this book for my girlfriend's father for Christmas. He's got a collection of several dozen bikes, goes to auctions all around the country, takes Harley road trips...He LOVED this book. This is a book for a guy who knows his ****. For someone who can seamlessly talk about early Indians and current Ducatis. Plus, it's loaded with pictures and there are a couple of cool inserts in the back of the book. All in all...very happy with it.
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I bought this book as a gift for my dad, who is the biggest motorcycle enthusiast to ever walk the planet. He can't stop talking about this book! Absolutely loves it. He's read a lot of books on the history of motorcycles, and he said this is by far the best he's ever come across. The detail and amount of information is stunning -- overwhelming, to someone like myself -- but a dream come true to someone who can't get enough information on this topic, such as my dad. Based on the fact he just can't put this massive book down since I got it for him (back in January), I'd say it's a winner for any motorcycle enthusiast out there!
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The printing is good. The binding is good. The text is good. The pictures are good. Altogether a wonderfully designed and presented history of motorcycles. Top quality.
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By fishon68 on September 19, 2012
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This is a very informative book. The pictures are outstanding. Absolutely worth the price. When I started reading this book; I just couldn't stop. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. Excellent!
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Very well-organized. High-quality photos. Includes both the rare and the common. Some good sections on the histories of particular makes.
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Got this for a friend. I don't know much about motorcycles, but the pics are wonderful. It is a heavy book for the coffee table.
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I paid the full list price of this stunning book at a local 'Books A Million' store (which is a lot more than the price here on Amazon), and even at that cost, it is very much worth it. Just like a previous reviewer, I could not stop reading this riveting book and looking at all the amazing photos of motorcycles, both vintage and recent! If you must own just one motorcycle book/catalog, it would be this one! A truly great close to complete compendium of the history of motorcycles, all under one cover. A steal at what Amazon charges!
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