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About the Author

Floyd M. Orr is a retiree from the financial services industry who has published seven books since 2000. He is not a prolific author. The Tiddler Invasion is the only book he will ever write about motorcycles. His books are of a unique type he calls Nonfiction in a Fictional Style. No two are from the same subject matter, yet all the author's books in the NIAFS Series share certain characteristics. Each one is firmly rooted in American Baby Boomer history, particularly the 1960s. Each contains thousands of facts and figures about the subject matter (remember the author's career background). Each book covers its subject matter with entertaining stories of nostalgia to complement the plethora of facts and figures. Every NIAFS book has been designed to be read first cover to cover and then kept on a shelf as a continually long-term reference. Floyd M. Orr has always been a skinny little bookworm who lacks the physical traits necessary for success in competitive sports. He was born and raised in small towns in Mississippi and has lived his adult life in Texas. From the time he was handlebar high to a Harley Hummer, he has been fascinated with small motorcycles. His first access to the machines of his youth was discovered through the Sears Roebuck catalogs of the Fifties. The author's obsession was poured into concrete when his best friend got a Harley-Davidson Super 10 and his favorite cousin acquired a Honda Benly 150 in early 1960. He would soon become an avid trail rider while that new sport was in its infancy. He rode his Honda 350 from Mississippi to California in 1971. Like many young men of his generation, he was compelled to "find himself" by imitating Captain America. It was so much fun he did it TWICE to the tune of a howling Honda Scrambler!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: NIAFS Press (June 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615841678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615841670
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Floyd M. Orr is the founder of three blogs, the author of six books, and a contributor to two coffee-table books. He writes from the confines of his own deluded little mind in a genre he calls Nonfiction in a Fictional Style. All of his work is very personal, real, cerebral, entertaining, and generally of a nonfictional nature. He enjoys writing in short, inspired bursts of energy, usually early in the morning or in the middle of the night. His works could be considered compilations of history and dreams, with commentary thrown in for good measure.

The author's favorite reading material is an esoteric combination of Playboy Magazine, coffee-table-sized books of car and motorcycle history, small automotive books chocked with facts and figures, political commentary books, Anne Rice novels, psychosocial dating manuals, and fictional stories of mysteries and werewolves.

The author's favorite authors are Don Martin (his Fester & Karbunkle series), Anne Rice, Kurt Vonnegut, Jean Shepherd, Peter Egan, Al Franken, Al Past, Joe Bageant, P. J. O'Rourke, Robert Rimmer, Paul Krugman, Thomas Frank, Eric Schlosser, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, D. H. Schleicher, Paul Stiles, and Barbara Ehrenreich.

Who is Floyd M. Orr? He is absolutely unknown and unfamous, but you can think of him as a mixture of Bill Hicks, Bill Maher, Bill Engvall, George Carlin, Lewis Black, Denis Leary, Al Franken, Jon Stewart, Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Charlie Rose, Peter Fonda, Forrest Gump, Frank Burns, and Charles Emerson Winchester III. But he's not as smart or talented as any of those guys.

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The sheer volume of information and research in this book is staggering. Interspersed with data are Floyd's spot-on reminiscences of the wonderful selection of bikes we had to choose from back in the 1960's. He relies on marque experts to fill in the blanks for many of the lesser-known makes like Yamaguchi, Tohatsu, Lilac, etc. This book is not just for the lover of Japanese-led invasion small displacement motorcycles, but has a strong representation of British, European and American Tiddlers and scooters as well. You really need both versions, the trade paperback for day-to-day easy referral and the ebook for full-color photos. Buy this book!!
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This book needed to be written. If you grew up in the sixties, and were caught up in the Japanese motorcycle invasion of the US, you will love this book. It documents the massive amount of new and innovative machines that entered the US and challenged the European marques now defunct. The Europeans get their due as they were here first. Puch (Sears Allstate), Zundapp, Ducati and more now gone are chronicled. The details of each manufacture and their models is quite good. Worth the price
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this is a great book with lots and lots of valuable information and photographs of smaller motorcycles available in the US from the 1950s onwards. Indispensable for any serious collector of smaller motorcycles.
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One note of caution: I got this book for my father in-law. He liked it so much, he's now shopping for a new classic bike to buy. My mother in-law isn't pleased.
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The curmudgeon author is a hoot regardless of subject matter. But here, a very great resource indeed. Very highly recommended.
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A very nice book indeed.
It's a good reference book with items I never considered about motorcycles in general and the Asian bike makers in particular.
The many interesting period stories of people and machinery make this a very readable book.
I have owned and still own many of the motorcycles included in this book, not to mention the bikes I wanted to own or just admired.
I still like real books with real paper and ink but being black and white this may work fine as an ebook.
This fat tome was well worth the money to this aging bike jockey who now spends more time reading and wrenching than burning fossil fuel wearing out tires.
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Great "go to" book for quick info on most every model I can think of from the greatest era of motorcycling.
Author injects just the right amount of his own opinions as well as a few from other experts, to keep the book an interesting read as well as a reference guide. As an avid collector of Motorcycles, I've found this book to be much more accurate than most.
Commendable work, Mr. Orr
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So far this is the best book about motorcycles I've read. It is well written, entertaining, and it is long enough to provide meaningful coverage of the subject matter. There's also a log of performance figures along with tables giving the costs, estimated conductibility of the bikes, and a good spectrum of pictures.
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