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Ultimate Motorcycle Book Hardcover – September 15, 1993
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Whether you are a rider, someone who likes to admire motorcycles, or are curious to learn more, this book is for you. The book balances the "lure of the open road" mystique of motorcycles, with solid history, and gorgeous photographs of important and well-known models.
The first few pages look at how Gottlieb Daimler developed the first motorcycle. You will also see impressive photographs of a replica made from the original drawings. From there, Mr. Wilson teaches us about how engines developed, and where they were located in the design. Then, the issues of other needed technologies are explored (like brakes, suspension, and safety features). Original black-and-white photographs vie with color advertisements and beautiful color side views of motorcycles for your attention.
The main section of the book looks at the history of the world's motorcycles, by geography. Each page is crammed with views of motorcyles from ever angle, photographs of riders, and lots of specifications and other interesting details. Major parts of this section cover the United States (Harley-Davidson, Police Motorcycles, Henderson, Custom Bikes, Indian, and Other Classics), Germany (BMW, DKW, Sidecars, MZ, Munch, NSU, and Other Classics), Great Britain (AJS, Brough-Superior, BSA, Norton, Triumph, Speed Records, Velocette, Vincent HRD, and Other Classics), Italy (Benelli, Ducati, Gilera, Scooters, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta, and Other Classics), Japan (Honda, Touring Motorcycles, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha), and a few bikes from Austria, Czechosloakia, France, Scandinavia, and Spain. The strength of this section is that many brands are covered.Read more ›
The bottom line is: we would all love to see an 'Ultimate Book' devoted to our own little field of motorcycle interest (mine is sportbikes and race bikes), so knowing that, this book is bound to leave a person wanting more. Thats just the way it is. But this is nevertheless an excellent book. In places it looks laughably outdated, which is normal considering it is an old book, and not even the cornerstones of sportbiking are shown. Neither is the 916. No gixxers neither.
Its an old book, but its well done, and it covers its subject quite well, all things considered. ANother excellent Ultimate book.
It is a very attractive book, with lots of history and lots of facts. Packaging was just right, secure and earth friendly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Very Good?" It looked like it had been ran over by a car and then dragged through a cow pasture on a rainy dayPublished 8 months ago by Zach Peterson
Bought for my husband, he loves it and reads it all the time! I can't really comment on the content as my husband is the one who reads it.Published 8 months ago by Tina O
I sent it to a friend and he likes it. He likes to work on motorcycles. its a good bookPublished on May 29, 2014 by Kindle Customer