The Art of the Racing Motorcycle

Author: Phillip Tooth
Publisher: Universe Publishing(NY)
ISBN: 0789322137
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Presents chronologically arranged profiles of over fifty classic racing motorcycles, including studio photographs, archival images, and essays on the technological developments that led to the creation of these machines.

100 Years of the Isle of Man TT

Author: David Wright
Publisher: Crowood
ISBN: 1847976484
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Run over the everyday roads of the Isle of Man for over 100 years, the world-famous Tourist Trophy races have gripped the imaginations of successive generations of motorcyclists. From the earliest days of single-speed, belt-driven machines delivering 5 bhp, to the highly developed projectiles of today offering a fearsome 200 bhp, race fans have thronged the roadside banks and watched in awe as the best racing motorcyclists in the world rode the fastest machines of their day around the twists, turns and climbs of the 374 mile Mountain Course, all in pursuit of a coveted Tourist Trophy. This new updated edition covering the 2007 - 2012 races, reveals the event's colourful history through the high-speed activities of great riders such as the Collier brothers, Geoff Duke, Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini, Steve Hislop, Joey Dunlop, John McGuinness and many others. It also looks at the machines and mechanical developments and race organisation, plus the financial rewards and commercial interests; setting them all in the context of the triumphs and tragedies of a great sporting event that has seen average lap speeds rise from 40 mph to over 130 mph. Written in an easy style, this book reveals the Manx TT's colourful history through its great riders, machines, mechanical developments and race organisation and is superbly illustrated with over 250 colour photographs.

Motorcycle

Author: Mick Walker
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801885303
Format: PDF, Kindle
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An illustrated guide to the history of motorcycle design that profiles bikes from around the world, describes technical and stylistic innovations, and includes photographs.

Classic Motorcycles

Author: Pat Hahn
Publisher: Motorbooks
ISBN: 0760354146
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Finally! The world's most incredible motorcycles are given the artful representation they deserve. The motorcycle should have disappeared with the advent of the inexpensive automobile, since Henry Ford's Model T usurped the motorcycle's position as a primary form of utilitarian transportation, but a funny thing happened on the way to extinction - the motorcycle not only survived but thrived. Enough people were enamored of the thrill and beauty of the two-wheeled mechanical beast to ensure it would continue to exist indefinitely. And exist they have! Many of the motorcycles manufactured over the past century truly fit the description of "classic," and many consider these machines works of art. Written by noted motorcycle author Patrick Hahn, Classic Motorcycles presents the history of motorcycling as told through the most significant, iconic, classic motorcycles of all time, with both period photography and modern portrait photography. All the best domestic and international makes are represented here, from BMWs, Indians, and Triumphs to Vincents, Ducatis, and Harley-Davidsons - the most classic models. You'll drool over the 1933 Matchless Silver Hawk. Each motorcycle was shot in a studio setting using photographer Tom Loeser's light-painting technique. Period ads and relevant historic photos and documents are spread throughout the book to supplement the portraits of the bikes, really evoking a sense of time and place. Prepare to be in awe of the undeniably classic motorcycles in this collection. It's the only motorcycle history you'll need.

The Complete Book of Ducati Motorcycles

Author: Ian Falloon
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 0760350221
Format: PDF
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From the single-cylinder bikes of the 1950s to the high-performance sportbikes of today, The Complete Book of Ducati Motorcycles showcases the entire spectrum of Ducati. Legendary Ducati motorcycles have something of a rags-to-riches story. This Italian motorcycle manufacturer began by selling motorized bicycles to impoverished residents of post-World War II Italy. Today, Ducati is the world's premier manufacturer of street motorcycles whose sales continue to rise year after year. Its svelte, hyper-accelerating motorcycles are two-wheeled wonders that are fluent in the language of speed. The Complete Book of Ducati Motorcycles traces the stunning chronology of the motorcycles dreamed up by Ducati, from the 1950s to present day. Laid out for the first time in encyclopedia form with gorgeous photography and insights from Ducati expert Ian Falloon, this book offers motorcycle enthusiasts a closer look at the craftsmanship, power, and beauty of these extraordinary motorcycles. The book features all of the motorcycles from Ducati's storied history, including the groundbreaking Desmodromic 750 Super Sport, the Mike Hailwood Replica, the Superbike-dominating 916, and the epic Panigale. From the street bikes that gave birth to the very notion of the modern superbike to the racing motorcycles that dominated tracks in Great Britain, Europe, and North America since the latter part of the twentieth century, The Complete Book of Ducati Motorcycles runs the full gamut of sportbikes. It's a collection that demands shelf space in the library of any true motorcycle collector or fan.

Discovering the Motorcycle

Author: Armand Ensanian
Publisher: Hillcrest Publishing Group
ISBN: 0996391908
Format: PDF
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'Discovering the Motorcycle'' is an extraordinary history of motorcycling from 1867 to the present. Each of the 12 chapters of this remarkable 510 page book is devoted to a major aspect of motorcycling; ranging from historical discussions of the machines that lead the way to today's modern sportsbikes, to vintage classics, choppers and bobbers, off-road machines, cafe racers, touring bikes, customs, a history of motorcycle racing, electric motorcycles, the motorcycle's impact on society, and great motorcycle museums. The book honors motorcycling's great makes, with over 1,000 photographs and illustrations. A special chapter is devoted to the four-hundred-year history of the engine. This book is an ideal addition to any motorsport enthusiast's library, and makes a perfect gift for the motorcycle enthusiast.

Cafe Racers

Author: Michael Lichter
Publisher: Motorbooks
ISBN: 1627882006
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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DIVA photographic chronology of some of the fastest, most stylish, and most individualized bikes in motorcycling history./divDIV /divDIVOriginally used as a slur against riders who used hopped-up motorcycles to travel from one transport café to another, “café racer” describes a bike genre that first became popular in 1960s British rocker subculture—although the motorcycles were also common in Italy, France, and other European countries. The rebellious rock-and-roll counterculture is what first inspired these fast, personalized, and distinctive bikes, with their owners often racing down public roads in excess of 100 miles per hour (“ton up,” in British slang), leading to their public branding as “ton-up boys.” Café Racers traces café racer motorcycles from their origins in the mid-twentieth century all the way into modern times, where the style has made a recent comeback in North America and Europe alike, through the museum-quality portraiture of top motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter and the text of motorcycle culture expert Paul d’Orléans. Chronologically illustrated with fascinating historical photography, the book travels through the numerous ever-morphing and unique eras of these nimble, lean, light, and head-turning machines. Café Racers visually celebrates a motorcycle riding culture as complex as the vast array of bikes within it./div

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Author: Garth Stein
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061738098
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The New York Times bestselling novel from Garth Stein–a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of a dog’s efforts to hold together his family in the face of a divisive custody battle. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

The Complete Book of Flat Track Racing

Author: Gerald Foster
Publisher: Parker House Publishing Incorporated,Csi
ISBN: 9780979689185
Format: PDF, ePub
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Flat track racing is very much an only in America sport. Some say Americans racing motorcycles like they race horses! Others say the only simple and pure racing left in today's massively complicated world. The Complete Book of Flat Track Racing, when first published in 1978, was a celebration. This brand new edition sticks to the original concept but is completely reworked and re-illustrated, and continues that celebration today. Feel the dirt flying, the ground pounding vibration, and be exhausted by the massive excitement of being totally sideways in turn two aboard a Harley-Davidson XR 750! Welcome to the Thunder Dome!