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The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle

The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle

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by Hugo Wilson, Dave King (Photographer)
From the first Harley-Davidson to the latest Ducati, this lavishly illustrated history of motorcycles presents more than 400 magnificent machines in full-color photographs with authoritative informative text.

Photo Gallery of Motorcycles

This comprehensive encyclopedia pinpoints every landmark innovation since a motor was first bolted onto a bicycle. A gallery of


From the first Harley-Davidson to the latest Ducati, this lavishly illustrated history of motorcycles presents more than 400 magnificent machines in full-color photographs with authoritative informative text.

Photo Gallery of Motorcycles

This comprehensive encyclopedia pinpoints every landmark innovation since a motor was first bolted onto a bicycle. A gallery of more than 1,000 specially commissioned photographs displays all the notable models produced by BMW, Honda, Triumph, Munch, Norton, Yamaha, and other well-known names in the field, as well as the products of smaller manufacturers like Singer and extinct, fondly remembered companies like Vincent and Velocette. Detailed descriptions of the bikes accompany each photograph, and the insignia for every model is shown separately - an invaluable aid to identification.

An Authoritative Reference

Adding to its riches - and its value as a definitive reference - The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle features the most comprehensive listing of motorcycle manufacturers ever assembled. Profiles introduce more than 3,000 marques from around the world and offer fascinating information about their histories and significance. The directory is enhanced by rare photographs and factory drawings

Whether you are an armchair motorcycle enthusiast, a weekend biker, or a professional, you will find excitement, entertainment, and enlightenment in The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is primarily a visual reference of approximately 400 noteworthy or memorable international motorcycle makes, ranging from the earliest models to modern exotic specialty machines. The classic quality of many models is captured in richly colored, finely detailed photographs that invite nostalgia and evoke the sounds and smells peculiar to motorcycles. Companion text, though sparse, gives a bit of each model's history and its significant or innovative features. All this is augmented by an exhaustive annotated directory of all motorcycles known to have been manufactured worldwide; more than 3000 makes are attributed here, surpassing the number found in prior encyclopedic works and making this a valuable checklist. The volume falls short of functioning as a technical reference or a historical overview of motorcycling, but as a visual reference, it is superb. Definitely for public libraries, and academic libraries may also consider..-David Van de Streek, Pennsylvania State Univ. Libs., York
School Library Journal
YA-A comprehensive encyclopedia that pictures more than 1000 motorcycles and scooters and lists more than 3000 manufacturers. The first section is a photographic gallery that shows many of the cycles from the front as well as the side. Accompanying each photo is text, a flag of the country of origin, and the vehicle's insignia. The second section is a catalog of every known make or brand, arranged by country of origin. An easy and fun to use resource.-Nancy Geiger, Lee High School, Springfield, VA
Zom Zoms
Approximately 4,000,000 motorcycles are currently registered in the U.S. Wilson, the author of the critically well received and popular "Ultimate Motorcycle Book", has compiled a photographic gallery of more than 1,000 motorcycles, along with a comprehensive directory of more than 3,000 motorcycle manufacturers. In the first section of the book, many cycles are pictured from the front, as well as the side. Interesting text, basic facts, an insignia, and a flag for the country of origin of each model are part of every entry. For example, 23 Harley-Davidsons are shown, two or three to a page, from their first Silent Gray Fellow of 1904 to the late 1980s' 732-pound Evolution FLTC Tour Glide Classic. Many library patrons will also remember the Indian cycles from the 1940s and 1950s, as Indian was the dominant U.S. manufacturer at midcentury. This work includes scooters, in addition to motorcycles The second part of this book is the directory, which lists "every" known motorcycle marque (make or brand) alphabetically by country of origin. A two-page world map shows the 45 countries where motorcycles have been produced. The greatest number of manufacturers have been in the U.K. (685), Germany (667), Italy (567), France (479), and the U.S. (340). There have been one each in Bulgaria, Ireland, Israel, Romania, South Africa, and South Korea This work was produced in association with the Motorcycle Heritage Museum of Westerville, Ohio. The photographs are of its machines, as well as those in museums in England and Germany and in private collections. A glossary, a list of useful addresses of manufacturers and the like, a bibliography, and an index round out the work. This is a striking, well-conceived work that will provide endless hours of fascination to motorcycle buffs and truly encyclopedic coverage for the researcher. Recommended for all public libraries.

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Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This book is an unbeatable resource for tracing the history of motorcycle and scooter brands and models. Over 1000 are photographically illustrated with notes, and a directory covers every known motorcycle brand and model, listed alphabetically under country of origin. Whether your interest is in classic models, racing motorcycles, or stylish new machines, you will find them all here. 'Before the automobile there was the motorcycle. And even after . . . the motorcycle put the world on wheels.' Automobiles were made for the rich until Henry Ford came along. For everyone else, the motorcycle was the thing. The first part of the book features wonderful photographs (always a side view, and sometimes front and back as well; for racing machines there are usually racing views; and mechanical views where innovations occur) along with brief descriptions of the manufacturer and model. Here are some of the motorcycles featured: Adler MB200; AJS Model D; Aprilia RSV 250; Ardie TM500; Ariel Square-Four; Armstrong MT 500; Ascott-Pullin 500cc; and Autoped (a motorized child's scooter) -- and those are just in the A's. Motorcycles with two pages of coverage include the Bimota TESI 1D; BMW R32; Harley-Davidson JD28; Henderson; Hilderbrand & Wolfmuller; Honda CB750; Indian Scout; Kawasaki ZZ-R 1100; Norton Manx; and Triumph Speed Twin. My favorite profile was of a reconstruction of the original Daimer Einspur, the first motorcycle. Other motorcycles that received one page of coverage included: ABC, Ace, Adler MB200, Ariel Square-Four, BMW Rennsport, BMW R1100GS, Brough Superior Dream, BSA Bantam, BSA Gold Star DBD34, Buell S2-Thunderbolt, DKW SS250, Excelsior Auto-Cycle Model K, Honda 50 Super Cub, Indian Single, Kawasaki Z1, Laverda Jota, Megola Racing Model, MV Agusta 350 GP, MZ RE125, Ner-a-Car Model C, NSU Kompressor, Pope, Rokon Trail-Breaker, Scott 3 3/4, Sunbeam Model 90, Suzuki GT 750, Triumph 3TA, Vespa 150, Vincent-HRD Series C Black Shadow, and Werner. Just to show you the kind of detail available to you, let me share the one-quarter page listing for the Zundapp GS125. This machine had a capacity of 124cc, and power output of 18bhp@7,900 rpm. It weighed 100 kg, and the estimated top speed was 65 mph. 'The letters GS stand for Gelande Sport -- Gelande meaning 'terrains.'' This bike was a favorite in Enduro-type events in the U.S. in the 1970s. This machine had good off-road capabilities with fair speed when necessary, in a form that was legal for on the road as well. Enhanced versions of the 1972 bike photographed 'won the world 125cc Motocross Championship in 1973 and 1974.' The photograph notes that the Zundapp engine was also sold to other manufacturers, and points out the high-level exhaust system and the head lights. The directory is a real treasure trove of information. Did you know that Bulgaria, Ireland, Israel, Romania, South Africa, and South Korea have each had one motorcycle brand? Here is a listing for an early U.K. bike: 'Silva 1919-20 Early scooter with front-wheel drive provided by a 118 cc atmospheric-inlet-valve Wall Auto Wheel.' Also, if a designer left one manufacturer for another, that is noted. So you can see the development of one person's work, as well as that of a firm. Clearly, a limitation of any work like this one is the availability of models to photograph. Mr. Wilson was fortunate to have the assistance of The Motorcycle Heritage Museum in Westerville, Ohio for this purpose. But you may be disappointed because your favorite model is not here. That is an unavoidable weakness. You don't see all the old automobile models when you visit the Henry Ford Museum in Greenfield Village either. I am very impressed with what has been accomplished in this book. It is hard to imagine doing more in a volume of this size, and at this price level. I encourage you to give the book to your friends who love motor