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From Boneshakers to Choppers: The Rip-Roaring History of Motorcycles
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From Boneshakers to Choppers: The Rip-Roaring History of Motorcycles

by Lisa Smedman
 

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The fastest book on two wheels explores the timeless appeal of the motorcycle.

In 1885, two German inventors strapped a motor to a bicycle, and the world's first motorcycle was born. Riders have been hooked ever since.

Climb aboard From Boneshakers to Choppers and discover how these two-wheeled wonders spawned subcultures that continue to

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The fastest book on two wheels explores the timeless appeal of the motorcycle.

In 1885, two German inventors strapped a motor to a bicycle, and the world's first motorcycle was born. Riders have been hooked ever since.

Climb aboard From Boneshakers to Choppers and discover how these two-wheeled wonders spawned subcultures that continue to flourish today. From early endurance contests that catapulted Harley-Davidson to fame to pulp novels featuring rugged biker heroes, you'll witness the burgeoning motorcycle image of the early 20th century.

Move on to wartime when the military pushed the motorcycle's portability by designing collapsible motorbikes to drop -- by parachute -- behind enemy lines. Then follow the motorcycle through the definitive postwar years: the birth of the Hell's Angels, the ultimate cool of biker Marion Brando in The Wild
One
, and the scooter-as-fashion craze of the mods. You'll also discover the world of adventurous female bikers, take to the tracks of stunt riders, and hit the road with cross-continent racers.

Brimming with an amazing collection of archival and contemporary photographs, From From Boneshakers to Choppers will take you on an unforgettable ride.

Editorial Reviews

YALSA
Selected as a 2008 'Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers' by the Young Adult Library Services Association.
Booklist - John Peters
Lively, wide-ranging ... this colorful survey definitely won't stay on the shelf for long.
The Fairhope Courier (Fairhope, AL) - Terri Schilchenmeyer
Got a future biker in your family or maybe a kid with a need for speed? Then "From Boneshakers to Choppers" is going to make his/her heart sing.... [It's] the perfect book for kids ages 10 and up who can't get enough of motorcycles.
Canadian Teacher
This comprehensive history covers everything from the invention of motorcycles in Germany in 1885, the motorcycle's role in World War I and II, the transition to more general use, the role of Hollywood in shaping the motorcyclist's image, the beginning of motorcycle clubs, the rivalry with people who prefer scooters, to modern motorcycles and their uses today. The book is liberally illustrated with colour photos and illustrations, including some vintage posters and motorcycle ads. Even people (teachers and students) who are not avid motorcycle riders will be fascinated by the information presented here in a lively and interesting format.
VOYA - Jane Van Wiemokly
In the 1880s, the earliest "motor cycles" began with a motor attached to a bicycle, and ever since then, entrepreneurs and inventors have tried and succeeded in improving on that concept. The first gasoline engine motorcycle built in 1885 by Daimler was made mostly of wood. Steam engines, "explosion engines," electric-all progressed to the internal combustion engine. From its beginnings, the motorcycle in all its forms captured the adventure, sense of freedom, and competitive spirit of riders, both male and female. For a time, when coupled with sidecars, they were even touted as an alternative to the more expensive automobile. In World War I but more so in World War II, they were used for dispatches and sometimes as attack vehicles. From mainstream, to gangs, to stunt- and dirt-biking, to biker films, the motorcycle's image has come a long way and undergone major transformations, both physically and culturally. Loaded with illustrations and color photographs, this popular history of the motorcycle even touches on the attendant fashion associated with its culture. For a slight book, it adequately and engagingly explores its history. In addition to motorcycle aficionados, students also will find this book a good place to start for papers on history, culture, and invention using the motorcycle as a subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554510153
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
04/13/2007
Pages:
124
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Lisa Smedman is a novelist, short-fiction writer, and one of the founders of Adventures Unlimited magazine. She lives in Vancouver, B.C.

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