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Legendary Motorcycles: The Stories and Bikes Made Famous by Elvis; Peter Fonda; Kenny Roberts and Other Motorcycling Greats

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Motorcycles are mythic, far more than mere transportation, but some are in a class of their own, truly legendary machines. There are the Triumphs: James Dean’s, Marlon Brando’s in The Wild Ones, the one Steve McQueen took over the fence in The Great Escape. There are Evel Knievel’s and Elvis’s Harleys, the Easy Rider Stars ‘n’ Stripes bike, and T. E. Lawrence’s Brough Superior SS100; Von Dutch’s Condor, Craig Vetter’s Mystery Ship, and Mike Hailwood’s Honda RC162. These are just some of the machines that have ...

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Overview

Motorcycles are mythic, far more than mere transportation, but some are in a class of their own, truly legendary machines. There are the Triumphs: James Dean’s, Marlon Brando’s in The Wild Ones, the one Steve McQueen took over the fence in The Great Escape. There are Evel Knievel’s and Elvis’s Harleys, the Easy Rider Stars ‘n’ Stripes bike, and T. E. Lawrence’s Brough Superior SS100; Von Dutch’s Condor, Craig Vetter’s Mystery Ship, and Mike Hailwood’s Honda RC162. These are just some of the machines that have made motorcycle history, and that make this book a feast for the eyes and a fact-filled odyssey for the motorcycle aficionado.

Illustrated with commissioned photographs and historical images, the book profiles the bikes—not just the models but the actual motorcycles—that have achieved legendary status in the last century. Their stories, told here in detail for the first time, make up the story of the motorcycle in American culture.


See Motorbooks author Basem Wasef interviewed by Jay Leno on JayLenosGarage.com: http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/jays-book-club-basem-wasef/1168295/

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Editorial Reviews

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Detroit Free Press, Dec. 13, 2007

Detroitfreepress.com, Dec. 13, 2007

"Legendary Motorcycles: The Stories and Bikes Made Famous by Elvis, Peter Fonda, Kenny Roberts, and Other Motorcycling Greats, by Basem Wasef. Available in bookstores or through

www.motorbooks.com.”

SPEEDtv.com, review by

Legendary Motorcycles is a winner from Jay Leno’s Foreword to the Timeline. Wasef’s research reveals some interesting tidbits: James Dean stored his motorcycle at the Greenwich Village garage where Steve McQueen worked as a part-time motorcycle mechanic. The two would bond over their love of bikes. Legendary Motorcycles earns four out of five lug nuts. What a ride!”

RoadRunner Magazine, December 2007

“A good, nostalgic read that belongs in the collection of any enthusiast who knows why motorcycles are so much more than just machines.”

Gregg Leary, September 2007

The Antique Motorcycle, December 2007

Legendary Motorcycles is unique among motorcycling literature in its pursuit of the story behind the riders and their machines. The unforgettable stories are sure to please … you won’t be disappointed.”

Rep-am.com, November 2007

Legendary Motorcycles … exquisite photography and concise storytelling … offers something entertaining and worthwhile to longtime riders and to newbies.”

Cmgonline.com, Nov. 21, 2007

“Good book. Buy it in time for Christmas and you’ll have a happy motorcycling friend.”

From the Publisher
The Antique Motorcycle, December 2007

Legendary Motorcycles is unique among motorcycling literature in its pursuit of the story behind the riders and their machines. The unforgettable stories are sure to please … you won’t be disappointed.”

Rep-am.com, November 2007

Legendary Motorcycles … exquisite photography and concise storytelling … offers something entertaining and worthwhile to longtime riders and to newbies.”

Cmgonline.com, Nov. 21, 2007

“Good book. Buy it in time for Christmas and you’ll have a happy motorcycling friend.”

Detroit Free Press, Dec. 13, 2007

Detroitfreepress.com, Dec. 13, 2007

"Legendary Motorcycles: The Stories and Bikes Made Famous by Elvis, Peter Fonda, Kenny Roberts, and Other Motorcycling Greats, by Basem Wasef. Available in bookstores or through

www.motorbooks.com.”

SPEEDtv.com, review by

Legendary Motorcycles is a winner from Jay Leno’s Foreword to the Timeline. Wasef’s research reveals some interesting tidbits: James Dean stored his motorcycle at the Greenwich Village garage where Steve McQueen worked as a part-time motorcycle mechanic. The two would bond over their love of bikes. Legendary Motorcycles earns four out of five lug nuts. What a ride!”

RoadRunner Magazine, December 2007

“A good, nostalgic read that belongs in the collection of any enthusiast who knows why motorcycles are so much more than just machines.”

Gregg Leary, September 2007

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760330708
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 10/15/2007
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,129,746
  • Product dimensions: 9.67 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Basem Wasef's fascination with all things automotive spans back to his childhood in London, where he was known to sing Happy Birthday to his extensive collection of Matchbox cars. Though his enthusiasm has taken him from the Arctic Circle to Modena in pursuit of extraordinary and exotic vehicles, he can't imagine living anywhere but car-crazed Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Jay Leno

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1: James Dean’s First and Last Bikes A Fascination with Speed

Chapter 2: Kenny Roberts’Yamaha TZ750 Dirt Tracker

“They don’t pay me enough to ride that thing.”

Chapter 3: T. C. Christensen’s Hogslayer

The Norton with an Insatiable Appetite for Harleys

Chapter 4: Rollie Free’s John Edgar Lightning

The Bathing Suit Bike

Chapter 5: Mert Lawwill’s No. 1 1969 Harley-Davidson KR750

Final Victory for a Battle Ax

Chapter 6: Easy Rider’s Captain America

The Star-Spangled American Icon

Chapter 7: Dick Mann’s BSA Gold Star and Matchless G50 TT

Tools of the Trade

Chapter 8: Freddie Spencer’s 1985 Double Championship Honda GP Bikes

Living the Impossible Dream

Chapter 9: Craig Vetter’s Mystery Ship

The Childhood Fantasy Bike

Chapter 10: Cal Rayborn’s No. 3 Harley-Davidson XR750

A Transatlantic Sensation

Chapter 11: Wayne Rainey’s 1983 Kawasaki Superbike

The Air-Cooled Underdog

Chapter 12: Colin Edwards’ Yamaha TZ250D

The Bike That Launched a Career

Chapter 13: Leo Payne’s Turnip Eater

The 200-mile-per-hour Hog

Chapter 14: T. E. Lawrence’s Brough Superior SS100

Lawrence of Arabia’s Last Ride

Chapter 15: Elvis Presley’s Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide

The King’s Blue Bike

Chapter 16: John Britten’s Britten V-1000

The Modern Masterpiece

Chapter 17: Evel Knievel’s Harley-Davidsons

The Original Daredevil’s Chariots of Choice

Chapter 18: Von Dutch’s Originals

Customizing as an Art Form

Chapter 19: Michael Jordan’s AMA Racing Contenders

The Racing Passion of a Basketball Legend

Chapter 20: Mike Hailwood’s Ducati Comeback Bikes

A Hero’s Returns to the Isle of Man

Chapter 21: Marty Dickerson’s Blue Bike

The Irresistible Allure of Bonneville

Chapter 22: Burt Munro’s Munro Special

The World’s Fastest Indian

Chapter 23: Renzo Pasolini’s Harley-Davidson XR750

Italo-American Chemistry

Chapter 24: Phil Read’s MV Agusta GP Bikes

MV’s Last Hurrah

Chapter 25: Robert Pirsig’s Honda CB77 Superhawk

Inspiring Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Chapter 26: Steve McQueen’s Eclectic Palate

Riding with the King of Cool

Timeline

Index

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

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    What a ride! Motorcycle history has added to our rich collectio

    What a ride!

    Motorcycle history has added to our rich collection of American folklore and the possibilities that can occur when given the promise of freedom that a motorcycle imparts. We have long needed a book that outlines its place in our cultural make-up and I found that Legendary Motorcycles did just this. It is a feast for the eyes and mind in its rich photography and historical ponderings.

    Basem Wasef crisscrossed the country, from the Bonneville Salt Flats to the flatlands of Indiana and the hometown of James Dean to bring us this valuable addition to the American motoring landscape. Motorcycles are in a class of their own for legendary stories and imaginings peopled with some real bad-boy heroes: like Fonda and his chopper, Elvis and his 'Glide, and of course, Evel Knievel.

    I particularly enjoyed the commissioned photographs and historical images, and the different profiles of the bikes that have achieved legendary status. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance gets honorable mention in Chapter 25, for although its storyline is heavily reliant on the melding of philosophies, in Legendary Motorcycles we see four travel snapshots that put a face to the main characters in Robert Pirsig's book and get a glimpse of the 1964 Honda CB77 Superhawk and the Sutherland's 1968 BMW R60/2.

    Readers who are especially hooked on the Harley-Davidson dialogue should check out any of Allan Girdler's books, which have been re-released! My go-tos continue to be Harley Davidson Sportster and Harley-Davidson XR-750.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2007

    AWESOME !!! EXCITING!!!

    This book is nothing short of extroardinary!!! A MUST HAVE!!!

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