The ultimate book for anyone who loves motorcycles.
The Ultimate Motor Cycle Book celebrates over 100 years of two-wheeled grace and glory in a spectacular "photo album" of more than 200 classic and contemporary motorcycles, from the earliest prototypes to today's precision high-tech masterpieces.
|Publisher:||DK Publishing, Inc.|
|Edition description:||1st American ed|
|Product dimensions:||9.38(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.67(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
'The best spin-off from the invention of the wheel is, without any doubt, the motorcycle.' 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. The corresponding weakness is that not very many models can be displayed for each brand. The most exciting part of the book for me was the section on Motorcycle sports. These include Grand Prix racing, Superbikes, endurance racing, T T racing, Motocross, trials, speedway, desert racing, American racing, drag racing, and sidecar racing. Just looking at these exciting bikes is enough to make you wake up, and sit and stand up taller. The final section displays key points about how the various parts of a motorcycle work. Mr. Wilson is lucky to have been able to draw upon the Motorcycle Heritage Museum in Westerville, Ohio for models to illustrate the book. We are fortunate to be able to see them also. If you just want to see Harleys, you will prefer Mr. Wilson's outstanding book, The Ultimate Harley-Davidson. Looking at these marvelous machines made me think about other ways we can enjoy the wind in our hair and a feeling of freedom. If you like those experiences, have you ever tried other means to enjoy them? How many can you find? Which ones are even more fun than motorcyles? For me, a small boat on a choppy ocean going full throttle racing to get close enough to identify a humpback whale is an even better joy. Now, consider what experiences are even more enjoyable than 'wind in the hair' and 'feeling free' in the form you like best . . . and are safer. How can you enjoy them more often? Can you enjoy any of them just by looking at a book? Exercise your imagination to open up more possibilities for seizing all the juice life has to offer! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution