Custom Rides : The Coolest Motorcycle Builds Around the World. Davis.
A wise man once said that cars move the body, but motorcycles move the soul. If you love motorcycles, you will understand the thrill of weaving in the fluid motion that only two wheels and a responsive engine can give. Of being on a fabulous road, with the warmth of the sun on your body, and the wind gently tugging at your clothes. Now imagine that you have built the bike of your dreams ... can you see it, hear it, feel it?
Custom Rides is not only full of amazing photographs of gorgeous bikes, it also provides an insight into the mind of some of the world's finest bike designers and builders, and the tools and equipment they use to get such special results. So settle down and enjoy the ride, as you feast your eyes and eat your heart out for all the beautiful bikes featured in this book.
Ducati Desmodue. The Complete Story From Pantah to Scrambler. Greg.
A definitive account of the popular Ducati Desmodue - the reliable, affordable, high-performance motorcycle range that boasts one of the most successful Italian motorcycles of all time, the Ducati Monster, and is still in development today. Including full production histories, comprehensive specification details and owners' experiences, this new book covers: A history of Ducati and the rise of the brand in the 1970s Grand Prix racing with Fabio Taglioni's desmodromic valve engine design The world-beating TT2 and TT1 racers Ducati's virtual swansong and the Cagiva takeover The best-selling Ducati Monster - the 'naked' desmo twin The Desmodue 900SS and the SportClassic range Racing today, the new Ducati Scrambler and the future for Desmodue motorcycles AUTHOR: Greg Pullen began a lifelong love affair with motorcycles in the sports moped and Barry Sheene era, during the long, hot summers of the 1970s. The Italian motorcycle obsession soon followed when a near neighbour bought a Laverda SFC750, soon replaced by a Moto Guzzi 850T3 for continental touring. Trained as a chartered surveyor specializing in old buildings, these days Greg spends his time in rural Wiltshire riding and writing for magazines that have included Classic Bike and Classic Bike Guide, alongside his own publication Benzina. 211 colour photographs
Triumph Twenty-One to Daytona: The C Class 350cc and 500cc Twins. Vale.
The Triumph 350cc and 500cc unit-construction twins were called the 'C' Series, and were made between 1957 and 1974. The range started with the 350cc 'Twenty-one' - a sedate touring bike with full enclosure in the form of the famous Triumph 'Bathtub' - went through such famous names as the Speed Twin, Tiger 100 and Trophy, and ended with the rip-roaring Daytona and the off-road Adventurer. This book deals with the whole range, giving the history of all the models, and also describes the restoration of a 1969 Trophy T100C.
Moto Guzzi: The Complete Story. Pullen.
With the launch of the new California 1400 in 2013, and actor Ewan McGregor appointed brand ambassador, Moto Guzzi's owners Piaggio are proving their belief in the future and importance of Moto Guzzi. Moto Guzzi - The Complete Story charts the development of the stylish Guzzi bikes and the highs (and lows) of one of the oldest motorcycles marques still in existence. Topics covered include the origins of the Moto Guzzi factory at Madello del Lario - the oldest motorcycle factory in the world; the success at the Isle of man TT and races worldwide; the development of the V-twin engine; the De Tomaso years and the introduction of the iconic Le Mans model. The complete story of Moto Guzzi, from 1921 to the present day covers some very special motorcycles and some astonishing people who made it happen. Will be of great interest as a reference book to all motorbike enthusiasts and is superbly illustrated with 250 colour photographs.
British Forces Motorcycles 1925-1945. Orchard, Madden
Perhaps the most far reaching of the many changes wrought on the military by the First World War was the mechanization of the armed services. After many centuries of use by the Army for patrols and communications, the trusty horse was finally supplanted by the new-fangled motorcycle. This mechanization process gathered pace during the interwar years and in particular for the military motorcycle between 1925 and 1939. By the outbreak of the Second World War the motorcycle had become an important part of the military inventory and deemed 'suitable for WD (War Department) requirements'. When it was first published in 1995, this fully illustrated book was unique in looking at all military motorcycles of British origin known to have been tested mainly by the Mechanical Warfare Experimental Establishment (later called the Mechanisation Experimental Establishment). Ten years on, the authors are producing a fully revised and updated new edition of their book that will include three new chapters covering standard parts, bike markings and paint schemes. There will also be a picture spread that illustrates despatch rider's clothing. New to this edition will be a 16pp colour section that will illustrate restored WD bikes, including detail shots of engines and components.
AJS and Matchless Post-War Singles and Twins: The Complete Story. Vale.
Associated Motor Cycles (AMC) produced some of the most iconic British bikes of the 1940s and 1950s. Badged as either AJS or Matchless, the range covered everything from plodding ride-to-work four-stroke singles, weekend racers, two-stroke motocrossers and full-blown Grand Prix contenders. Illustrated with over 200 photographs, this comprehensive new history looks at:
• The history and development of the single and twin-cylinder ranges
• The racing bikes
• Technical details of all major models
• Owning and riding AJS and Matchless bikes today
Greeves: The Complete Story. Sparrow.
In twenty-five years, Greeves produced around 25,000-30,000 machines - a number considered relatively modest when compared with some of their contemporaries, such as Triumph. However, Greeves was not small in ambition or achievement, which is resoundingly illustrated in this new book. 'Greeves - The Complete Story' gives a detailed history from the early 1950s to the 1970s. With production histories and specification details for all main models, it is an ideal resource for anyone with an interest in these classic sporting motorcycles.
The book covers:
• Bert Greeves, Derry Preston Cobb and the formative years - from invalid carriages to motorcycle production in 1953
• Model-by-model specification guides for the main roadsters, scramblers, trials bikes and road racing bikes
• World-wide motorcycle sport success, including European Championship wins for Greeves scramblers in 1960 and 1961
• The final years - 1972-1979
• Advice on owning and restoring a Greeves model today
Ariel: The Complete Story. Walker.
From the first Ariel in 1901, over the next 60 years the name would be associated with some of Britain's best motorcycles, such as the Square Four. After the Second World War Ariel became part of the BSA group, but sadly the name then disappeared.
The Legend of Indian. Carroll.
The Legend of the Indian Explores the history of the Indian brand from its early origins to the late models and includes a chapter on the British-built Indians of the 1950's.