Archive for Items Categorized 'Motorcycles', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

New York City Horsepower: An Oral History of Fast Custom Machines

by Michael McCabe

What makes a New York custom bike or car different from those made anywhere else? Or modern ones different from earlier ones? Meet several generations of builders and see their shops and their creations.

The Singer Story: The Cars, Commercial Vehicles, Bicycles & Motorcycles

by Kevin Atkinson

Everyone knows that Bugattis used distinctive flat-spoke aluminum wheels. So did Singer—but 20 years earlier. The curved front forks of a bicycle are a George Singer patent, and still in use today. If you don’t know Singer, you should.

Born to Be Wild

by Randy D. McBee

Bikers—menace to society or upstanding citizens? Want to look at motorcycling from a scholarly point of view? If class, race, gender, sexual orientation, stereotypes, and politics interest you as much as cubic inches and spark plug gaps, this is the book.

Red Tape and White Knuckles: One Woman’s Motorcycle Adventure through Africa

by Lois Pryce

No fancy bike, no fancy gear, no fancy Adventure Tours outfit—just one woman and her little Yamaha taking on the Dark Continent. Sadly, no fancy photographs either—you’ll have to use your imagination.

BMW Motorcycles of the Century

by Claudio Somazzi & Massimo Bonsignori

Market values, maintenance, model specifics, what makes one bike more collectible than another—it’s all here. If you don’t already have a BMW you’ll probably want one after reading this book!

Stile Ducati: A Visual History of Ducati Design

Various authors

The book celebrates the 90th anniversary of a firm that has been making bikes for more than half a decade. Nineteen are featured here, mostly in detail photos.

Bike & Style

by Michael Köckritz

That this book comes with its own music (an actual record) is only one way in which it looks at motorbikes and the attending life/style in a fresh way.

Moto Guzzi Motorcycles Since 1921

by Jan Leek and Wolfgang Zeyen

The fourth-largest motorcycle maker in Europe is not nearly as well known in the US as it deserves. This book helps. A bit.

The American Motorcycle Girls

by Cristine Sommer Simmons

Few things are more satisfying to the serious reader than to come across a book that boldly goes where none has gone before. Well and insightfully written, fantastically illustrated, designed with period touches—and not to forget, a really decent price!

Motorcycle Passion

by Michael Köckritz, editor

A big, juicy book. Lots of photos. Interesting layouts and typefaces. It’s easy to put this book down and think, Why? As in Why Bother? Not so fast.

The Ride: New Custom Motorcycles And Their Builders

by Chris Hunter, Robert Klanten editors

Motorcycles with attitude. From one-off cost-no-object confections to creatively stroked basic Honda S90s this book offers a global look at new philosophies and old skills.

The Chopper, The Real Story

by Paul d’Orléans

There are piles of books about choppers and motorcycle culture; none are like this one. If you recognize the bike on the cover even from this angle—that’s both good and bad . . . the book explains why.