Classic Motorbikes: A Celebration of the World’s Greatest Motorbikes (Roland Brown) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Transport Motorcycles section. priced at £8.50! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…
Chester: Marks & Spencer, 2008, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Colour photographs; Title page vignette;
From the cover: Classic Motorbikes celebrates the history of the motorbike with 60 of the finest two-wheeled machines ever built. All of the classics are here, illustrated in full colour, from pioneering roadsters to the sophisticated superbikes of the 1980s. The adventure begins with glamorous fours from FN of Belgium and US firm Pierce, both produced in the 20th centurys first decade. These classics are followed by charismatic V-twins from the likes of Harley-Davidson and Indian, plus the influential Triumph Speed Twin.
The post-war motorcycle scene saw British firms lead the way with machines including Ariels Square Four and Vincents mighty Rapide V-Twin. In the USA Harley Davidson introduced the stylish Sportster, while Italian firms Gilera and Guzzi contributed superb small-capacity singles.
British firms ruled the roads again in the 1960s, thanks to legendary bikes which included Triumphs Bonneville and BSAs Rocket Gold Star.
The Superbike decade of the 1970s started with Hondas ground-breaking CB750, hotly pursued by Kawasakis mighty 903cc Z1 four and Harleys incomparable Super Glide. The 1970s also produced memorable Italian chargers led by Ducati 900SS, and ended with stunning six-cylinder powerhouses: the Honda CBX1000 and Kawasaki Z1300.
There was no let-up during the 1980s, and Yamahas RD350LC two-stroke and Hondas exotic CB1100R were unleashed. The great bikes kept coming, right up to the end of the decade, notably Suzukis racy GSX-R750 and Hondas sublime RC30. Their stories will fascinate and delight every classic motorcycle enthusiast.
Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Matching Pictorial boards. 96 pages. Index. 11″ x 8¾”.