Motorcycle: Evolution, Design, Passion

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JHU Press, Aug 23, 2006 - Science - 224 pages
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This is the definitive, comprehensive guide to motorcycle design. Tapping a deep well of knowledge and a lifetime of experience, motorcycle racer and historian Mick Walker sheds light on the evolution of one of the world's ultimate status symbols and style icons—a development owing as much to history, politics, and technology as it does to image, lifestyle, and design. In a survey that ranges from the late nineteenth-century pioneers like Gottlieb Daimler and Hildebrand & Wolfmüller to present-day manufacturers—Harley Davidson, Ducati, Honda, BMW, Aprilia, and Triumph—Walker sets each model within its historical context and outlines the main technological and stylistic innovations that make each bike unique.

  

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Contents

Foreword
6
The Pioneers
16
Bikes for War
38
The 1920s S 1930s
56
The Rising Sun
112
Racing Improves the Breed
129
The Modern Motorcycle
172
Lifestyle and Leisure
196
Glossary
218
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About the author (2006)

Mick Walker is acknowledged to be the world's leading motorcycle authority. In a career that has spanned over forty-five years, he has written over one hundred books and curated several exhibitions. He has been a successful racer, tuner, team manager, talent scout, and British importer. In 1998, he was involved in The Art of the Motorcycle exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and, in 1999, Ducati presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, the first of its kind.

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