Motorcycle: The Definitive Visual History

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Penguin, Apr 2, 2012 - Transportation - 320 pages
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Motorcycle: The Definitive Visual History traces the allure of the motorcycle, cataloging the diverse spectrum of bikes from the first prototypes to the superbikes of today. This eBook not only covers the technological developments of motorcycles, but also the cultural backdrop against which the various models arose and their impact on society - as an object of curiosity, affordable means of transport, symbol of rebellion, or first choice for full-throttle thrills on road or race track.
 

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Contents

Early Pioneers 10
10
The Indian Story 12
12
Threewheelers 14
14
Birth of an Industry 16
16
The Royal Enfield Story 22
22
Multiple Cylinders 24
24
FN Four 26
26
Americas Golden Age 30
30
Willing Workers 166
166
Tourers 170
170
The Suzuki Story 172
172
Built for Speed 174
174
Rough Riders 176
176
Superbikes 180
180
Honda CB750 182
182
Middleweights 188
188

Racing MachinesScooters 32
32
Scott Twospeed 34
34
Twowheelers for the Masses 40
40
Brough Superior SS100 42
42
The Mighty Vtwins 46
46
Indian Scout 48
48
The Norton Story 52
52
Sporting Rides 54
54
The Moto Guzzi Story 58
58
Survival of the Fittest 60
60
Out of the Mainstream 64
64
Track Contenders 66
66
New Sophistication 70
70
Ariel 4F Square Four 72
72
Speed Club 76
76
Reliable Transportation 82
82
The BMW Story 86
86
Economy Travel 88
88
Hot Competition 90
90
On Military Service 94
94
HarleyDavidson WLC 100
100
Innovation and Evolution 104
104
The HarleyDavidson Story 108
108
Economy Transportation 110
110
Racing Resumes 112
112
Norton Manx 114
114
Scooters 120
120
Lambretta LD 150 122
122
Sports Twins 126
126
Lively Lightweights 128
128
The Honda Story 130
130
Tourers 132
132
Flyweights 134
134
The Vespa Story 136
136
Useful Lightweights 138
138
Singles 140
140
Trials and Scramblers 144
144
Racers 146
146
Roadburners 150
150
Triumph Bonneville 152
152
Youth Appeal 156
156
Suzuki X6 Scrambler 158
158
Scooters and Mopeds 162
162
The MV Agusta Story 164
164
The Kawasaki Story 192
192
Standing Out 194
194
Fun on Wheels 196
196
Chrome and Smoke 202
202
Off the Highway 204
204
The Triumph Story 206
206
Racers 208
208
Classic Style 210
210
Road Sport 214
214
Honda RC30 216
216
Power Play 222
222
The Yamaha Story 224
224
Design Diversity 226
226
Mile Eaters 228
228
Dirt Diggers 232
232
Racers 234
234
The Ducati Story 238
238
Sports Bikes 240
240
Ducati 916 244
244
Street Style 248
248
Cruisers 250
250
Tour and Adventure 252
252
Hypersport 258
258
Aprilia RSV4 262
262
Street Muscle 266
266
Far and Fast 268
268
BMW K1600GT 272
272
Cruising 276
276
City Rides 278
278
The Aprilia Story 282
282
Practical Fun 284
284
Offroad 286
286
Racers 288
288
How an Engine Works 294
294
Engine Types 296
296
HarleyDavidson X8A Aircooled Single 298
298
Lambretta LD 150 Aircooled Twostroke 300
300
BSA A10 Golden Flash Aircooled Twin 302
302
Vincent Rapide Vtwin 304
304
Yamaha YZFR1 Inline Four 306
306
GLOSSARY 308
308
INDEX 312
312
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 319
319
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