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Lost Motorcycles of the 1920s [Paperback]

Jack Bacon , Roger Fogg
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1 Sep 2008
The 1920s were an amazing decade in motorcycle development. "Lost Motorcycles of the 1920s" describes, in as much detail as possible, over 50 of these lesser known motorcycles, providing a wealth of information on makes from Abbotsford and Alwin to Turner, Weaver and the Xtra Car - not forgetting the many transient, but somewhat better known marques such as Blackburne, Radco and Raleigh for example. Each model and make is described in detail and accompanied by as many illustrations as possible. "Lost Motorcycles" also offers some fascinating and helpful insights into the many facets of motorcycling during the 1920s - the roads and garages, suspension, tyres and clothing for example - all of which helps set these motorcycles in their period and gives a real feel for what motorcycling must have been like some 80 years ago. This title is absolutely invaluable to restorers and historians of early British motorcycles.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Panther Publishing Ltd (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955659582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955659584
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This isn't a lightweight, colourful coffee-table big book suitable for all motorcycle enthusiasts. So if you're considering it as a gift, then make sure the recipient likes classic bikes and has a particular interest in pre-war, vintage machines. Someone who rides mostly modern motorcycles will probably be uninterested in most of what's in here. But for fans of hand-change, rigid suspension, sidevalve and similar British motorcycles, this book is a real treat.

The author, Jack Bacon, spent many years gathering information about the motorcycles he loved from the era when he learned to ride, the 1920s. Jack collated an enormous amount of information toward a book on the subject before he died. 15 years later, Jack's family unearthed the research material, notes and information and enlisted the aid of vintage motorcycle enthusiast Roger Fogg to finish the job. The result is a credit to both men.

`Lost Motorcycles of the 1920s' describes, in detail where possible, over 50 of the UK's less well-known motorcycle marques. It provides a wealth of information on makes from Abbotsford and Alwin to Turner, Weaver and the Xtra Car as well as the somewhat better-known marques such as Blackburne, Radco and Raleigh. Each model and make is described and accompanied by period illustrations, catalogue images, adverts from the time and modern photos of surviving bikes. It would be impossible to illustrate each entry completely, but for the more popular marques there are range of pictures accompanying the informative text.

`Lost Motorcycles' also includes some additional and fascinating information about the many aspects of motorcycling during the 1920s, and these snippets are scattered throughout the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Know more 20 Jan 2010
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Covers plenty of well and lesser known, not to say previously unknown, makes of motorcycles and three-wheelers giving references to other books specialising in particular makes. Not as much detail as I'd hoped for but this must be hard to come by on these obscure vehicles. Proof-reading could be improved but a useful addition to any enthusiasts bookshelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Lost but Gone Before! 13 Jan 2010
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Good basic review of some of the lesser known makes, though hardly "lost" as in the title. Worth the money though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for hubby 7 Feb 2013
By kitty
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My husband restores British motorcycles and has a 1921 Cedos so thought he would like this book. He says it is great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars motorcycle 1920's 6 Nov 2012
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I bought this book for Christmas for my Dad I know he will just love it as he is a fanatic with old bikes very interesting book for him. I bought it for him as it has always been his hobby and he has owned most of the bikes in his past 74 yrs so it will make him smile on Christmas morning a blast from his past
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