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Standard Catalog of Japanese Motorcycles 1959-2007 [Paperback]

Doug Mitchel
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  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: KP Books (12 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896895645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896895645
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 21 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,222,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book traces the history of Japanese motorcycle manufacturers in the United States on a year-by-year and model-by-model basis. Helpful charts show you how both the size of the bikes and the number of models available increased as motorcycles grabbed a new audience in America. Enjoy all the favourites from the early days of the Honda Dream, the Suzuki Hustler and Yamaha Bonanza to the head-turning Gold Wings, Vulcans and Stars and many more of today. Illustrations and advertisements from yesterday and today help you identify hundreds of models made by these motorcycle manufacturers. Plus, there's valuable pricing information included.

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1.0 out of 5 stars catalog of US import? 31 Aug 2011
By rg
well, if your interested in what motorcycles did get manufactured in Japan 1959-2007 this is NOT the book for you. Seems it only covers the models that where imported to the US (?), for example all two stroke bikes of the -80's and -90's are missing, except one model of the RZ 350. Misleading title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese Motorcycles 17 Jan 2010
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Am very pleased with this book. It is very informative and has contributed a great deal to my interest in classic bikes
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dissappointed 5 July 2008
By Daniel R. Odell - Published on Amazon.com
I wish I had read these reviews first. I purchased the book based on a review in a monthly I trusted. It is not a total waste but a big disappointment. In less than two hours I found the above comments and others like the TWO out of four pictures in the 1999 Kawasaki section misidentified. Also three Nighthawk S pictures with minor paint changes are a complete waste of space as were SV1000 and SV650 pictures where the only difference is muffler size. It was obviously not edited or reviewed by a motorcyclist. Big disappointment.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good Effort Falls Short 29 May 2008
By D. M. Finch - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this unseen by mail and was rather disappointed. Anyone familar with motorcycles of the past 2 or 3 decades will find glaring errors of commission and omission. One example is that it states the Suzuki Intruder 1400, which everyone knows is a V-twin,was introduced in 1987 with the 1360ccV-4 engine; this error is repeated for every year 87-2005. Another is looking at Kawasaki 1995-96 they totally ommitted the GPZ1100(ZX1100 E1 & F1) models. I can understand gaps in research on the older stuff, but these were well documented only a few years ago! The color photos are first rate, but they include repeated views of the same bike: the 69-71 Hondas they picture the CB750 SIX times; in the 1989-90 Hondas the all new models introduction of the GB500, Transalp 600, ST1100 and PacificCoast800 and there are NO pictures?!
The repros of older magazine ads are a nice feature. This is a book if you can pick up on the half off bargin rack would be a nice find, but I regret paying top dollar for it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Loaded with Inaccuracies!!!! 19 Aug 2008
By S. Maier - Published on Amazon.com
This book is so inaccurate it is ridiculous. I have had many vintage Japanese bikes and I know them so when I see how wrong this book is in so many areas it is just terrible. This book is hastily thown together to make money. It is very bad. It is not just poorly done it is very misleading with incorrect information thoughout.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this book is nothing special 5 Mar 2008
By jodie arnold - Published on Amazon.com
this book does not go into any depth specifications are not listed does not do justice to subject.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars somewhat useful but disappointing in the end 11 Mar 2008
By DNAdetective - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish I had seen jodie arnold's review before I bought it. Cover says "Production figures" but these a woefully lacking. I expected and wanted some manufacturing numbers but there were none.
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