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The Art of the Racing Motorcycle [Hardcover]

Philip Tooth
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8 Mar 2011
A lavishly illustrated and definitive look at the design evolution of the racing motorcycle. The dynamic between competition and design has always fueled the evolution of racing motorcycles and inspired astonishing feats of design and engineering. This book traces the development of the sport bike, from the earliest French motorcycles to the dominance of British machinery in the 1930s, the exotic Italian motorcycles of the 1950s and 1960s, the influence of American racing in the 1970s and 1980s, and today’s Japanese superbikes. More than fifty classic motorcycles—from Harley-Davidsons to Peugeots, Velocettes, Moto Guzzis, BMWs, Kawasakis, and Ducatis—are presented chronologically illustrated with stunning studio photographs that present the machines as works of art and wonders of design in themselves, accompanied by rare and beautiful archival images that place the subjects in the contexts of classic races, rallies, and motorcycle shows, and accompanied by essays revealing the legends behind the machines. Some of the championship motorcycles featured include the 1902 Manon, the 1922 Harley Davidson 8-valve, the 1935 Terrot 500, the 1948 AJS Porcupine, the 1954 Moto Guzzi V8, the 1965 Honda GP 250, The 1976 Suzuki RK67, the 1986 Cagiva GP, and the 1990 Ducati Supermono.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing (8 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789322137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789322135
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I ordered this book on the same day that I ordered Motocourse 2012/13. Motocourse is acknowledged as the leader where photo standards are raised.. sadly "The Art of " does NOT follow this tradition.
To get access to these bikes is an achievement.. to then produce POOR photo's is an insult to the owners. The archive shots are fine, being historic. The studio shots are where it falls down.. they are either much too poorly lit, leading to areas of dense blackness or, it is as a result of the printing techniques used. Either way.. the photo's are simply NOT of a good enough quality at this price point.
I have other books that cover much of this subject and they are generally, considerably better. Better photographed, better lit, better produced. BETTER.!
Had I seen this in a bookshop, I would NOT have bought it.. perhaps if it had been remaindered, but not otherwise.
Not quality enough for the price. Very poor.
WF
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE NOSTALGIC DAYS OF RACING MOTORCYCLES 4 Mar 2012
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FOR THOSE OF US THAT HAVE A GREAT PASSION FOR OLD VINTAGE RACING MOTORCYCLES
SUCH AS BOOKLANDS OR AN INTEREST WITH BOARD RACERS THEN THIS BOOK COULD BE OF INTEREST TO YOU ALSO.

THE PLATES STUNNING TOP CLASS IN FACT,BUT THE AUTHOR HAS PICKED AN INTERESTING RANGE OF MOTORCYCLES TO FEATURE. (NO ONE BOOK CAN SHOW THEM ALL)!HOWEVER IF OLDER MOTORCYCLES ARE YOUR PASSION AND INTEREST THEN THIS IS A GREAT COFFE TABLE BOOK TO ENJOY.

THE TEXT REGARDS TO THE INDEVIDUALS BIKE DETAILS IS QUITE GOOD, AS IT GIVE MORE DETAILS THAN MOST OF THIS TYPE OF BOOK, AT LESS THE HALF THE PRICE. THE PLATES INSIDE ARE OF GOOD QUALITY,SO THEY HAVE SPENT TIME IN PICKING THEIR SHOTS, AND LIGHTING THEIR SUBJECTS VERY WELL. SO OVERALL A VERY WELL PRESENTED AND INVESTING BOOK.

ITS MY OPINION FOR WHAT ITS WORTH ! I DO RECOMENDED THIS COFFEE TABLE BOOK ! ESPECIALY WITH THE ADDED BONUS OF BEING ABLE TO PURCHASE IT A MUCH LOWER PRICE
MADE IT EVEN MORE ENJOYABLE.

CHEERS ! ENJOYABLE READING BGK
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coffee Table Perfection for Bikers 1 Sep 2011
By Dr L
Format:Hardcover
This book is coffee table perfection for bike enthusiasts! The text is informative, well researched and engagingly written. But what makes this book are the photographs, which are truly stunning and worth the price of admission alone.

The great thing about this book is that it walks you through racing motorbike evolution from its humble beginnings, essentially modified bicycles, through to firebreathing modern MotoGP bikes. It describes the key advances in technology, bike by significant bike, coupled with beautiful photos. And it demonstrates along the way how much modern road bikes owe racers as the testbed for all of the advances we riders now take for granted.

Whilst I am not particularly into old bikes (i ride more modern bikes), reading this book makes me want to go out and buy one!!!! Or at least dream about it...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some gaps although superb quality 4 Dec 2012
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I bought this book on a whim to add to my collection as have other books by the same author. Quality and photography is top draw although I feel some of the machines included should not have. Why only picture and reference in introduction of the Honda RC166 probably the most iconic racing motorcycle of its age? Nonetheless enjoyed greatly.
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