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Very interesting and informative book, well worth buying
on 19 February 2014
There is certainly one unfair review on here, yes there is a picture of the White Helmets, but the author does not pretend that they rode Bonnies, (nor is the police "Saint" pictured) but these pictures (and the BSA) are all part of the story of the BSA/Triumph group which is of course linked to the rise and fall of not just the Bonneville, but the whole group as well. I found this an entertaining read, with facts I had been unaware of before, and as an ex Bonnie owner from the late 60's it explains a lot about what went wrong. OK there are a few errors, i.e the colour scheme for 67 was aubergine & white, not gold, (I have pictures to prove it), and the 4LS front brake was fitted to 67 models, not reserved for 68. But small details upart, this is an excellent book, and well worth a read not just for ex, (or current), Bonnie owners, but for anyone interested in one of the great icons of motorcycling over many years, and also shows partly why the whole BSA group failed as well. OK there are a few non standard bikes featured, but remember that all pictures at that time were on film, not digital, so it must be hard to find good pictures that can now be reproduced into print after scanning!
I would guess that much of went wrong was also prevalent in the car manufacturing sector of the time, i.e belligerent workforce combined with incompetent management. I loved my 2 Bonnevilles, more so the 67 model as it was my first new bike, and it's fascinating to see what lay behind the development and production, also how the test reports of the day used to gloss over known faults.