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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Publications about classic bikes can vary wildly -- some are written by professional authors who don't actually ride or own old motorcycles, while others are written by enthusiasts who don't have a great grasp of the facts or how to present them.
Mick Duckworth's model history sits neatly in the middle of this balancing act, and has proved to be very useful, accurate and easy to read. It's broken into easily digested chapters, boxouts and sub-sections, and is packed with facts and information. There are many quotes from the original Triumph engineers who developed the triples, plus chapters devoted to the development of the T160, work race teams, productions racers, and the specialists who took over when the industry folded.
The only missing info seems to be a chapter which goes into detail on running and riding a triple today; instead there's some info about Hinckley bikes which seems less relevant because it rapidly dates.
There are plenty of mono photos throughout the book, and a colour section with useful pics of the various different models in US and UK spec.
For more info on the same subject, the Brooklands' Portfolio of magazine articles is also very useful (BSA and Triumph Triples Gold Portfolio, 1968-76 (Gold Portfolio Series)
Overall, Mick Duckworth's hardback is one of the very best books available on the subject.
8/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2009
A fascinating book set against the decline and fall of the BSA empire. Not only does it deal with the machines, but also the personalities behind the public perceptions. In this way, competition shop staff, service staff, development engineers and test riders all get to have an input to the narrative. The section on the racing triples is particularly interesting and the book sits nicely against previously published histories (e.g. Whatever Happened to the British Motorcycle Industry). The written style is a little clinical - perhaps as best befits a topic rich in factual content. The best part of the publication are the annotated illustrations - many published for the first time here.
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