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The Strange Death of The British Motorcycle Industry
on 2 April 2012
An excellent book well researched over many years. Written from the white collar angle and is to me, the best you're going to get from this perspective of how it all went wrong. Steve Koerner pretty much covers all the bases and does allude to some of the production models as you go so bikers will know what the relationship is between the factories, the management and the bikes they were producing at what time.
The book has a couple of faults and that is that the designers and engineers (and education) get off virtually scot free bar a paragraph in the epilogue and we lack any anecdotes from people who were there.
It covers the political and boardroom side superbly. Koerner blames the lack of a lightweight/small bike and segment retreat, inept management etc but he fails to get into any technical detail and therefore we still await a book that will tell us that the only successful post war British design was a German reparation fed BSA Bantam. What with Bert Hopwoods 'nothing to do with me':Designers and Engineers are coming out of the debacle crystal clean.
We must await the book that tells of this, the real fiasco of the industry.