Classic Motorcycle Race Engines: Expert Technical Analysis of the World's Great Power Units Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012
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About the Author
Kevin Cameron has been a distinguished columnist for leading US magazine Cycle World for over 20 years, writing mainly on technical topics. He lives in the state of Massachusetts , USA.
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The book covers 53 bike engines ranging from the Guzzi singles of the 20s right up to Lorenzos 2011 Yamaha, but dont be put off if you have little interest in the older machines because all eras are well represented but as you would expect the writer concentrates on the post 60s explosion in technology. 28 of the 53 engines covered are either Ducati, Honda, Kawa, Suzuki or Yamaha but most everyone else that I can think of, bar BMW and Aprilia, has one or more engines covered.
I liked the little subheadings to each chapter which nicely summed up each engine. For example Kawaski H2-R 750 Triple.....it outgrew its cooling.
Honda NR500.....but we learned so much, or
Ducati 3- cam 125....reaching for unlimited revs.
The writing is great, clear and highly informative. You do of course need some background knowledge of engines to appreciate the main and the finer points but anyone interested in the book in the first place will follow it with no problems.
This is just one of the many vivid and highly descriptive chapters and do not do this book justice, in fact I have read this volume from cover to cover a number of times since it was delivered and am in the process of tracking down any other books written by the author
Whilst I have books that are more technical in their description of various engines and development nothing comes close to the highly readable sometimes humorous writing of Kevin Cameron
i think that most of us who where around through the late 50s early 60s will agree
that walters work brought two stoke technoligy out of the dark ages and made them
GP winners, he was clearly the first person to understand and utilise the resonant
exaust systym, had he had the resorces to obtain top quality matierials and hire
top riders they would certainly have won many world chamionships, Degners actions
in defecting to Suzuki not only gave them the knowledge to start building competitive bikes but also virtualy ended MZs GP hopes as they where hardly allowed out of the country afterwards, one only has to look at suzuki results before and after 1961 to find the truth.
You may have made Suzuki feel a little better about themselves Kevin, and i feel
that was the aim, but its wrong to try to change history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must have book being a racing nut and very much into the tec side of the sport this book is a must have can not put it down what a great read highly ratedPublished 16 months ago by Red Hot 68 FORD RANCHERO
A great book...I was expecting more technical diagrams of the engines though which was disappointing. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sarah Riley
Super book. Well researched and lots of technical stuff. A real treat for Engineers,