I only got this book on Christmas Eve so havent read it all and like Camerons book on the history of GP Motorbikes its excellent, although the layout is different to that book with a lot more text and a lot less artwork. Some of the photos could ve been a little clearer but thats my only gripe.
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. Highly recommended.