From the single-cylinder bikes of the 1950s to the high-performance sport bikes of today, The Complete Book of Ducati Motorcycles showcases the entire spectrum of Ducati.
Legendary Ducati motorcycles have something of a rags-to-riches story. This Italian motorcycle manufacturer began by selling motorized bicycles to impoverished residents of post-World War II Italy. Today, Ducati is the world's premier manufacturer of street motorcycles, with sales that continue to rise year after year. Its svelte, hyper-accelerating motorcycles are two-wheeled wonders that are fluent in the language of speed.
The Complete Book of Ducati Motorcycles traces the stunning chronology of the motorcycles dreamed up by Ducati, from the 1950s to the present day. Laid out for the first time in the form of an encyclopedia, with gorgeous photography and insights from Ducati expert Ian Falloon, this book offers motorcycle enthusiasts a closer look at the craftsmanship, power, and beauty of these extraordinary motorcycles. The book features all of the motorcycles from Ducati's storied history, including the groundbreaking Desmodromic 750 Super Sport, the Mike Hailwood Replica, the Superbike-dominating 916, and the epic Panigale.
From the street bikes that gave birth to the very notion of the modern superbike to the racing motorcycles that dominated tracks in Great Britain, Europe, and North America since the latter part of the 20th century, The Complete Book of Ducati Motorcycles runs the full gamut of sportbikes. It's a collection that demands shelf space in the library of any true motorcycle collector or fan.
There have been many books published about BMW motorcycles, but until now none has covered the evolution of the BMW sport bike to the BMW café racer. A marque not commonly associated with the café racer scene, the growing trend of custom BMW café conversions is illustrated in detail with stunning images of sporting, racing and 'caféd' BMWs.
Showcasing fantastic BMW customs from all over the globe, and from the old to the new, this book presents them in all their innovative glory. Featuring owners' stories and technical descriptions, BMW Café Racers is a book guaranteed to interest BMW fans and members of the café racer scene alike.
From Airheads to Oilheads, modified singles to parallel twins, Fours and Concept 6s - see the 'caféd' side of BMW.
Motorcycle Classics has dedicated its first Special Collector Edition to celebrating the 1970s. Many great and classic motorcycles were designed and built in the ’70s, and Motorcycle Classics has put together a 100-page special edition featuring articles that explore the decade and what it brought to the motorcycle world. The Honda GL1000 Gold Wing, Triumph X75 Hurricane, BMW R90s, Suzuki GS1000, along with many others are all covered in this glossy-page, full-color guide. Whether you’re just discovering these bikes or have been riding them since they first came on the market, you’re sure to enjoy this special edition.
Discover how the Yamaha RD350 was the poor boy racer of its time and why it’s still great today. Learn how the best of Kawasaki’s 2-stroke, 3-cylinder rockets came from the days of heavy metal. Read how the often-overshadowed Triumph TR7V Tiger performed much like its twin-carb brother, the Bonneville. Understand why the iconic Ducati 750 Sport holds a special place in the hearts of Ducati fans everywhere.
More articles in this special edition include:
- The New Year Bike: Harley-Davidson XLCR – Owned by Mark Harrigan since new, this 1,776-mile XLCR is original right down to the tires.
- England’s First Superbike: BSA Rocket 3 – BSA’s Rocket 3 was, for a time, the fastest production bike available.
- Perfection: Honda CB750 Four – The CB750 Four caused waves in the motorcycle market when it debuted. Viewed from the perspective of its contemporaries, the CB750 was a revelation.
- Belle of the Ball: Yamaha XS1100 – Better late than never, Yamaha blew away the liter bike competition with its fast and fabulous XS1100.