Grand Prix Motorcycle Racers: The American Heroes
Grand Prix Motorcycle Racers: The American
Until the 1970s, North America was considered a backwater with respect to world championship–level motorcycle road racing. European racers viewed American riders as being less talented and rode around in circles on tracks made of dirt. That all changed when Kenny Roberts exploded onto the Grand Prix racing scene and became the first American to win the world championship in motorcycle road racing's premier class. Roberts' success launched an era of American dominance that lasted for nearly 20 years and still echoes through the annals of the sport. This is the story of the legendary American riders who beat the Europeans at their own game, including Freddie Spencer, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz, Kenny Roberts Jr., and the most recent American world champion, Nicky Hayden. With additional chapters about the American World Superbike champions and those Americans who competed for the World Championship, this is the story road racing fans have been waiting decades to read.
- Brand: Motorbooks
- ASIN: 0760334684
- UPC: 752748334687
Mick Walker's Japanese Grand Prix Racing Motorcycles
Mick Walker's Japanese Grand Prix Racing
Author: Mick Walker. On the surface it appeared that the Japanese suddenly became proficient in the design and construction of motorcycles at the end of the 1950s. But in fact, their technical expertise had developed over several decades. Initially Japan was accused of blatant plagiarism, but soon its designers were producing innovative machinery. In the 1960s Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha battled for domination in motorcycle racing, providing a shot in the arm for a struggling sport since the withdrawal of British and Italian factories in the 1950s. The Japanese contribution to Gp racing was paramount in the 1960s and 1970s with many famous riders. Nowadays political correctness, environmental issues and financial constraints dominate. Japanese Grand Prix Racing Motorcycles sets out to provide a retrospective of Gp racing as we await future developments. Contents: Early days, Bridgestone, Honda - the classic era, Honda - the modern era, Kawasaki, Suzuki - the classic era, Suzuki - the modern era, Tohatsu, Yamaha - the classic era & Yamaha - the modern era. Over 500 pictures in colour and black & white.
- ASIN: 0953131181
The Vincent in the Barn: Great Stories of Motorcycle Archaeology
The Vincent in the Barn: Great Stories of
It’s every motorcyclist’s dream. A friend or acquaintance says, “You know, there’s an old bike that’s been sitting in this garage for years.” The hunt is on. And rather than the usual worthless Hondazukimaha pile of hopeless oxidation, at the back of that barn you find a genuine classic, the motorcycle collector’s dream. The Vincent in the Barn tells forty such stories--tales of motorcycle hunting dreams come true. From Ducatis in basements to Vincents abandoned in sheds, Harleys in barns to Brit bikes moldering behind urban garages, these are the stories that fuel every motorcyclist’s fantasies. The only difference? They’re true. See Tom Cotter, author of Motorbooks “In the Barn” series, interviewed by Jay Leno on JayLenosGarage.com: http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/jays-book-club-the-hemi-in-the-barn/1237422/
- ASIN: 0760344132
- UPC: 752748344136
YAMAHA YZR500 GRAND PRIX RACER (1980): WINNER OF THE 1980 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR 'KING KENNY' ROBERTS (THE MOTORCYCLE FILES Book 8)
YAMAHA YZR500 GRAND PRIX RACER (1980): WINNER OF
The Yamaha YZR500 (OW48R) is the machine which took 'King Kenny' Roberts to the third of his world titles and was the most successful of Yamaha's Grand Prix racers in the period when it was fought over by 500cc two-stroke machines from Japan's major manufacturer teams, viz. Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha.This edition of the motorcycle files includes a full history of the model, plus a track test and an interview with its World Champion rider, Kenny Roberts.
- ASIN: B00K0FV5X6
Valentino Rossi: Life of a Legend
Valentino Rossi: Life of a
From the day he was born into a racing family on February 16, 1979, Rossi was destined for racing greatness. Rossi started his international racing career in 1996, riding for Aprilia in the 125cc class, and won his first World Championship the following year. Rossi’s career would see him go on to win nine Grand Prix World Championships, score 87 wins in 500cc/MotoGP, and many more accolades. This visual biography covers this incredible racer’s journey, his victories, rivalries, and transitions from brand to brand. See his incredible battles against the likes of Max Biaggi, Sete Ginbernau, and Dani Pederosa, and why they inspired three films (Faster, Fastest, Hitting the Apex). Get to know Rossi’s incredible charm and wit, and why he has achieved rock-star status among racing fans.
- ASIN: 0760357382
Classic TT Racers: The Grand Prix Years 1949-1976
Classic TT Racers: The Grand Prix Years
Classic TT Racers: The Grand Prix Years 1949-1976 is a history and tribute to some of the most important and successful motorcycles that raced during the TT's years as host of the British round of the motorcycle world championship. Topics include the events and personalities that led to the creation of the race and its challenging course. The early success of the British motorcycle manufacturers -Norton, Velocette, AJS and Matchless - and their riders are covered as are the origins of the Italian Fours - Gilera and MV Agusta Quattro. The influence and reign of the Japanese manufacturers - Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki - are discussed. Finally, details are included of the technical developments that enabled the bikes to conquer the mountain course with world-record beating times.
- ASIN: 1785006290
HONDA NSR500 GRAND PRIX RACER - 1984-2002: THE BEST OF THE GP TWO-STROKES (THE MOTORCYCLE FILES Book 10)
HONDA NSR500 GRAND PRIX RACER - 1984-2002: THE
The Motorcycle Files is a series of short but hugely-informative e-books that presents you with a unique opportunity to build your own library of road and track tests of some of the world’s rarest motorcycles along with history features and interviews with star riders, designers and others that gave the machines their unique character.This special extended issue tells the full story of the Honda NSR500 – the most successful machine ever to contest the 500cc Grand Prix class in the two-stroke years from 1975 to 2001 - and includes an exclusive test of the very machine that started off its record-breaking string of World Championship successes - the V4 that Freddie Spencer rode to the title in 1985.Also included is a massive Photo Gallery that illustrates the year by year development of the NSR500 over its 18 year history.
- ASIN: B00L91SABA
Motor Crush Volume 1
Motor Crush Volume
The team behind the critically-acclaimed revamp of Batgirl returns with an exciting sci-fi action-adventure series! By day, Domino Swift competes for fame & fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting “machine narcotic” known as Crush. Collects issues 1 through 5.
- Brand: Image Comics
- ASIN: 1534301895
AJS V4 SUPERCHARGED GRAND PRIX 500 (1939): EXCLUSIVE TRACK TEST AND HISTORY OF A RARE BRITISH RACER (THE MOTORCYCLE FILES Book 2)
AJS V4 SUPERCHARGED GRAND PRIX 500 (1939): EXCLUSIVE
The Motorcycle Files is a series of short but hugely-informative e-books that presents you with a unique opportunity to build your own library of road and track tests of some of the world’s rarest motorcycles. Motorcycles like this supercharged AJS V4 Grand Prix racer, which is the sole surviving example of this incredible machine - the first bike in the world to lap a Grand Prix road course at over 100mph.This edition of The Motorcycle Files, has a complete racing history of that awesome supercharged monster, which culminated in a post-WWII race victory achieved just before a ban on supercharging made the machine obsolete.The 500cc supercharged AJS V4 Grand Prix racer from 1939 could have been developed further and in many ways represents a lost opportunity for Britain’s motorcycle industry. Without doubt it is still the most exotic racing motorcycle ever made in England.Full technical details and development histories of AJS V4 motorcycles in various guises are also included. These range from the first air-cooled and normally aspirated show model to the final version of the water-cooled and supercharged race-winner that was without doubt the fastest British racing motorcycle of its day.Finally, there are Alan Cathcart’s reminiscences of actually riding this rarest of cla...
- ASIN: B00DQ605ZA