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The Encyclopedia of the Harley Davidson Hardcover – Aug 1 2010


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books (Aug. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785826289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785826286
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 28 x 3.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most popular brand of motorcycle gets its own treatment. The history, vision and scope of this magnificent bike is given a thorough and vigorous tribute with beautiful full-color photos throughout.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Peter Henshaw has for many years been a full time journalist specializing in motorcycles, and is currently editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure magazine.  His small collection of beloved Harleys keeps him fully occupied in his spare time, as well as his keen interest in customization, and his many trips to the United States and the rest of the world has allowed him to amass a store of knowledge which has enabled him to co-write this wonderful book.  He lives in Dorset, England.Ian Kerr is a full time police officer, and his keen intererst in motorcycles, Harley-Davidson in particular, has made him extremely knowledgeable, allowing him to work as a motorcycle journalist in his spare time.  He lives in Buckinghamshire, England.Garry Stuart has been professionally photographing motorcycles for 20 years, and his work has been published in books and magazines on motorcycles worldwide.  His main interest is to document the world of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and their riders, and for this purpose he attends rallies and events all over the USA and Europe.  His photographs have illustrated over a dozen books on the subject of Harley-Davidson, and examples of his current work can be viewed on his website www.harleypics.com.

Peter Henshaw has had an enthusiasm for anything with wheels from an early age â?? from bicycles to 500hp tractors. He was the Editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure for five years before going freelance, and now contributes to a whole range of transport magazines including MSL, TAG, A to B and Tractor, as well as The Telegraph. He's also written over 30 books, including 10 about bikes, and is an all-year-round motorcyclist who does not own a car.


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By Tanya Scalia on May 21 2014
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This book really has every make and model with tons of pictures and explanations to go with it.
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This book is a Harley lovers heaven... Every make and model with a ton of pictures to go with them!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Nice content, poor print quality, inaccurate info May 23 2011
By M. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The photos are nice. Lots of pics and a good history of HD. However the binding and print quality are awful. The book feels like it will fall apart at the seams. Then I read that it was printed in China and all was explained. I am sorry, but a book about such a huge part of American history being printed in China is a disgrace.

Also there is a lot of inaccurate info. For example, the author assumes every police bike is an Electra Glide. There are photos of police Road Kings that are referred to as Electra Glides, etc. No knowledgeable person should ever confuse the two, it's a very obvious difference. There are other mistakes as well throughout the book.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Harley's...Can't be Beat Dec 14 2007
By M. L. Canfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Recently a friend of my daughter's came into possession of a Harley Sporster model year 1973.. I have been a Harley fan forever..and I'm 79 years of age..I hadn't been on a Harley in over 8 years..the last one being an Electra Glide and I rode behind my son in Ore. Unexpectedly one day I got to ride on the Sportster..and it really was a good ride...I found the Harley book on line with Amazon and bought it for the owner of
the 73..He was very surprised and pleased..and I hated to give it up , but at my age..that was probably my last ride..I'll still listen for the Harley engine..and will probably order the book for myself one of these days..well worth the money.
M.L.Canfield
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Yikes! April 8 2014
By Steve Proctor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While the Harley-Davidson is a high quality American icon, this book is anything but quality. The book text is blurry in places and some of the information, particularly photo captions, are inaccurate. It's a shame since it does a good job at covering the over 100-year history of the motorcycle. Since its humble beginnings in 1903, the book tells the story of why Harley-Davidson has had staying power for so many years, "Only when their prototype worked consistently did they consider selling a replica. In fact, this cautious, conservative attitude was to typify how they did business over the next four decades."

If you are looking for accurate information on Harley-Davidson, there are many other books out there to consider. I would highly recommend anything you can find by Allan Girdler, particularly now that they back in print. The images in Harley Davidson Sportster are great and I love all the detail in Harley-Davidson Racing, 1934-1986.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Buy an Official Harley Book if you want accurate info June 18 2013
By Jeff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The inaccuracies are a joke. On the first page following the table of contents there is a late 90's Star that is captioned as a restored Harley. Of course the professional source is cited as some random Flickr user... In addition, page 311 notes that Erik Buell was inspired by a Victory cruiser. Victory started up in '98, Buell in '83... you make the call.

In short there are a lot of great pictures but you need to research your own facts to go with them.

Perhaps earlier versions of the book didn't have the same problems, I get the feeling that the publisher paid some interns to do the 2010 update and only gave them a Google based research budget.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not as accurate as I hoped Jan. 26 2013
By jeg607 - Published on Amazon.com
Got as a 2012 Christmas gift from someone who knows I have a Harley, and I hoped for a good read. Fairly extensive, but I was turned off by the full page photo on page 6 (right after the Contents page) that is captioned as "Beautifully restored vintage Harley-Davidson in Geneva" that is clearly a photo of a 1998 or 1999 Yamaha Star Motorcycle Royal Star 1300. Note Star gas tank emblem, modern Yamaha controls, radiator and visible driveshaft to name a few clues to the real make of the bike. Not sure if this was just a "put-on" by the authors to see if anyone caught the joke, or if they honestly felt it was really a H-D. Makes much of the content and photos in the book suspect. However, many of the facts presented and the photos given are correct.

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