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The Harley in the Barn: More Great Tales of Motorcycles Archaeology Hardcover – Oct 28 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (Oct. 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760342342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760342343
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #286,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“More than lives up to its subtitle as a collection of ‘great stories of automotive archaeology.’ ” –Detroit News

Driving down a country road, a flash of chrome catches your eye as you pass an old farmstead. Next time you roll by, you slow down and focus on a shed behind the house. Could that be? Good lord, it is! Hard on the brakes, quick reverse, and pull in the drive. Yep, it’s a vintage Triumph Bonneville peeking from beneath a mud-splattered tarp. You’ve just begun the journey that fuels the dreams of every motorcycle collector: the long-forgotten machine, rediscovered.
The Harley in the Barn offers 40-plus tales of lost Nortons, hidden Hondas, dormant Indians, and busted BSAs, all squirreled away from prying eyes but found by lucky collectors just like you. Author Tom Cotter is not only a barn-find master, but a master of discovering the collectors with the best stories and the most outlandish finds.
If you can’t pass a padlocked garage without wondering if there’s a classic old bike stashed inside, this is your book. Hell, this is your life.
Praise for Tom Cotter’s In the Barn series:
“The most amazing barn discoveries of recent years . . .” –Classic & Sports Car (UK)
“Tom Cotter is the most qualified to chronicle that romance and compulsion of dream cars discovered.” –Road & Track


About the Author

The title on Tom Cotter's business card reads: "Certified Car Geek." For the past 30 years, Cotter has worked on nearly every end of the car business: mechanic, car sales, automotive public relations and marketing executive, auto racing authority, historian, racer, collector, restorer, journalist, and author. He has authored 10 automotive books, including most of the popular In the Barn series for Motorbooks. He has written for the New York Times and Road & Track magazine. Whenever he sits down at his keyboard to write another book, you can be sure that he has grease under his fingernails. Official Website:

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By Simon Blake on May 29 2013
Format: Hardcover
I think this is better than his previous book, Vincent in the Barn. However, two things bothered me as a guy constantly searching for old motorcycles to restore -- it's easy to find "barn finds" when you have 40 grand to spend and I thought the author could have gone into more detail on what it took to restore some of these bikes and deleted some of the other stories that didn't really make the grade (like the story about the guy who found two Triumph 500s but hadn't actually picked them up yet. They were probably long gone by the time he went back.) Still, if you're into old bikes, it's an entertaining read and there is some really good information on some very historic bikes, like the Norton and Yamaha race bikes of the early 70s.
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By mustang on Aug. 17 2015
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Very good book
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By Gary Walsh on Dec 5 2014
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super book
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A very decent read Nov. 25 2012
By marcus hancock - Published on
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If you like the other books in this series or enjoy fiddling around with old motorbikes as I do this is a very decent read.

A nice light book for the holidays - the format makes it simple to enjoy 1 or 2 stories at a time or you could sit down an digest in a couple of sittings.

Another Winner From Tom Cotter April 17 2013
By Steven H Johnston - Published on
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I have all of Tom's previous books, both cars and motorcycles. It has me constantly looking for that next barn find, but I have to admit that some people are just more lucky than others. I have been looking for years, so this I guess is a way to live vicariously through the stories of others. This book gave me insight that I ended up checking out Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley, NC another place where the stories come to life, the museum is dedicated to the old an crusty as Tom describes in this book.

Hopefully he keeps them coming, I still hope that one day I will come across a bike hidden in a barn, but until then I can read about what is still out there. the Barn! Gotta Have it! Jan. 5 2013
By mmcporter - Published on
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Cotter has really tapped into a new movement with his the Barn series, and the motorcycle area seems to have taken on a life of its own. While I did enjoy the Vincent in the Barn a bit more, this book still has a series of stories that are gripping, adrenaline pumping and interesting. It's the kind of book that you can pick up, read for an hour, put down and read it for a couple of hours again when the mood strikes. Every car enthusiast and motorcycle buff should own this book.
My husband loved it. Jan. 19 2013
By nangar - Published on
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I bought this book for my husband because he is interested in old motorcycles. He isn't really much of a reader, so I was kind of iffy about getting him a book, but this seemed right down his alley. He told me the next day that he picked up the book and planned on reading for a while then taking a nap. Three hours later he had to make himself put the book down. He finished it in a couple of days and said he would like more stories like that. I plan on getting him the next book.
Moderately Interesting but Redundant Aug. 22 2013
By R. Pettey - Published on
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The book is a compilation of numerous cycle-search adventures. It seemed like I was ready the same story over again about every third story. It doesn't take too long before you can classify a search-and-secure as a 'ten year wait', a family dispute prolongs acquisition, or some other scenario. The first half pretty much provides the content. After that, its a redundant theme with a new title.

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