100 Motorcycles, 100 Years: The First Century of the Motorcycle Hardcover – Apr 1999
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By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I found this coffee-table-type volume to be chock-full of nice photographs, but disappointingly short on anything more than sketchy, wide-eyed text - e.g., "One may use 'remarkable,' 'exceptional,' or some other adjective to describe the Vincent Rapide Series C, and never be far from the truth." Uh-huh. The authors' priorities also seem skewed toward the trendy rather than the truly historical - e.g., a '73 Honda Trail 90 gets a full page photo, while the '55 Triumph Tiger 110 merits just a 2x3 shot of a strangely half-skirted rear wheel. (And where's the '37 Speed Twin?) In my opinion, Hugo Wilson's "Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle" and the Guggenheim Museum exhibit catalog book ("The Art of the Motorcycle") are better values.
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By Satisfied Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Received as a gift and I love it!! It is very well made and full of pictures with descriptions. This features many Harleys and other antique bikes like norton and etc. I highly reccommend it!
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By M. Rosen - Published on Amazon.com
It's an interesting idea for a motorcycle book let down by poor execution. It starts out well with a lot of important as well as lesser known models from the early 20th century. As the years go by, the choices become more erratic: for 1969 they feature a home-built Honda racebike. OK, they got the right brand but the wrong bike - what about the CB750, the bike that turned the motorcycle world on its ear? It's not featured in any year. But the mundane copycat cruiser Suzuki Intruder 1400 is - TWICE - in 1988 and 1992. Huh? Errors: the 1922 Neracar. It's "200cc engine includes a kingpin, drag link, pitman arm, and tie rod." Um, those are steering components, guys. Also: the 1982 Yamaha Vision (with its classic 1980s styling) is represented with a photo of a 70s Yamaha 2-stroke, maybe an RD250. Way too many customs, the most egregious example being a 1991 V8 powered trike, whose only motorcycle components are handlebars and a Kawasaki front end. That monstrosity rates three pictures, while many important and beautiful bikes only get one, often just a detail shot of a specific component. The front and back inside covers show a closeup of a Yamaha Radian (uncredited). I owned one, they are nice bikes, but why feature a UJM on those premium pages? Anyway, I paid 10 bucks for it at Goodwill, and it will be returning there with my next box of donations.