A beautiful and comprehensive celebration of the art and design of classic motorcycles, from the early twentieth century through the mid-1950's, this book showcases forty rate and exceptional motorcycles, spanning half a century, presented in chronological order and illustrated with stunning studio photographs that highlight the machines as works of art and wonders of design in and of themselves. An international roster is featured: a 1905 Peugeot Factory Racer, a 1916 Indian PowerPlus, a 1929 Majestic, a 1936 Excelsior Manxman, a 1951 Harley-Davidson WR 750, a 1951 Vincent Black Shadow, and a 1955 Triumph Tiger Cub, among others.
Written by a motorcycle collector and expert, the book gives the history of motorcycle through the most significant makes of all time. Each is accompanied by detailed images and texts covering the bike's background, legends behind the machines, feats of design and engineering, and tales of classic races, rallies, and motorcycle shows. The book is enhanced with reproductions of period ads and historic photos, evoking a sense of time and place.