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Alright…most of you might as well step up to the plate right now and speak the truth about how you learned to ride a bike. Was it your older brother’s street bike?  Your Uncle’s rusty old clunker?  Or maybe you were lucky enough to have your very own dirt bike? Did you bury the throttle …

BMW Launches Motorcycle Rider Training Program at the BMW Performance Center Motorcycle enthusiasts will be able to take advantage of official BMW Motorcycle rider training for the first time ever in the U.S. The BMW Motorcycle Rider Training program at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina has been announced. The training was announced …

Riding Skills, Safety, Restoration, History Books and More, We Review The Best Motorcycle Books for Every Use Case At wBw we have spent years pouring through every conceivable motorcycle book you can imagine. While the internet is awesome we still love the physical aspects of paper. We tried to organize this page into broad topics that made sense. …

BMW GS: A 30-Year Catalog – wBW Book Review BMW GS Adventure Motorcycle: A 30-Year Catalog by Hans-Jurgen Schneider and Dr. Axel Koenigsbeck Hardcover w/jacket: 210 pages Dimensions (mm): 287 x 227 x 23 Publisher: Parker House; (April 2009) ISBN: 978 097 968 917 8 List Price: $50.00 See Also: BMW GS Essential Buyer’s Guide book review. Dual-sport …

Motorcycle Fuel Injection – Carburetor By:John Robinson Hardcover – 256 pages, 1st Edition (2000) Haynes Publishing Group ISBN: 1859605141 Dimensions (in inches): 0.50 x 11.02 x 8.47 More:  wBW Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index Believe it or not, this is the book I read during my week-long vacation at the beach last summer!  This book was …

Guzziology 5.2 – wBW Book Review By: Dave Richardson Spiral-bound: 816 pages Publisher: Moto International; Spiral edition (December 23, 1995) ISBN: 0967065402 wBW Moto Guzzi Book Reviews:  Moto Guzzi – The Complete History from 1921  |  Moto Guzzi: The Racing Story  |  Moto Guzzi Story  |  Moto Guzzi Twins Restoration  |  Moto Guzzi V-Twins: The Complete Story  |  Moto Guzzi: Forza in Movimento  |  Moto …

Moto Guzzi Big Twins – wBW Book Review   Summary by: Greg Field Paperback: 128 pages;  (2002) Publisher: Motorbooks International ISBN: 0760303630 Dimensions (in inches): 0.36 x 10.64 x 8.31 wBW Moto Guzzi Book Reviews:  Moto Guzzi – The Complete History from 1921  |  Moto Guzzi: The Racing Story  |  Moto Guzzi Story  |  Moto Guzzi Twins Restoration  |  Moto Guzzi V-Twins: The …

Moto Guzzi V-Twins: The Complete Story by: Mick Walker Hardcover: 192 pages Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 10.75 x 7.75 Publisher: Crowood Press (February 1999) ASIN: 1861261802 wBW Moto Guzzi Book Reviews: Moto Guzzi – The Complete History from 1921  |  Moto Guzzi: The Racing Story  |  Moto Guzzi Story  |  Moto Guzzi Twins Restoration  |  Moto Guzzi V-Twins: The Complete …

Moto Guzzi Twins Restoration: All Moto Guzzi V-Twins, 1965-2000 – wBW Book Review   Summary by: Mick Walker Paperback: 240 pages Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 10.75 x 8.00 Publisher: Motorbooks International; (November 1999) ASIN: 1855326795 wBW Moto Guzzi Book Reviews: Moto Guzzi – The Complete History from 1921  |  Moto Guzzi: The Racing Story  |  Moto Guzzi Story  |  Moto Guzzi …

Racing and Production Models from 1921 to the Present Day   Summary by: Ian Falloon Hardcover: 192 pages Dimensions (in inches): 0.92 x 9.97 x 8.49 Publisher: Haynes Publishing; Illustrated edition (August 1999) ISBN: 1859604145 wBW Moto Guzzi Book Reviews: Moto Guzzi – The Complete History from 1921  | Moto Guzzi: The Racing Story  |  Moto Guzzi Story  |  Moto …

The Ducati Riding Experience For the fifth year in a row, Ducati will be organizing a series of riding courses aimed at those who would like to learn how to ride a motorcycle or improve their street or track skills. The 2004 edition of Ducati Riding Experience saw a massive influx of attendees, both male …

Classic Motorcycling Classic Motorcycling: A Guide for the 21st Century by: Rex Bunn ISBN: 9780954791285 Soft Cover: 280 pages Dimensions: 17 cm x 23 cm (6.75″ x 9.125″) Publisher: Panther Publishing Ltd., England 2007 List Price: £14.95 or $34.95 USD From: Panther Publishing (UK). Motorsport Publications (US). Here’s another outstanding book from Panther Publishing, one of our favorite purveyors …

Historic Racing Motorcycles Dimensions (in mm): Approx. 125×185 Original Publisher: Temple Press Books, London, 1961-1963 The wBW Rare Motorcycle Book Review Series:  Grace and Grit: Motorcycle Dispatches From Early Twentieth Century Women  |  Triumph Bonneville: Portrait of a Legend  |  60 Years of MotoGP  |  Hold ON! by Stan Dibben  |  Classic Motorcycling: A Guide for the 21st Century  |  The Rugged Road …

The BSA Gold Star by: Mick Walker Hardcover: 260 pages Dimensions (inches): 8-5/8 x 8-3/8 x 7/8 Publisher: Redline Books, Tyne & Wear, UK 2004 ISBN: 0954435737 [includes/alibris/alibris-wbw-text.htm] We’ve been slightly critical of the fecundity of Mick Walker’s genius for turning out scads of motorcycle books. It just seems that a few too many of …

Moto Guzzi Big Twins By: Greg Field Paperback: 128 pages;  (2002) Publisher: Motorbooks International ISBN: 0760303630 Dimensions (in inches): 0.36 x 10.64 x 8.31 wBW Moto Guzzi Book Reviews:  Moto Guzzi – The Complete History from 1921  |  Moto Guzzi: The Racing Story  |  Moto Guzzi Story  |  Moto Guzzi Twins Restoration  |  Moto Guzzi V-Twins: The Complete Story  |  Moto Guzzi: …

The Illustrated Triumph Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide by: Roy Bacon Paperback –  176 pages, 3rd edition, (1997) Niton Publishing, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England ISBN: 1-85579-033-5 Dimensions (in inches): 0.41 x 9.20 x 7.43 More:  Triumph Twins and Triples by Tim Remus  |  Triumph Racing America  |  Triumph Buyer’s Guide  |  wBW Vintage, Classic, Antique Motorcycles Page  |  Triumph and British Motorcycles Page …

Triumph Motorcycles Twins and Triples by: Tim Remus Paperback: 96 pages Dimensions (in inches): 0.28 x 9.02 x 8.31 Publisher: Motorbooks International; August 1, 1997 ISBN: 0760303126 This edition is one of a series of books in the “Enthusiast Color Series” of books about classic motorcycles. Triumph Motorcycles: Twins and Triples is an excellent resource …

BMW Boxer From /5 1969 to 1985 Volume 1 – All Airheads With Twin Shocks by: Andy Schwietzer Hardcover: 170 pages Dimensions (in inches): 8.375 x 11.187 x 0.625 Publisher: Bodensteiner Verlag (First published in German 2006; English 2008) ISBN: 978 3 9806631 5 1 List Price: $ 46.00 – € 34.00 – £ 23.00 Retail:  Moto-Bins (UK) …

Bahnstormer The Story of BMW Motor Cycles by: L.J.K. Setright Softcover: 190 pages Dimensions (in cm): 14.9×21.0×1.0 Publisher: Transport Bookman Publications Ltd., Middlesex, England, 1977 ISBN: 0851840213 Leonard John Kensell Setright is probably and unfortunately known only by half-a-handful of webBikeWorlders. And that’s too bad. L.J.K. Setright (as most of his articles were signed) first …

BMW R90S by: Ian Falloon Foreword by Reg Pridmore Hardcover – 128 pages,  (2006) Whitehorse Press ISBN: 10: 1-884313-56-6 Dimensions (in inches): 8.25×10.0 More:  wBW Book Review Index  |  Book Reviews by Rating  |  Vintage, Classic, Antique Motorcycles Page  |  BMW Page  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index Ask one of today’s hyper-sportbike riders about the BMW R90S and you’ll …

BMW Twins: All BMW Flat Twins 1955-1985 Restoration The Essential Guide to the Renovation, Restoration and Development History of BMW Flat Twins by: Mick Walker Paperback: ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 10.75 x 8.00 Publisher: Osprey Pub Co; ASIN: 1855321912 More:  wBW Vintage, Classic, Antique Motorcycles Page  |  BMW Page  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index Mick …

Motociclismo Tells the Story of Ducati Ducati Motorcycle History Also published as “Ducati: 50 Golden Years Through the Pages of ‘Motociclismo’ Magazine” by: Luigi Bianchi and Marco Masetti Paperback – 224 pages (1997) Edisport Editorale Spa.; Dimensions (in inches): 0.80 x 8.97 x 11.53 Also by Haynes Publishing Group (1999) ISBN: 1859606180 More:  wBW Ducati Page  |  Motorcycle …

Vincent in the Barn Great Stories of Motorcycle Archaeology By: Tom Cotter Hardcover: 256 pages; color and B&W photos Publisher: Motorbooks International (2009) ISBN-13: 978-0-7603-3535-2 Dimensions: 16 x 23.5 x 2.5 cm List price: $26.00 Everyone likes a surprise; good surprises are preferred. And there’s nothing better than a great “barn find”. A “barn find” …

Essential Guide to Motorcycle Maintenance by: Mark Zimmerman Paperback: 254 pages Publisher: Whitehorse Press; (2004) ISBN: 1884313418 More:  wBW Review – Sportbike Performance Handbook by Kevin Cameron  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index I’m always surprised to learn that that some motorcycle owners don’t perform any of their own maintenance on their bikes. Now I know that everyone has different …

Sportbike Performance Handbook by:Kevin Cameron Paperback – 176 pages, 1998 MBI Publishing, Osceola, Wisconsin, USA; ISBN 0-7603-0229-4; Dimensions (in inches): 8.5 x 11 More:  wBW Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index  |  Vintage, Classic, Antique Motorcycles Page Cycle World columnist and ultra-gearhead Kevin Cameron explains, in a very easy to read format, everything you ever wanted to know …

Ducati 999: Birth of a Legend By: Alan Cathcart and Marc Cook Hardcover: 192 pages Publisher: David Bull Publishing (September, 2003) Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches Shipping Weight: 3.0 pounds. ISBN: 1893618277 This book came highly recommended by several webBikeWorld visitors who are also Ducati owners. Whether you love or hate the …

Tuning for Speed By: Phil Irving First published in 1948 by Temple Press Hardcover; Dimensions: 9″x5.75″x1″ (22.7×14.6×2.6 cm) ISBN: 0908031297 Can be found for approx. $40.00 wBW Reviews Home  |  Book Reviews Index This is the second in our occasional series of reviews of classic motorcycle books. Some of these books some are very rare; some are out …

Motorcycle Handbook By: John Hanney Paperback: 122 pages Dimensions (in inches): 8-1/2 x 11.0 Publisher: The Bike Yard (1997) ISBN: 0760321140 Price: $20.00CDN + $5.00CDN S/H; $22.00 U.S. incl. S/H I can now recommend three books that should be the minimum required reading for any prospective or new motorcycle owner. They are 1) Streetbikes: Everything You …

Haynes Motorcycle Workshop Practice Techbook By: John Fidell and Pete Shoemark Second Edition ISBN: 1859604706 Dimensions (in cm): 28×21 (8-3/8″x11.0″) Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK, 2000 144 pages, 750+ Photos and Illustrations I discovered this book on the Duke Video UK website, whilst placing an order for the interesting 3-DVD set “The Castrol History of Motorcycle …

Motorcycle Electrical Systems Troubleshooting and Repair By: Tracy Martin ISBN: 0760327165 Dimensions (in cm): 27 x 21 Publisher: Motorbooks (MBI Publishing), 2007 159 pages, many color photographs, sketches and illustrations. Tracy Martin is a motorcycle Renaissance Man. He’s a regular contributor to Motorcycle Consumer News, RoadBike and Friction Zone magazines. He was the co-author of …

Moto Guzzi: The Racing Story   Summary by: Mick Walker Hardcover: 192 pages Dimensions (in mm): 16 x 253 x 197 Publisher: Crowood Press (2005) ISBN: 1861267355 List Price: $34.95 (£19.95) wBW Moto Guzzi Book Reviews: Moto Guzzi – The Complete History from 1921  |  Moto Guzzi: The Racing Story  |  Moto Guzzi Story  |  Moto Guzzi Twins Restoration  |  Moto …

Ride Like a Pro III By Jerry “Motorman” Palladino DVD ($34.95) and VHS ($29.95), 52 minutes Filmed and edited by Jim Miller Available From: Ride Like a Pro Although every single motorcycle rider starts out as a beginner, no one wants to admit it. Maybe it’s the image promoted in the press, or maybe it’s our …

How To Ride a Motorcycle by Pat Hahn Paperback: 143 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 8-1/4 x 10-5/8 Publisher: Motorbooks (2005) ISBN: 0760321140 Available From: Whitehorse Press, who kindly provided a copy of the book for this review. wBW Motorcycle Riding Skills Book Reviews:  Complete Idiot’s Guide to Motorcycles  |  Riding in the Zone  |  Motorcycle Track Days for Virgins  …

Motorcycle Design and Technology: How and Why By: Gaetano Cocco Hardcover – 272 pages, 1st Edition (1999) Giorgio Nada Editore publications, Vimodrone, Italy Distributed in the USA by Motorbooks International, Osceola, Wisconsin ISBN: 88-7911-189-2 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.85 x 10.24 x 10.45 More:  wBW Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index  |  wBWReview: Motorcycle Dynamicsby Vittore Cossalter A …

Bill Lomas: World Champion Road Racer by: Bill Lomas  Format: Hardcover, 304 pages, b&w photos. Publisher: Redline Books Date Published: 2002 ISBN: 0953131198 More:  wBW Vintage, Classic, Antique Motorcycles Page  |  Moto Guzzi Page The wBW Rare Motorcycle Book Review Series:  Grace and Grit: Motorcycle Dispatches From Early Twentieth Century Women  |  Triumph Bonneville: Portrait of a Legend  |  60 Years of MotoGP  …

25 Years of Buell wBW Book Review 25 Years of Buell Author: Court Canfield and Dave Gess Hardcover, 127 Pages Whitehorse Press, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-884313-74-5 I’ve always carried a soft spot in my heart for Buell Motorcycles, but I’ve never owned one. The concept of modifying a classic Harley V-Twin engine to power a modern Sportbike …

Pro Motocross and Off-Road Motorcycle Riding Techniques by: Donnie Bales, Gary Semics Paperback: 224 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.64 x 10.66 x 8.28 Publisher: Motorbooks International; New edition (January 2001) ISBN: 0760308314 wBW Motorcycle Riding Skills Book Reviews:  Complete Idiot’s Guide to Motorcycles  |  Riding in the Zone  |  Motorcycle Track Days for Virgins  |  Stayin’ Safe: The Art …

Hold ON! By: Stan Dibben – World Champion Sidecar Rider Panther Publishing Ltd., 2008 Softcover, 128 Pages, B&W and Color Photos ISBN; 978 0 9556595 1 5 Price: £12.95 UK. $34.95 U.S.A. (MotorSport Publications) By: Rick K. for webBikeWorld More: wBW Reviews Home  |  Book Reviews Index Here’s another fascinating read from our friends at Panther Publishing. It’s …

by Vic Willoughby Hardcover: 190 pages Dimensions (in inches): 9.125×9.25×0.8 Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Ltd., London (1982) ISBN: 0850453224 webBikeWorld.com Book Review by Bill C. The wBW Rare Motorcycle Book Review Series:  Grace and Grit: Motorcycle Dispatches From Early Twentieth Century Women  |  Triumph Bonneville: Portrait of a Legend  |  60 Years of MotoGP  |  Hold ON! by Stan Dibben  |  Classic Motorcycling: …

Classic Images – Isle of Man TT Races By: Mortons Motorcycle Media Hardcover: 179 pages Dimensions (inches): 8-1/4 x 8-1/2 x 5/8 Publisher: Mortons Motorcycle Media Ltd. UK (2001) ISBN: 0953835723 Mortons of Horncastle (Lincolnshire) is a relatively unknown publisher, at least to U.S.-based motorcyclists. This is unfortunate, because the Mortons Media Group is one of …