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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 …

Classic American Racing Motorcycles Paperback: 192 pages Dimensions (in inches): 8.5 x 11.0 x 0.75 Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Inc. UK (1992) ISBN: 1855322331 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 …

British Motorcycles of the 1930’s The A-Z of Pre-War Marques By: Roy Bacon Hardcover: 239 pages Dimensions (in cm): 20.6×27.7x22mm Publisher: Osprey Publishing Ltd., London, 1986 ISBN: 0850456576 The wBW Rare Motorcycle Book Review Series:  Triumph Bonneville: Portrait of a Legend  |  60 Years of MotoGP  |  Hold ON! by Stan Dibben  |  Classic Motorcycling: A Guide for the 21st Century  …

Café Racers By: Mike Clay Published: in 1988 by Osprey Automotive, London Hardcover; Dimensions: 8″ x 11″ (20.5×28 cm) ISBN: 0850456770 Can be found for approx. $25.00 More:  wBW Reviews Home  |  Book Reviews Index We have been very fortunate to recently stumble upon a source of “NOS” (new old stock) motorcycle books. Some of these books are true …

The Mod Years – The Rocker Years “Bookazines” Edited by Steven Myatt Published by Mortons Media Group Ltd. £6.99 each Available from Mortons Books (UK) wBW Reviews Home  |  Book Reviews Index More: wBW Vintage, Classic & Antique Motorcycles Not many people outside the UK know about the Mods and the Rockers. I was fascinated by both movements in my …

Motorcycle Matt By: Phyllis Andrews ISBN: 1-4196-6042-X Dimensions (inches): 6.25 x 9.25 (159 x 236 mm) Publisher: BookSurge Publishing, 2007 26 pages, Color Illustrations by Nathan Rea Available From:  Amazon.com (Hardcover or Paperback) Here’s a rather unusual webBikeWorld book review; Motorcycle Matt is a children’s book designed for very young readers and budding motorcyclists. Phyllis Andrews kindly sent …

Fifteen Times By: Giacomo Agostini and Luca Delli Carri ISBN: None listed Dimensions (in cm): 21 x 15 Publisher: Fucina Srl, Milan, 2004 173 pages, 80+ black and white and color photographs. This is another in our occasional series of reviews of classic motorcycle books. Some of these books some are very rare; some are out …

Mick Doohan – Thunder From Down Under By: Mat Oxley Hardcover: 160 pages Publisher: Haynes Publications, Second Edition ISBN: 1859606350 It’s curious that several of these motorcycle racer biographies have exactly the same number of pages and use the same cookie-cutter format. I can just hear the editor: “Oy, Oxley – ya got 72 hours …

Chasing Dakar By: Jonathan Edwards, M.D. with Scot Harden Paperback, 108 pages Publisher: E&H Offroad Productions December, 2006 ISBN: 0-9787094-0-3 Just in time for the 2007 Dakar Rally, Chasing Dakar is the “ultimate guide for motorcycle off-road enthusiasts everywhere searching for the extreme adventure riding experience”. Well, I’m not sure about the word “ultimate”. I …

Hear Me Roar: Women, Motorcycles, and the Rapture of the Road More:  See the wBW Women’s Motorcycle Clothing page and the wBW Women and Motorcycling page Hear Me Roar: Women, Motorcycles and the Rapture of the Road explores the bold world of women motorcyclists – the history, the myths, and subcultures of free-spirited riders with a passion for two wheels …

Valentino Rossi Photographs Valentino Rossi Photos: Micro Lazzari Text: Marco Masetti Editor: Paola Morelli Hardcover: 185 pages Dimensions (cm): 19.4 x 13.1 x 2 Publisher: Tide Mark Press (North American publisher); (2005) ISBN: 978-1-59490-152-2 More wBW Reviews: Valentino Rossi: MotoGenius  |  Motorcycle Racing Page  |  Rossi’s RC211V model  |  Rossi AGV Ti-Tech helmet review  |  The 210 MPH Bikes DVD review  |  FASTER! The MotoGP DVD …

Barry Sheene 1950-2003: The Biography by: Stuart Barker Hardcover Publisher: HarperCollins UK (August 2003) ISBN: 0007161808 We’ve had this review page up since the publication of Barry Sheene’s biography in 2003, and the book has been sitting on my shelf just as long. I’d come across this page and glance at the book, or vice …

Lois on the Loose One Woman, One Motorcycle, 20,000 Miles Across the Americas By :Lois Pryce Hardcover: 304 pages Publishers: Thomas Dunne, Arrow, St. Martin’s Press ISBN-10: 009949356X, 0312352212 ISBN-13: 978-0099493563, 978-0312352219 Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm Cost (List/Street):  £8.99/£5.81 ($23.95/$16.29) webBikeWorld.com Book Review by Alice Dryden What happens when a bored commuter packs in …

Fay Taylour – Queen of Speedway By:Brian Belton ISBN: 095479124X Dimensions (in cm): 24×16 (9-1/2″x6-3/8″) Publisher: Panther Publishing, 2006 217 pages, B&W Photos and Illustrations Available From: Motorsport Publications (U.S.A.); $29.95 andPanther Publishing (UK); £16.99 Motorcycle racing is still an overwhelmingly male dominated sport, unfortunately. And although women motorcycle owners and riders are the fastest growing segment on the …

Blood, Sweat & 2nd Gear By: flash gordon, m.d. ISBN: 978-1-884313-63-9 Dimensions (inches): 6 x 9 (15.2 x 22.9 cm) Publisher: Whitehorse Press, 2007 224 pages, B&W sketches and illustrations First things first: Yep, that’s his real name, and it’s spelled correctly. flash gordon, m.d., also known as “Doc flash” has been curing patients and kicking …

Twisting Throttle Australia By: Mike Hyde Paperback, 240 pages Publisher: HarperCollins New Zealand Publish Date: 2007 ISBN: 1-86950-660-X Available From: Twisting Throttle for international purchase. Price: $36.99NZD (Approx. $27.00USD) More:  wBW Motorcycle Book Reviews Index  |  wBW Reviews Home Book Review by Lori B. for webBikeWorld.com Twisting Throttle Australia is an interesting story of a “Kiwi” (New Zealander) motorcyclist who decided to …

Monks and Motorcycles By: Franklin E. Huffman Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: iUniverse, Inc., 2004 ISBN: 0595327605 Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches Also available as an eBook More:  wBW book reviews index  |  You may also be interested in this review: Two Wheels Through Terror by Glenn Heggested Back when many (most?) of us were practicing “duck and …

Motorcycle Tours   Summary Here’s one of those “why didn’t I think of that” products. I can picture the thought process that went into the design of the “Moto Maps”.  Someone struggling with paper road maps, trying to stuff them into a tank bag, or writing the directions down on a piece of paper and …

The Rugged Road by: Theresa Wallach ISBN: 0953509826 Dimensions (in cm): 24x16x13 Publisher: Panther Publishing, 2001 150 pages, B&W Photos and Illustrations Available From: Panther Publishing (UK) for £16.00; or with VHS Video £28.00 and with NTSC Video £32.45. I’ll have to agree with the summary of this book printed on the back cover: “this is quite simply …

Women’s Motorcycle Helmets:  Bell SC-X motocross helmet is now offered in color schemes designed to match women’s motocross gear  |  More information about motorcycle helmets on the wBW Motorcycle Helmets page Women’s Motorcycle Clothing Reviews: See our reviews of women’s motorcycle clothing on the wBW Women’s Motorcycle Clothing Reviews index. Track Days – Riding Schools: How about a specialized beginner or advanced women’s riding …

You asked for it! Here’s a listing of the books we’ve reviewed on webBikeWorld, sorted by our “Flaming Helmet Rating System”, and also sorted alphabetically within each rating group. The wBW Flaming Helmet Rating System: 4 = Fantastic book, a must have; 3 = Really good, should have; 2 = Would be nice to have, but don’t sweat …

Haynes Ducati Service – Repair Manual 600, 750 and 900 2-Valve V-Twins Service and Repair Manual, 1991 to 1996 Models by Penny Cox, Matthew Coombs, Haynes Manuals Hardcover: 250 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.69 x 11.06 x 8.42 Publisher: Haynes Pub Group; (January 2000) ISBN: 1859602908 More:  wBW Ducati Page  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index …

Ducati: The Official Racing History by: Marco Mesetti, Eugenio Martera, Marco Montemaggi, Patrizia Pietrogrande Hardcover: 287 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.22 x 11.44 x 9.89 Publisher: Virgin Publishing; (March 2000) ISBN: 1852278935 More:  wBW Ducati Page  |  Motorcycle Racing  |  Vintage, Classic, Antique Motorcycles Page For new generations of Ducatisti to understand the legacy of this legendary motorcycle …

Ducati Desmoquattro Performance Handbook by: Ian Falloon Paperback: 160 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.38 x 10.66 x 8.32 Publisher: Motorbooks International; (April 2003) ISBN: 0760312362 More:  wBW Ducati Page  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index Recently Released: Tuning tips for Ducati’s Desmoquattro superbikes. Includes charts with specific suggestions by model and a section that helps determine how …

Moto Guzzi: The Racing Story 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 Guzzi V-Twins: …

Moto Guzzi: The Complete History from 1921 by: Mario Colombo Hardcover: 487 pages Publisher: Giorgio Nada Editore, Vimodrone, Italy Fourth Edition (February, 2008) ISBN-10: 8879113933 ISBN-13: 978-8879113939 Dimensions: 10.4 x 9.9 x 1.4 inches Dimensions (in cm): 26.5 x 25 x 3.5 thick List Price: $79.95  Available from Alibris at ~25% discount. wBW Moto Guzzi Book Reviews: Moto Guzzi …

Bikers’ Britain By: Simon Weir Spiral bound 208 pages 215mm x 150mm Published: 2013 by AA Publishing ISBN: 9780749573966 RRP: £12.99 The Automobile Association has been providing assistance and advice to British motorists since 1905 and is a trusted name in driving circles. RiDE, meanwhile, is a magazine held in high esteem among bikers. I …

Zero to Sixty: A Dakar Adventure By: David Mills Paperback or eBook, 183 pages Publisher (Self Published): Trailblazer Guides February 2014 Dimensions (inches): 6 x 9 inches ISBN: 9781483408446 Cost: $14.99+$3.99 S/H paper; $8.99 eBook I was aware of the Dakar Rally, or what was originally known as the “Paris to Dakar” Rally, but I really …

There & Back Again To See How Far It Is By: Tim Watson Hardcover: 264 pages Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK November 2011 ISBN: 978-1844259571 Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches Cost: $29.95 list/$21.07 street I just finished a really great book. Don’t let the title, which is rather oddly worded, put you off. “There & Back Again To …

The Essential Buyer’s Guide by: Dave Orritt Paperback ISBN: 978-1-845845-23-0 Publisher: Veloce Publishing Publication Date: February 2013 60 pages. 195 mm x 139 mm x 4 mm List Price: $19.95/£9.99 Here’s another in the “Essential Buyer’s Guide” series from Veloce Publishing, which includes nearly 100 vehicles, from the Volkswagen Beetle and BSA Bantam to this …

Triumph Production Testers’ Tales   From the Meriden Factory by: Hughie Hancox Softcover ISBN: 978-1-845844-41-7 Publisher: Veloce Books Publication Date: November 2012 160 Pages. 183 Color & B/W Photos. 21×25 cm List Price: $39.95 USD; £19.99 webBikeWorld.com Book Review by “Burn” Hughie Hancox was well-known in the vintage Triumph community as an expert restorer and successful author. …

Triumph Production Testers’ Tales Softcover ISBN: 978-1-845844-41-7 Publisher: Veloce Books Publication Date: November 2012 160 Pages. 183 Color & B/W Photos. 21×25 cm List Price: $39.95 USD; £19.99 webBikeWorld.com Book Review by “Burn” Hughie Hancox was well-known in the vintage Triumph community as an expert restorer and successful author. He started his career at the Triumph factory …

Italian Custom Motorcycles By: Uli Cloesen Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-845843-94-6 Publisher: Veloce Publishing Publication Date: March 2013 128 Pages. 260 Photos. 250 mm x 250 mm List Price: $39.95; £25.00 Italian customs I can understand. After all, Ducati owners have been doing it all along; Ducatis are basically made for customizing. But Italian choppers? I hadn’t …

BMW Café Racers By: Uli Cloesen Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-845845-29-2 Publisher: Veloce Publishing Publication Date: February 2013 128 Pages. 205 Photos. 250 mm x 250 mm List Price: $39.95; £25.00 BMW Café Racers continues what is now a four-part series of “square” (25 cm x 25 cm) books authored by Uli Cloesen for Veloce Publishing. The first …

Rolling Through the Isles By: Ted Simon ISBN: 1408702193 ISBN: 13 9781408702192 Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches Publisher: Little, Brown (June 7, 2012) In 1973,Ted Simon and his Triumph Tiger set off around the world on what was to be both a physical and spiritual voyage of discovery. His adventures are chronicled in Jupiter’s …

Bonjour! Is This Italy? By: Kevin Turner Softcover ISBN: 978-1-845843-99-1 Publisher: Veloce Publishing Publication Date: May 2012 144 Pages. Color Photos. 21×15 cm List Price: $24.95 or £12.99 Finally available in the U.S. (released today, June 29, 2012) is one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. Bonjour! Is This Italy? by Kevin …

Grace and Grit by: William M. Murphy Softcover ISBN: 978-1-933926-40-7 Publisher: Arbutus Press Publication Date: April 2012 180 Pages. B&W Photos. 6″x9″ List Price: $18.95 webBikeWorld.com Book Review by Rick K. It’s simply part of human nature to think of ourselves as more innovative and inventive than any of the previous generations. This is especially true …

The Motorcycle Touring Bible By: Fred Rau ISBN: 978 0760 337417 Dimensions (inches): 7.8 x 9.0 Publisher: Motorbooks (2010) 224 pages, Color Photos and Illustrations Cost: $29.99 (USD) $32.99 CAD £17.99 GBP Review Date: January 2012 Good basic background on the basics of motorcycling but not really focused specifically on touring, which is both a plus and …

Ducati Monster Bible wBW Book Review The Ducati Monster Bible by: Ian Falloon Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-845843-21-2 Publisher: Veloce Publishing, Ltd. Publication Date: July 2011 160 Pages. 25.5 x 21.5 x 2 cm List Price: $59.95 USD; £30 GBP The Ducati Monster first seeped into my consciousness back around 2001 or so. It was during a visit …

21 Ideas to Save Lives From Motorcycle Rider Training Experts July 13, 2011 (Columbia, Maryland) — A panel of motorcycle rider training experts have contributed their expertise to in an effort to make U.S. motorcycle training more effective and more successful at reducing injuries and death. The report they have authored, entitled The State and Future …