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Triumph Bonneville Portrait of a Legend by: James Mann and Mick Duckworth Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-85733-017-8 Publisher: Haynes Publishing Publication Date: May 2011 256 Pages. 300 Color Photos. 7″x9″ List Price: $49.95 USD; $55.00 CAD; £30.00 The Triumph Bonneville is one of the most enduring, classic and iconic designs in all of motorcycling. The Bonneville name …

Choppers, Cruisers, Bobbers, Trikes & Quads By: Uli Cloesen Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-845843-25-0 Publisher: Veloce Publishing Publication Date: April 2011 128 Pages. 270 Photos. 250 mm x 250 mm List Price: $39.95; £19.99 BMW isn’t the first brand that comes to mind when I think about custom motorcycles. Nor the second… Sure, there are plenty of …

The Essential Buyer’s Guide Harley-Davidson Big Twins FL, FX/Softail and Dyna Series. 1340cc, 1450cc, 1584cc 1984-2010  by: Peter Henshaw Paperback ISBN: 978-1-845843-03-8 Publisher: Veloce Publishing Publication Date: May 2011 64 pages. 195 mm x 139 mm x 4 mm List Price: $19.95 The Essential Buyer’s Guide series from Veloce Publishing now covers about 53 vehicles, …

Kawasaki Triples Bible All Road Models 1968-1980 Plus H1R and H2R by: Alastair Walker Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-845840-75-4 Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd., England Publication Date: November 2010 in U.S. and UK 160 pages. Size: 250×207 mm List Price: £30.00 UK; $59.95 in the U.S. It’s here! The Kawasaki Triples Bible has been a much-anticipated book for …

Tortillas to Totems: Sidetracked by the Unexpected By: Sam Manicom Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9556573-3-7 Publisher: Adventure Motorcycle Travel Books Publication Date: 2010 320 pages.21 x 14 x 2.4 cm List Price: $21.99 Tortillas to Totems is the fourth book of what I hope will be a continuing series by Sam Manicom. The other books in the …

Building the Ultimate Adventure Motorcycle The Essential Guide to Preparing a Bike for the Journey of a Lifetime Author: Robert Wicks Format: Hardcover, 176 Pages ISBN: 9781844258369 Publisher: Haynes Publishing Illustrations: 300 color Size: 8.25 x 10.5 x .4 First Published: July 2010 (UK) List Price: $34.95 This is the third book in a Haynes …

365 Motorcycles You Must Ride wBW Book Review 365 Motorcycles You Must Ride Author: Dain Gingerelli, J. Michaels C. Everitt Published: January 2011, 325 pages Motorbooks International ISBN: 978-0-7603-3474-4 I’ll have to admit to a few false starts with “365 Motorcycles You Must Ride”. I didn’t quite know what to make of a book that is …

India: The Shimmering Dream By:Max Reisch Translated by Alison Falls ISBN: 978-0-9556595-9-1 Panther Publishing, Ltd. 2010 216 pages List Price: $17.95 Our friends at Panther Publishing have done it again! They have resurrected another gem, entitled India: The Shimmering Dream by Max Reisch. The book is subtitled “The first overland journey to India by motorcycle in 1933” …

The Upper Half of the Motorcycle Review The Upper Half of the Motorcycle On the Unity of Rider and Machine By: Bernt Speigel Translated by Meredith Hassall ISBN: 978-1884313752 Whitehorse Press 2010 189 pages List Price: $29.95 The Upper Half of the Motorcycle is without doubt the strangest motorcycle book I have ever read. I’m not …

Race Tech’s Motorcycle Suspension Bible Soft Cover: 254 pages Dimensions (inches): 8.0 x 10.0 Publisher: Motorbooks (Quayside Publishing), U.S.A. Publication Date: June 2010 ISBN: 978-0-7603-3140-8 List price: $34.99 Available From Amazon.com ($23.09) Highly detailed technical discussion about motorcycle suspension systems, components and operation with superb illustrations and photographs. Probably way more information than is needed by …

Modern Motorcycle Technology How Every Part of Your Motorcycle Works By: Massimo Clarke ISBN: 978-0-7603-3819-3 Quayside Publishing/Motorbooks 2010 240 pages, photos, illustrations and charts. Printed and Bound in Italy. Dimensions: 8×5 inches List Price: $24.99 Modern Motorcycle Technology by Massimo Clarke is a brand-new release in the Motorbooks Workshop series. It is an absolute must have! …

The Motorcycle Book: Everything You Need to Know About Owning, Enjoying and Maintaining Your Bike by: Alan Seeley Hardcover: 160 pages, Color. Dimensions (in inches): 10.6 x 8.4 x 0.6 Publisher: Haynes Publishing; 2nd edition (September 2006) ISBN: 1844253422 List price: $29.95 Well written with clear and precise focus; excellent photographs demonstrating the tips; lessons …

Spark Plugging the Classics ISBN: 978-0-9556595-3-9 Panther Publishing (UK) 2010 16 pages, photos, illustrations and charts. List Price: $24.95 At only 16 pages, Spark Plugging the Classics is probably what Sherlock Holmes would call a “monograph” rather than a book. It was recently written by Stan Dibben. Does that name ring a bell?  Sharp webBikeWorld readers (are there …

Maximum Control Book Review Soft Cover: 159 pages Dimensions (in inches): 8.25 x 10.625 Publisher: Motorbooks (Quayside Publishing), U.S.A. Publication Date: January 2010 ISBN: 978-0-7603-3674-8 List price: $24.99 Pat Hahn is well known to webBikeWorld readers. He’s the author of Ride Hard Ride Smart (review) and How to Ride a Motorcycle (review). Now he’s back with this brand-new …

Modern Sports Helmets – wBW Book Review by: James A. Newman Hardcover: 256 pages Dimensions: 22.5 x 28.5 x 2.5 cm Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Atlen, Pennsylvania USA ISBN: 978-0-7643-2718-6 List price: $49.95 Available From Amazon.com ($37.96) This book is not just about motorcycle helmets; it’s part history and part technical guide to the evolution of head protection from …

I See By My Outfit I See By My Outfit By Peter S. Beagle Paperback: 260 pages Publisher: Centro Books (July 25, 2007) ISBN-10: 1933572078 ISBN-13: 978-1933572079 Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches List price: $14.95 Author Peter S. Beagle is best-known for his fantasy novels. But five years before he found literary …

My Experience With the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic RiderCourse The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) is known for promoting safety, education, and training for riders. The MSF offers two motorcycle training workshops, the Basic RiderCourse and the Experienced RiderCourse (review). The Basic RiderCourse is very popular; it is offered through various local training affiliates in most states …

Art of the Basket Case wBW Book Review Art of the Basket Case by: Andrew C. Bauer Softcover. 150 pages Dimensions (inches): 10x8x0.5 Publisher: Ilumina Publishing (2008) ISBN: 978-0-9718600-8-7 List: Price: $29.95 You can tell when the obsession has really taken hold. The first sign can be found by looking in the closet. It will be …

Custom Painting – Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles MBI Publishing (Motorbooks), 2008 Soft Cover. 160 Pages. Color Photos. ISBN: 978-0-7603-3169-9 Price: $25.95; £16.99; $28.95 CAD It’s like traveling the 9 circles of Dante’s hell. Motorcyclists can (and do) go deeper into the nefarious and ever more obscure areas of the sport. The farkling and customizing and mechanical …

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Motorcycles The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Motorcycles Author: Editors of Motorcyclist Magazine with Darwin Holmstrom & Simon Green Paperback 4th edition (January 2, 2008) Publisher: Alpha ISBN: 1592577040 The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Motorcycles, now in its 4th edition, is packed with information for newbies, and even seasoned riders may learn …

The Essential Guide to Dual Sport Motorcycling Everything You Need to Buy, Ride and Enjoy the World’s Most Versatile Motorcycles by :Carl Adams Foreword by Malcolm Smith ISBN: 978-1-884313-71-4 Whitehorse Press 2008 192 pages List Price: $24.95 Dual Sport and Adventure Touring bikes have been one of the surprising sales successes of the last few …

Building Budget Brits A Practical Guide for Refurbishing BSA and Triumph Unit Twins by Mike Brown ISBN: 978-1-884313-62-2 Whitehorse Press 2009 175 pages, B&W photos and illustrations. List Price: $24.95 There are two things I have to do before I lower the side-stand for the last time. First, I have to own a Moto Guzzi. …

Riding in the Zone Riding in the Zone Advanced Techniques for Skillful Motorcycling by Ken Condon ISBN: 978-1-884313-76-9 Whitehorse Press 2009 143 pages, includes DVD List Price: $29.95 Like the rest of the webBikeWorld evaluators, I’m a believer in continuously working to improve my motorcycling skills. This means taking everything from MSF courses to privately …

Distant Suns Book Review Distant Suns Adventure in the Vastness of Africa and  South America By: Sam Manicom ISBN: 978-0955657320 Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches Publisher: Sam Manicom UK, 2008 368 pages, Color Photos and B&W Illustrations Sam Manicom quotes Paul Theroux on the back cover of this book: “…take the leap. Go …

60 Years of MotoGP & the World Motorcycle Championship Author: Michael Scott Hardcover, 256 Pages (2008) Carlton Books, London, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-84732-1343 Coffee table books should, at the very least, be filled with wonderful images. Text usually takes a back seat. I’ve seen a few coffee table books that aren’t lately; big massive books that …

One Life to Ride One Life to Ride By: Ajit Harisinghani Bibliophile South Asia, June 2008 Softcover, 226 Pages, Text ISBN: 978-81-85002-89-7 Price: 195 Rupees ($22.65) It isn’t hard to get me interested in a motorcycle book. It’s the reading part that’s tough. Not that I don’t love to read, mind you. It’s just that …

Restoring Motorcycle Transmissions ISBN: 0-85045-859-5 Dimensions (inches): 7.75 x 10.5 x 0.375 Publisher: Osprey Publishing (UK), 1989 Original List Price: £9.95 126 pages, B&W Photos, Line Drawings and Illustrations On my desk is an ever-growing stack of motorcycle books that are waiting for reviews. I’ve been ignoring it, hoping that it will somehow get smaller …

The Fine Art of the Motorcycle Engine by Daniel Peirce Veloce Publishing, August 2008 Hardcover, 144 Pages, Color Photos and Text ISBN: 978-1-84584-174-4 Price: $39.95 or £19.99 I’m a gearhead, no two ways about it. I came to this realization back in the early ’50’s in the same way that a kid might suddenly realize …

The Fine Art of the Motorcycle Engine   Summary by: Daniel Peirce Veloce Publishing, August 2008 Hardcover, 144 Pages, Color Photos and Text ISBN: 978-1-84584-174-4 Price: $39.95 or £19.99 by “Burn” for webBikeWorld.com More:  wBW Reviews Home  |  Book Reviews Index  |  Owner Comments (Below) I’m a gearhead, no two ways about it. I came to this realization back …

wBW Book Review   Background The “Motorcycle Journeys” series of books has been very popular with motorcycle riders. They have also been a huge hit for the publisher, Whitehorse Press. Whitehorse Press publishes many different types of motorcycle books, guides and technical manuals. We reviewed a few of the books from this series in the past. …

Motorcycle Journeys Guide Books The “Motorcycle Journeys” series of books has been very popular with motorcycle riders. They have also been a huge hit for the publisher, Whitehorse Press. Whitehorse Press publishes many different types of motorcycle books, guides and technical manuals. We reviewed a few of the books from this series in the past. …

Great Motorcycle Legends By; Richard Renstrom Paperback: 128 pages Dimensions (in inches): 8.5 x 11.0 x 0.4 Publisher: Haessner Publishing, Inc. USA (1977) ISBN: 0877990573 This is another in our series (6 so far) of book reviews covering rare, out of print or hard-to-find motorcycle books. Great Motorcycle Legends was written by Richard Renstrom. He …

Motorcycle Track Days for Virgins ISBN 978-0-9556595-0-8 Dimensions: 157 x 233 x 10 (124 pages) Published by Panther Publishing Printed in England Price: £12.95 + £2.50 UK P&P (Sortcover); More:  wBW Book Review Index Our friends at Panther Publishing are at it again — this time it’s not another definitive volume on some obscure motorcycle marque, but …

Stayin’ Safe: The Art and Science of Riding Really Well ISBN 978-1-884313-72-1 Dimensions: 9.187 x 6.375 x 1.062 (352 pages) Published by Whitehorse Press Printed in U.S.A. Price: $24.95 (Hardcover) More:  wBW Book Review Index This book was published in 2008, after Lawrence Grodsky’s tragic and untimely 2006 death in, of all things, a motorcycle accident. I …

BMW Racing Motorcycles: The Mastery of Speed by: Laurel C. Allen and Mark Gardiner Hardcover: 174 pages Dimensions (in inches): 9.25 x 6.75 x 0.937 Publisher: Whitehorse Press; (March 2008) ISBN: 978-1-884313-65-3 List Price: $29.95 More:  wBW Book Review Index  |  Book Reviews by Rating  |  Vintage, Classic, Antique Motorcycles Page  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index Mark Gardiner is …

Moto Guzzi: The Complete History from 1921   Summary 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 …

The Essential Buyer’s Guide: BMW GS By: Peter Henshaw Paperback: 64 pages Dimensions (mm): 140 x 195 x 6.0 Publisher: Veloce Publishing; (Feb 2008) ISBN: 978-1-84584-135-5 List Price: $19.95 (£9.99) We have a ton of books queued up and ready to review in the webBikeWorld library. I’ve been having too much fun reading them and, as …

Into Africa By: Sam Manicom ISBN: 1412054982 Dimensions (mm): 140x216x18 Publisher: Trafford Publishing UK, 2005 317 pages, B&W Photos and Illustrations Under Asian Skies By: Sam Manicom ISBN: 9780955657306 Dimensions (in cm): 140x210x230 Publisher: Sam Manicom, 2007 319 pages, Photos and Illustrations When not one, but two motorcycle travel books arrived, I shuddered. I’ve read …

How to Restore BMW Twins 1950-1969 wBW Book Review How to Restore BMW Twins 1950-1969 by: Roland Slabon Paperback – 224 pages, (1994) MBI Publishing, Osceola, Wisconsin, USA ISBN: 0-87938-933-8 Dimensions (in inches): 0.532 x 10.625 x 8.25 The title may be a bit misleading. This book really doesn’t seem to be a reference guide to …

The Secret Skills of Motorcycle Riding, Parts I and II New Zealand Motorcycle Safety Consultants ISBN 978-1-877177-62 -0 and ISBN 978-1-877177-63-7 $20.00 (Paper) There can never be enough books, videos, webcasts or even podcasts that teach motorcycle riding skills. I’m a voracious consumer of them all. I learned a long time ago that a continuous …