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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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …