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The modern motor cycle, extrovert and often extravagant symbol of power, masculinity and individuality, is the latest link in a chain of inspiration and painstaking development reaching back over decades. Many of the famous machines of the past have firm places in motor cycle lore, many of them were the direct forerunners of types still marketed, many introduced revolutionary features which are now commonplace. Classic Motor Cycles ranges over 60 years of history, examining forty outstanding machines in depth, covering both roadsters and racing bikes. Each chapter describes a machine in perspective, recalling the personalities of designers and riders which were often strongly stamped on them, outlining features of technical significance, and surveying racing and production stories — sometimes brief, sometimes stretching over decades. Among the motor cycles described are the Zenith Gradua which changed the face of early competition events, the Indian vee-twin which won the 1911 TT, and the unorthodox Scotts. The short lives of the highly original ABC flat twin and the Neraa-Car contrast with the extraordinarily long-lived BMW and Harley Davidson designs and the immortal overhead camshaft Nortons. Refined roadsters —the Sunbeam Model 9o, Matchless Silver Hawk and Brough Superior —set off some of the all-time racing greats, Norton, Velocette, Husqvarna, Gilera, DKW, AJS, Benelli. Famous names from the recent generation include Ducati, MZ, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha. Classic Motor Cycles is illustrated with over 240 photographs — many of them rare contemporary shots, and 25 in colour and cutaway drawings.
Zenith Gradua, Indian vee-twin, Scott, Douglas, ABC, Ner-a-Car, Triumph Ricardo, Brough Superior vee-twin, Ariel Square Four, Overhead-camshaft Norton, Overhead-camshaft Velocette, Four-valve Rudge, Sunbeam Model go, Excelsior Mechanical Marvel, Husqvarna vee-twin, Matchless Silver Hawk, Moto-Guzzi vee-twin, Triumph Speed Twin, BMW twins, Gilera four, Brough Superior Dream, Velocette Roarer, DKW blown two-stroke, Velocette Mk VIII KTT, AJS Porcupine, Benelli single, Harley-Davidson, Vincent big twin, NSU twins, MV Agusta four, Moto-Guzzi single, DKW three, AJS Boy Racer, BSA Gold Star, Desmodromic Ducati VIZ two-stroke, Honda four, Fath Urs, Suzuki three, Yamaha vee-four