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British Motorcycles Of The 1940s And 50s

Author : Mick Walker
ISBN : 0747808058
Genre : Transportation
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After VE Day in 1945 the British population returned enthusiastically to the road. But the cost and availability of both vehicles and fuel led to the post-war scene being dominated by motorcycles, most of them ex-military machines, eagerly snapped up for everyday use in an age when a family car remained just a dream for many. The British industry, meanwhile, was exhorted to 'export or die', and until well into the 1950s the majority of new British bikes were sold abroad. During this period, the industry - the largest and most important in the world - continued to develop new and exciting machines, which increasingly populated Britain's roads. Mick Walker tells the story of the British post-war motorcycle during this golden age of the industry. Machines from the big names, AMC (AJS and Matchless), the BSA Group (BSA, Triumph, Sunbeam and Ariel), Douglas, Norton, Panther, Royal Enfield, Velocette and Vincent, are here plus a myriad of smaller firms such as Cotton, Excelsior, Francis-Barnett, James and Scott. With the help of archive photographs and advertising material this book conjures up a lost age of the British bike.
Category: Transportation

British Motorcycles Of The 1960s And 70s

Author : Mick Walker
ISBN : 9780747811046
Genre : Transportation
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For the first half of the 20th century Great Britain led the world in motorcycle design and production, exporting its products to countries in every section of the globe. However, as the second half of the century began in 1960 this once great industry commenced what was to be a terminal decline. During the 1960s and '70s Britain still manufactured a wide range of machines, but a combination of poor management, lack of investment, foreign competition (notably from Japan), and the arrival of the small, affordable car transpired to effectively sound the death knell of the British motorcycle by the end of the 1970s.
Category: Transportation

Harley Davidson

Author : Peter Henshaw
ISBN : 9780785833536
Genre : Transportation
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This illustrated guide is packed with interesting facts and follows the history of the famous Harley-Davidson company and the development of its famous bikes, which have earned a special place in the hearts of enthusiasts everywhere. The story dates from 1903 when Bill Harley and the Davidson brothers, with no thought of fame or fortune, decided to build a motorcycle that really worked. So successful was it, that it led to the gradual formation of a company that has survived through good times and bad. Through good times and bad, losing and winning back police contracts, as well as weathering various other vicissitudes, the company has achieved lasting success. In the end, Harley-Davidson came to the ultimate decision of giving its customers what they really wanted, not by providing year-on-year innovations, but by remaining true to the Founders' original concept. The result, as everyone knows, are bikes of mythic status, imbued with a mysterious quality of their own and generating a passion in enthusiasts amounting almost to a love affair. The name has come to personify America and is up there alongside Coca-Cola, Ford and McDonald's. The bikes are described in detail, not only in mechanical terms, but also with glorious photographs, and will be of interest to everyone who loves motorbikes: even aficionados of Japanese and European bikes, who have never even ridden a Harley-Davidson, will be able to recognize the unique marriage of style and nostalgia and the fact that there are no other bikes quite like them.
Category: Transportation

Rebuilding The Indian

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ISBN : 0803273584
Genre : Transportation
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The building of a vintage Indian Chief motorcycle is more than the restoration of a bike?it?s the resurrection of a dream. Rebuilding the Indian chronicles one man?s journey through the fearful expanse of midlife in a quest for peace, parts, and a happy second fatherhood. Fred Haefele was a writer who couldn?t get his book published, an arborist whose precarious livelihood might just kill him, and an expectant father for the first time in over twenty years. He was in a rut, until he purchased a box of parts not so euphemistically referred to as a ?basket case? and tackled the restoration of an Indian Chief motorcycle. With limited mechanical skills, one foot in the money pit, and a colorful cast of local experts, Haefele takes us down the rocky road of restoration to the headlong, heart-thrilling rush of open highway on his gleaming midnight-blue Millennium Flyer.
Category: Transportation

Shooting Star

Author : Abraham Aamidor
ISBN : NWU:35556039347422
Genre : Business & Economics
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For many years, the British motorcycle industry was the largest in the world, yet by 1975 it was essentially dead. This is the first comprehensive book on the motorcycle industry to take a critical look at the business and trade practices that led to its demise. It also captures the romance, beauty and excitement of the machines and the top racers who rode them.
Category: Business & Economics

Chris Boardman The Biography Of The Modern Bike

Author : Chris Boardman
ISBN : 9781844038473
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Former Olympic champion, Tour de France record holder, successful bike designer, and leader of the British Olympic Cycling Team's 'Secret Squirrels', Chris Boardman, looks at the development of the modern bike from the first experiments with gearing, through to the superbikes of today. Co-written with cycling expert Chris Sidwells, with features on components, manufacturers, designers and iconic designs, The Biography of the Modern Bike is a fascinating study of cycle design through the decades. Fully illustrated throughout, and with lively and informative text - this will make a great addition to any bike lover's bookshelves.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Directors In British And Irish Cinema A Reference Companion

Author : Robert Murphy
ISBN : 1844571262
Genre : Performing Arts
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A guide to directors who have worked in the British and Irish film industries between 1895 and 2005. Each of its 980 entries on individuals directors gives a resume of the director's career, evaluates their achievements and provides a complete filmography. It is useful for those interested in film-making in Britain and Ireland.
Category: Performing Arts

Deeley Motorcycle Millionaire

Author : Frank Hilliard
ISBN : 1551430258
Genre : Businessmen
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The exciting story of a punch-em-up dirt-track racer who weathered personal tragedy to become the first Honda distributor in the English-speaking world and the first Harley-Davidson distributor anywhere.
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ISBN : UOM:39015021693711
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Category: Business