Standard Catalog of American Motorcycles 1898-1981: The Only Book to Fully Chronicle Every Bike Ever Built
The resurgence of interest in motorcycles, with more than 1million new sales in 2004, is reminiscent of the revved up days of the 1970s. In this new reference novice, riders, vintage collectors and hobbyists get coverage of every American-made model, pre-war to present day, to roll off the line and onto the pavement.
&break;&break;From vintage models like the Flying Merkel and Excelsior motorcycles to the tried and true Indian motorcycles and evolutionary Harley-Davidson, this guide captures the technical details and history of American motorcycles like nothing else.
&break;&break;Collectors, historians and motorcycle enthusiasts will find technical specifications including performance figures, horsepower, weight and more for help in identification. A collection of 1,200 crisp detailed photos also assists with identification, and offers inspiration for these enduring vehicles.
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It may be called a catalog, but this wonderful tome is more like an encyclopedia. Hatfield knows his bikes, and he knows history, too. To me, this isn't a book to sit down and read in one sitting. It's a reference book. Yet you don't need to be searching for anything in particular; flip to any page, and you'll have a blast!