The Art Of The Racing Motorcycle. 100 Years Of Designing For Speed.

RacingBy lack of free time, I am running very late at reviewing for you some books I like very much. This one because many of you, although not necessarily into motorcycle racing, love vintage motorcycles with a racing stance. A look that many pro and garage builders try to re-create on their custom projects.

This lavishly illustrated book will please both those who want to see how racing motorcycles have evolved and those looking for design inspiration for their street custom machines. In it you will find beautiful photography and close ups of over 50 bikes representing the evolution of the racing motorcycle from the earliest French racers to the 30’s British machines to the very exotic 50’s and 60’s Italian sport bikes.

With most brands represented, especially those who contributed the most to the sport for their innovative designs and performance solutions: Harleys, Ducatis, Peugeot, Guzzis, Hondas, BMWs, Kawasakis, etc. Among those features,some of the most famous: the 1902 Manon, the 1922 Harley Davidson 8-valve, the 1935 Terrot 500, the 1948 AJS Porcupine, the 1954 Moto Guzzi V8, the 1965 Honda GP 250, The 1976 Suzuki RK67, the 1986 Cagiva GP, and the 1990 Ducati Supermono. Author Phillip Tooth has been a journalist for over 25 years, an editor of several UK magazines and free-lancing as a writer for many classic and vintage motorcycle magazines around the world. Hardcover 240 pages. $35.84 Order at:

3 Responses to “The Art Of The Racing Motorcycle. 100 Years Of Designing For Speed.”

  1. 1 Patrick Sereno Feb 8th, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Pretty sure it is a good source of inspiration for custom builders.

  2. 2 SIGFREED Feb 8th, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    In fact I though it is pretty much sold out – for those who like this kind of thing I hope not – it is very good; if you see a copy then grab one.

  3. 3 nicker Feb 9th, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Since custom bike building grew out of modifying bikes for racing
    (eg. jacking up front ends started with reversing springer rockers for added ground clearance)
    seems reasonable that anyone seriously interested in customizing would want to understand the roots of this art form.

    Its called due diligence.


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