The Chopper

The Real Story
Author: Paul D'Orléans,Robert Klanten
Publisher: Gestalten
ISBN: 9783899555240
Category: Transportation
Page: 285
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The chopper is quintessentially American and, since Easy Rider, has embodied the American dream. This book tells the true story of the most rebellious of all motorcycles. The chopper is a quintessentially American invention, rivaling jazz and abstract exp

The Ride

New Custom Motorcycles and Their Builders
Author: Paul D'Orléans
Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag
ISBN: 9783899554915
Category: Transportation
Page: 320
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The motorcycle is back! Similar to the fresh contemporary scene that has established itself around bicycles in the last few years, the motorcycle is currently undergoing an aesthetic rebirth. A young subculture worldwide is discovering the motorcycle as an expression of its personality and creativity. The Ride explores motorcycle riding as it is meant to be: as a means of getting around with attitude, as an extension of one's own body, as an expression of personal freedom, but also as a significant challenge to technical expertise, craftsmanship, physics, discipline, and driving skill. In the motorcycle scene of 1960s Britain, it was frowned upon to drive a motorcycle as it was produced in a factory. Following in this historical tradition, The Ride focuses on those who are creating customized motorcycles that come as close to one's own vision of how pure riding should be as possible. For example, the creative young people who are buying old, wrecked bikes on eBay, removing everything but the motor and frame, and then rebuilding them in ways that are as radical and subversively creative as they are knowledgeable and respectful of tradition. The archetypes of the new motorcycles created in this way--classic board racers, bobbers, café racers, and choppers--may very well be 30-50 or even 80 years old, but what is made out of them is new, not retro. Decked out with state-of-the-art disk brakes, LED lights, gears, and drive components, these machines are more agile, faster, more radical, and therefore more fun than anything produced in the past. The Ride features transformations such as a boring plastic motorcycle made in Japan in the 1990s turned into a slick café racer with an Italian feel, a soulless neo-baroque machine turned into an in-your-face scrambler, or an old find from grandpa's barn turned into a absolutely comfort-free hardtail with the coolest of sounds. The book also presents small, local custom motorcycle workshops from around the globe that have established themselves with sought-after products that inspire other builders worldwide. It features extensive profiles of pioneers including Walt Siegl, Wrenchmonkees, DP Customs, Cole Foster, Deus, Shinya Kimura, Ian Barry, and Uwe Ehinger and their very different ideas of how a motorcycle should be. The unique bikes created in their garages--sometimes made-to-order, sometimes in a limited series--are often technically superior, better thought-out, and simply more radical than those produced by larger manufacturers who need to appeal to a broader audience. The spirit of this young motorcycle scene is reminiscent of that of current bike frame builders or even today's new food subculture. It's about making, transforming, or designing something with your own hands. In this case, something that will get a person from A to B, that makes noise, smells, vibrates, and comes to life. What could be more exciting, more analog, and more satisfying?

Cafe Racers

Speed, Style, and Ton-Up Culture
Author: Michael Lichter,Paul d'Orleans
Publisher: Motorbooks
ISBN: 1627882006
Category: Transportation
Page: 224
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DIVA photographic chronology of some of the fastest, most stylish, and most individualized bikes in motorcycling history./divDIV /divDIVOriginally used as a slur against riders who used hopped-up motorcycles to travel from one transport café to another, “café racer” describes a bike genre that first became popular in 1960s British rocker subculture—although the motorcycles were also common in Italy, France, and other European countries. The rebellious rock-and-roll counterculture is what first inspired these fast, personalized, and distinctive bikes, with their owners often racing down public roads in excess of 100 miles per hour (“ton up,” in British slang), leading to their public branding as “ton-up boys.” Café Racers traces café racer motorcycles from their origins in the mid-twentieth century all the way into modern times, where the style has made a recent comeback in North America and Europe alike, through the museum-quality portraiture of top motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter and the text of motorcycle culture expert Paul d’Orléans. Chronologically illustrated with fascinating historical photography, the book travels through the numerous ever-morphing and unique eras of these nimble, lean, light, and head-turning machines. Café Racers visually celebrates a motorcycle riding culture as complex as the vast array of bikes within it./div

The Ride 2nd Gear

New Custom Motorcycles and Their Builders
Author: Robert Klanten,Chris Hunter,Maximilian Funk
Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag-DGV
ISBN: 9783899555899
Category: Mechanics (Persons)
Page: 352
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The motorcycle is back and is here to stay. The custom motorcycle scene keeps on growing and exciting. There are more and better builders than ever, and the scene has become an integral part of motorcycle culture as well as youth culture. Builders are joining the custom ranks at a younger age and are creating bikes that are mind-blowingly innovative and always surprising. The aesthetic of these new custom bikes has evolved : 1960s café racers from the UK and the US continue to be relevant but builders are now going in new directions, getting their inspiration from 1990s skateboard and youth culture. Collectors are buying stunning art bikes from important builders, and big brands are using the custom scene as a hotbed for new ideas, borrowing some of their designs and striving to imitate the energy that oozes from the current custom scene's momentum. The Ride 2nd Gear documents custom trends and grasps the spirit of our times. The book will influence custom motorcycle builders and enthusiasts for years to come.

Discovering the Motorcycle

The History. The Culture. The Machines.
Author: Armand Ensanian
Publisher: Hillcrest Publishing Group
ISBN: 0996391908
Category: Transportation
Page: 510
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'Discovering the Motorcycle'' is an extraordinary history of motorcycling from 1867 to the present. Each of the 12 chapters of this remarkable 510 page book is devoted to a major aspect of motorcycling; ranging from historical discussions of the machines that lead the way to today's modern sportsbikes, to vintage classics, choppers and bobbers, off-road machines, cafe racers, touring bikes, customs, a history of motorcycle racing, electric motorcycles, the motorcycle's impact on society, and great motorcycle museums. The book honors motorcycling's great makes, with over 1,000 photographs and illustrations. A special chapter is devoted to the four-hundred-year history of the engine. This book is an ideal addition to any motorsport enthusiast's library, and makes a perfect gift for the motorcycle enthusiast.

Hit the Road


Author: Gestalten,Sascha Friesicke
Publisher: Gestalten
ISBN: 9783899559385
Category:
Page: 272
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A weekend trip, a longer vacation off the beaten track, or a nomadic journey around the globe. HIt the Road features vans, overland vehicles, and their passionate owners-and celebrates a life on the move. Hit the Road - and leave your comfort zone behind. Step aboard a four-wheeled home that allows you the freedom to stay wherever you want, whenever you want, and however you want. WAtch the passing landscapes, follow the desire to see what is just over the horizon line, and escape from modern monotony. Be it the story of a couple that traveled across Spain, Portugal, and the United Kingdom in a Volkswagen T4 on a journey to enrich their culinary education to a trek from one tip of Canada to the other behind the wheel of a Honda Element with the aurora borealis as a guiding light to a group of friends who perseveringly drove a Porsche 944 from England to Cape Town: Hit the Road welcomes you to follow these nomads and their journeys with stunning photography and details of their intrepid transportation. RIdes range from classic Volkswagen Bullis to refurbished Airstream trailers and unstoppable 4x4s. FRom the deserts of Africa to the snow-capped mountains of Mongolia: prepare to hit the road.

The Custom Road Bike


Author: Guy Andrews
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
ISBN: 9781856696647
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 224
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This book is the complete guide to specifying and buying your dream bike. Each chapter covers a particular part of the bike, from the frame, to forks, headsets, wheels, tyres, hubs, gear components, chains, brakes, saddles, handlebars, pedals, water bottle cages, and accessories. Including beautiful studio images of the latest kit, the chapters feature interviews with the top designers and manufacturers, and maintenance tips from professional mechanics.

The Ride 2nd Gear Rebel Edition

New Custome Motorcycles and Their Builders
Author: R. Klanten,Chris Hunter,Maximilian Funk
Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag-DGV
ISBN: 9783899556360
Category: Motorcycles
Page: 352
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Men and motorcycles: a story that has vacillated somewhere between cult and cliche for years. Custom bikes, in particular, have a history that is deeply rooted in the spirit of freedom and change of the 1960s, as well as man's primal urge to build something with his own hands--or, in this case, tools. The Ride 2nd Gear is a showcase of the power and beauty of these bikes. The Ride 2nd Gear presents a stunning selection of recent custom motorcycles, as well as the small, local workshops around the globe in which they are built. Hotbeds of creativity and craftsmanship, these workshops are mostly run by single individuals and attract a small yet devoted community of fans and fellow builders. The custom bike community as a whole is united by its passion for the ride--one so strong that it is now attracting a younger generation. Whether alone or in a group of like-minded friends, in a city or in the countryside, just for the weekend or embarking on a long-distance road trip, these drivers are actively sharing and celebrating pure riding pleasure on their own unique motorcycles that are lovingly crafted with time, dedication, and technical expertise. From limited series to one-offs, The Ride 2nd Gear features the brilliant results of this process. Its pages are filled with bikes that offer extraordinary design and driving experiences. In fact, established brands are now acting on trends set by the custom scene whose bikes are often more radical and sophisticated because more attention can be paid to detail and each new idea can be fine-tuned to perfection. Some models shown in The Ride 2nd Gear stem from or are based on classic bobbers and choppers, Italian-style racing machines, plastic Japanese motorcycles, and rare BMWs or Triumphs, which may very well be up to 80 years old. Others are art bikes made for show or futuristic visions inspired by the aesthetics of science fiction, fantasy, or anime. But whether they preserve or radically expand on traditional craftsmanship, these custom machines are more agile, faster, and therefore more fun than anything produced in the past. Journalist and custom motorcycle expert Chris Hunter co-edited both this book and our previous release The Ride. Born in England, Hunter now lives with his family in New Zealand, where he runs the motorcycle website Bike EXIF. It is now the world's most popular showcase of custom bikes with millions of pageviews every month and a passionate global following.

It's All About the Bike

The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels
Author: Robert Penn
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1608195767
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 208
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Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult life. In his late twenties, he pedaled 25,000 miles around the world. Today he rides to get to work, sometimes for work, to bathe in air and sunshine, to travel, to go shopping, to stay sane, and to skip bath time with his kids. He's no Sunday pedal pusher. So when the time came for a new bike, he decided to pull out all the stops. He would build his dream bike, the bike he would ride for the rest of his life; a customized machine that reflects the joy of cycling. It's All About the Bike follows Penn's journey, but this book is more than the story of his hunt for two-wheel perfection. En route, Penn brilliantly explores the culture, science, and history of the bicycle. From artisanal frame shops in the United Kingdom to California, where he finds the perfect wheels, via Portland, Milan, and points in between, his trek follows the serpentine path of our love affair with cycling. It explains why we ride. It's All About the Bike is, like Penn's dream bike, a tale greater than the sum of its parts. An enthusiastic and charming tour guide, Penn uses each component of the bike as a starting point for illuminating excursions into the rich history of cycling. Just like a long ride on a lovely day, It's All About the Bike is pure joy- enriching, exhilarating, and unforgettable.

Custom Rides

The Coolest Motorcycle Builds Around the World
Author: Rob Davies
Publisher: History Press
ISBN: 9780750983808
Category: Transportation
Page: 168
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A wise man once said that cars move the body, but motorcycles move the soul. If you love motorcycles, you will understand the thrill of weaving in the fluid motion that only two wheels and a responsive engine can give. Of being on a fabulous road, with the warmth of the sun on your body, and the wind gently tugging at your clothes. Now imagine that you have built the bike of your dreams ... can you see it, hear it, feel it?Custom Rides is not only full of amazing photographs of gorgeous bikes, it also provides an insight into the mind of some of the world's finest bike designers and builders, and the tools and equipment they use to get such special results. So settle down and enjoy the ride, as you feast your eyes and eat your heart out for all the beautiful bikes featured in this book.

The American Motorcycle Girls, 1900 to 1950

A Photographic History of Early Women Motorcyclists
Author: Cristine Sommer Simmons
Publisher: Parker House Publishing Incorporated,Csi
ISBN: 9780981727059
Category: Photography
Page: 240
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Features photographs of women motorcyclists.

Wanderlust

A Hiker's Companion
Author: N.A
Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag-DGV
ISBN: 9783899559019
Category:
Page: 256
View: 2020

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Explore the world one step at a time. Wanderlust presents legendary walking routes with inviting maps, practical tips, and inspiring landscape photographs. The exciting Canyon Trail in Zion-National Park, the spectacular El Caminito del Rey in Spain, the pilgrim trail on the holy Kumano Kodo in Japan or a mythical hiking path in the land of the giants in Norway - Wanderlust explores legendary hiking trails in enchanting corners of the world and over a variety of terrain: thin ice and desert sands; coastal tracks and forest pathways. Spectacular photography illustrates journeys to sharp summits, astonishing vistas, and phenomenal locales. With maps featuring noteworthy locations alongside background information and practical tips by Cam Honan, an expert who has hiked many of the trails himself, Wanderlust will suit both intrepid beginners and seasoned trekkers. From modern-day transcendentalists or those who simply desire a casual break from concrete scenery, Wanderlust allows readers to live vicariously through vivid portraits or use the trips as impetus for their own hiking journey. Following faded footsteps of migrating animals or paths of ancient trade routes, the trails featured in Wanderlust offer both outdoor exploration and enjoyment.

Billy Lane


Author: Billy Lane Michael Lichter
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781610608237
Category:
Page: N.A
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Custom Bicycles

A Passionate Pursuit
Author: Christine Elliott,David Jablonka,The Images Publishing Group
Publisher: Images Publishing
ISBN: 186470313X
Category: Design
Page: 240
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A unique study of the names and bikes of the world's most famous, innovative and legendary makers of contemporary bespoke bicycles.

Motorcycle: The Definitive Visual History


Author: DK Publishing
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1465400885
Category: Transportation
Page: 320
View: 8757

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Motorcycle: The Definitive Visual History traces the allure of the motorcycle, cataloging the diverse spectrum of bikes from the first prototypes to the superbikes of today. This eBook not only covers the technological developments of motorcycles, but also the cultural backdrop against which the various models arose and their impact on society - as an object of curiosity, affordable means of transport, symbol of rebellion, or first choice for full-throttle thrills on road or race track.

The Ultimate Hamer Guitars

An Illustrated History
Author: Steve Matthes,Joe Moffett,Paul Hamer
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780764343520
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 175
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Hamer Guitars is often regarded as the first boutique guitar builder. From its humble beginnings in founder Paul Hamers Northern Prairie Music Shop to its acquisition by the Fender Musical Instrument Corporation in 2008, the Hamer story is traced through nearly 400 images and dozens of interviews with those involved with the company. See how Hamer rose to compete with the giants of American guitar-making. Learn the inspiration for the making of its ultimate guitar, the Standard. Containing pieces by two of the companys principal architects Hamer and Jol Dantzig and told in lavishly illustrated text with many never before published photos and drawings, this history of Hamer Guitars is a treasured keepsake and resource for every lover of the electric guitar. With a foreword by Hamers most prominent Standard bearer, Cheap Tricks Rick Nielsen.

One Year on a Bike

From Amsterdam to Singapore
Author: Martijn Doolaard
Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag-DGV
ISBN: 9783899559064
Category: Bicycle touring
Page: 368
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"Martijn Doolaard traded in the convenience of a car and the distractions of daily life for a cross-continental cycling journey: a biped adventure from Amsterdam to Singapore. Leaving behind repetitive routines, One Year on a Bike indulges in slow travel, the subtlety of a gradually changing landscape, and the lessons learned through travelling. Venturing through Eastern European fields of yellow rapeseed to the intimate hosting culture in Iran, One Year on a Bike is a vivid chronicle of what can happen when the norm is pointedly replaced by exceptional self-discoveries and beautiful sceneries. Doolaard shares the gear and knowledge that made his trip possible." -- Provided by publisher.

Motorcycle Jackets

Ultimate Bikers' Fashions
Author: Rin Tanaka
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780764318498
Category: Design
Page: 304
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Motorcycle jackets have become the symbol of freedom for young people around the world. In this completely new book, with over 1100 color photographs, the jackets are explored in detail and highlighted them with historical photographs. Included are the earliest jackets, racing uniforms, fashions of the Rockers in the United Kingdom, Harley Davidson jackets, and motorcycle jacket art. A guide for valuing jackets is also included.

The Complete Book of Classic and Modern Triumph Motorcycles 1936-Today


Author: Ian Falloon
Publisher: Motorbooks
ISBN: 1627886419
Category: Transportation
Page: 256
View: 8389

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Take an authoritative, thorough, and heavily illustrated look at Triumph motorcycles, from beloved classics to popular new models! What do Marlon Brando, James Dean, Steve McQueen, Bob Dylan, and Arthur Fonzerelli all have in common? All of these men define the very essence of cool, and all have owned Triumph motorcycles. Originally formed as a bicycle company in 1885, in 1902 Triumph produced its first motorcycle, which was simply a bicycle fitted with a Belgian Minerva engine. From there, the company, in various iterations, went on to build some of the most iconic motorcycles of all time. For the first time ever, The Complete Book of Classic and Modern Triumph Motorcycles 1937-Today collects all of the motorcycles from this iconic brand in a single volume. Written by respected Triumph expert Ian Falloon, all of the major and minor models are covered, with an emphasis on the most exemplary, era-defining motorcycles such as the Thunderbird, Tiger, Trophy, Bonneville, and new machines such as the Speed Triple, Thruxton, and Daytona 675. The Complete Book of Classic and Modern Triumph Motorcycles 1937-Today will also feature important non-production models and non-factory racing and speed-record-setting motorcycles that have become integral parts of Triumph's stellar reputation. This is a book no Triumph fan will want to be without!