The Art of the Racing Motorcycle: 100 Years of Designing for Speed (Hardcover)

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By Phillip Tooth, Jean-Pierre Praderes (Photographs by)
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The Art of the Racing Motorcycle is a wonderful book, perfect as a gift for fathers who are especially gear-minded. Skilled action photographer Jean-Pierre Praderes and Phillip Tooth have compiled a wonderful survey of motorcycle racing and the visual evolution of racing bikes, including early, overtly-mechanical death machines; Britannia's first-place pedigreed Triumphs; quirky Italian exotics of the '70s; and more. Motorcycle racing navigates a perfect and deadly equilibrium of form and function, and this book beautifully describes the seduction of speed in one of its most enduring and mesmerizing incarnations. It makes a great embellishment for any workbench, nightstand, or library! -- Cameron Carlson

— From June 2011


A lavishly illustrated and definitive look at the design evolution of the racing motorcycle. The dynamic between competition and design has always fueled the evolution of racing motorcycles and inspired astonishing feats of design and engineering. This book traces the development of the sport bike, from the earliest French motorcycles to the dominance of British machinery in the 1930s, the exotic Italian motorcycles of the 1950s and 1960s, the influence of American racing in the 1970s and 1980s, and today’s Japanese superbikes. More than fifty classic motorcycles—from Harley-Davidsons to Peugeots, Velocettes, Moto Guzzis, BMWs, Kawasakis, and Ducatis—are presented chronologically illustrated with stunning studio photographs that present the machines as works of art and wonders of design in themselves, accompanied by rare and beautiful archival images that place the subjects in the contexts of classic races, rallies, and motorcycle shows, and accompanied by essays revealing the legends behind the machines. Some of the championship motorcycles featured include 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.

About the Author

Phillip Tooth has been a journalist for over 20 years. For 10 years was editor of UK magazines Classic Bike, The Classic MotorCycle, and also before becoming a freelance writer so that he could spend more time with his motorcycles. He now writes for magazines throughout the world, including Klassic Motorrad (Germany), Moto Légende (France), BMW Bikes (Japan), Motorcycle Classics (US), and Motor (Netherlands). Jean-Pierre Pradères ran a studio in Paris where his clients included famous fashion house Hermès, and now devotes his time to photographing motorcycles and bicycles. A regular contributor to Moto Légende (France), his work has also featured in the Guggenheim's The Art of the Motorcycle, and Rizzoli's The Golden Age of the Hand-Built Bicycle.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780789322135
ISBN-10: 0789322137
Publisher: Universe
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2011
Pages: 240
Language: English