BOOK REVIEW APR 26, 2021

The Art of the BMW - 90 Years of Motorcycle Excellence by Peter Gantriis

The photography in this book is incredible.  The BMW's chosen are spectacular.  The attention to detail really separates this book from most other books on BMW.  If you have a BMW or wish you had a BMW this is the book for you.  Go on line and find a copy.  The following photos are just a hint of what's inside.

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BOOK COVER

Apr 26, 2021

This book is filled with excellent photography.

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CLASSIC BOXER TWIN

Apr 26, 2021

The bird's eye view.

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1942 R75M

Apr 26, 2021

So many details captured in this photo.

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1931 R16 TOOL KIT

Apr 26, 2021

You don't see assortment of tools in kit these days.

 

BOOK REVIEW APR 20, 2021

Superbikes of the Seventies by Roland Brown

Published in 2002 by David Bull Publishing.  I really like this book. If you came of age in the 70's you probably will also.  The photos are great and the selection of motorcycles represents the 70's well.  Hopefully you can find a copy on line at a good price.

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BOOK COVER

Apr 20, 2021

If you lusted after a superbike in the seventies it's probably in here.

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1973 DUCATI 750SS

Apr 20, 2021

A no-compromise sportbike.

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MV AGUSTA

Apr 20, 2021

A classic!

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MOTO MORINI 3 1/2 SPORT

Apr 20, 2021

Only 350cc but a nice handling bike.

 

BOOK REVIEW APR 12, 2021

Billy Lane Chop Fiction

Published in 2004 by Motorbooks.  This book is all about Billy Lane.  He rose to fame in 2002 after winning the first Biker Build-off Television show.  Two years later he was convicted of vehicular homicide when the truck he was driving hit a motorcyclist head on as Lane crossed over a double yellow when attempting to pass two cars on Florida's A1A.  His blood alcohol level was 0.182, twice Florida's legal limit.  In 2009 he was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison.

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BOOK COVER

Apr 12, 2021

Covers the time immediately after winning the first Biker Build-off Television show.

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MISS BEHAVEN

Apr 12, 2021

Winner of Discovery Channels first Biker Build-off.

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PSYCHO-BILLY CADILLAC

Apr 12, 2021

Billy Lane's first hubless chopper

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MARYJANE

Apr 2, 2021

Pan Head based chopper.

 

BOOK REVIEW APR 5, 2021

Vespa an Illustrated History, by Eric Brockway

Published in 1993 by G.T. Foulis.  A lot of information is covered in this thin 93 page volume.  All the photos are in black and white, but they add a timelessness to the book.  The book is not comprehensive, it focuses primarily on the first 30 years of Vespa, but does provide a nice historical perspective.

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BOOK COVER

Apr 5, 2021

Thin read that provides a good over view of the early history of Vespa.

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DOUGLAS VESPA

Apr 5, 2021

in 1951 Vespa teamed with the Douglas motorcycle company.

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VESPA'S WITH SIDECARS

Apr 5, 2021

Pulling a sidecar could be daunting for the under powered Vespa.

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OFF-ROAD RACING

Apr 5, 2021

Off-Road racing has been part of the Vespa DNA almost since the beginning.

 

BOOK REVIEW MAR 29, 2021

Moto Stars by David Morris

Moto Stars - Celebrities is about motorcycles and the celebrities or otherwise famous folks who ride them.  Pat Boone, Peter Fonda, Dan Hagerty and (no surprise) Steve McQueen are a few of the celebrities covered in the book.  My copy was published in 2008 and retailed for $50 at the time.  Used copies in good condition can be found on-line for a fraction of the price.

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BOOK COVER

Mar 29, 2021

Interesting book with profiles on celebrities and the motorcycle.  I had no idea that some of the celebs were riders.

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JAMES DEAN

Mar 29, 2021

On an Allstate.  Not a flashy ride.

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A DUCATI ON TRACK DAY.

Mar 29, 2021

This one is ridden by Perry King.

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A MOTO RUMI

Mar 29, 2021

This was part of the collection belonging to former GM Chairman of Product Development, Bob Lutz

 

BOOK REVIEW MAR 22, 2021

The BMW Story by Ian

This book covers the BMW motorcycle history from the very very early convoluted years to the establishment as a premier manufacturer of touring motorcycles, through the military history, and as a top racing contender.  The book consists of 165 pages and is a valuable resource for the BMW fan.

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BOOK COVER

Mar 22, 2021

Great resource for the BMW motorcycle history and model reference.

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R11 AND R17 MODELS

Mar 22, 2021

Pressed steel frames were typical on 1930's BMWs

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THE R75

Mar 22, 2021

The Swiss Army Knife of motorcycles

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K1100RS

Mar 22, 2021

One of the more appealing incarnations of the flying brick.

 

BOOK REVIEW MAR 15, 2021

Italian Cafe Racers by Uli Cloesen

Only 118 pages but packed full of great Road Racers and Cafe Racers.  The Italians produced some of the most beautiful engines ever put in a motorcycle.  Wrap that engine in a custom race and body work and you have a work of art.  The list price is $39.95 from velocebooks.com.

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BOOK COVER

Mar 15, 2021

Filled with beautiful Italian motorcycles.

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BENELLI LEONCINO 125

Mar 15, 2021

Gear driven valvetrain.

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LAMBRETTA 250CC RACER

Mar 15, 2021

Primarily known for their scooters, Lambretta also produced motorcycles.

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MOTO-GUZZI CAFE RACER

Mar 15, 2021

Based on a Falcone, this custom was built by Medaza Cycles out of Ireland.

 

BOOK REVIEW MAR 8, 2021

Rolling Thunder - CCM Motorcycles: The Odyssey, by Peter Henshaw. 

In 200 pages Peter Henshaw tells the story of Clews Competition Machines and how Alan Clews bought the remaining BSA racing department inventory and turned these parts into highly competitive motocrossers. Against the odds CCM existed in one form or another for 30 years.  In addition to motocrossers CCM also produced trials bike, and enduros along the way.

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BOOK COVER

Mar 8, 2021

Great book about a very low production motorcycle company.

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THE BEGINNING

Mar 8, 2021

Built from BSA Racing Department spares.

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580CC 4-VALVE MOTOR

Mar 8, 2021

This is the rare enduro model.

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THE MODERN FOURSTROKE

Mar 8, 2021

Watercooled single shockwith disk brakes

 

BOOK REVIEW MAR 1, 2021

Team Suzuki by Ray Battersby

Originally published in 1982 by Osprey Publishing.  In 236 pages this book covers the history of the Suzuki Roadracing Team starting in the mid 1960s.  There is ample coverage of the Degner years and excellent analysis of the steady design progression of the Suzuki racing motorcycles.

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BOOK COVER

Mar 1, 2021

This book is an excellent source on the history of Suzuki Roadracing.

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LATE 1950'S RACER.

Mar 1 2021

90cc's and 4hp.

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STRENGTH IN NUMBERS.

Mar 1, 2021

With the arrival of Ernst Degner Suzuki became a powerhouse.

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SKETCH OF THE ONE AND ONLY RP68

Mar 1, 2021

3-cylinder 50cc.

 

BOOK REVIEW FEB 23, 2021

Indian - America's First Motorcycle by Darwin Holmstrom

Published in 2016 by Quarto Publishing.  The book has a beautiful embossed cover and inside 225 pages that document the history of Indian from the first model in 1901 to the newest Polaris Indians.  In between there are  the post war vertical twins, the British Indians of the late 1950s, the hybrid British engine/Italian frame Clymer Indians, and the S&S powered Gilroy Indians of the late 1990s and early 2000s.  Excellent photos and illustrations are presented on numerous  pages.  List price is $50.

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BOOK COVER

Feb 23, 2021

This book covers the complete history of Indian Motorcycles.

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THE EARLY YEARS

Feb 23 2021

The 1907 Model was Indian's first twin.

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THE SCOUT

Feb 23, 2021

Indian's performance motorcycle and a true icon.

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MILITARY MODELS

Feb 23, 2021

The 741 was built specifically for the military during World War II.

 

BOOK REVIEW FEB 15, 2021

Legendary Motorcycles by Basem Wasef

This is an interesting book.  Instead of focusing on a single make or type of motorcycle this book focuses on the history makers in competition, deign and pop-culture.  Consisting of 175 pages, including a foreword by Jay Leno, the book covers racing legends, stunt men, and customizers.  It's a very enjoyable read.

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BOOK COVER

Feb 15, 2021

Motorcycles connected to Elvis, Evel, Burt Munro, and Von Dutch are covered.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA

Feb 15, 2021

This one is purportedly rebuilt by Dan Hagerty from original parts.

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BSA GOLD STAR

Feb 15, 2021

Dick Mann's racer.

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EVEL'S XR750

Feb 15, 2021

This is is the motorcycle Evel used in his final jump.

 

BOOK REVIEW FEB 8, 2021

The Complete Book of Ducati Motorcycles by Ian Fallon

This is my signed copy by Ian Falloon.  I met him at the now defunct Ducati of Bellevue in Washington State.  The book is 250 pages and cover every model from 1946 to 2016.  If you own a Ducati or love Ducatis this book belongs in your collection.  List price on my copy is $50.

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BOOK COVER

Feb 8, 2021

Every model from 1946 to 2016.

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CUCCIOLO T1

Feb 8, 2021

The beginning.

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THE DUCATI SCOOTER

Feb 8, 2021

Not what people usually think of when they think of Ducati.

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DUCATI 2=STROKES

Feb 8, 2021

2-Stroke were an important part of the Ducati portfolio in the late 1960s.

 

BOOK REVIEW FEB 2, 2021

The World Encyclopedia of Military Motorcycles by Pat Ware

Published in 2010 by Lorenz Books. This 250 page book covers military motorcycles from the early 20th century to the 21st century. European, North American, and Asian makers are well represented in the book.  100s of photos illustrate the variety of makes, models, and their intended purpose. If you are interested in military motorcycles this is an excellent reference source.  The list price on my copy is $35.00.

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BOOK COVER

Feb 2, 2021

Just about every military motorcycle ever built is within these pages.

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ROKON

Feb 2, 2021

This the military version of the 2 wheel drive trail bike.

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FN M12 SM

Feb 2, 2021

Manufactured in Belgium, this sidecar rig predated the BMW sidecar rig by a couple of years.

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NSU HK-101

Feb 2, 2021

Essentially a motorcycle half track.  Powered by a 1,500cc Opel engine the HK-101 could go almost anyplace a man can go.

 

BOOK REVIEW JAN 25, 2021

Classic Motorcycle Race Engines by Kevin Cameron

Published in 2012 by Haynes Publishing. This 395 page book covers many of the best racing engines ever put into a motorcycle.  Presented in alphabetical order from Aer Macchi to Yamaha, there is a plethora of technical information as one would expect from Mr. Cameron.  Although the vast majority of the engines in the book are from Grand Prix Road Racers there is the occasional dirt track engine (Harley-Davidson XR) as well as all rounders from Triumph, BSA, and Bultaco.  Several European exotics and Japanese engines from the 1960's to modern designs fill out the pages.  It's a good read with a lot of technical insight.  The list price on my copy is $48.95.

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BOOK COVER

Jan 25, 2021

Japanese race engines are well represented inside.

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MV-AGUSTA  500-400

Jan 25, 2021

In its day it was king.

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MZ TWO-STROKES

Jan 25, 2021

There would have been Japanese two-stroke dominance if MZ hadn't blazed the trail.

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SUZUKI TR750

Jan 25, 2021

The early leader in Japanese two-stroke design.

 

BOOK REVIEW JAN 19, 2021

Motorcycle Drag Racing: A History by John S. Stein

Published in 2011 by Gearhead Publishing. This book covers the history from the first organized motorcycle drag races to the early 2000s.  The evolution from raw big bore drag bikes (for the time), to multi-engined monsters of the 60s and 70s, to today's high tech rockets illustrate how simple and complicated drag racing can be.  This is a beautiful 246 page hardback that shows the craftsmanship that goes into  this most individual form of motorcycle racing.

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BOOK COVER

Jan 19, 2021

The Harley based drag racer at speed.

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EARLY DRAG RACING

Jan 19, 2021

Yes, you can get too much traction!

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THREE ARE BETTER THAN ONE.

Jan 19, 2021

Tying three Yamaha 350cc engines together shows another way to add displacement.

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ANOTHER WAY TO SPEED

Jan 19, 2021

How about throwing an automotive engine between two wheels.

 

BOOK REVIEW JAN 11, 2021

Harley-Davidson: The Customs of Arlen Ness by Timothy Remus

Published in 1993 by Wolfgand Productions this 127 page paper back features some very cool Harley powered custom by the legendary Arlen Ness.

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BOOK COVER

Jan 11, 2021

The book profiles Arlen Ness and many of his early Harley-Davidson based builds.

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"RIP-VAN-WINKLE"

Jan 11, 2021

A Sportster based build.

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"TWO BAD"

Jan 11, 2021

Twin Sportster engines and center hub steering!

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"NESSTIQUE"

Jan 11, 2021

The goal was to build a motorcycle with the look of an original antique Harley, but with the reliability of a modern bike.

 

BOOK REVIEW JAN 4, 2021

Motorcycle Road and Racing Chassis by Keith Noakes

A lot of information is packed inside this 166 page softcover book. Divided into 15 alphabetical chapters covering Bakker to Spondon, the book is an easy read with enough technical detail to keep it interesting but not so much as to bog down the story.  Color photographs show various details from bare frames to completed projects.  Street, Dirt, and Road Racing all covered so there's something for everyone.  Look for it at www.Velocebooks.Com   The copy I have listed for $39.95.

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BOOK COVER

Jan 4, 2021

Great information on specialty frame builders.

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EGLI

Jan 4, 2021

Synonymous with Vincent cafe racers, this shows another side of Egli.

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COLIN SEELEY RACING

Jan 4, 2021

Seeley started out with sidecars.  Racing his own modified specials.

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RICKMAN BROS

Jan 4, 2021

The Rickman brothers started out racing scrambles on BSA.  You will still find Rickman framed racers running engines from AJS to Zundapp at vintage motocross events.

 

BOOK REVIEW DEC 28, 2020

Stealing Speed, by Mat Oxley

This 185 page graphic novel is expertly written by Mat Oxley and fantastically drawn by Christian Papazoglakis.  It tells the story of Ernst Degner who was a racer for the East German motorcycle manufacturer MZ.  Until he and his family were smuggled out of East Germany when he defected to the West.  When he left, Degner took the 2-stroke speed secrets from former Nazi weapons engineer Walter Kaaden with him.  Hard to find, the book can be found at www.matoxley.com

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BOOK COVER

July 12, 2020

The graphics are incredable.

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SUZUKI RG500

July 12, 2020

Essentially four MZ 125 motors in a square four configuration.

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PRIOR TO DEFECTING

July 12, 2020

East German success!

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FOR MOST OF THE 1950S 2-STROKE TECHNOLOGY WAS UNABLE TO COMPETE AGAINST THE MORE EFFICIENT 4-SROKES

July 12, 2020

That was until Walter Kaaden dreamed up the rotary valve.

 

BOOK REVIEW DEC 21, 2020

Malcolm, The Autobiagraphy

Published in 2015.  This 400 page book chronicles the life and times of off-road racer extraordinaire Malcolm Smith.  Easily recognizable by any fan of the movie "On Any Sunday", Malcolm proved his metal in desert racing, International Six Day Trials, Baja, and events like the Elsinore Grand Prix.  The book covers more than just his racing career.  There is a good amount of background that highlights his family's early history in Canada and Utah, as well as the Malcolm's early years.  This is a great book that not only provides background on the man behind the legend, but highlights the off-road motorcycle scene in 1960s/70s Southern California.

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BOOK COVER

Documents the life and times of Malcolm Smith.

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THE EARLY YEARS.

Riding for K&N motorcycles.  The owners of K&N Motorcycles sold the dealership and started K&N filters.

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EARLY HUSQVARNA

The Husky was way ahead of its time.  Light weight, good handling, and reliable.  The last trait was not typical for 2-strokes of the period.

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THE ELSINORE GRAND PRIX

100 miles of racing through the then sleepy town of Elsinore.

 

BOOK REVIEW DEC 14, 2020

The Art of Ducati by Ian Falloon

Published in 2014 by Motorbooks. Ian Falloon is one of the foremost authorities on Ducati.  High end Ducati collectors often reach out to him to ensure that what they're buying is "as advertised."  This a stunning "coffee table" size book with 237 pages of the most desirable Ducati's.  The book is split into five parts.  Part 1 introduces the single cylinder motorcycles that put Ducati on the map.  Part 2 covers the Bevel Head twins and the L engine layout that most associate with Ducati today.  Part 3 follows the introduction of the belt drive system and the models that moved Ducati into the modern era.  Part 4 takes us fully into the modern era and part 5 cover the technology and ultra high-end Ducati's that help set the brand apart.  If you're a Ducati fan you won't be disappointed by this book.

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BOOK COVER

Great source for Ducati info.

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DUCATI 900 DESMO SS

The ultimate expression of the bevel head twin.

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DUCATI 999

The modern era.

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DUCATI 750SS

The engine that established the template for the L Twin layout.

 

BOOK REVIEW DEC 7, 2020

The Vincent in the Barn by Tom Cotter

Published in 2009 by Motorbooks. This 254 page consists of about 50 short stories revolving around finding, discovering, pursuing, or hunting the elusive motorcycle.  Some are ordinary, some are rare, and some are highly collectable.  The stories are well written and very engaging.  If you have a passion for motorcycles you'll probably connect with many if not most of the stories.