Suzuki’s GSX-R series, introduced amid great fanfare and carrying the company’s highest hopes in 1985, is synonymous with performance and has become one of the most evocative marques in motorcycling. In this lavishly illustrated volume, an inside, behind-the-scenes look at the bike that created the race-replica category 20 years ago and continues to set the standard for sportbikes today.
Suzukis GSX-R series revolutionized the sport of motorcycling. While other manufacturers had dabbled with building high-performance motorcycles, the GSX-R series were the first motorcycles to bring state-of-the-art racing technology to the street. Suzukis GSX-R is an icon, a modern day BSA Gold Star. It is a bike you can ride on the street or race at the track. The GSX-R is a bike ridden by champions and casual racers alike. This book provides the best single resource for improving the performance of these modern-day classics, whether for road use or for racing.
The Honda FireBlade CBR900RR from 1992-2003 explained through 28 articles drawn from three continents. Included are road & comparison tests, model intros & buyers guides. Models covered: CBR900RR 893cc, 918cc, CBR929RR & CBR954RR.
When in 1999 Suzuki introduced the GSX1300R Hayabusa it was the fastest production motorcycle in the world, this book tells the story up to 2007. Its progress is traced through road & comparison test, new model introductions and a full owners guide. All models are reported.
The FZR 1000 was a superbike right from the start, in 1987. By 1989 it had a top speed of 167 mph, it had pulling power from low revs, seamlessly, up to the red line at 11,500 rpm. Production ran through till 1995. Included are road & comparison tests plus full performance data. Models reported on: Genesis, EXUP, OWO1, FXUP, RU, AC and the Vance & Hines specials.
Having this book in your pocket is just like having a real marque expert by your side. Benefit from the author’s years of Harley-Davidson ownership, learn how to spot a bad bike quickly, and how to assess a promising one like a professional. Get the right bike at the right price!
Having this book in your pocket is just like having a real marque expert by your side. Benefit from the author’s years of Honda CBR600 ownership, learn how to spot a bad bike quickly, and how to assess a promising one like a professional. Get the right bike at the right price!
In a list of the 10 most significant motorcycles in two-wheel history, there is no doubt that the Honda 750 must take one of the top places. But it would also be included if the list were to be whittled down to five models – or and even three. Because when the machine went on sale in 1969, it radically changed the world motorcycle panorama. If two wheeled machines were seen as a mere substitute for the car in previous decades, a spartan vehicle and, with rare exceptions, one of little fascination, a revolution took place with the arrival of the Four. Now, the motorcycle – this motorcycle – is even preferred to an open sports car in that it is a vehicle of enthusiasts’ dreams due to its extremely modern appearance and high performance: for the first time, a production bike was capable of 200 kph. The technical content was extraordinary, with its 4-cylinder engine, which had previously been reserved for racing, the front disc brake and its five speed gearbox. On top of that, the machine had an electric starter, a feature that alone pushed many a “motorcyclist” into buying it, people who until that day would never have dreamt of giving up their 4-wheel transport the day before the Four came out. Competition was off-guard, so the arrival of the 750 meant the opposition immediately aged at least 10 years. And if that’s not a revolution…
The complete story of the legendary Honda V4 motorcycles and the four-stroke engine design that gave them the name. Including full production histories, comprehensive specification details and over 250 colour illustration, the book covers design and development of the first Honda V4, the oval piston NR500, and the VF road models from 1982-1988. Also covered: the iconic sport touring bikes, the VFR750, VFR800 and VFR1200F; the worldwide racing success for Honda Racing Corporation’s RC30; the 1990 Pan European/ST1100, with its longitudinal V4 engine, and the 2002 ST1300; Honda V4s in MotoGP; details of the 2014 VFR800 and CTX1300 cruiser and finally, owners’ experiences and insight from those who worked in the industry. Fully illustrated with 256 colour photographs and comprehensive specification details.