FOREWORD BY NICO CEREGHINI
1969 was not solely the year of the first man on the moon, but, in motorcycling circles, also the one in which, closer to home, Honda unveiled its CB 750 Four. A bike that was 10 years ahead of its rivals, offered at a price comparable to those of the other large displacement machines it dwarfed in terms of performance. A fabulous bike at a reasonable price: quite extraordinary, like nothing that had been seen before. This was the beginning of a love affair between the biker and the bike that was to last throughout the Seventies, a decade that was a true golden age for motorcycling, thanks to the advent of the thrilling, unforgettable “big bikes”. The Honda CB 750 Four and CBX 1000, the Kawasaki 500 H1 and Z1 900, the BMW 900 R 90 S and 1000 R, but also the Benelli Sei 750 and Ducati 750 SS, are just a few of the bikes featured in this book that, model by model, reviews all the iconic designs of those years, analysing their history, evolution and technology, but above all placing them in their historical context as an authentic social and behavioural phenomenon.