This richly illustrated 168-page companion to the exhibit presents a comprehensive examination of the relationship between celebrities and motorcycling and the impact of celebrity culture on the motorcycle industry
In the 1950s and mid-1960s BSA and Triumph ruled the world in motorcycle sales. Then it all collapsed. Bolton, UK-based CCM was born out of the closing of the BSA Competition Department in 1971. Alan Clews, founding father of Clews Competition Motorcycles, wanted a better motocross bike. He bought everything left at BSA and started building motocross bikes in his garage. There were no engines, so Clews developed his own and his four-stroke bikes would compete with the then dominant two-stroke. In the mid-1970s, the John Banks achieved respectable results in the 500cc Motocross World Championship aboard a CCM.4,000 plus CCMs reached North America licensed as Can-Am motorcycles. Initially powered by CCM-built but BSA-based engines, Rotax engines came in the 1980s and 1990s with production peaking at 3,500 a year.Harley-Davidson bought the production rights to the military MT-500 (Rotax) in 1987 when NATO chose the machine. The company was sold twice before being re-purchased by Clews in 2004 to launch a new range of motorcycles in 2005, and to enter once more the World Motocross Championship fray in 2008.
The GS is BMW’s bestselling motorcycle by far, a beautifully crafted blend of on- and off-road capability. In this translation of the German book, "Faszination BMW GS," now in its fifth edition, all versions are covered in careful detail and extensively illustrated.
Palmer’s book melds how-to preservation advice and techniques with anecdotes and histories of 30 or so owners who have tried to keep their classics intact and true to their build sheets without recourse to restoration. An easy-going read, turning where it likes, the book is perhaps indicative of a trend away from the sugar-coated trailer queens many have come to regard as the pinnacle of our world. A refreshing change and some lovely cars.