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 history of the French marque Motobecane, starting from 1921 up to 1984 told throught the analysis and description of its road and sporting models, in a chronological order. It includes also many interesting anecdotes and useful tips for the restoration.
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This updated edition of the book is enhanced by an in-depth examination of the reassembly of the crankcase and two new chapters dedicated to the final drive and the spark plugs. A guide of fundamental importance for those who want to “get their hands dirty” around their classic bikes.
A definitive history of Triumphs two most popular models in the 1940s and 1950s In depth information on the Thunderbird not previously available. Year-on-year development history on both models. Year-by-year engine and frame numbering enabling correct identification. Colour schemes used throughout the model life. Photographs and colour prints showing each model in detail. Competition success and achievements for both models.
This volume is the result of experience acquired personally in garages as well as of concepts acquired in years of consulting books, manuals of the constructors and specialist publications. It is an easy-to-read guide but of rigorous and important content with which to carry out work on motorcycles of times gone by, with attention focused not on the pre-war models but on those of the 60s and 70s in particular, that is those on which today’s enthusiasts work most frequently. The book deals with all aspects of restoration with special reference to mechanical work and the engine as well as the chassis-suspension-drivetrain; those which the enthusiasts can carry out themselves in their own garages, using easy-to-find tools of reasonable cost. Provided, obviously, that they know how they must proceed and why in one given way rather than another’