From Boneshakers to Choppers
The Rip-roaring History of MotorcyclesBook - 2007
A history of the motorcycle spans its beginnings as a steam-driven bicycle to its current incarnation as a racing vehicle and as a mainstream form of transportation, including the image of motorcyclists and how it has changed over the years.
Firefly Books Ltd
The fastest book on two wheels explores the timeless appeal of the motorcycle.
In 1885, two German inventors strapped a motor to a bicycle, and the world's first motorcycle was born. Riders have been hooked ever since.
Climb aboard From Boneshakers to Choppers and discover how these two-wheeled wonders spawned subcultures that continue to flourish today. From early endurance contests that catapulted Harley-Davidson to fame to pulp novels featuring rugged biker heroes, you'll witness the burgeoning motorcycle image of the early 20th century.
Move on to wartime when the military pushed the motorcycle's portability by designing collapsible motorbikes to drop -- by parachute -- behind enemy lines. Then follow the motorcycle through the definitive postwar years: the birth of the Hell's Angels, the ultimate cool of biker Marion Brando in The Wild One, and the scooter-as-fashion craze of the mods. You'll also discover the world of adventurous female bikers, take to the tracks of stunt riders, and hit the road with cross-continent racers.
Brimming with an amazing collection of archival and contemporary photographs, FromFrom Boneshakers to Choppers will take you on an unforgettable ride.
A history of motorcycles that explores their appeal and subcultures. Well-illustrated, it includes archival and contemporary photos, and follows bikes from their beginnings in 1885, through the wars, contests, stunts and movies that define their mystique.
Explores the history of motorbikes, including the story of Harley-Davidson's rise to the number one manufacturer of bikes, the role motorbikes played in World War II, the culture of "bad boys" and motorcycles, and the world of stunt riders and cross-continent racers. Simultaneous.