My cool motorcycle

Old Bike Australasia - - YAMAHA MT-07 -

By Chris Had­don ISBN: 978-1-909108-91-2 Pub­lished by Harper Collins 160 pages hard cover RRP: $29.99 They say ev­ery book has its own per­son­al­ity, but I can’t quite put my fin­ger on this one. Per­haps a clue lies in the fact that this is the fifth ti­tle in the “my cool” se­ries – pre­vi­ously there has been (my cool) car­a­van, bike (as in bi­cy­cle), camper­van, and clas­sic car. This one is sub-ti­tled, “an in­spi­ra­tional guide to mo­tor­cy­cles and bik­ing cul­ture” and cov­ers a very wide range of sub­jects within the over-arch­ing theme. The sto­ries are short and pic­to­ri­ally-driven, rang­ing from veteran speed­way rid­ers, beach rac­ers, the in­evitable Charlie Boor­man piece, bob­bers, postie bikes, to pure-bred stuff like Du­catis, BMWs, Nor­tons and so on. Even though it is a very broad-brush ap­proach, the pho­tog­ra­phy is rather good and helps to hold the con­cept to­gether. The au­thor says he has “a huge pas­sion for all things retro and vin­tage” and this is most ev­i­dent in the choice of the sub­ject mat­ter.

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