Ital­ian Café Rac­ers

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT -

By Uli Cloe­sen Pub­lished by Ve­loce 124 pages hard cover ISBN: 978-1-845847-49-4 RRP: $59.99 Some rather de­li­cious eye candy here. There is ob­vi­ously a marked dif­fer­ence be­tween the Bri­tish white scarf bri­gade and their Ital­ian coun­ter­parts – for a start the cof­fee’s much bet­ter. The book be­gins with a big col­lec­tion of ul­tra lightweigh­ts, mostly fac­tory pro­duced mod­els rather than home-spun spe­cials, but all ex­tremely hand­some. Not sur­pris­ingly, the majority of the in­di­vid­u­ally cre­ated café rac­ers are larger ca­pac­ity jobs, and many of th­ese use the time­less Moto Guzzi v-twin as the ba­sis for some very orig­i­nal think­ing and ex­e­cu­tion. But there’s an in­cred­i­ble va­ri­ety of mar­ques that have un­der­gone the same treat­ment; MV Agusta, Bi­mota, Laverda, Benelli,Guzzi sin­gles, and of course, end­less Du­catis. A book full of food for thought. a far­rago of mis­matched parts. Nat­u­rally be­gin­ning with the orig­i­nal CB750 (of­ten in­cor­rectly re­ferred to as a K0), the book traces the evo­lu­tion of the se­ries up to the fi­nal K model, the USA-only K8, and picks up with the F se­ries, which used the same 736cc SOHC en­gine but with ev­ery­thing else com­pletely restyled. The short-lived Hon­damatic (1976-1978) is also fea­tured. An im­mense amount of re­search ob­vi­ously went into the com­pi­la­tion of this book, and the pho­tog­ra­phy is of ex­cel­lent qual­ity. Follow the guide­lines and you can’t go wrong. Mail BSA Ban­tam. His back­ground in graphic art, cou­pled with Mary Ann’s skills as an il­lus­tra­tor, have re­sulted in the pair cre­at­ing not just Barry, but a fam­ily of charm­ing char­ac­ters built around iconic bikes like Ralph the Ariel Square Four, Max the BSA A7, Colin the AJS and Suzie the Scooter. So far there are two books in the se­ries, with more to come. “There are now gen­er­a­tions of young chil­dren grow­ing up with­out any knowl­edge of won­der­ful mo­tor­cy­cles brands such as BSA, Ariel, Nor­ton or Vincent,” sys Jeremy. “With this in mind my wife and I de­cided to write and il­lus­trate a se­ries of chil­dren’s books which bring to life a time when such ma­chines were reg­u­larly seen on our roads.” De­tails are on the web­site www.bar­ry­the­bike.com. Price is $14.00 per book in­clud­ing postage within Aus­tralia and books can be or­dered di­rectly from [email protected]­ry­the­bike.com or by call­ing (03) 9724 9255.

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