Italian Café Racers
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.