The Ul­ti­mate Mo­tor­cy­cle En­cy­clopae­dia

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By Roland Brown and Mac McDiarmid 512 pages soft cover. ISBN: 978-1-84309-692-4 RRP; $22.74 Re­view copy from Pitstop Books 08 9322 5444 or Or­der code: 51017

As the ti­tle sug­gests, this is a very com­pre­hen­sive book – the work of two very ex­pe­ri­enced jour­nal­ists. The ma­jor­ity of the book con­cen­trates on the A-Z of Mo­tor­cy­cles, be­gin­ning with Got­tlieb Daim­ler’s Ein­spur of 1885, through to the present day. As well as fea­tur­ing in this sec­tion, Har­ley-David­son has two ex­tra sec­tions of its own, cov­er­ing the com­pany his­tory and the stand­out mod­els over the years. H-D in fact ac­counts for al­most half the book, which would seem to over­state the com­pany’s sig­nif­i­cance in mo­tor­cy­cling’s holistic story. Still, the text is in­for­ma­tive and the pho­tog­ra­phy of a high stan­dard. If there is one com­plaint it’s the size of the type, which in the cap­tions and break­outs bor­ders on be­ing too small to read.

FOOT­NOTE: Most of our re­view ti­tles come via lo­cal dis­trib­u­tors and we en­cour­age read­ers to sup­port the re­tail­ers noted with each re­view.

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