HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY
: All Factory and Production Road-Racing Two Strokes from 1955
by Colin MacKellar
Yamaha's fame in the annals of motorcycle racing history is ensured
by their outstanding contribution to the sport. Yamaha gives
the full story of the racing two-strokes, from the company's fateful
decision to go into motorcycle racing in 1954, right up to the
1990's, and the awesomely powerful machines being produced today.
Rainey: His Own Story
by Michael Scott
Wayne Rainey was certainly one of the greatest GP Racers to hit
the scene in the late 80's-early 90's. With 3 consecutive world
championships under his belt he had his 4th wrapped up when tragedy
struck. Rainey's career was cut short and thus began a new chapter
in this champion's life.
This book deals with his youth, his early racing years on the dirt
tracks of Southern California and later, the dirt tracks throughouit
the US. His entry into GP racing makes for some of the most intriging
and blatantly honest reading you will find. With Kenny Roberts as
team manager, Wayne Rainey's career began to open up and the more
you read the better this book gets.
This is simply the best book on the "inside" of a GP racer
and the entire lifestyle that goes with it. (Ever wonder how "team-mates"
get along when they BOTH want to win? ) Don't pass this one up.
It deserves to be read.
Motocourse : 50 Years of Moto Grand Prix : The Official History
of the Fim Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
by Dennis Noyes (Editor), Francesco
Published in the finest tradition of Motocourse, this great
book, very similar to the aforementioned "Annuals" published
every year, expands beyond just one year, ranging a full 50 years
worth of GP Racing History!.
Captivating, fascinating and insightful, this Motocourse tome
is worth the price. Includes many photos, illustrations and statistics
to please even the most demanding reader.
& Development of the Grand Prix Motorcycle
by Tony Sakkis
Anatomy & Development of the Grand Prix Motorcycle takes the
reader into the pits, onto the track, and behind the scenes to
understand firsthand the inner workings of the world's fastest
and most-advanced road racing motorcycles. The carefully researched
text is accompanied by 200 photographs including historical shots
from the 1920's to the early 1970's to illustrate the sport's
genesis. Some of the biggest names in GP Racing, both past and
present, explain the hows and whys of their sport, including:
Kenny Roberts, Mick Doohan, Eddie Lawson, Kevin Schwantz, Giocomo
Agostini, Erv Kanemoto, Kel Carruthers, and many others.
Best Bike Gp's of the Decade
©1991 Video Treasures/Duke Marketing
This Video compilation includes segments from 10 of the best races
of the 1980's chosen by European and American riders Roberts,
Mamola, Gardner, Schwantz, Lawson, Rainey, Mang, Haslam, Sarroh
and Pons. Includes Interviews, onboard cameras, clashes, laughs
NTSC/US or PAL/UK. Approx. 55/60 minutes. Color. NR.
Company : Motorcycle Road Racing's Pit Warriors
by Jon Ward, Jon Kral (Editor), Candace
A beautifully assembled collection of museum quality photography,
and heart stopping stories. This great book focuses on a much
overlooked subject in the history of GP Racing. Follow the behind
the scenes thrills of race life, the wins, the battles and the
The large Black & White Photos in this coffee-table book are
truly some of the finest of their kind. This is a premium book
for all fans of GP Racing History.
No Time to Lose : The Fast Moving World of Bill Ivy
by Alan Peck
A fantastic old book about one very driven young GP racer in the
early and heady days of the European GP Racing scene.days of the
european motocycling circus. Another fine selection for GP Racing
Jim Redman : Six Times World Motorcycle Champion : The Autobiography
by Jim Redman
In the mid-1960's Jim was the man you had to beat..."
"The extraordinary life story of the penniless orphan and colonial
adventurer who, aboard the most glamorous racing motorcycles, roared
to six hard-fought World Championships and won for himself the reputation
of hard man of the racetrack, and shrewd, steely professional of
the paddock. Compared to Redman, modern GP Riders are a buch of
adolescent softies." -Andy Kershaw
"I think that Jim Redman was a very intelligent pilot..."
- Giacomo Agostini
Three authoritative reasons to read this important autobiography!
Mike Hailwood : A Motorcycle Racing Legend
by Mick Woollett, with Giacomo Agostini
Mike Hailwood has been described as the greatest rider in the history
of motorcycle racing. At the age of 18, he was already a British
champion in four classes. At age 21, he won his first World Championship.
He would go on to claim eight more world titles in the 250cc, 350cc
and 500cc classes.
This definitive history of the millionaire's son who earned a reputation
as one of the sport's nice guys, covers Hailwood's British championships
and early Continental races in 1959 and 1960, before going on to
examine his rides with MV Agusta and Honda in 1960 and 1961; his
small-class endeavors with EMC, MZ and Benelli; and his return to
Honda and four more world titles from 1966 through 1968.
Although Hailwood enjoyed modest success in Formula 1 auto racing,
this book focuses solely on his motorcycle career, to which he made
a spectacular return in 1978, winning the Isle of Man TT aboard
a Ducati and smashing the lap record the following year en route
to winning the Senior TT title.
Director: Bruce Brown (1971)
Without a doubt the quintessential motorcycle film, acclaimed
filmmaker Bruce Brown explores this dizzying and intoxicating
world of rugged roadriders where cycles hit incredible speeds.
Segueing into the grueling excitement of a muddy and murderous
motocross race, we then move on to the tortuous mayhem of the
Mexican 1000 off-track trial race down the BAJA Peninsula.
It's an exhilarating experience that puts you in the driver's
seat for spectacular action and sensational entertainment, immortalized
by the final dizzying dirtbike segment with Steve McQueen. Don't
NTSC/US, PAL/UK. Approximately 96 minutes. Color.
Any Sunday II
Director: Ed Forsyth (1981)
The exciting sequal to 'On Any Sunday', catch the thrills
of various motocycling sports in the desert, road, or tracks around
the world. 'On Any Sunday II' contains some very memorable
championship race clips and interviews with racing greats such
as Kenny Roberts, Bruce Penhall, Brad Lackey, Bob Hannah and others.
NTSC/US, PAL/UK. Approximately 90 minutes. Color.
Director: Douglas Newhouse
Set at Willow Springs International Raceway, this video documentary
is about a privateer racer (Frank Aragaki) and his goal of racing
his superbike on par with the professional "factory"
racers. In the end his hard work pays off and he earns a grid
position among the best riders from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and
Ducati! (Aragaki, Duhamel ,Mladin, Gobert, Hacking, and many more!)
This film illustrates effectively the life of the modern privateer
racer; the hard work, risks, excitement and rewards. Accordingly,
this selection should not be a disappointment.
NTSC. Approximately 55 minutes. Color.
Grand Prix Racing
by G. Tardy, 1974. (Hardcover)
Wheel Showdown! : The Full Drama of the Races Which Decided the
World 500Cc Motor Cycle Championship from 1949
Hilton, 1994. (Hardcover)
Motorcycle Endurance Racing
by Mark Wernham, Mick Walker, 1994.
TUNING, TECH & HOW-TO
by A. Graham Bell
Undoubtedly, the virtue which has most contributed to the widespread
use and varied application of the two-stroke engine is its mechanical
simplicity. Tuning expert A. Graham Bell takes readers through the
various modifications that can be made to a two-stroke and its components
in order to derive maximum useable power and mechanical reliability.
Both the latest advances in two-stroke tuning and old standbys are
covered for all areas of operation, from ignition, carburetion, cylinders,
and valves through exhaust systems and dyno tuning. Updates to this
expanded edition include new photography, line diagrams and explanatory
Tuning : Chassis
by John Robinson
Anyone who has ridden more than three bikes will know that there are
differences - sometimes big differences - in the way they react. Anyone
who has tinkered with suspension and tires will know that it is possible
to make big differences with small changes. And that other changes
(usually the adjustment provided by the manufacturer) make practically
no difference at all.
John Robinson has set out a logical sequence to build a new bike,
or to modify an existing one, to make the most use of it's power.
Some things can be quantified. The geometry of the bike dictates it's
ability to accelerate and to brake; these things can be measured.
The quality of the tires controls the amount of force which can be
transmitted to the ground. Beyond this, things become more qualitative
and must be assessed rather than measured, which is why serious race
teams spend more time testing than they do racing.
If this book saves half a day's testing, it will have paid for itself.
Motorcycle Design & Technology : How and Why
by Gaetano Cocco
Written for everyone from motorcycling greenhorns to technical experts,
this illustrated tour of motorcycle physics and mechanics offers a
complete presentation of concepts which have never before been so
thoroughly and comprehensibly presented in print. After examining
the physical phenomena that govern the handling of a motorcycle, the
text goes on to explain the various types of components that come
together and make the bike go.
Applicable to all makes and models, a generous selection of illustrations
and photographs help readers visualize the topics at hand, allowing
them to hit the saddle with a more complete awareness that enhances
the riding experience.
Soft Science of Road Racing Motorcycles
by Keith Code
At last, an actual workbook for the road racer and sport rider that
details the process of high speed thought. Hundreds of questions
aimed at solving the barriers of speed allow you to dissect your
riding and pinpoint problem areas. This book elevates road racing
into its proper place among demanding sports in the world. Here,
the dynamic relationship between the rider and road is defined and
ordered into a useable form.
Keith Code's first book, "A Twist of the Wrist,"
is the world's number one riding handbook. "The Soft Science"
carries that work forward - after years of research - into an even
more exact technology for all serious riders and racers.
A Twist of the Wrist : The Motorcycle Road Racers Handbook
by Keith Code, with Eddie Lawson & Wayne Rainey
A Twist of the Wrist is the world's number one step=by=step, easy
to use manual that tells the motorcycle rider - novice or veteran,
cruiser to sportbike rider - everything he needs to successfully improve
his riding. This book contains the very foundation of skills for any
rider who wishes more confidence with cornering a motorcycle.
Keith Code is the founder and director of the California
Superbike-Cornering-Schools. He has trained tens of thousands of
motorcycle enthusiasts worldwide - from beginners to factory racers.
His books, schools and riding techniques have set the standards
in motorcycling for over twenty years. No one has demonstrated more
dedication to the improvement of riding skills than Keith.
A Twist of the Wrist II: The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle
by Keith Code
A Twist of the Wrist, Volume 1 is the
acknowledged number one book on rider improvement - for fifteen years
straight. It has brought riders worldwide to a new understanding of
vital skills. Twist, Volume 2, goes even further. It uncovers and
traces, action by action, the direct links between man and machine.
Keith Code has trained more riders than anyone in
the world. His training and teaching methods are responsible for
scores of victories by top riders around the globe. Heith's unique
ability to unravel complexities and establish simple, essential
principles, provides both street and race riders with real tools
to think about, and understand for themselves, the problems of riding.
How to Set Up Your Motorcycle Workshop: Designing, Tooling, and Stocking
by Charlie Masi
This comprehensive book will help you
set up an proper motorcycle workshop and equip it with the tools necessary
to get the job done. Whether your shop will be simple or advanced,
this book will show you how it's done.
In an entertaining style, Mr. Masi explains the basic
principles of a motorcycle workshop, and helps you determine what
your own needs are. Offers help in the Planning and designing of
your motorcycle shop from practical advice on equipment and tools
needed for electrical, motor, chassis work, welding, painting and
more. Contains valuable hints and tips on which tools to purchase,
which tools you can fabricate, and best of all, how to use them.
Amusing anecdotes recount real-life experiences, and examples of
what not to do.
Over 200 photographs and detailed illustrations.
Roberts: Techniques of Motorcycle Road Racing
by Kenny Roberts