A HISTORY OF THE WORLD’S MOTORCYCLES
WRITTEN BY RICHARD HOUGH AND L.J.K. SETRIGHT
This book provides a briskly-recounted history of the powered two-wheeler, from the pioneer products of Parkyns and Holden in Britain, Copeland and Pennington in the USA, the Werner brothers and the Count de Dion in France, and others. Every stage of development is covered from the twist-grip control of the Daimler of the 1880s, through the springing and electrical developments of the pre-World War I Indians, the transmission revolutions wrought by men such as Bradshaw in the 1920s, to the Italian and German refinements of the 1930s and 1950s, and the Japanese technical conquests of the 1960s. Individual machines of historical note are singled out and examined, and on the racing scene some of the most exciting events, and some of the more colourful and successful personalities, are sketched in as a background to the account of progress and development in the technical field.
1. Until 1900 Primordial chaos
2. 1901-1915 Evolution of the fit
3. 1916-1925 Reaching maturity
4. 1926-1925 The classical era
5. 1936-1949 Sophistication
6. 1950-1972 Back into the melting pot
The book has been used. Hard cover, 208 pages, English text.
ISBN : 0 04 706039 6