WRITTEN BY FRANCOIS-MARIE DUMAS
THIS IS THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE BOOK “MOTOS INSOLITES & PROTOTYPES HORS NORMES”
Published in 2012
Famous makes and models dominate motorcycle history, but there have been many fascinating designs that never reached the spotlight. In the shadows, lesser-known – and often wacky – motorcycles have come and gone. Unusual Motorcycles is a celebration of the bikes, scooters, sidecars and engines that never quite made it. With insightful text accompanied by around 500 photographs, this attractive book is a must-have for all fans of motorbikes and their history.
CONTENTS / SOMMAIRE :
UNUSUAL MOTORCYCLES : Felix Millet / Louis Clement / Krieger-Gnaedig / Megola / Barbier / Hillinger & Freund / Gnome & Rhone / Pietro Vassena / IMN Rocket 200 / Japanese Clones/ Yamaha 500 XT Prototype
NOVEL CONCEPTS : Wooden motorcycles / Motorcycles by mailorder / Two-wheel-drive motorcycles / Three-seater motorcycles / Sheet-metal motorcycles / Motorcycles with skis and studded tyres / Caterpillar track motorcycles / First steps with electricity / Souplex motorcycles
UNCONVENTIONAL ENGINES : Ballot engine-block / Stepped pistons / Fernand Laguesse’s opposed pistons / Richard Hüchen’s engines / Double flat twins / The utopia of the double piston / Ultima horizontal twin
RACING MOTORCYCLES : Peugeot Grand Prix 500 / Allegro / FN M14 Grand Prix 500 / DHW US 50 Gegenlauefer / BSA MC1 250 / Norton and the mini-Manxes
MOTORCYCLES AND SIDE-CARS : Meccano motorcycle and sidecar / Seal Family Four / Motosport Side-Motor / The Sidecar leads the way / Articulated Sidecars
SCOOTERS : Unibus / Salsbury / BMW / Motobecane SCC Mobyscoot / ‘Flat-One’ Scooters / Plastic Scooters
The book has been used. It is in as new condition. Hard cover, 207 pages, English text.
ISBN : 978 0 85733 261 5