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The Pictorial History of Motorcycling by Tony Middlehurst  -  Published the first time in 1988 by Bison Books Ltd,  England / This book was reprinted in 1989  -  Printed in Spain  -  ISBN 0-86124-445-1   #LB5

Hard cover book printed on high quality glossy paper.  The book measures 14 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches and has 208 pages.  Although the jacket of the book looks fairly nice, it needed a little repair.  If you remove the jacket, the book itself is in excellent condition.

CONTENTS:

The book is divided in 4 parts:

The Early Years  1817-1904

The Big Bang  1905-1939

The Golden Age  1940-1968

The Power Game  1969-present  (1988)

This magnificent volume looks at the chequered but always fascinating life story of the motorised cycle, from its first faltering steps as the forerunner of the automobile, through incredible creations powered by coal gas, steam, and even dogs inside treadmills, to the 170 mph firebreathers of the late 1980s.  Great motorcycling traditions like the TT Races on the Isle of Man, death-defying contests and speed record attempts on the banked circuits at Brooklands and Daytona, the legendary machines and the men and women who rode them, high drama, innovation, politics, war and death; motorcycles and the people connected with them played a major part in the history and making of the twentieth century.  This is their story.  Lavishly illustrated throughout the whole book, vividly re-creates the thrills and spills of this exciting sport.  It will delight and inspire both amateur enthusiast and dedicated rider.

Tony Middlehurst was a motorcycle journalist for 10 years, he became an Editor of Superbike magazine.  An avid motorcycling enthusiast, he has been all over the world testing bikes, including many thousands of miles in the United States.  He is accomplished at straight-line drag racing on Suzukis, and Kawasakis on various British circuits.