1989 Isle of Man TT Review

Gary Pinchin Hardcover 125 pages Out of Print. New old stock.

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A Passion Observed: A True Story of a Motorcycle Racer
Not many people decide their entire lives in a single moment but some do, and Frank Mrazek was one of them. He knew that he was put on earth to race motorcycles. He knew that he could ride them faster and smoother than anybody else in Brno, maybe in Czechoslovakia, maybe in the world. He knew it before he'd ever swung a leg over one. This is his story.
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A Twist of the Wrist
This DVD puts you on the bike with eight different, exciting camera positions. With nearly 400 action shots, not only on the bike but also from trackside and high above the rider, you see correct and incorrect riding. Drawings, diagrams and computer animations and demonstrations bring your visualization of riding into a crystal clear understanding of cornering and braking. No one has taken more time and care in developing the cornering arts than California Superbike School Director Keith Code.
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Adventure Riding Techniques: The Essential Guide to All the Skills You Need for Off-Road Adventure Riding
Every motorcycle adventure presents new challenges – terrain, weather, geography, mechanical issues, survival and navigation. Adventure Riding Techniques is designed to act as the essential and definitive guide to all the specialist skills one would need for off road adventure riding. It is designed to fill the reader with the confidence needed to undertake a long distance adventure ride, whatever the conditions. The book delivers a practical approach to adventure bike basics, riding techniques, crossing different types of terrain (everything from rivers and mud to rocks and deep sand), riding positions and strategies for survival. A long distance motorcycle journey is a significant undertaking and giving the reader insight into vital techniques and skills is this book’s unique difference. Specialists in the field will be used to demonstrate techniques and provide insightful information for aspiring adventure riders.
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Aprilia: The Complete Story
Bestselling author Mick Walker delivers the complete story of Aprilia's rise to international prominence. Superbly illustrated with many rare colour and black and white photographs, Walker brings the colourful history of this powerful Italian marque vividly to life through comprehensive coverage of Aprilia's successful designs in road, racing, off-road, enduro and world superbikes. Complete with detailed specification tables.
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Bean’re: Motorcycle Nomad
Bean're is one of the last American Nomads. He makes his own rules and travels to and from on his own schedule. The to and from usually involves motorcycle events, like Sturgis and Daytona. His mode of travel is a very well worn Harley with over 200,000 miles on the odometer. With his long pony-tail and tall top hat, Bean’re looks like the original drug fiend. It turns out, however, that Bean’re is straight and sober, and has been for over 23 years. Bean’re – Motorcycle Nomad - is both a non-fiction story of a life-long adventure, and an inspirational tale. If anyone in this world is free, truly free, that someone is Bean’re. Free from the 40 hour grind. Free from the credit card bills and mortgage payments that dog the rest of us. Free from dependence on drugs and alcohol. Though it might seem that Bean’re has nothing, it turns out he has a wealth of the things that are truly important. Things like friends in all 50 states and all over the world. Those friends include the well known and obscure, and both have contributed to this book with testimonials and simple stories about Bean’re. With his status as a cult celebrity in the motorcycle world, Bean’re is often the subject of photos taken at various events. And it’s these photos that fill the center of this book. In addition to travel tales and testimonials, this new book includes tips on everything from breaking free of the daily grind, to learning how to live without chemicals. There’s a chapter on Bean’re’s motorcycle travel tips: How to pack light, pass up the motels, keep an old bike on the road, and deal with the inevitable hassle of storms and breakdowns. For those who already count Bean’re as a friend, this new book will bring a smile to their face. Those who don’t know Bean’re will feel like they do after reading the narrative account of one man who gave it all up and gained a great deal along the way.
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BMW Racing Motorcycles: The Mastery of Speed
Here is the intriguing story of one of the world's most admired and enduring motorcycle companies, and how their fortunes were molded by a determination to win races. Early in the last century, the fledgling company decided to test its products, demonstrate the quality of its designs, and showcase German technology by winning competitions. That determination has lasted to this day, as BMW has remained a formidable competitor in various venues of motorcycle racing. The book covers the company's early mutation from aircraft engine builder to producer of reliable, high-quality motorcycles. Its development of supercharged engines, advanced suspension systems, and many other innovations led to its dominance of various race competitions at different times, with many of those technologies making their way into production motorcycles. BMWs have long been known for reliability and endurance; it is precisely those characteristics which gave the company the deciding advantage in sidecar racing, endurance competitions, and Superbike racing.
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BMW: The Racing Story
The BMW racing story is a fascinating tale of persistence and reward. Though initially unsuccessful in competition, the flat-twin-powered BMW motorcycle was steadily developed until it became a machine to be reckoned with. In 1939 the ultimate was achieved when Georg Meir won the Senior TT. After the War, BMW maintained a high profile on the Grand Prix scene winning no fewer than nineteen world titles from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s in sidecar racing. But BMW: The Racing Story covers much more, including the American scene, the K-series four-cylinder, the four valve twins of the early 1990s and, finally, the great successes gained by the F650-based single in the European and British Supermono series.
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Carl Fogarty: The Complete Racer
Motorcycle racing expert Julian Ryder profiles the extraordinary career of Carl Fogarty, from his early days in motocross and the Marlboro Clubmans Championship through his 750 Superbike, TT and World Superbike Championships. This updated, full-color edition delivers complete details of Fogarty's outstanding career, winning a record third World Superbike title in 1998, taking his fiftieth win early in 1999, plus a look into the future of this fiercely competitive racer.
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Classic Motorcycling: A Guide for the 21st Century
"I gained a great deal this book and expect every other reader will gain likewise" - Hugh Anderson, MBE, World Champion 1963,'64 and '65 writing in the Foreword. A different and fascinating new look at classic motorcycling with an international flavour - sure to appeal to all owners (and intending owners) of classic bikes. "Classic Motorcycling" is about buying, riding and maintaining classic motorcycles. It comes complete with sections on survival rates of classics and their price appreciation over recent years with future predictions, and is literally packed full of advice for both aspiring and experienced owners. From choosing the right bike, training for today's traffic, clothing, safety, maintenance, how and where to buy those all important spares, equipping a workshop, projects to improve most classics to simply experiencing the joy of ownership - its all here.
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Colin Seeley: …And the Rest (Volume 2)
This volume, the second half of Colin Seeley's autobiography, isn't just the story of one man's life and achievements, although the Seeley marquee is indeed an achievement. Colin Seeley has worked with motorcycles since he was 18 years old. He raced sidecars in the '60s and developed and manufactured the famous Seeley racing motorcycle in 1965, which is still raced today. In the '70s, Colin was joint MD at Brabham Cars with Bernie Ecclestone of F1 fame. In the '80s, he managed the Norton Rotary Race Team. Today, he is still involved in many aspects of the motorcycle world. This book covers the development of the Mk3 and 4 Seeley, his involvement with Bernie Eccelstone, the Seeley Hondas, Seeley TL200 Trails Bike, Seeley Quickfit, his involvement with Brabham Cars and Formula One, and his involvement with The Norton Rotary Team and the demise of Norton.
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Colin Seeley: Racer…And the Rest (Volume 1)
This volume, the first half of Colin Seeley’s autobiography, isn’t just the story of one man’s life and achievements, although the Seeley marque is indeed an achievement. Colin recalls bending his very first frame using the most basic of equipment in an outdoor workshop on a frosty December morning in 1965. Colin, through sheer hard work and determination built his reputation as a perfectionist in all things, respected by the rich and famous, the manufacturers, and the fans within the motorcycling fraternity then and now. Packed with photographs, news clippings, and memorabilia, the book is also one man’s vivid memories of the motorcycle racing scene. From the thrills and anxieties of sidecar racing in the 1960s with passenger ‘Gungy Wal’ to the development of CSRS and the highly regarded sponsorship and service provided to racers lucky enough to have the friendship and professional interest of Colin Seeley. If you were there you’ll love reliving the moments. If you weren’t, you’ll wish you had been!
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Crash Kings Motocross
Every Motocross rider falls off. It's just a question of how often which separates the men from the boys! Even world champions are not exempt as we experience 300 crashes, smashes and wipeouts from the spectacular to the slightly sad. It's not surprising there's a lot of coming together when 50 bikes head off for the same 10 metres of track at the first corner! Watch the mayhem on the beach as the riders wilt under the energy-sapping conditions, but at least there's a soft landing, unlike those bumpy, stony motocross circuits where we see bruising, bone-crunching and sometimes very funny action. There's some heart-stopping moments, too as riders bale out in mid-air hoping for a landing which doesn't damage the bike. Nobody gets seriously hurt. Still, better not let your Mum see this one!
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Destination Highways British Columbia : A Motorcycle Enthusiast’s Guide to the Best 185 Roads in Southern BC
Destination Highways British Columbia comprises the most comprehensive information ever produced for the motorcycle enthusiast. The authors provide full details and ratings on the best roads to travel with full colour maps that include campgrounds, parks, roadside cafes, motorcycle repair shops, pubs, wineries and more.
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Destination Highways Washington: A Motorcycle Enthusiast’s Guide to the Best 346 Roads in Washington State
This motorcyclist's guide to the best 346 roads in Washington State is the sequel to Destination Highways British Columbia. The authors each rode 23,000 km to research and evaluate Washington State's best motorcycle roads. Detailed ratings, comprehensive descriptions and over 125 full colour maps provide all the information every motorcyclist needs. Whether your touring style is two-up fully dressed, laid-back cruiser or knee-dragging sport, Destination Highways Washington provides all the tools you need to find and enjoy your favourite Destination Highway.
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Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation
Transportation dominates our daily existence. Thousands, even millions, of miles are embedded in everything we do and touch. We live in a door-to-door universe that works so well most Americans are scarcely aware of it. The grand ballet in which we move ourselves and our stuff is equivalent to building the Great Pyramid, the Hoover Dam, and the Empire State Building all in a day. Every day. And yet, in the one highly visible part of the transportation world, the part we drive, we suffer grinding commutes, a violent death every fifteen minutes, a dire injury every twelve seconds, and crumbling infrastructure. Now, the way we move ourselves and our stuff is on the brink of great change, as a new mobility revolution upends the car culture that, for better and worse, built modern America. This unfolding revolution will disrupt lives and global trade, transforming our commutes, our vehicles, our cities, our jobs, and every aspect of culture, commerce, and the environment. We are, quite literally, at a fork in the road, though whether it will lead us to Carmageddon or Carmaheaven has yet to be determined. Using interviews, data and deep exploration of the hidden world of ports, traffic control centers, and the research labs defining our transportation future, acclaimed journalist Edward Humes breaks down the complex movements of humans, goods, and machines as never before, from increasingly car-less citizens to the distance UPS goes to deliver a leopard-printed phone case. Tracking one day in the life of his family in Southern California, Humes uses their commutes, traffic jams, grocery stops, and online shopping excursions as a springboard to explore the paradoxes and challenges inherent in our system. He ultimately makes clear that transportation is one of the few big things we can change; our personal choices do have a profound impact, and that fork in the road is coming up fast. Door to Door is a fascinating detective story, investigating the worldwide cast of supporting characters and technologies that have enabled us to move from here to there, past, present, and future.
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Down and Out in Patagonia, Kamchatka, and Timbuktu
The first-ever, first-hand chronicle of Dr. Gregory W. Frazier's never-ending motorcycle ride. A little over 40 years ago, a man named Gregory W. Frazier got on his motorcycle, went for a ride, and never returned. He's still out there, circumnavigating the globe: exploring the jungles of Asia in the winter, trout fishing in Alaska in the summer, and covering all points in between during the rest of the year. He's been shot at by rebels, jailed by unfriendly authorities, bitten by snakes, run over by Pamplona bulls, and smitten by a product of Adam's rib. He's circled the globe five times and has covered well over one million miles (and counting). During those past four decades, Dr. Frazier has been chronicling and photographing his around-the-world adventures, publishing 13 books on the subject (including one previous title with Motorbooks), the majority of which have been manuals for touring specific locations or general how-to-tour-by-motorcycle books. He has also produced 9 documentary DVDs, but until now, nothing in print has encompassed the entirety of his worldwide motorcycle adventures. Now, for the first time, he has written his on-the-road autobiography that captures the whole of his extraordinary travels in words and images. Down and Out in Patagonia, Kamchatka, and Timbuktu tells the amazing ongoing story of Dr. Frazier, one of the world's single most well-traveled motorcyclists.
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Endless Horizon: A Very Messy Motorcycle Journey Around the World
In 2005, motorcycle journalist Dan Walsh rode out of London on a Yamaha XT Desert Rat, headed for Africa. From Dakar to Ghana to South Africa, then on to North and South America, he kept his readers posted about his travels, along the way earning the label “the savior of motorcycle writing.” Whether he’s delivering judgments ("Chile will always be South America’s supermodel sister--very beautiful but too long, too skinny, and too expensive to ride, and despite the groovy exterior, unpleasantly right-wing underneath.") or just describing another day on the road ("I get my bum pinched by a tranny, my pocket picked by a grifter and get a gun pulled on me by a one-eyed, one-armed midget who’s upset cause I winked at him.”), these reports from the gonzo frontier of motorcycle travel are never less than Technicolor, adrenaline-soaked, and coruscatingly funny. Lyrical, edgy, fraught with danger, despair and surreal highs and lows--this is a travelogue like no other. Walsh’s postings take readers to Buenos Aires (where “revolutionary” means the angry poor invading the presidential palace, not a really small phone that’s also a camera) and across the sub-Saharan savannah (like riding across a piece of toast with a mouthful of crackers); they feature Walsh being mistaken for a bum in New York, bashed by deadly tequila in Mexico, contracting typhoid in a dilapidated Bolivian hotel, biking “The Most Beautiful Road in the World” in Peru, being kidnapped in Kenya and finding downtown Soweto about as threatening as Stockport. And again and again they reveal Dan Walsh as the rightful heir to Ted Simon as the pre-eminent biker-rebel of our generation.
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Enduro Motor Cycles: Road Test Guide to the World’s Finest
Frank Melling is perhaps the best-known 'off-road' tester of motorcycles resident in England. His forte is an ability to ride each machine with considerable competitive skill, analyse its qualities and then report in an entertaining and meaningful way.
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