Grand Prix Motorcycle Racers: The American Heroes
Until the 1970s, North America was considered a backwater with respect to world championship–level motorcycle road racing. European racers viewed American riders as being less talented and rode around in circles on tracks made of dirt. That all changed when Kenny Roberts exploded onto the Grand Prix racing scene and became the first American to win the world championship in motorcycle road racing's premier class. Roberts' success launched an era of American dominance that lasted for nearly 20 years and still echoes through the annals of the sport. This is the story of the legendary American riders who beat the Europeans at their own game, including Freddie Spencer, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz, Kenny Roberts Jr., and the most recent American world champion, Nicky Hayden. With additional chapters about the American World Superbike champions and those Americans who competed for the World Championship, this is the story road racing fans have been waiting decades to read.�... [Read More]
Grand Prix Racer
Mick Walker's Japanese Grand Prix Racing Motorcycles
Author: Mick Walker. On the surface it appeared that the Japanese suddenly became proficient in the design and construction of motorcycles at the end of the 1950s. But in fact, their technical expertise had developed over several decades. Initially Japan was accused of blatant plagiarism, but soon its designers were producing innovative machinery. In the 1960s Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha battled for domination in motorcycle racing, providing a shot in the arm for a struggling sport since the withdrawal of British and Italian factories in the 1950s. The Japanese contribution to Gp racing was paramount in the 1960s and 1970s with many famous riders. Nowadays political correctness, environmental issues and financial constraints dominate. Japanese Grand Prix Racing Motorcycles sets out to provide a retrospective of Gp racing as we await future developments. Contents: Early days, Bridgestone, Honda - the classic era, Honda - the modern era, Kawasaki, Suzuki - the classic era, Suzuki - the mod... [Read More]
Hitting the Apex
The Vincent in the Barn: Great Stories of Motorcycle Archaeology
It’s every motorcyclist’s dream. A friend or acquaintance says, “You know, there’s an old bike that’s been sitting in this garage for years.” The hunt is on. And rather than the usual worthless Hondazukimaha pile of hopeless oxidation, at the back of that barn you find a genuine classic, the motorcycle collector’s dream. The Vincent in the Barn tells forty such stories--tales of motorcycle hunting dreams come true. From Ducatis in basements to Vincents abandoned in sheds, Harleys in barns to Brit bikes moldering behind urban garages, these are the stories that fuel every motorcyclist’s fantasies. The only difference? They’re true. See Tom Cotter, author of Motorbooks “In the Barn” series, interviewed by Jay Leno on JayLenosGarage.com: http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/jays-book-club-the-hemi-in-the-barn/1237422/
YAMAHA YZR500 GRAND PRIX RACER (1980): WINNER OF THE 1980 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR 'KING KENNY' ROBERTS (THE MOTORCYCLE FILES Book 8)
The Yamaha YZR500 (OW48R) is the machine which took 'King Kenny' Roberts to the third of his world titles and was the most successful of Yamaha's Grand Prix racers in the period when it was fought over by 500cc two-stroke machines from Japan's major manufacturer teams, viz. Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha.This edition of the motorcycle files includes a full history of the model, plus a track test and an interview with its World Champion rider, Kenny Roberts.
The Racing Years - 1963
Valentino Rossi: Life of a Legend
From the day he was born into a racing family on February 16, 1979, Rossi was destined for racing greatness. Rossi started his international racing career in 1996, riding for Aprilia in the 125cc class, and won his first World Championship the following year. Rossi’s career would see him go on to win nine Grand Prix World Championships, score 87 wins in 500cc/MotoGP, and many more accolades. This visual biography covers this incredible racer’s journey, his victories, rivalries, and transitions from brand to brand. See his incredible battles against the likes of Max Biaggi, Sete Ginbernau, and Dani Pederosa, and why they inspired three films (Faster, Fastest, Hitting the Apex). Get to know Rossi’s incredible charm and wit, and why he has achieved rock-star status among racing fans.
Classic TT Racers: The Grand Prix Years 1949-1976
Classic TT Racers: The Grand Prix Years 1949-1976 is a history and tribute to some of the most important and successful motorcycles that raced during the TT's years as host of the British round of the motorcycle world championship. Topics include the events and personalities that led to the creation of the race and its challenging course. The early success of the British motorcycle manufacturers -Norton, Velocette, AJS and Matchless - and their riders are covered as are the origins of the Italian Fours - Gilera and MV Agusta Quattro. The influence and reign of the Japanese manufacturers - Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki - are discussed. Finally, details are included of the technical developments that enabled the bikes to conquer the mountain course with world-record beating times.
HONDA NSR500 GRAND PRIX RACER - 1984-2002: THE BEST OF THE GP TWO-STROKES (THE MOTORCYCLE FILES Book 10)
The Motorcycle Files is a series of short but hugely-informative e-books that presents you with a unique opportunity to build your own library of road and track tests of some of the world’s rarest motorcycles along with history features and interviews with star riders, designers and others that gave the machines their unique character.This special extended issue tells the full story of the Honda NSR500 – the most successful machine ever to contest the 500cc Grand Prix class in the two-stroke years from 1975 to 2001 - and includes an exclusive test of the very machine that started off its record-breaking string of World Championship successes - the V4 that Freddie Spencer rode to the title in 1985.Also included is a massive Photo Gallery that illustrates the year by year development of the NSR500 over its 18 year history.
Power Wheels Dune Racer Extreme 12-V Battery-Powered Ride-On, Green
With extra-wide tires and a low profile design, the Power Wheels Dune Racer Extreme is ready to tackle whatever terrain young off-roaders can handle! This mean machine features an awesome Monster Traction drive system, which can zoom over hard surfaces, wet grass and more. Its Power Wheels Dune Racer Extreme Ride-On Vehicle:Age Range: 3 to 7 YearsStylish green frame with cool "chrome" accentsDrives 2.5 and 5 mph forward & 2.5 mph in reverseMonster Traction system drives on hard surfaces, wet grass, and rough terrainSturdy steel frame with metal sidebars
Power Wheels Jurassic World Dino Racer, Green Ride-On ATV for Kids
The Power Wheel Jurassic World Dino Racer sends young adventure seekers roaring into exciting adventures on a green dinosaur with a ferocious mouth that kids can open and close for awesome chomping action. Young riders can race over hard surfaces, grass, and other rough terrain Power Wheels Jurassic World Dino Racer, Green Ride-On ATV for Kids:Age Range: 3 to 7 YearsGreen Raptor design - manually open & close the mouth for awesome chomping action!Drives on hard surfaces, grass & rough terrain at max. speed of 6 mph forward, 3
HOVERHEART Kids Electric Power Motorcycle 6V Ride On Bike Red
Electric-motor-driven with lifelike details, this motorcycle feels like a real thing but designed especially for children. Durable and sturdy, best company for your kid!This product is suitable for the children ages 3 & up , and product should be used under adult supervision only!Product dimensions: HOVERHEART Kids Electric Power Motorcycle 6V Ride On Bike
Disney Mickey Roadster Racer 6-Volt Battery-Powered Ride On by Huffy
6-Volt Disney Mickey Racer Battery-Powered Ride-On Gear up and get ready to ride! Rev up for awesome fun with the new 6-volt Disney Mickey Racer Battery-Powered Ride-On. It brings Mickey’s racer to life with flashing engine lights and cool racing sounds. Realistic-looking chrome exhaust pipes, Feature: Interactive lights and sounds make this Disney Mickey Roadster Racer Electric Ride-On a fun race to the finish line!Recommended Age: 3 to 7 years, Max Weight: 65 lbs.Type: 6-Volt Battery-Powered Ride-on; Includes battery and chargerTires: Smooth-riding tires with rubber strips to improve traction and
Power Wheels Barbie Dune Racer Ride-On Vehicle, Teal & Pink
Young drivers can race into all kinds of cool off-road adventures with their good pal Barbie in the Power Wheels Barbie Dune Racer! Combining iconic Barbie colors and graphics with a cool ATV design, steel frame, and a high-performance Monster Traction drive system that can Power Wheels Barbie Dune Racer: Age Range: 3 - 7YIconic Barbie colors and graphics with "chrome" wheels and grilleSturdy steel frame with metal sidebars for hand supportMonster Traction system drives on hard surfaces, wet grass, and rough terrainDrives 2.5 and 5 mph (4 and 8
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