This book deals with the golden age of the British motorcycle, featuring 100 machines shown in over 200 photographs. It offers a chronological survey of British motorcycles from the pioneers of 1900 through to the end of the 20th century. It features all the famous marques, such as AJS, Brough, BSA, Douglas, Greeves, Norton, Panther, Royal Enfield, Rudge, Scott, Sunbeam, Triumph, Velocette, Vincent and Zenith. Each entry includes information about the history of the bike, with specification panels detailing years in production, engine type, bore and stroke, capacity, gearbox, brakes, transmission, power, weight and top speed. From the beginning of the 20th century, the British motorcycle rapidly gained in reliability and sophistication. It began as a plaything of the leisured classes, until the war forced it into a utilitarian role. When peace returned in the 1920s, it was poised to fill a demand for mass transport, ushering in a golden age. Divided into four sections - The Pioneers, Vintage Days, The Classic Era, and Endings and Beginnings - this book profiles 100 of the best-loved machines that shaped a century of motorcycle design.It includes all the famous marques, each one illustrated with identification photographs, making it a book every bike enthusiast will want to own.
Andrew Kemp has worked as a writer on Road Bike magazine, edited motorcycle histories for the Osprey Collector Series, and has been a contributing author for classic bike magazines. Mirco De Cet has photographed bikes for books and magazines, including On Two Wheels, Motorcycle News, Moto, Classic Motorcycles and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle.