In the modern era, mass-produced motorcycles tend to be of Japanese or Italian origin with the 'big four' oriental manufacturers dominating the market. However, it wasn't always the case. Until the 1950s, even into the 60s, British makers such as Scott, Rudge, BSA, Norton and Vincent ruled the roost. These legendary companies sold their bikes around the world, winning racing championships and setting speed records as they went. They, and many smaller British firms like them, are motorcycling's founding companies. This is the story of those pioneering firms, whose engineers - many self-taught - were fired by racing ambition, commercial rivalry, patriotic duty and, above all, a passion for innovation. Questions asked include:
- How British was the Triumph company at its beginning?
- Why didn't Norton build the 'featherbed' frame, the basis for the legendary Manx Norton?
- Whatever happened to the mighty BSA?...
Superbly illustrated with over 150 colour pictures many previously unpublished Classic British Motorcyles is a captivating and highly informative account of the men, machines, race meetings and world events that shaped the development of the motorcycle from its bicycle origins.
Colin Jackson has almost forty years motorcycling experience, including some older machines. Active member of Isle of Man TT Marshals Assoc. He trained as CBT instructor. His previous book was Slot Car Racing (Ian Allan Publishing, 2009) and is the editor of Slot Car Racing News magazine.
Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Illustrations: 150 colour photographs