Here is the ultimate book of American motorcycles. Featured inside are more than 300 bikes arranged alphabetically by manufacturer, accompanied by full technical data, historical profiles, and specially commissioned photographs that highlight every design detail. The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Motorcycles is the definitive guide to every American motorcycle, from hard-to-find models to both old and new favorites.
American motorcycles have always symbolized freedom, power, craftsmanship, and style. Today, many people think of American motorcycles only in terms of Harley-Davidson, but in the early 1900s, more than 100 American motorcycle manufacturers were represented in the market. Names such as Ace, Cleveland, Excelsior, Henderson, Iver-Johnson, Merkel, Pope, Thor, Yale, and more were familiar to American riders.
The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Motorcycles revisits the greatest bikes of the years fefore the Great Depression of the 1930s, which devastated the once-flourishing industry. The compilation continues through the postwar era, with companies such as Indian, and then covers machines currently in production, such as Harley-Davidson, American Ironhorse, California, Confederate, Rokon, Victory, and the Harley-powered Buell hybrid. Detailed, individual histories of more than seventy-five of the most well-known manufacturers are complemented by full-color photographs highlighting each detail.
With a comprehensive A to Z listing of every American motorcycle manufacturer in operation during the 20th century, The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Motorcycles is a tribute to the innovative pioneers of the motorcycle industry and to their contmporary counterparts who carry the torch into the 21st century.
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