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Grab a complete, up-close view of the history of motorcycles!
From a completely logical standpoint, the motorcycle should have disappeared with the advent of the inexpensive automobile, since Henry Ford's Model T usurped the motorcycle's position as a primary form of utilitarian transportation. But a funny thing happened on the way to extinction--the motorcycle not only survived, but thrived. Enough people were enamored of the thrill and beauty of the two-wheeled mechanical beast to ensure it would continue to exist indefinitely.
This heavily illustrated book features the most iconic classic motorcycles of all time, in both period photography and modern studio photography. Each motorcycle has been photographed in a studio setting on a black background, allowing the photographer to highlight the most interesting aspects of every machine. Period ads and relevant historic photos and documents accompany the featured bikes so that you can see them in the context of their time. In sum, Classic Motorcycles: The Art of Speed is a carefully curated overview of motorcycle history from the early 1900s through the advent of contemporary motorcycles.
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Mark Mederski has been involved in the motorcycle community for nearly fifty years. Mederski worked for the American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum and is now the director of the Antique Motorcycle Foundation for the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. He owns over thirty collectible motorcycles from Europe, England, Japan, and America. Mederski lives in Columbus, Ohio.Since the early 1980s, Michael Lichter has been photographing custom motorcycles for the pages of Easyriders magazine--often hanging from the beds of pickup trucks during rainstorms or photographing packs of bikers in such places as Daytona Beach, Florida, and Sturgis, South Dakota. He has written and provided photography for a number of books, and he lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.
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