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The Grand Prix Motorcycle The Official Technical History

Cameron, Kevin & Foreword by Kenny Roberts Sr

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ISBN 10: 1935007017 / ISBN 13: 9781935007012
Published by David Bull Publishing, Bx-247, 2009
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Hardcover. 4to. David Bull Publishing. 2009. 216 pgs. DJ in VG shape with light shelf-wear present to the DJ. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. Photos sent upon request. Bx-247; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 216 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 43512

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Title: The Grand Prix Motorcycle The Official ...

Publisher: David Bull Publishing, Bx-247

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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This is the story of how top-class racing motorcycles have evolved, year by year, from the beginning of the FIM World Championships in 1949 to the present. Each year s championship-winning machine is described in a short essay with an accompanying data panel, and there are 14 longer essays on the various eras of design in championship racing. The essays create a narrative that brings together the many and ever-evolving influences of engine design, materials, tires, and chassis to reveal what technology has provided to help riders win races.

Told with style and great technical insight by acclaimed author Kevin Cameron, this is the development history of 500cc and MotoGP road-racing motorcycles from 1949 to the present day. It can be read as separate chapters, or as a connected narrative of the evolution of the engines, chassis, brakes, and tires used in World Championship racing. Intense competition, rapidly changing technology, and input from the world s best riders all contributed to the important design choices that ultimately led to today s MotoGP bikes and to the closely similar modern production sportbikes.

Power, weight, and aerodynamics are critical performance areas in all forms of motorsport, but the racing motorcycle must have a unique degree of drivability and balance. Power is usable only if the rider can accurately control it. Increased tire grip is useless if it supplies no cues to let the rider know the limit is near. Above all, the bike must act as an extension of the rider s style and senses.

This interaction makes the rider an inherent part of the design and engineering of the motorcycle. The process can be seen at work in the garages after every race practice. The rider talks with the crew chief and the data technician, whose laptops are open. They discuss what can be done to be quicker at key points around the circuit. Successful solutions become the subject of engineering meetings at the factory, and may immediately return as updated parts, or be incorporated as an element of next season s machine.

Unlike Formula One cars, which have little in common with road cars, either technically or visually, MotoGP motorcycles are not greatly different from everyday production sportbikes. They use virtually all the same technologies as their production counterparts, and closely resemble them. What s learned in this year s racing season affects the design of next year s production bikes. This continual process of evolution the result of improvements born of pragmatic problem solving at the track and in the race shop has created the procession of modern motorcycles depicted in this book.

Told with style and great technical insight by acclaimed author Kevin Cameron, this is the development history of 500cc and MotoGP road-racing motorcycles from 1949 to the present day. It can be read as separate chapters, or as a connected narrative of the evolution of the engines, chassis, brakes, and tires used in World Championship racing. Intense competition, rapidly changing technology, and input from the world s best riders all contributed to the important design choices that ultimately led to today s MotoGP bikes and to the closely similar modern production sportbikes.

About the Author:

Kevin Cameron is the technical editor of Cycle World and began writing for its predecessor, Cycle, in 1973. Cameron never intended to be a writer. To hasten recovery from higher education, he began building and tuning racing motorcycles in 1964, becoming a two-stroke partisan with a 250cc Yamaha TD1-B as that revolution gathered strength. He describes writing for Cycle as an accident an experiment by an editor who wanted an insider s view on the fast-developing American 750cc racing scene. Then, as two-strokes waned in the 1980s and his family waxed Cameron s keyboard ultimately replaced his toolbox. Cameron s strength as a technical journalist lies in his ability to present apparently complex physics or engineering matters in simple terms of familiar phenomena and everyday experience.

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