Tag

book Archives — Bikernet Blog - Online Biker Magazine

The BMW Motorcycle Story – New Edition Book

By | General Posts

Features
• The complete history of BMW motorcycles from 1923 up to the present day
• From the very first BMW motorcycle, the R32 boxer, which established the lineage that continues today
• Covers BMW’s strong history of competition and world speed record attempts
• A look at the innovative technical solutions that have been pioneered by BMW
• How BMW rose from the ashes of World War II to survive and prosper
• How the company survived the threat of bankruptcy in 1959
• The creation of BMW’s first Superbike during the 1970s: the R90S
• The 1980 R80 G/S established a niche dual purpose market
• BMW’s most recent exploits, and its successful entry into the world of extreme high performance with the S1000RR
• Bringing the story right up to date: BMW now produces its widest range ever, encompassing single, twin, four and six cylinders

Description
From Max Friz’s R32 of 1923, until the K1600 Grand America 95 years later, every BMW motorcycle has been unique, and many have incorporated unconventional technical solutions. But the road hasn’t always been smooth and BMW has survived many ups and downs.

Synopsis
This new edition of Ian Falloon’s classic book on the history of BMW Motorcycles brings the story right up to date, and now includes all models from 1923 right through to 2019.

Over the past 80 years, BMW motorcycles have provided a unique alternative to those of other manufacturers. Some motorcycles may have been faster, certainly others were cheaper, but with their emphasis on quality and reliability, none have emulated the practicality of a BMW. With its commitment to ease of serviceability, the BMW motorcycle has become the preferred choice for hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists around the world. BMW motorcycles are made to be ridden, and if the journey includes a mixture of straight roads and corners, there is no better motorcycle. Factor in the best range of factory luggage and accessories available, and the success of BMW motorcycles isn’t surprising.

Ownership of a BMW is also generally a long-term affair. Because of long model runs, the designs are so well developed there seems little need to update on the whim of fashion. This is most definitely a refreshing change from the current trend towards instant obsolescence.

Falloon is a prolific author and one of the world’s foremost motorcycle historians with years of experience. His other BMW books include BMW Boxer Twin Bible, BMW R90S, and the Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles.

Additional Information
Period Covered: 1923-2019
Models Covered: All BMW motorcycle models from 1923 up to 2019.
The definitive history of BMW motorcycles.
Covers all road and racing models from 1923.

Bandit’s Cantina – sign up for goodies

By | General Posts

Bikernet.com behind the scenes action

“I read the weekend round up the part about us dying.. Seems I think about it from time to time. I guess when I read Arlen had passed it kinda hit me. The past 20 years have flown by. my Dad would always tell me you only live once so live and I guess that is what I try do. Great article!”
– Mike Pulin

* * * * * * * *

“Received my Bikernet Goodies thanks. Really enjoy reading and looking at all of your site.Very interesting for a guy who grew up in and went to all 12 grades in Shoshoni,Wyoming! Your logo with the 5 Ball reminds me of the ol Lucky 5 Lounge in beautiful downtown Shoshoni. Take care!”
– John Hoffman

* * * * * * * *

Cheers – Keith Ball has ridden through Shoshoni several times on the way to Sturgis. – Wayfarer@bikernet.com

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE CANTINA – Bandit’s Emerald City

We’ve taken Bikernet.com Entertainment to a new level.

This is a very special area with whole books, broads, and rare antiques. And now you will also receive complete and amazing Jack McIntyre Event Galleries of images. For just about 20 cents a day, you will receive:

Bandit’s Cantina Access: https://www.bikernet.com/pages/custom/subscription.aspx

  • Behind-the-scenes custom motorcycle news every Sunday with topless babes.
  • More than 20 years of antique bike features and motorcycle history.
  • Bikenet Weekly News
  • A variety of Features and Tech articles
  • Bikernet’s impressive library and 24 years of archived editorial content
  • Girls of Bikernet: NEW Extra Spicy GIRLS! Topless Models posing on gorgeous Bikes to tantalize, with stories that will curl your toes. And new girls from: Photography by Jack McIntyre, Peter Linney and Markus Cuff.
  • The Digital Discovery Area, where we bring you strange shit you’ll never find anywhere else.
  • Bandit’s Cantina Soap Opera – About once a month, step into the Cantina and find out who is messing with whom.
  • Two-wheeled Tales – fiction and non-fiction adventures
  • Special Reports – cultural curiosities, Reviews and interviews
  • NEW – Bandit’s BikerPics. Photos by the esteemed photographer Jack McIntyre from Events around the USA, with nothing held back. Topless women, Bikes and more women! Jack hits events all over the country and his photography is a blast and lively. It’s like you attended the event, only better, because you miss the empty beer cans and see only the prime action.

All this and more for just $24.95 for a year or $39.95 for two years!

Sign up now and receive a special package containing an assortment of Bikernet goodies and bling.

Get Your Booth Today for Vegas BikeFest

By | General Posts

LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST 2019

Save the Date! 19th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest – October 3-6, 2019

We are excited to announce that Vegas BikeFest is returning to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, located behind the D Hotel at 3rd and Carson. This puts Rally Central next to the world famous Fremont Street Experience visited by over 60,000 people every day. Rally Central will be accessible to major foot traffic and a record number of attendees as well as all of the official BikeFest hotels.

Vegas BikeFest is even bigger and better than ever before. The entertainment, contests, competitions and bike shows will not disappoint! Vegas BikeFest gives away over $100,000 in cash and prizes, including $5,000 in shopping sprees to be spent on our vendors – YOU!

Join us for Vegas BikeFest 2019! The link below has lots of information about why we should be featured on your 2019 rally schedule.

https://LasVegasBikeFest.com/prospectus/

Ready to sign up now! Click below to reserve your booth today!

https://LasVegasBikeFest.com/buy-a-booth/

We will follow up with you very soon to discuss your plans and lock up your space. In the meantime, please contact me with any questions you may have.

Mindi Cherry | Vice President/Event Manager
Las Vegas BikeFest
www.LasVegasBikeFest.com
P: 702-216-5832 | E: mcherry@LasVegasBikeFest.com

HIGHWAYMEN – Adventure Biker Fiction Book

By | General Posts

HIGHWAYMEN – Adventure Biker Fiction Book

E-book FREE from 15-March to 19-March on Amazon

Click: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PG5BDPD

Paperback for $ 8

Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1799285219

The Highwayman’s life is such, too many people and too few relationships. These tales from distant roads describe with a pulp flavour the men on the run. They run from the law, from conformity, from daily grind, from love and from themselves. Indulge yourself in a fantastical world of adventure and possibility.

The rider loves nothing but his iron horse, but he is lured into temptations on his journey; can he defeat the demons of his past chasing him. Crime is an inevitable truth of modern society. The urban cowboy rides over obstacles to justice, crushing the evil-doers while saving the damsel in distress.

Mark Curer writes fascinating variables of Biker Fiction, shifting from loner to posse riders and from murder to romance. His style is unique, voice murky and words playful. His protagonists battle small goons to organised crime syndicates. The female characters are daring lady-luck and baring their heart. Change of times, change of roads, change of heart – you will go through all as you revel in the raw tales in this collection of short-stories.

Motorcycles and Motorcycling in the USSR

By | General Posts

Motorcycles and Motorcycling in the USSR from 1939: A Social and Technical History
Hardcover – April 16, 2019 – available for Pre-Order on Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com//dp/1787113140/

Motorcycles and Motorcycling in the USSR from 1939 provides the first accessible English language account of motorcycles in the Soviet Union. Concentrating on the wartime and postwar period until 1990, prior to the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, it covers the motorcycles produced, and looks at the way in which they were used at home and exported abroad.

Chapters cover wartime, models produced, the social character of Soviet era motorcycling, and wide-ranging sport. With planned rather than market-led production based around copies of pre-war German BMW and DKW models, the industry churned out hundreds of thousands of utilitarian and rugged machines that were very different from the more fashion-orientated machines produced in the West.

These motorcycles went under the place names of the producing factories: Ishevsk, Kovrov, Moskva, Minsk and, of course, the large flat twins produced in Irbit and Kiev under the Ural and Dnepr names. With a strong emphasis on Soviet era illustrations, the book provides an insight into a life, based on idealism and ideology that has now passed.

Photographs and images, many of them from private family collections, show Soviet bikes as well as popular imports Jawa from Czechoslovakia, and Pannonia from Hungary.

Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Veloce Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1787113145

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Colin Turbett got his first motorcycle at age 15 and has owned, built, and cried over mostly British bikes ever since. He currently looks after a 1949 BSA Gold Star, as well as a modern bike. Colin spent a long career in social work in the West of Scotland through which he was a successful textbook author. In recent years motorcycle trips to Eastern Europe have triggered an interest in the utilitarian machines produced there during the Communist years. He has always been interested in the history of the Soviet Union, and this book brings several of his passions together.

The Art & Craft of Extreme Book Collecting

By | General Posts

A ready 101 inspecting the Hells Angels Book

For quite a few years I have collected Author Signed Hardcover First Editions of various English language novels from many popular authors. They are mostly affordable especially if you meet the authors at book signings of their new releases or at various Literary Festivals, Cultural Events, etc.

Anyways, this week I received the Hardcover First Edition of :
Hell’s Angel : The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club Hardcover – July 2000
by Sonny Barger (Author), Keith Zimmerman (Author), Kent Zimmerman (Author)

Now, even though the ISBN is the same,
1. the Publisher is different
2. the Date of publication is different
3. the number of pages is different

So, here is what I found BEFORE buying the UK First Edition Hardcover
READ THE DETAILED SCRUTINY AT CANTINA ARTICLE – CLICK HERE

www.Bikernet.com

 

Veloce Publishing new Kawasaki Book

By | General Posts

The story of the air-cooled ‘big’ Kawasaki bikes in definitive detail, researched and written in Japan with the full co-operation of the factory.

This series of models put the company on the map during the sixties and seventies, helping it to survive a difficult era that saw hundreds of Japanese motorcycle makers reduced to just four. Successful immediately, these models defended Kawasaki’s honour on the tracks as well as in the showrooms, handing the company numerous world championship titles. The series was recently revived as part of a retro boom, and a new machine has been launched, delivering the same thrill and charm as its predecessors.

Book Title: Kawasaki W, H & Z – The Big Air-Cooled Machines
Author Name: Brian Long

Features
• Definitive history of the early air-cooled Kawasakis.
• Sales in all major markets covered in detail.
• Written by a recognized author and historian.
• Racing exploits covered year-by-year.
• Written with the full co-operation of the factory.
• Handy reference charts throughout.
• Detailed production figures, including exports.
• Unravels what is indeed a very convoluted story.
• Contemporary photography to help owners with authenticity issues.
• The author is an owner of vintage motorcycles.

Description
The definitive history of the big air-cooled Kawasakis, from little known machines hardly seen outside Japan to the early Zs that took on the world. The book covers all major markets and uses stunning contemporary photography gathered from all over the globe to help owners establish authenticity or simply take a trip down memory lane.

Synopsis
The story of the air-cooled ‘big’ Kawasaki bikes in definitive detail, researched and written in Japan with the full co-operation of the factory. This series of models put the company on the map during the sixties and seventies, helping it to survive a difficult era that saw hundreds of Japanese motorcycle makers reduced to just four.

Successful immediately, these models defended Kawasaki’s honour on the tracks as well as in the showrooms, handing the company numerous world championship titles. The series was recently revived as part of a retro boom, and a new machine has been launched, delivering the same thrill and charm as its predecessors.

Additional Information
Period Covered: 1965-1980
Models Covered: Kawasaki W1, W2 & W3 (1965-1974), H1 & H2 (1968-1976) and early Z-series, including Z1, Z2 & Z1R (1972-1980). Also includes details on the retro W models (1998-).
Models NOT Covered: 1980 onwards, except retro W models of 1998 on.

The Kawasaki air-cooled models helped establish the Kawasaki brand as a top motorcycle maker.
This book tells the full story of these celebrated models in a depth never before attempted.
Contemporary photography from around the world, virtually all in colour.

ON AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1787112179/

ISBN-13: 978-1787112179

Publisher: https://www.veloce.co.uk

Biker Culture – “A Poetry in Motion”

By | General Posts

Biker Culture – “A Poetry in Motion”
by Ujjwal Dey

Diane Wakoski describes biker life as “… just being so joyfully alive/ Just letting the blood take its own course/ In intact vessels/ In veins…/ – the motorcyclist riding along the highway/ Independent/ Alone”.

Shirley Dent says, “There is precise science in the recklessness of both riding a bike and writing a poem. A good Biker Poet is taking life on, in all its mad, fast-paced complexity, and turning out something that is precise, clear, true.”

Lucinda Williams describes, “The perfect man? A poet on a motorcycle. You know, the kind who lives on the edge, the free spirit. But he’s also gotta have the soul of a poet and a brilliant mind. So, you know, good luck.”

Read the adventure of biker life here on Bikernet.

Join us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/bikernetbiker/

Bikernet Book Review: Keith R. Ball predicts the future back in year 2000

By | General Posts

Bikernet Book Review: Keith R. Ball predicts the future back in year 2000
Revisiting Sam “Chopper” Orwell written by Keith Ball almost two decades ago.
By Ujjwal Dey

George Orwell introduced the world to the idea of Big Brother, doublethink, and newspeak in his celebrated and prophetic novel ‘1984’.

A divided America has the world at panic with everyone and their pet dog uncertain about the future of the promised land of USA. But what does this bold new future mean to us bikers with our nomad lifestyle and love of everything that is good and pure. We were once bracketed with hippies and freethinkers. Now we are labelled as patch wearing misfit outlaws and one-percenters.

Well, a brief and graphic illustration of this dystopian future is available in 2000 novel by Keith Randall Ball titled Sam ‘Orwell’ Chopper in reference to George Orwell’s classic masterpiece ‘1984’.

CLICK HERE TO BUY THE BOOK ONLINE.

Believe the impossible. Read the truth. Fight for your Freedoms. Ride Free!

Detailed Review is posted on Bikernet, check it out.