Vintage Motorcycles

By Jeff Clew; J. R. Clew
Shire Publications, Paperback, 9780747802778, 32pp.

Publication Date: November 17, 2009

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Description
After the close of the First World War, the British motorcycle industry rose to prominence as British motorcycles became almost unbeatable in competitions. However, a shortage of these new model bikes pushed prices to a premium and most people were forced to settle for prewar designs. These high prices led to greater competition, and greater competition lead to swifter and more innovative development. By the mid 1920s the overhead valve engine came into its own, with enhanced performance, and then the overhead camshaft engine with even greater potential. Internal expanding hub brakes kept safety in step with increased performance. The later 1920s brought about further significant changes when wired-on tyres came into general use and electric lighting replaced acetylene lights. Appearance was improved when chromium plating took the place of nickel and the saddle tank rendered the old flat tank superfluous.
Packed with illustrations of the bikes in use, this book is a celebration of the golden years of British motorcycles.



About the Author
Jeff has been an active motorcyclist since 1946 in both road and competition events. He retired in 1991 from his role as Editorial Director of the Haynes Publishing Group. Jeff is a regular contributor to Old Bike Mart and on irregular occasions to most other motorcycling magazines. A member of the Vintage MCC and founder of one of its sections, he is also a member of the LE Velo Club and a life member of the London Douglas MCC and the Kickstart Club or Torbay.

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