Hardbacks

All of these books are recommended to all Classic Bike Enthusiasts.

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That Man’s Bikes Again 1950-1980 – Peter Mcmanus

This limited edition hardback, (first 500 copy) is signed and numbered by Peter Mcmanus. This book is the sequel to One Man’s Motorcycles 1939-1949.

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Peter Mcmanus That Man's Bikes Again
Bonnie – The Development History of the Triumph Bonneville 2nd Edition, By John Nelson

John Nelson, Triumph’s Service Manager for many years, tells the story of the Triumph Bonneville, one of the all-time classic British bikes, from inception to birth and through to the production of the model, ceasing eight years ago. He chronicles the year by year development, including highly detailed mechanical and cosmetic changes right down to the colour schemes. This edition completes the production history of the Bonnie up to its demise in August 1986. It is completely updated with extra pages of text and pictures plus a reset, comprehensive appendix giving exact specifications and major part numbers for every year of production.

 

Bonnie by JR Nelson
Bill Lomas – World Champion Road Racer

Unfortunately Bill recently passed away (August 14th, 2007)

This Book comes Highly Recommended by All at BBB! 

Bill Lomas started racing in the immediate postwar years while still a schoolboy.     He went on to be a works rider for Royal Enfield, Velocette, AJS, Matchless, NSU, MV Agusta, Benelli and Moto Guzzi. This book, written in his own words, tells it the way it was, with behind the scenes activity, the highs and the lows of motorcycle racing in the “Golden Years” and more. He paints a vivid picture of what it was like to race with the great names of the period until his retirement in 1958.It is an amazing story and told with great humour and the deep knowledge of someone who was there.
Hardback, 304 pages

  

Bill Lomas World Champion Road Racer
Tiger Cub Bible by Mike Estall

This is a complete history of the Triumph Terrier and Tiger Cub motorcycles from the first prototypes in 1952 to the last BSA-built machines in 1967. Author Mike Estall is the Tiger Cub and Terrier Marque Specialist for the Vintage Motor Cycle Club, has owned and/or restored many Tiger Cubs and Terriers and runs a worldwide information service for owners, so he is uniquely qualified to write this comprehensive history of Triumph`s postwar lightweights.
hardback, 208 pages

 

Triumph Tiger Cub Bible
BSA, Unit Construction Twins- The Complete Story by Matthew Vale

The BSA Unit Twin range was launched in the early 1960s, and remained in production until the demise of BSA in 1973. They never attracted quite the plaudits heaped on their Triumph equivalents, but they were robust, popular machines, beloved of tourers, racers and off-roaders alike.

Powered by parallel-twin engines of 500 and 650cc, they were, until the arrival of the three- cylinder Rocket, BSA?s top-of-the-range machines.

The author has written the first full-length book to deal with the BSA A50 and A65 Unit-twin range. He gives us history, full specification details, year-by-year changes, competition fortunes and riding experiences. Also described is the complete restoration of a bike ? a 1965 Lightning bought especially for this book.
Hardback, 176 Pages

The BSA Goldstar, By Mick Walker

From 1937, when the first Gold Star made its debut at Brooklands, to 1962 when production ceased, the Gold Star BSA had a loyal band of followers, Why this should be is told inthis excellent book by respected motorcycle historian Mick Walker, who tells the whole story of the Gold Star and its competition successes.
Hardback, 264 Pages 

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Triumph Restoration Manuals

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Triumph Motorcycle Restortaion – Pre Unit
By Garry Chitwood & Timothy Remus

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wolfgang Publications (15 May 2009)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1929133634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929133635
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.6 x 1 cm
Triumph Motorcycle Restoration, Pre-Unit, by Garry Chitwood and Timothy Remus
Among the classic English motorcycles, the Triumph twins stand at the top. Many enthusiasts consider the Triumphs to be the fastest, the best looking, and the most popular then and now. “Triumph Motorcycle Restoration: Pre-Unit”, takes a thorough look at what is required to restore a Triumph 650cc Twin built before 1963. The book includes two-start to finish restorations: one done on a 1959 and the other a 1962. The book provides additional information on the restoration of a 1948 Triumph. Hands-on sequences make up the heart of this book. Abundant color photographs show the complete assembly of both bikes, from installation of the swingarm and chassis parts to the attachment of the fenders and gas tank. Author and experienced Triumph mechanic, Garry Chitwood, explains the right and wrong way to assemble these bikes, and the little things that separate an amateur restoration from a proper and award winning Triumph restoration. More than just a motorcycle assembly manual, “Triumph Motorcycle Restoration: Pre-Unit”, includes the overhaul and assembly of a 650cc twin engine, and the four-speed transmission. Both operations are explained in detail complete with photos and torque specifications. Rather than try and explain the minute differences that separate different models and years, “Triumph Motorcycle Restoration: Pre-Unit” offers a series of color plates in the middle of the book that provide left and right side view of most of the significant models sold in the 1950s and early 1960s. “Triumph Motorcycle Restoration: Pre-Unit” offers the Triumph motorcycle enthusiast 144 pages and over 450 photos explaining how to buy, build and restore a Triumph 650cc twin manufactured before 1963.

 

Triumph Motorcycle Restoration
By Garry Chitwood & Timothy Remus

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wolfgang Publications; New title edition (1 Sep 2007)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1929133421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929133420
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.2 x 1.2 cm
Triumph Motorcycle Restoration Manual
The only guide available to fully restoring these classic motorbikes Contains step-by-step instructions with colour illustrations Full-colour gallery, showing right and left shots of all significant models from 1959 to the 1980 s all of correctly restored Triumphs A must for Triumph owners, will appeal to any motorcycle rider Reviews in Classic Bike, Bike, Motorcycle Sports and Leisure, Real Classic Magazine, Classic Motorcycle Triumph Twins first burst onto the scene in 1938, and continued to improve up to their demise in the 1980 s. This book covers the restoration of these classic and beloved machines, and is the only one to do so. In full-colour format, with two start-to-finish assemblies, with sidebars to cover how to correctly lace a wheel, which metal coatings are correct for which year. Written by Triumph restoration expert Gary Chitwood and well-known how-to author Timothy Remus, all the projects are practicle, clearly explained, and fully illustrated including the disassembly and restoration of both a Bonneville 1963 and a Bonneville 1969, in complete step-by-step stages with full illustrations, plus the overhaul and assembly of an engine for the 1969 model. It may be good to have a book that explains how to install a wheel in a frame, but how much better is it when this is shown as well in full colour the wheel being slipped up between the fork legs and the axle sliding through the fork and into the hub. With over 400 colour photos, this book offers 144 pages of hard-core how-to help for anyone who wants to repair or restore their own Triumph twin.