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Harley-Davidson Sportster: Sixty Years Hardcover – Geïllustreerd, 1 maart 2017
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Go on a 60-year ride with Harley-Davidson's Sportster
Things got a little weird in the American motorcycle industry after World War II. People hungered for new motorcycles, buying just about everything manufacturers could build. But on rare occasions a manufacturer produced a machine that nobody wanted. Such was the case with the Harley-Davidson Model K. The Model K had most of the features buyers wanted in a modern machine, like hand-operated clutches, foot-operated shifters, and cool-running aluminum heads, but it lacked perhaps the most important technological upgrade: a modern overhead-valve valve-train design.
The Model K retained the antiquated side-valve design because of arcane AMA racing rules written when Harley-Davidson and Indian competed head-to-head on American racetracks, but by 1952 Indian was on its last legs. This should have made the Model K a massive sales success. What nobody counted on was the British bike invasion. Thanks to their modern overhead-valve engines, the lightweight British bikes humiliated the side-valve Harleys on the track and on the street. Upgrades to the Model K didn't help; Harley finally relented and introduced a new overhead-valve middleweight for the 1957 model year. Dubbed the Sportster, it was everything the Model K was not. More importantly, it was faster than the British competition. Thus began the Sportster's sixty-year reign.
Harley-Davidson Sportster: Sixty Years tells the complete Sportster story. Noted Sportster expert Allen Girdler covers all the bikes--the XLCH, Café Racer, XR1000, XLX, 883, Iron, Forty-Eight, Seventy-Two, and Nightster--that have made the Sportster one of the most iconic motorcycles on earth.
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Over de auteur
Allan Girdler is a well-known motorcycle and automotive journalist and former editor of Cycle World and Road and Track magazines. He has authored several books, including Harley-Davidson XR-750, The Harley-Davidson and Indian Wars, and American Road Race Specials.
- Uitgever : Motorbooks International; Illustrated editie (1 maart 2017)
- Taal : Engels
- Hardcover : 176 pagina's
- ISBN-10 : 0760352186
- ISBN-13 : 978-0760352182
- Afmetingen : 24.77 x 2.22 x 28.58 cm
- Plaats in bestsellerlijst: #156,397 in Boeken (Top 100 in bekijkenBoeken)
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This book is much more than a picture book, though the photography is excellent and the pics pop off the page, being a chronicle of the origins and evolution of the Sportster models. From being a complete ignoramus I do now feel as though I have some idea of what these bikes are supposed to be about and how the different varieties of each model fit in. I'm not an engineer but didn't find it too technical though of course technical development is properly and patiently explained. Far from being cold and factual though, the author's friendly style certainly gets across the allure and mystique of the Harley-Davidson brand.
I only have two very slight misgivings.
1) Like so many books these days this needed a thorough proof-reading. Some pages have as many as 3 or 4 printing/spelling etc errors.
2) I'd have liked a bit more about how the riding experience was affected as the models evolved.
Neither of these is serious enough to detract from 5*.
Incidentally, the quality of my hardback copy (which cost a lot less than the cover price) is superb.