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- Nico Bakker (The Netherlands)
- Bimota (Italy)
- Dresda Autos (United Kingdom)
- Egli (Switzerland)
- Harris Performance Products (United Kingdom)
- Hejira racing (United Kingdom)
- Magni (Italy)
- Maxton Engineering (United Kingdom)
- P&M Motorcycles (United Kingdom)
- Quasar (United Kingdom)
- Rickman UK (United Kingdom)
- Colin Seeley Racing (United Kingdom)
- Segale (Italy)
- Spondon Engineering (United Kingdom).
Any kind of competition breeds a desire to gain a performance advantage over the opposition: and motorcycle racing is no exception. Cutting edge chassis design is a major factor in motorcycle performance. This book charts the history of fifteen of the most innovative companies. With full specifications for many chassis and extensively illustrated throughout this book is a must for any motorcycle enthusiast and a valuable reference for the trade.
This book is an account of the companies and individuals, who have played a major part in the design and advancement of motorcycle frame (chassis) performance. These independent companies began to spring up in the early post war years, when motorcycle racing began to take place again. Due to the lack of available factory machines and the urge to improve performance of the now aged equipment, riders began to build their own frames around whatever engines where available. Success brought recognition, and people were soon wanting to buy winning machines, and so fledgling companies began to spring up to satisfy the growing demand for custom chassis. Some of these companies soon began to grow, and others appeared in various European countries over the next few years. The state-of-the-art hand built frames were becoming a must for the discerning road bike rider, and so the independent motorcycle frame makers were beginning to put some designs into production, a thriving business was beginning to grow. In later years, with such a large choice of factory engines from around the world, the successful independent chassis manufacturers went from strength to strength and some are now producing highly prized road bikes, whilst maintaining the service of building one off machines as required. As the years have passed one or two of the independent companies have disappeared, but in many cases their machines have become very collectable classics. The companies still thriving today, as well as producing modern machines with a wide range of engine options, are finding considerable business rebuilding and maintaining machines built in the earlier years. Some of the pioneer builders have become household names to the motorcycle fraternity and those written about in this book include; Nico Bakker (The Netherlands), Bimota (Italy), Dresda Autos (United Kingdom), Egli (Switzerland), Harris Performance Products (United Kingdom), Hejira racing (United Kingdom), Magni (Italy), Maxton Engineering (United Kingdom), P&M Motorcycles (United Kingdom), Quasar (United Kingdom), Rickman UK (United Kingdom), Colin Seeley Racing (United Kingdom), Segale (Italy) and Spondon Engineering (United Kingdom). This book charts the history of these innovative companies. With full specifications for many chassis and extensively illustrated throughout this book is a must for any motorcycle enthusiast and a valuable reference for the trade.
"... takes a good look at 15 of the most innovative frame manufacturers. Well illustrated, a fascinating book with a foreword by Mick Grant." - Classic Bike Guide
"There are plenty of pictures to brighten up this softback and the text is a good mix of technical analysis and a strong narrative tracing the rise (and sometimes fall) of the various companies. This book is fascinating winter reading ..." - NZ Motorcycle Trader & News
"... an absolute must for any motorcycle or engineering nut with more than half a technical bone in their body. The book is hard to put down and sends the reader on an engineering journey that may start to get the creative chassis juices flowing ..." - Rapid Bikes
"As you read through the well illustrated pages, liberally covered with both period black and white as well as colour images, you realise why they are included in this very useful reference work." - interbike.co.uk