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The Fine Art of the Motorcycle Engine – The Story of the Up-N-Smoke Engine Project

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The Fine Art of the Motorcycle Engine – The Story of the Up-N-Smoke Engine Project

By Daniel Peirce
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Hardback • 144 pages • 250 x 250mm • 64 colour pictures

ISBN: 978-1-84584-174-4

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• Illustrates some of the sexiest motorcycle engines ever produced
• A MUST for every classic motorcycle enthusiast
• Features Daniel Peirce’s stunning photography from his popular UP-N-SMOKE Engine Project
• Jay Leno owns a print from the UP-N-SMOKE Engine Project
• A personal and candid journal of the project's creation
• Includes a special chapter on how the images were crafted
• Foreword by Dave Howe, head of Peckerhead Racing


By tradition, the motorcycle is a naked beast, differing from other vehicles by the fact that its mechanical structure is also part of its aesthetic appearance. In The Fine Art of the Motorcycle Engine, photographer Daniel Peirce examines the graphic nature of historic engines with stunning and dramatic photography. Since the beginning of the motorbike, engine designers knew they had to design power plants that performed well and looked good. Peirce presents 64 stunning pictures from his popular UP-N-SMOKE Engine Project. In addition to his engine photography, the book also includes the story of the project and the years it took to take it from an inspired idea to a tangible reality.


The story of the Up-N-Smoke Engine Project journals how what started as an artistic outlet became an obsession and eventually a business. This is the project that Cycle World magazine called “pornography for gearheads.” A special chapter is included showing the process that each picture needed to go through in order to create the finished product.

Independent Reviews

"In addition to the immaculate panhead pictured on the cover, this book features nearly 100 rare, bizarre or otherwise interesting engine shots, and is well worth a look even if you aren’t as twisted as Dan." – V-Twin News

"If ever there was a labour of love, this book is it. Containing more than 60 individual engine photos, the book is a visual treat that tells not only the story of the motorcycles and engines portrayed, but also the story of the project from start to finish." –

"The images are stunning and have been cleverly retouched by using modern computer techniques, so the motor is viewed in its best light and from its most photogenic angle ... It is this totally different approach that for me makes this hardback coffee table book a must-have ... Highly recommended!" –

"... a photographic tribute to the essence of what many of us find so attractive about motorcycles in the first place, a tribute to the heart of the machine, the mechanical motive force ... the engine. If you are one of those who would rather see functional metal than decal covered plastic, this is definitely worth a look." –

"The motorcycle engine as art. Super gallery of photography." – Classic Bike

"Aspiring photographers will want to turn to the last chapter first because it shows a step-by-step explanation of the process of turning raw photos into eye candy such as this. Actually, anyone should read this chapter for a greater appreciation of the results." – The Flying Lady

Additional Information

Period covered:
Motorcycles 1903 to 1995

Models covered:
Harley Davidson Evolution, Harley Davidson XR750, Ducati F3 replica, Harley Davidson XR750, Matchless 500 Sgl, Norton Commando, Harley Davidson Sportster, Indian Scout, Honda CB750, Brough Superior SS100, The Sunbeam, BSA Rocket, Pierce Arrow, Ariel Red Hunter, Kawasaki H1, Indian Chief, Vincent Black Shadow, Harley Davidson Duo-Glide, BMW R2, Honda GL1000 GoldWing, Norton Commando, BMW R12, Indian 4, Indian Model 433, Triumph 1916, Ariel Square Four, Brough Superior SS80, BSA Blue Star, BSA Gold Star, Kawasaki Z1, Yamaha XS650, Ducati 900SS, Triumph T-120R, Bultaco Astro, Ducati 750SS, Norton Manx, Moto Guzzi LeMans, Indian Camelback, Honda CBX, Velocette KTT Mk VIII, FB Mondial 1957, Laverda Mirage, BMW R69, BSA Spitfire MkII, Triumph Tiger 110, Honda 400F, Yale Model 25, MV Agusta America 750, Scott Sprint Special, Norton Model 18, Benelli 900 Sei


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