A few years ago renowned German photographer Horst A. Friedrichs released a stunning book on Mods called I’m One: 21st Century Mods. Thanks to Friedrichs amazing photography, the book quickly became an international best-seller. Now he has recently launched the Rocker version, titled Or Glory – 21st Century Rockers. The book features ton-up boys and Rockers from around the world – and of course many classic café racers. For a hard cover book of this calibre we were pleasantly surprised to discover it retails for a reasonable $23 on Amazon. [Spotted on Southsiders MC]
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Every motorbike enthusiast dreams of finding that rare one-of-a-kind motorcycle in the possession of some old guy who just wants someone to “take good care of her”. ‘The Vincent in the Barn’ is an engaging collection of 40 stories about rare motorcycles being discovered or purchased in remarkable circumstances. Written by well-known automotive author & journalist Tom Cotter – who also regularly writes for Road & Track magazine. The book features nearly every brand of bike imaginable, from Ducati’s in basements, to abandoned Vincent’s in sheds, Harley-Davidsons in barns, Triumph’s rusting in garages, a Matchless in Russia, Moto Guzzi’s, Suzuki’s, Yamaha’s, Honda’s, BSA’s, Gillera’s, Parilla’s and MV Augusta’s. These are true-life stories that all have one thing in in common – they make you want to go on a road trip searching for these hidden treasures. You can easily find the book at Motorbooks.com, but finding that priceless motorcycle may be a little harder.
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I have to admit I love a good garage and after reading Chris’s review on Bikeexif I knew we had to get our hands on a copy of Motorcycle Dream Garages. Luckily it didn’t disappoint, with beautiful photographs of garages ranging from bike builders, celebrities and even some anonyomous collectors (who want to protect their collection from people like you and me). The author and photographer Lee Klancher finds some truly inspiring stories amongst what many believe are just four brick walls. Although we know that garages are a place where dreams are created and shared. The 17 chapters are divided into five types of garages; palaces (like Jay Leno’s), real deals, sanctuaries, businesses and racer’s refuges. Our favourites would have to be Geby Wager’s amazing garage in Canada (pictured below) and also the story behind Rising Wolf Garage in New York. Like all of these garages, the book is well put together with a lot of thought gone into it’s design and content. It is summed up best by the author when he says “The spaces, bikes, and people photographed in this book are a diverse lot, all with interesting stories, and all united in their passion for two wheels”. If you share that same passion for two wheels then you will dig this book. [You can find it at Amazon or if in Australia visit Autobook World].
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