Classic Motorcycle Race Engines: Expert Technical Analysis of the World's Great Power Units

Classic Motorcycle Race Engines: Expert Technical Analysis of the World's Great Power Units


By (author) Kevin Cameron

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  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 408 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 236mm x 33mm | 1,111g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Somerset
  • ISBN 10: 1844259943
  • ISBN 13: 9781844259946
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 113,772

Product description

This authoritative book, elegantly written in highly digestible style by the foremost expert on the subject, provides in-depth analysis of classic motorcycle race engines spanning eight decades, from the 1930s Guzzi 500 120-degree twin to the latest Yamaha YZR M1 in-line four. Packed with technical detail, the book provides an absorbing insight into the technology employed in a wide variety of motorcycle engines, investigating the diverse approaches taken by various manufacturers over the years in the search for race-winning performance.

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Author information

Kevin Cameron has been a distinguished columnist for leading US magazine Cycle World for over 20 years, writing mainly on technical topics. He lives in the state of Massachusetts , USA.

Table of contents

A follow-up to the author's highly acclaimed analysis of Grand Prix motorcycles from 1949 to 2008 - The Grand Prix Motorcycle. Honda engines: 2-valve and 4-valve twins, 250-4, 250-6, RC-112-116 50cc twin, RC-181 500-4, NR-500, RS3-500 triple, NSR500 series, RC211V 990cc V5, RC212V 800cc V4. Honda's Japanese rivals: Suzuki 125, RG500, TR750 triple, GSX-R1 and MotoGP; Yamaha TD-series twins; Kawasaki H1-R 500 triple, H2-R 750 triple, KR-250 and 350 twins, Z1, ZX7-based 750, and ZR-RR 990 in-line four. Italian engines: Aer Macchi 250 single; Ducati triple-cam 125 Desmo, 8V, bevel-drive 750 V-twin and D16 MotoGP V4; Gilera 500-4; Guzzi 500 120-degree V-twin, horizontal singles and 500 V8; MV 125 single, 500-4, 350 and 500 triples, and 350 and 500 fours; Mondial 125 single; Morini 250 single Bialbero British engines: AJS E90 and E95 'Porcupine' and 350 7R3; BSA; Norton 30M 500 single; Triumph Twins and Triples; Velocette KTT; Vincent. And some more: Bultaco 125 and 250 singles; DKW 350 triple; Harley-Davidson; Konig-powered Kim Newcombe 500cc flat-four special; NSU 125 single and 250 twin.