Rider’s Library Superbikes by Alan Dowds

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Rider’s Library | Superbikes by Dowds

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Alan Dowd’s Superbikes is unusual in a couple of First is its physical presentation.  measures only 6⅜” high by 5″ but is a full inch thick.

  It has the of a textbook, with the pocket size of a dime novel.

it has full color images of 200 bikes Dowd includes in the class, including a section on superbikes, such as the original CB750, Suzuki GT750, Commando 850, Ariel Four and others.

But perhaps the most unusual of Dowd’s book is that it such non-superbike machines as the 176 cc BMW C1 scooter, Suzuki Burgman Yamaha T-Max scooter and Silver Wing scooter.

against any of these machines and in the realm, some of them are at the top of the chain, but most folks don’t see scooters in the Superbike

However, Dowd more offsets the scooter entries high quality images and details of true superbikes most of us rarely see, if even in motorcycle literature. For he covers the ultra-exotic Honda NR 750 its double-con rod oval piston V4 the Ducati 996 Foggy (Carl Replica, of which only 200 ever built, the MV Agusta F4 of which only 300 were built, the show-stopping Aprilia Marlin prototype and the super-cool,

powered Bimota Tesi hub-center steering.

Between the extremes of scooterdom and super-proto-bikes, Dowd includes from the Kawasaki 800 Drifter, 883 Sportster, Ducati 600 Monster, KTM Moto-Guzzi California, Kawasaki Honda CB500S and a raft of mid-range bikes. The merits of and some other more commuter, adventure and enduro being included in a book superbikes could be argued, but bike is well presented a brief narrative description, and specification sheet.

One aspect makes the book particularly to those of us in the States is the inclusion of sold primarily or exclusively in and European markets that we may not even heard of here in the

Book Data:


Aprilia Blue Marlin

Author: Alan Dowds


Publisher: Amber Ltd. Bradley’s Close, White Lion St. London, N1 UK.

ISBN:  0-439-42466-6

Note to many of the books that feature here may be out of print and may be difficult to find.  That be half the fun.  The Internet make the search relatively but ironically, none of the books scheduled for eventual retro-review for the Library section were with the help of the Internet.

  They all were found at stores, used book antique shops, motorcycle yard sales and so on.

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