The Fastest Motorcycles on Earth

The History of Land Speed Record Motorcycles

Author: Tom Murphy



Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 111

View: 977

This new book traces man's ongoing attempts to build the fastest motorcycle on earth. From the very beginning, men and machines have been pitting themselves against the forces of nature to lay claim to the elusive title, on country roads, and later on the beaches at Daytona. In modern times, these pioneers have flocked to vast, dry lake beds in the deserts to methodically probe the limits of power, aerodynamics, mechanical reliability, and traction, ever pushing upward the absolute maximum speed at which a motorcycle can operate. Come along as Tom Murphy leads a historic tour of this exotic sport, introducing us to Denis Manning, Don Vesco, George Smith, Leo Payne, and many others who built or drove record bikes. Murphy takes us to the autobahns of Germany, El Mirage Dry Lake in southern California, Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, and Lake Gairdner in Australia, where the vast empty spaces make natural test beds for today's high-speed runs. He shows us the innovative hardware conjured up by both backyard mechanics and heavily funded factory teams. And, he describes the number one enemy of speed--air drag--as well as how speed-hungry racers have dealt with it over the years. He even shows how much it costs to field a competitive machine--and it ain't cheap. It's all here, with dozens of rare archive pictures showing the people and machines that have set the world records and made history along the way.

365 Motorcycles You Must Ride

Author: Dain Gingerelli

Publisher: Motorbooks International


Category: Transportation

Page: 320

View: 966

These 365 must-ride motorcycles range from classic gaslight-era bikes, racers, and modern sportbikes to oddities that have to be ridden to be understood (or believed).

Motorcycle Racing

Author: Billie B. Brooklyn

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 784

People have been enjoying and racing motorcycles since 1901, when the extreme vehicle first emerged on the scene. This age-appropriate book gives readers a comprehensive look at motorcycle racing, with a focus on today’s most popular events, such as Motocross and Supercross. “Fast Fact” fact boxes and sidebars teach readers about the sport’s most famous men and women, as the text includes tips on how readers can get involved themselves. The text concludes with a graphic organizer of the most common motorcycle racing flags.

Return to Earth!

Author: Ray O'Ryan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster


Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 128

View: 381

Zack is a planet-hopping pro—but a return to Earth results in some unexpected puppy trouble in the tenth Galaxy Zack chapter book adventure. Zack is headed back to Earth for the first time since moving to Nebulon. He can’t wait to see his best friend Bert and show his new friend, the former bully Seth Stevens, all around his old stomping grounds! Luna’s excited too. A little too excited. When the pooch escapes and goes missing, sightseeing plans take an unexpected turn. Will Zack find Luna before he has to head home to Nebulon? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Galaxy Zack chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.


Author: Simon Page

Publisher: Heinemann


Category: Automobiles, Racing

Page: 32

View: 287

Part of the High Impact series for reluctant readers, this text is designed to motivate secondary school students with a reading age of eight to nine. This text presents true stories of record breaking speed.

Fast And Furious

Author: Margaret Parrish

Publisher: Hachette UK


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

View: 153

Discover the world's fastest cars, planes, superbikes and boats, now brought together in one fantastic book. These phenomenal machines are the best of their kind: the biggest, fastest, costliest, thirstiest and most outrageous vehicles on water, in the air and on the open road.With fantastic photography and brilliant eye-catching design, this series is a must-have for fact-hungry readers everywhere.

Motor Age




Category: Automobile industry and trade


View: 880

Extreme Skiing

Author: John Schindler

Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

View: 234

Describes the different kinds of extreme skiing, including speed skiing, backcountry skiing, and heli-skiing.

The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World

The Story of a Colored Boy's Indomitable Courage and Success Against Great Odds

Author: Major Taylor

Publisher: Ayer Company Pub


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 430

View: 415


Author: Briton Hadden



Category: Current events


View: 604


Author: Deke Castleman

Publisher: Fodors Travel Publications


Category: Travel

Page: 344

View: 195

Introduces the history of Nevada, describes places to visit while traveling through different regions within the state, and provides brief descriptions of dining and lodging establishments.