But perhaps the most unusual aspect of Dowd’s book is that it includes such non-superbike machines as the 176 cc BMW C1 caged scooter, Suzuki Burgman scooter, Yamaha T-Max scooter and Honda Silver Wing scooter.Nothing against any of these machines and in the scooter realm, some of them are at the top of the food chain, but most folks just don’t see scooters in the Superbike realm.However, Dowd more than offsets the scooter entries with high quality images and technical details of true superbikes that most of us rarely see, if ever, even in motorcycle literature. For example, he covers the ultra-exotic Honda NR 750 with its double-con rod oval piston V4 engine, the Ducati 996 Foggy (Carl Fogarty) Replica, of which only 200 were ever built, the MV Agusta F4 Senna, of which only 300 were ever built, the show-stopping Aprilia Blue Marlin prototype and the super-cool, Ducati powered Bimota Tesi with hub-center steering.Between the extremes of scooterdom and exotic super-proto-bikes, Dowd includes everything from the Kawasaki 800 Drifter, Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster, Ducati 600 Monster, KTM Duke, Moto-Guzzi California, Kawasaki W650, Honda CB500S and a raft of other mid-range bikes. The merits of these and some other more run-of-the-mill commuter, adventure and enduro bikes being included in a book about superbikes could be argued, but each bike is well presented with a brief narrative description, history and specification sheet.One aspect that makes the book particularly interesting to those of us in the States is the inclusion of bikes sold primarily or exclusively in U.K. and European markets that we may not have even heard of here in the U.S.Book Data:
- Title: Superbikes
- Author: Alan Dowds
- Published: 2002
- Publisher: Amber Books, Ltd., Bradley’s Close, 74-77 White Lion St., London, N1 9PF, UK.
- ISBN: 0-439-42466-6