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Rider's Library features reviews of some of the best books on motorcycles, including some that are very hard to find.

Motorcycle Apprentice: Matchless in Name and Reputation | Rider's Library Review

Motorcycle Apprentice: Matchless in Name and Reputation | Rider’s Library Review

ill Cakebread’s book, “Motorcycle Apprentice: Matchless in Name and Reputation” is unlike any we’ve seen—and we’ve seen quite a few
Harley-Davidson Sportster: Sixty Years | Rider's Library Review

Harley-Davidson Sportster: Sixty Years | Rider’s Library Review

Seasoned motorcycle expert, author and sage, Allan Girdler explains the Sportster's endurance in his latest book, Harley-Davidson Sportster: Sixty Years.
Edward Turner: The Man Behind the Motorcycles | Rider's Library Review

Edward Turner: The Man Behind the Motorcycles | Rider’s Library Review

The most authoritative and complete coverage of Edward Turner and his motorcycles is found in “Edward Turner: the Man Behind the Motorcycles.”
Essential Buyer’s Guide: Velocette 350 & 500 Singles Review | Rider's Library

Essential Buyer’s Guide: Velocette 350 & 500 Singles Review | Rider’s Library

Ever been tempted to break out the checkbook and buy that classic Velocette? Don’t do it till you get a copy of Henshaw’s book on buying the brand!
The Classic Indian Motorcycle History of the Marque: 1901 to 1953 | Rider's Library

The Classic Indian Motorcycle History of the Marque: 1901 to 1953 | Rider’s Library

The Classic Indian Motorcycle History of the Marque: 1901 to 1953, is another excellent pre-Polaris history of the Indian brand.
Classic Motorcycles: The Art of Speed Review | Rider's Library

Classic Motorcycles: The Art of Speed Review | Rider’s Library

Among classic motorcycle books, "Classic Motorcycles: The Art of Speed" is unlike most everything else out there with its striking use of light painting technique for the images and the fresh approach to content and selection of subjects.
McQueen's Motorcycles: Racing and Riding with the King of Cool | Rider's Library

McQueen’s Motorcycles: Racing and Riding with the King of Cool | Rider’s Library

Matt Stone’s new book, “McQueen's Motorcycles-Racing and Riding with the King of Cool,” is a vibrant memoir of McQueen’s life as a motorcyclist.

Jean Davidson’s Harley-Davidson Family Album Review | Rider’s Library

Jean Davidson’s Harley-Davidson Family Album In 2003, there was a flurry of books about Harley-Davidson all timed to hit bookshelves during the year of The...

British Café Racers by Uli Cloesen Review | Rider’s Library

In his fast-paced British Cafe Racers, Uli Cloesen takes the reader through a stunning alphabet soup of some of the best café racers built.
Author Henry Willis has created a resource for those potential buyers as part of the sweeping “Essential Buyer’s Guide” series from Veloce Publishing.

Essential Buyer’s Guide Piaggio Scooters | Rider’s Library

Author Henry Willis has created a resource for those scooter buyers as part of the sweeping “Essential Buyer’s Guide” series from Veloce Publishing.
Vincent Motorcycles: The Untold Story Since 1946 | Rider's Library

Vincent Motorcycles: The Untold Story Since 1946 | Rider’s Library

Like the Vincent motorcycle itself, Philippe Guyony’s book "Vincent Motorcycles: the Untold Story since 1946" is a singular achievement.

Triumph Speed Twin & Thunderbird Bible Review | Rider’s Library

Now in its third printing, Harry Woolridge’s "Triumph Speed Twin & Thunderbird Bible" is probably the one book a Triumph fan should definitely own.
Discovering the Motorcycle by Armand Ensanian Review | Rider's Library

Discovering the Motorcycle by Armand Ensanian Review | Rider’s Library

If the classic motorcycle film “On any Sunday” were in book form, it might come out something like Armand Ensanian’s new book "Discovering the Motorcycle."
The BMW Century by Tony Lewin Book Review | Rider's Library

The BMW Century by Tony Lewin Book Review | Rider’s Library

Tony Lewin’s new history of BMW--The BMW Century--is, admittedly, not limited to motorcycles, but what he provides some deep moto insights.
The Harley-Davidson and Indian Wars by Allan Girdler | Rider's Library

The Harley-Davidson and Indian Wars by Allan Girdler | Rider’s Library

Among legendary rivalries in motorcycle history, perhaps none has deeper roots than that between Harley-Davidson and Indian. Girdler tells the story.

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