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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.

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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Comprehensive Vintage Motorcycle Price Guide 2015-2016 Edition | Pop Quiz!

Imagine having reliable, researched pricing data and tips about how to assess and grade a vintage motorcycles at your fingertips at a moment like this!
Indian Motorcycle: Americas First Motorcycle Company | Rider's Library

Indian Motorcycle: Americas First Motorcycle Company | Rider’s Library

Did you know there was an Indian called the “Bonneville?” It’s true; in 1947, Indian offered a HP version of the Chief called the Bonneville—a dozen years before Triumph used the name.
The Vincent in the Barn Review | Rider's Library

The Vincent in the Barn & The Harley in the Barn Review | Rider’s...

Each book brings you up close and personal not only with some exceptional bikes with fascinating histories, but with their past and present owner's stories.
The Book of Ducati Overhead Camshaft Singles 1955-1974 by Ian Falloon | Review

The Book of Ducati Overhead Camshaft Singles 1955-1974 by Ian Falloon | Review

The Book of Ducati Overhead Camshaft Singles 1955-1974 by Ian Falloon | Rider's Library With an MSRP of $100 U.S. ($120 in Canada) you’d be...
The Motorcycle a Complete History by Roland Brown | Rider's Library

The Motorcycle a Complete History by Roland Brown | Rider’s Library

Roland Brown’s 2004 book, “The Motorcycle a Complete History,” is an amazingly comprehensive book considering its relatively compact format, covering the history of motorcycle development from the 1860s through 2004 in only 192 pages.
How to Restore Triumph Trident T150/T160 & BSA Rocket III | Rider's Library

How to Restore Triumph Trident T150/T160 & BSA Rocket III | Rider’s Library

How to Restore Triumph Trident T150/T160 & BSA Rocket III by Chris Rooke takes the novel approach of making the narrative less like a technical manual and more like a conversation.
Harley-Davidson CVO Motorcycles Review | Rider's Library

Harley-Davidson CVO Motorcycles Review | Rider’s Library

In their definitive work on the history of CVO, veteran motojournalists, Marilyn Stemp and son, Vincent Stemp, document every CVO model offered since the line’s inception.
The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles Review | Ian Falloon

The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles Review | Ian Falloon

The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles-Every Model Since 1923 covers not just the full range of models, but racing history, personalities, design points and specifications - all within 288 beautiful pages.
Sportbike Performance Handbook

Top 10 Rider’s Library Picks of All Time – Well, the Past 3 Years

Over the past three years, since we started offering reviews of the latest in new motorcycle literature and some of the greats of the past in our “Rider’s Library” section, we have come across some enlightening, entertaining and profound reading. In all, we’ve done reviews and retro-reviews on 70 motorcycle books. With so much more out there, we’re not done yet.
Historic Motorcycles 1885-1985 by Richard Renstrom | Rider's Library

Historic Motorcycles 1885-1985 by Richard Renstrom | Rider’s Library

Author Richard Renstrom has a depth and breadth of experience with motorcycles of nearly all brands and types that is difficult to top. In a career spanning from 1962 to 1985, Renstrom published more than 800 works on motorcycles and their history.

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