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Ultimate Collector: Motorcycles

Taschen's coffee-table book "Ultimate Collector: Motorcycles" offers an unparalleled curation of the ultimate collector's motorcycles of all time.

PUBLISHER: Taschen

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The world's most spectacular motorcycles. From the 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller to the 2020 Aston Martin AMB 001, this book dives deep into 100 of the most coveted motorcycles that have ever thrilled around a racetrack or along an open road.

Pioneers and record breakers
This collection is not only about speed, but also about pioneering spirit. From luxury touring bikes and legendary road racers to GP winners, iconic superbikes and exotic customs, this book celebrates motorcycle design and engineering at the highest level.

Rare gems
Many of these motorcycles come from renowned private collections and are rarely exhibited. Others are the undisputed stars of renowned motorcycle museums, such as the 1938 Brough Superior "Golden Dream" or the 1957 MV Agusta 500 4C with which John Surtees became world champion.

Legendary racers
In addition to some amazingly original early examples, this collection also houses legendary racing machines. These are the actual motorcycles on which such greats as Dario Ambrosini, Tarquinio Provini, Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini, Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts rode.

Behind the scenes
The fascinating stories behind these magnificent motorcycles are told in detail and expertly, accompanied by breathtaking images taken especially for this book by the world's best motorcycle photographers. Also included are rare archival gems, from early posters to remarkable action photos.

Special contributions
The book is enhanced with a foreword by legendary car enthusiast Jay Leno. In addition, there are interviews with George Barber, founder of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum; Sammy Miller, champion winner and founder of the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum; Ben Walker, Department Director of Motorcycles at Bonhams; Paul d'Orléans, founder of The Vintagent; and Gordon McCall, co-founder of The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, the world-renowned motorcycle competition that takes place in Carmel, California.

This book is a true treasure trove for motorcycle enthusiasts and an absolute must-have for anyone passionate about two-wheelers.