Synopses & Reviews
Welcome to a world where technical innovation rules, where boundaries don’t exist, and where victory is the only acceptable result. Need a set of fork sliders? Mount an aluminum billet in the mill and machine them. Need a lighter set of hubs? Pour some magnesium into the sand casts instead of aluminum. Need different power characteristics for different tracks? Make a set of differently weighted flywheels, so you can use a heavier one on tracks that reward torque, and a lighter one on tracks that require top end. Need more suspension travel? Double it, by coming up with a revolutionary design. Contrary to popular belief, some problems are solved by throwing money at them.
Every motorcycle profiled on these pages marks a milestone in motocross history. Each bike is described completely, not only by a technical analysis, but also with its back story. From the man who welded together the first monoshock motocross frame to the rider who shocked the factory works world by invoking the AMA’s claiming rule, this is the inside scoop on a world of wonderful, wretched excess, told in part by the men who lived it.
Author Terry Good mixes stunning color photography with archival action shots to give a visual description of these legendary motocross bikes never seen before. It doesn’t matter if you once wore a Jofa or you’ve never seen a motocrosser who wasn’t wearing a full-face helmet, this is a must-have history of your sport
“Terry Good is quite possibly the biggest motocross fan in the world. He is also one of the biggest collectors of works motocross bikes, and his new book tells readers what it’s like to ride and own these magnificent steeds. Legendary Motocross Bikes focuses on twenty of Good’s most prized possessions; to compliment his own words, he also sought out the actual riders and mechanics of each bike to help describe what it was like to compete and work on them. In the book’s foreword, former Team Honda mechanic and manager Dave Arnold thoroughly covers the history of works bike and why they went extinct. “Some of the championship-winning factory works bikes featured in the 160-page softcover include a 1961 Monark/Lito, Roger DeCoster’s 1973 Suzuki RN73, and Johnny O’Mara’s 1980 Mugen Honda. The most recent is Eric Geboers’ 1989 Honda RC500M, one of the most powerful motocross bikes ever designed. Each motorcycle is featured with rich, detailed photographs and one-of-a-kind anecdotes. This book will make a great addition to your collection, and you’ll certainly learn something about motorcycling history.” —Racer X Illustrated, October 2009
In 25 richly illustrated profiles, champion motocross riders describe the experience, the winning bike, and its special features.
Here are the bikes that have carried their riders to championships--described by the riders who steered their bikes to victory. In twenty profiles, riders tell readers what it was like to ride a winning bike, how special features put it ahead of the competition, and what memorable moments happened along the way. Each profile, illustrated with action photography from the bike’s glory days as well as present-day images, offers a detailed technical analysis of the engine/transmission, frame, suspension, brakes, and other features that made the bike special. Rich with detailed photography and one-of-a-kind anecdotes, this is an irresistible celebration of the spirit, the grit, and the gear that made motocross what it is today.
About the Author
Terry Good first got interested in off-road motorcycling in 1970 when, at the age of 14, he started trail riding with his dad in Michigan. He began competing in motocross races in 1972, and turned pro in 1975. His career as a professional motocross racer peaked when he competed in the infamous 1976 125 AMA National series. In 1978, Terry bought his first ex–factory works motocross bike, and has since accumulated the most prestigious collection of factory works bikes in the world. Today, Terry works as a futures trader in Chicago, where he lives with his wife, Cindy, and their six children. mxworksbike.com