Synopses & Reviews
Who knew more than one hundred years ago that the freedom-loving, speed-hungry, cutting-edge motorcycle fanatics who founded Harley-Davidson were making history along with bikes? The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection, showcasing a century of bikes that shaped motorcycle history, brings that history to gleaming life in page after page of motorcycles beyond compare. This book gives motorcycle enthusiasts an opportunity to pore over the bikes in Harley-Davidson’s collection, and to linger over every detail that made Harley-Davidson such an icon of American open-road power and performance. With exquisite, detailed photographs and histories of the motorcycles featured from Harley’s collection, from serial number one built in 1903 to the latest low-slung Softail high-revving VRSC and touring models, this book captures the excitement of the best-known motorcycles in the world. All that’s missing is the patented roar, which readers are invited to supply.
Since its earliest days, the Harley-Davidson Motor Co. has saved examples of nearly every motorcycle it has ever built. The resulting Archive Collection
is the most important motorcycle collection on earth. In over 600 studio portraits, Harley-Davidson and master photographer Randy Leffingwell present this historically significant collection of production models, racing bikes, and one-of-a-kind prototypes.
With exquisite, detailed photographs and histories of the motorcycles featured from Harleys collection, this book captures the excitement of the best-known motorcycles in the world.
About the Author
wrote his first book, American Muscle
, in 1989 while still on staff at the Los Angeles Times
. Since then, he has authored another 47 titles for Motorbooks and its sister publisher Voyageur Press, including his most recent Complete Book of Porsche 911
and Corvette 60 Years
. He has just finished Porsche 911: Fifty Years
, a reexamination of the 911 story based on nearly two dozen new interviews. He lives in southern California, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. Learn more about him on his website: www.rleffingwell.com.
Darwin Holmstrom has written, co-written, or contributed to over 30 books on subjects ranging from Gibson Les Paul guitars and extraordinary goats in mythology to motorcycles and muscle cars, including the best-selling Let's Ride: Sonny Barger's Guide to Motorcycling;Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America's Fastest Decade; Camaro: Five Generations of Performance; BMW Motorcycles; The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection; GTO: Pontiac's Great One; Hemi Muscle Cars; Camaro Forty Years; Muscle: America's Legendary Performance Cars; The Complete Idiot's Guide to Motorcycles; and many others. He is the senior editor for Motorbooks, where he has worked for the past fourteen years.Randy Leffingwell (Montecito, CA), best-selling MBI author and renowned photographer, has earned a reputation as one of the most thorough researchers working today. He has written and photographed over two dozen books on topics ranging from tractors to motorcycles to cars to barns. Darwin Holmstrom has written or co-written many books on motorcycling, including the best-selling BMW Motorcycles and The Complete IdiotÆs Guide to Motorcycles. He also contributed essays to The Harley-Davidson Reader and Harley-Davidson Century. Darwin lives in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Bill Davidson is the vice president of core customer marketing for Harley-Davidson Motor Co. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.