The American Motorcycle  1869-1914

In memory of Stephen Wright


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  Stephen Wright passed away on April 10, 2014.He wrote two volumes of the American Racer. They are truly collectors items. These books are sold out and most likely will not be reprinted. One of these books in fair condition typically sells for $750.00 to $1000.00. Stephen also wrote this book, The American Motorcycle, Volume one. When Stephen passed away there were several hundred of these books left. In his memory a memorial edition has been created. It includes a memorial written by Stephen's daughter Hillary. As with the first two books this book will surely become as coveted.
Volume One of The American Motorcycle, 1869-1914 transports the reader back to a time long since vanished when life was simple, the roads were uncrowded, and every ride was an adventure. Hundreds of spectacular black and white and color photographs, the majority of which have never been published before, evoke these times and enable the reader to follow the evolution of the American motorcycle during its most diverse period of development, 1869-1914.
  • Large 11" X 12" format
  • 240 spectacular black and white photos
    60 color photos
  • Over 100 different brands of motorcycles
  • Foreword by Jay Leno
  • Biographical profiles of the brilliant inventors, mechanical visionaries and charismatic entrepreneurs who founded the industry.
  • Early inventions which were directly or indirectly linked to the motorcycle industry, including bicycles, tricycles, aircraft and automobiles.
  • Highlights of the annual Chicago and New York trade shows.
  • Accounts of heroic achievements by board track, dirt track, and endurance racing stars.
  • Contemporary cartoons, illustrations, selected anecdotes, and correspondence between key industry leaders.