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Discovering the Motorcycle by Armand Ensanian

Have this every happened to you? You're hanging out with other motorcycle riders, shooting the breeze, and the conversation turns to the pros and cons of overhead cams compared to push rods, or crank timing, or racing classes and their heroes, or 1950s' bikes and bike culture back in the “good old days,” or the merits of two-stroke versus four-stroke, or custom bike trends; and you're clueless on how to join in? If that's the case, get this book.

Discovering the Motorcycle covers all these things and the history, culture, and technical advances and failures of motorcycling, beginning at…well…the beginning, back in 1867. Let's just say, it's comprehensive.

Armand Ensanian, a fellow Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club member, has covered virtually every topic concerning our beloved mode of transport and organized it into nicely laid out, digestible chapters, such as: “A History of the Engine,” The Cruiser Craze,” Sportbikes, Superbikes, and Msclebikes,” “Off-Road and in the Dirt,” “Touring and Adventure,” “Racing and Competition,” etc. The author explains all the major facets of riding and the motorcycle. He also covers all makes and models from all different parts of the world: America, the UK, Europe, and Japan, and presents his ideas of perhaps where motorcycling will go in the future.

This book is a nice coffee table book size of 8 by 10 inches, contains over 500 pages of information and high quality full color photos and many illustrations. It also includes an index of major and minor topics.

If you're like me, you have a little knowledge of some areas of motorcycling, a lot of expertise in others, and none in yet others. This books will fill in the gaps and give the reader more than basic information. Read and digest this book, and you will be ready to join in on those formerly awkward conversations with your riding buddies.

SRP $44.95 USD Learn more at

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