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Discovering the Motorcycle

The History. The Culture. The Machines.

Armand Ensanian

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  • Paperback: 510 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.00" x 10.00"
  • ISBN: 978-0-9963919-0-0
  • Publication Date: 2016-11-22
  • Equus Potentia Publishing

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Discovering the Motorcycle

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Discovering the Motorcycle is an extraordinary history of motorcycling from 1867 to the present. Each of the 12 chapters of this remarkable 510 page book is devoted to a major aspect of motorcycling; ranging from historical discussions of the machines that lead the way to today’s modern sportsbikes, to vintage classics, choppers and bobbers, off-road machines, café racers, touring bikes, customs, a history of motorcycle racing, electric motorcycles, the motorcycle's impact on society, and great motorcycle museums. The book honors motorcycling’s great makes, with over 1,000 photographs and illustrations. A special chapter is devoted to the four-hundred-year history of the engine. This book is an ideal addition to any motorsport enthusiast's library, and makes a perfect gift for the motorcycle enthusiast.


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“An unwavering enthusiasm for the value of the motorcycle, for its contributions to us individually and culturally, underpins every page of Discovering the Motorcycle. A celebration of every aspect of motorcycling, from why we ride to what we ride, from where we started to where we’re going, it’s a book only an enthusiast could have written." — Richard Backus, Editor-in-Chief, Motorcycle Classics

Armand Ensanian

Armand Ensanian has been riding and repairing motorcycles since he was a teenager back in the 1960s. He earned a certificate as a trained Kawasaki service technician during the exciting days of the lightning fast H1 and H2 two stroke triples, and the industry changing Z-1 superbike. Since then Armand has owned scores of motorcycles. His writing career as an author and columnist has included many articles and stories on a variety of subjects, including photography, computers, and motorcycling. His riding adventures have taken him all over the World, including the rocky remote regions of the former Soviet Union. Armand's current interests focus on educating motorcycle enthusiasts on the rich history of the great marques that make up motorcycling's past. His own collection of vintage bikes is ridden frequently. Neighbors will often see him roaring down the road on his Vincent Rapide or hand-shifting through the gears on his 1941 Indian Sport Scout.