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An Ode to the Art of the Vintage Motorcycle

We've been talking a lot about fall clothes. And that's certainly one of the things we most look forward to with the onset of autumn. But fall books can be just as appealing. So here's a sneak peek at one that shouldn't be missed.

The Art of the Vintage Motorcycle, being published by Rizzoli's Universe imprint in September and now available for pre-order on Amazon, is a celebration of 40 of the "best-designed and most enduringly iconic motorcycles ever made," spanning half a century of mechanical magnificence. 

The authors know their stuff too; Serge Bueno is the founder of high-end classic motorcycle shop Heroes Motors in Los Angeles, whose clients include Keanu Reeves, Liev Schreiber, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger; Gilles Lhote is a French journalist who specializes in all things cool.

Starting with a 1905 Peugeot Factory Racer and continuing on through the decades up to a lust-worthy 1956 Triumph Tiger Cub, the book showcases 40 beautiful bikes in chronological order, illustrated with lavish studio photographs that "present the machines as the works of art and wonders of design that they unquestionably are."

Some of the standout stunners include a candy apple red 1927 Terrot 500 NS Sport, a 1936 Excelsior Manxman, a 1938 Brough Superior, a wicked 1951 Vincent 1000CC Black Shadow, a 1950 BMW R25, and a 1951 Harley Davidson 750CC WR. 

Each is accompanied by detailed images and texts covering "the bike's background, legends behind the machines, feats of design and engineering, and tales of classic races, rallies, and motorcycle shows." 

The gorgeously-designed book is also peppered with archival advertising images and historic photos, "evoking the time and place of each model’s introduction" and placing them in the correct context.

Clear a spot on your coffee table now and pick up a copy here. And you might just want to make room in the garage as well.