A curated collection to fill every rider's library.
In 1939 Jack Newkirk rode across country on his Harley Davidson VL Big Twin, from the New York World's Fair to the San Francisco Golden Gate Exposition. In The Old Man and the Harley, author John J. Newkirk paints a memorable portrait of his father Jack, and the Depression/WWII generation by retracing the journey with his father. Part history, part adventure, The Old Man and the Harley is also a poignant tribute to America's Greatest Generation.
Author: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2008
When most people imagine a motorcycle, chances are they picture a Harley-Davidson. That's because Harley-Davidson machines look the way the primordial biker inside each of us feels a motorcycle should look. In short, Harley-Davidson makes mythic bikes. Harley-Davidson: The Complete History celebrates these iconic motorcycles, presenting them all in one beautifully illustrated book.
Author: Dewhurst Hackett
Publication Date: 2016
Whether you collect custom motorcycles or want to throw rocks at those biker freaks who leave you deaf as they zoom by, you need to know the story of the chopper. Because the story of the chopper is the story of popular culture. The Great Depression, 1960s youth culture, folk art, the conservative press, old-school revivals—the chopper plays a part in all of these. Leading motorcycle journalist and vintage motorcycle expert Paul d’Orléans tells the chopper’s true story, from its origins to its renaissance today. With its well-informed texts and showcase of historical and contemporary photographs, it finally gives the chopper the respectful attention it deserves.
Author: Paul d’Orléans & Robert Klanten
Publication Date: 2014
Motorcycle technology lagged far behind automotive technology since the earliest days of the internal-combustion engine. All that changed in 1936 when Harley-Davidson introduced the Model EL. For the first time ever, a company was manufacturing a high-performance overhead-valve engine for the masses. Harley-Davidson Knucklehead: Eighty Years tells the entire Knucklehead story, from the very first overhead-valve V-twin Harley produced for the public through the post-war models, continuing right up until today, when aftermarket manufacturers reproduce complete Knucklehead crate engines because of its continuing popularity.
Publication Date: 2016
It’s no wonder descriptions of riding often resemble the words of Asian mystics and Jedi knights: The ride causes your senses to open completely. You experience only the present, the now. Readers who prefer revving a Harley to meditating in a Zen garden know that biking is just as contemplative as chanting in the lotus position. Here, philosopher-bikers explore this seeming dichotomy, expounding on intriguing questions such as: Why are the motorcycles the real stars of Easy Rider? Would Jesus hang out in a biker bar or a coffeehouse? And more importantly, would He ride a Harley or a Honda? These witty, provocative essays give readers and riders a new appreciation of what it means to become one with the road.
Author: Cynthia Pineo, Bernard E. Rollin, Bernard E. Rollin
Publication Date: 2006
Photographer David Blattel treats every photo shoot as a work of art. When his subjects are the works of art produced by the motorcycling maestros from Milwaukee, the results are doubly beautiful. Over 100 stunning Harley-Davidson’s greatest hits from the early 1900s to today.
Author: Dain Gingerelli, David Blattel
Publication Date: 2011
Updated for a new generation of bike lovers, this visually stunning and comprehensive history of Harley-Davidson charts the company and its bikes decade by decade. From the moment the first model rolled out of a backyard shed in Milwaukee, through Harley's postwar golden age, to the sought-after bikes that distinguish the company today, Ultimate Harley-Davidson presents seventy of the most beautiful and coveted Harleys of all time.
Author: Hugo Wilson
Publication Date: 2013
Showcasing a century of bikes that shaped motorcycle history, this book gives motorcycle enthusiasts an opportunity to pore over the bikes and to linger over every detail that made Harley-Davidson such an icon of American open-road power and performance.
Author: Darwin Holmstrom
Publication Date: 2011
Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live.
Author: Robert M. Pirsig
Publication Date: 1974