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Historical References for Vintage, Veteran & Classic Motorcycles

The Motor Cycle and Motor Cycling: Some 1500 issues dating back to the 1920s. A partial listing here

Tragatsch: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Motorcycles Tragatsch

Peter Henshaw: Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle

Works by Bob Currie, Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth

Bruce Main-Smith: numerous publications

Fanatical Fay Taylour: Her sporting & political life at speed, 1904-1983. Dr Stephen M. Cullen.(PDF) 

Fay on Four Wheels Richard Armstrong, 2016

Fay Taylour: Queen of Speedway by Brian Belton. Panther Publishing Ltd ISBN: 9780954791247AJS of Wolverhampton, S.J. Mills. ISBN 0-9523338-0-5

Raleigh and the British Bicycle Industry by Roger Lloyd-Jones and M. J. Lewis

The works of Dr. George Cohen, aka Norton George.

A-Z des Motos Belges by Egon Duchateau, Geert Huylebroeck, Nick Jonckheere and Rik Van Eycken. ISBN 9789077346105
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Historia del Motociclismo Argentino Juan Von Martin


Dizionario tecnico marolli italiano-inglese, Le Monnier, Firenze, 10th Edition, pp2045

Mario Columbo: Moto Guzzi, Milani 1977

Cento anni di moto 1886-1986 M. Clarke, 1986 Milano

Moto Italiane - I Primi 50 Anni, Vols 1, 2, 3. Pluricilindriche by Stefano Milani

Le motociclette MV Agusta Campioni del Mondo Restelli E. 2002 San Giuliano Milanese

Edoardo Bianchi Gentile A. 1992 Milano

La motocicletta italiana - un secolo su due ruote tra storia, arte e sport 2005 Milano

Motociclismo a Trieste - Cent'anni di storia nella provincia giuliana, Franco Damiani di Vergada, 2007, ISBN 978-88-8190-224-8 .

Moto Gilera Pignacca B. 1983 Milano

Innocenti Lambretta Tessera V. 1996 Vimodrone

Moto G.D. - L' Aquila a due tempi by Enrico Ruffini. ISBN: 88-7911-042-X

Moto Guzzi - il sogno italiano 2004 Roma

Ganna: il campione, le gare, le motociclette - by Ernesto Restelli.

Scooters du monde, 100 ans d'histoire, by François-Marie Dumas and Didier Ganneau. ISBN-10: 2851204777


La Motocyclette en France. Bourdache. Four volumes, 1894-1924, 1945-1970

Claude Reynaud Le Grand Dictionnaire des Motos Françaises, and works covering Terrot, Peugeot and others.

Motos Française 1869/1962 - Patrick NEGRO

Les Motos Françaises - Cent ans d'Histoire - Bernard Salvat

Dictionnaire illustré des 600 marques motocyclistes de Paris et de la Seine by Bernard Salvat

Dictionnaire des motos françaises by Dominique Pascal. ISBN-13: 978-2707201348, 127 pages

Gnome-Rhône - L'Histoire des Motocyclettes - Daniel David

Monet-Goyon - La Moto Française - Michel Gagnaire/Franck Meneret

Monet-Goyon - Des origines 1939 - Jean Goyard

Motobécane et Motoconfort - Souvenir d'un Ingénieur - Eric Jaulmes

Les Motocyclettes Henri Dresch - François-Henri Denise

Robert Sexe - Reporter Motocycliste Photographe 1890/1986 - J-P Schuls

Le Vélosolex de mon Père - Franck Meneret/Jean Goyard

Le Vélosolex , la bicyclette qui roule toute seule - Salvat/Pascal/Goyard

Nougier 1932-1972, Le rêve français by François-Marie Dumas Moto-Guzzi - L'Histoire - 1921/1993, Voxan - La Naissance d'un Mythe and others - Christian Guislain

50 ans de Motocyclettes Française, and several other works - Dominique Pascal


L&K - Skoda: Part 1-The Upward Path 1895-1945
Kozisek, Petr & Jan Kralik
Telling the definitive story of Skoda from its beginnings as Laurin & Klement, bicycle manufacturers, to its takeover by the Nazis in 1939 and continuing the story up to the end of the war. Over 200 pages of text and over 200 of photographs and specifications of their motorcycles, cars and commercial vehicles up to 1945. This volume weighs nearly 2 kg.

Skoda Laurin & Klement (ISBN: 1855322374)
Ivan Margolius~Charles Meisl
Osprey, 1992

Other references

Tom Cotter: The Vincent in the Barn

L.S. Skartsis, "Greek Vehicle & Machine Manufacturers 1800 to present: A Pictorial History", Marathon (2012) ISBN 978-960-93-4452-4

Suspension Systems Britten Archive