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Slow Burn

Superbikes & Superbike racing 1970 to 1988 by Guntrip, Bob Code: 55648 Format: Hardback / 256 pages Publication date: 10/12/2019 Availability: Future Publication. Pre-order now. Due date: December 2019 Price: AU $49.95
Slow Burn tells how the superbike racing motorcycle developed out of the roadgoing sports-tourer to become one of the most successful competitions in all forms of motorcycle sport. As well as offering world championship class competition in its own right, superbike racing has been a highly competitive training ground for grand prix riders as well as helping manufacturers, distributors and dealers develop and improve their motorcycles. Superbike racing is to the motorcycle industry what touring car or NASCAR competition is to the car world - race on Sunday, sell on Monday. All the big names were drawn into the sport during its formative years and have been there ever since - Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, Ducati and Aprilia have all used superbike racing to test their street bike designs. And some of the biggest riders in the sport - Wayne Gardner, Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz and Eddie Lawson all started out on big, unruly superbikes, learning how to power slide their way around the world's toughest tracks. It's all in superbike - and it's all in Slow Burn.
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
Illustration: B&W THROUGHOUT
Availability: Future Publication. Pre-order now. Due date: December 2019
Publication date: 10/12/2019
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 0 g
Dimensions: 225mm X 152mm
Code: 55648
Introduction: this isn't the future but you can see it from here 1 Rising son As the 1970s dawned, the four-stroke seemed likely to disappear from international open-class racing altogether; but not before a final flourish - in a new class - led by Britain's last ailing giants 2 Green on blue Brazen, brash, irritating to the ear and very fast, the first big-bore two-strokes began to appear in 1972 and Paul Smart was right there when it mattered 3 Tomorrow, the world Yamaha's trim, purposeful motorcycles have formed the backbone of racing for half a century; but there was never a time that emphasised their potential quite like the mid-1970s 4 Kenny Back in the Florida sunshine for Daytona '76, Yamaha unveiled four new projectiles that got everyone talking and helped to define Kenny Roberts' career. And then there were those BMWs 5 Pushing on an open door Finally, F750 had its world championship for 1977 - but it came too late to be much more than a one-make, one-model competition. Little wonder the alternatives were gaining ground 6 Warriors for the working day If Honda's CB750 wasn't immediately the stuff racing careers were built on, Kawasaki's Z1 and the Suzuki GS1000 were a different proposition - and just the thing for harassing two-strokes 7 Long-distance confirmation While Yamaha did as it pleased in the dying years of F750, other marques began to see possibilities in the European zest for endurance racing, Honda prominent among them 8 Formula one Problem: the TT is stripped of its world championship status after 1976. Solution: the TT stages its own world championship, and offers one path to cheaper racing 9 Welcome to the jungle At Ontario in 1973, it was called Superbike Production. Soon it would become AMA Superbike and routinely offer some of the world's tightest racing - just ask Eddie, Freddie and Wes 10 All change Another decade, another recession: 1000cc motorcycles are too powerful and too thirsty, so Wayne Rainey and Joey Dunlop showed how to make the right impression with a 750 11 Honda enters, Honda... The progress of the world's biggest bike maker through the 1980s paralleled the evolution of Superbike racing itself: uncertain beginnings, growing strength - and a very grand finale 12 All together now As TT-F1 grew stronger, the Superbike World Championship assumed shape and substance; and there could only be one winner