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A Short History of the Motorcycle

Richard Hammond

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Autobiography: arts & entertainment, Prose: non-fiction, Motorcycles: general interest

A celebration of the magic of motorbikes by former TOP GEAR and current THE GRAND TOUR presenter Richard Hammond.

What is it about bikes that leaves so many of us powerless to resist?

This entertaining guide charts the history of the bike from its origin as a cheap means of transport to its modern incarnations: a symbol of rebellion, a high-tech racing machine and the rich kid's plaything. Richard Hammond, passionate biker and collector of bikes, looks at the machines that have propelled people across the world to work, to school - and occasionally to their doom.

With his trademark expertise and wit, Hammond examines bikers of every type, from the happy farmer trundling through fields on his Honda Cub to the Hells Angel terrorising towns on their hog.

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Richard Hammond

Richard Hammond is internationally famous for co-presenting TOP GEAR and subsequently THE GRAND TOUR with Jeremy Clarkson and James May. He has produced and presented documentaries for BBC One, examining the lives of two of his heroes, Sir Stirling Moss and Evel Knievel. He is the author of a number of bestselling books including ON THE EDGE, AS YOU DO, and IS IT JUST ME? Richard is married to Mindy and has two daughters, Izzy and Willow. He shares his garage with a vast and ever-changing collection of motorcycles both vintage and current.

Follow Richard Hammond on Twitter @RichardHammond and visit his website at www.thehamsterscage.co.uk

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