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Motorcycle books are now for sale via our motomerlin shop here

We have a large stock of new books & manuals plus a growing selection of out of print titles.

It will take sometime to get these online, so get in touch with your requests, thanks, Mike

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More motorcycle books here Merlin

Classic Japanese Motorcycle Guide

Classic Japanese Motorcycle Guide 

By: Rod Ker

This is the definitive guide to Japanese bikes from the 1960s to the early 1990s, concentrating on mainstream, affordable models from the ‘big four’:

Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha.

Fully illustrated throughout, the book provides a brief history of the Japanese motorcycle industry, its post-war rise and displacement of traditional British, European and American marques.

Specific bikes are then grouped and discussed in detail, providing an essential reference for buyers and enthusiasts alike.

“A great read for any two-wheeled history fan”Daily Express

Hardback, 233 x 169mm, 240 pages, 200 colour & 100 b&w illustrations

ISBN: 9781844253357   Book No: H4335

Buy it now at a discount


The Ducati Story 5th Edition

The Ducati Story (5th Edition)

Racing and production models from 1945 to the present day

By: Ian Falloon

Ian Falloon’s authoritative marque history covers every Ducati racing and production motorcycle, from the cheap post-war Cucciolo right through to model years 2010 and 2011

and celebrating the fabulous Desmosedici, Hypermotard, Streetfighter and 1200 Multistrada.

The fifth edition brings the story fully up to date.

‘wonderful…brilliant detail’ Daily Express

‘authoritative’ British Dealer News
Hardback, 270 x 210mm, 296 pages, 245 colour & 7 b&w illustrations

ISBN: 9780857330123   Book No: H5012

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Mick Grant – Takin’ the Mick

Mick Grant – Takin’ the Mick 

by Mac McDiarmid

Foreword by James Witham

Mick Grant, leading British motorcycle racer of the 1970s and 1980s, was a factory rider for Norton, Kawasaki, Honda and Suzuki.

He raced against Mike Hailwood, Barry Sheene and Giacomo Agostini, won three grands prix and seven TTs, and later worked in team management.

His book is packed with frank and funny stories about the great and the dodgy.

Hardback, 234 x 156mm, 320 pages, 30 colour & 15 b&w illustrations

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ISBN: 9781844257287  Book: H4728

Building the Ultimate Adventure Motorcycle

Building the Ultimate Adventure Motorcycle

The essential guide to preparing a bike for the journey of a lifetime 

By: Robert Wicks Foreword: Grant Johnson
For any aspiring adventure motorcycle rider, the biggest decisions are what bike to choose and how to go about kitting it out.

Though some of the top adventure bikes currently on sale could arguably roll off the showroom floor and carry you just about anywhere in the world, it is human nature to tweak,

enhance, customise and ultimately personalise your chosen machine before heading off.

From simple questions such as the choice of tyres and the preferred luggage system, to more complex options such as navigation and communication equipment, there are myriad choices.

This extensively illustrated practical book provides in-depth coverage on preparing an adventure motorcycle for the journey of a lifetime.
‘a detailled look at what to take, how to carry it, what to do with it, where to go’ Ride
Hardback, 270 x 210mm, 176 pages, 300 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781844258369

Book No: H4836   Buy it now