Richard Skelton’s first book, Funky Mopeds - the 1970s Sports Moped Phenomenon, was a best-seller. Funky Superbikes is four volume follow-up series which tracks the momentous changes in motorcycling, and in society in general, that took place during the 1970s; biking’s biggest, brightest and best-ever decade.Featuring great writing, exclusive interviews, newly-commissioned artwork and evocative period images, Funky Superbikes will build to become a comprehensive history of big-bore motorcycling in the 1970s. It covers the arrival of extraordinary sporting machines from Italy and a new generation of bulletproof BMW twins, as well as the inexorable rise of the Japanese motorcycle industry and the wasteful, lingering death of its British counterpart.
In the 1970s there were more motorcyclists than ever before, ever more fabulous motorcycles crammed the showrooms, and motorcycling became an exciting new leisure activity. It was the time of Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts, of Bike and Cycle magazines, and of brilliant journalists in their pomp such as Cook Neilson, Mark Williams, Dave Minton and LJK Setright. It can now be seen as a pivotal decade, and a unique high point in motorcycling history.
Part One is on sale now, with Part Two out in time for Christmas 2016. Parts Three and Four to follow in 2017.
Buy at teambenzina.bigcartel.com, or post a UK cheque, payable to Greg Pullen, to Lower Heath Ground, Kings Road, Easterton, Devizes, SN10 4PX. Price per volume: £12 + £2.80 postage.