The Fine Art Of The Motorcycle Engine


As the opposite of cars, motorcycles are built around an engine.  In addition to its mechanical conception, an engine appearance is the major component defining a motorcycle aesthetic value. Reason why motorcycle engineers are in a perpetual mission to design power plants both performing but also pleasing to the eye, obsessed with the best combination of form and performance. No doubt that engines are the essence of our machines (pun intended) but because of the required graphical attraction they must possess, our motors will always be more beautiful than those installed in 4-wheelers.

 When I received “The Fine Art Of The Motorcycle Engine” I realized that a book examining the most stunning engines through dramatic photography was well overdue. Author Daniel Pierce presents 64 dramatic photographs of the sexiest motorcycle engines ever designed. This photo book demonstrates engineer inventiveness and how they master engines complexity with simplicity, helping you understand the changing technologies and design trends through time. Cycle World magazine calls this book “pornography for Gear Heads” and I agree with all my senses… The Fine Art Of The Motorcycle Engine.

6 Responses to “The Fine Art Of The Motorcycle Engine”

  1. 1 WT Feb 20th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    This is really a great book. The images clear and very detailed.

  2. 2 Ken Glenn (Rat Judge) Feb 20th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    My kind of book. I will oreder it.

  3. 3 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian M/C Co Feb 21st, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I find the engines of yesterday absolutely stunning works of art especially when one looks back in the teens era but certainly not solely stopping at that era. Even many of the 30’s and 40’s were very sexy especially Flatheads. We seem to have lost a lot of that art form with most of todays V Twins.
    Just study the details in a teens Ivar Johnson, absolutely magnificant works of art.

  4. 4 Nicker Feb 21st, 2009 at 10:32 pm


    It was once called “Industrial art” for a reason.

    And i guess it still can be…..
    It’s all about crafting and designing the type of products that
    are compelling enough to draw such acclaim……


  5. 5 MadMsk Feb 22nd, 2009 at 10:47 am

    It’s nice. I want order it…

  6. 6 ironwigwam Feb 25th, 2009 at 5:45 am

    The Jefferson OHV design of the teens was a major influence in Charles Franklin’s decison to create the 45 OHV ‘B’ engines of the 27 and 28 Indian scouts

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