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Bibliography: The MotorCycle Book for Boys 1928

November 15, 2011

Periodically, I like to share my favorite books with OcchioLungo readers, via the bibliography articles.  There is now a dedicated page on the site with all the biblio articles in one location.   Click the page title near the top right corner of each page.  There is also a new Table of Contents page.


Here’s another book to add to your bookshelf:  The MotorCycle Book for Boys.  This one was written and published by the team at The Motor Cycle magazine in 1928, ostensibly for boys to learn about bikes.  But the information is more than just an educational tome, and is good for adults too.  It is filled with 195 pages of great stuff for the modern vintagent.  There are articles about TT racing on the Isle of Man, how motors work, history of bikes (circa 1928!), camping with a motorcycle, how a magneto works, motorcycle football, how to read a road map, Brooklands circuit banking vs that at Monza, etc.  While much of the content was cribbed from the magazine, quite a bit was written specifically for the boy audience.  And reading it shows the modern reader that our recent education may have missed some things that were common knowledge 83 years ago.  The basics of motor operation are described, but they assume that the reader is already familiar with many things concerning mechanics, the outdoors, roads and self sufficiency.  It is all very exciting to me, as my father taught me a bit of mechanical know-how as a boy.  Regardless of what your father showed you, this book could very well teach you quite a bit of good stuff about old and new motorbikes, and life in England in 1928.  I learned a lot reading this book, and enjoyed every page.


The book is for sale in a few shops on this link, but at a dear cost of $131-$165.  It pops up on eBay very rarely, but you may find a tattered version like mine for $100 less than the shops’ prices.  If you don’t mind the pages falling out of the book, bargains can be found.  Here is a link to a reprint in paperback at $40.  I haven’t found any publisher yet that is reprinting a hardback version, but I’ll ask a few if they are interested.

finest hobby 

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a manly sport 

ancient and modern 


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book for boys

9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2011 3:09 pm

    Someone needs to reprint this in it’s nice original hard back format, to ensure it won’t fall to pieces the instant it is handed to nephews/sons etc.

    The perfect year too: last of the flat tanks, some super fast machines on the road, really one of the most exciting times in motorcycling.

    • November 15, 2011 3:27 pm

      agreed! It is a great one, and should be shared with modern boys. Mine is just about destroyed, hopefully a new edition may come out when my boy is old enough to read.

  2. Somer permalink
    November 15, 2011 4:50 pm

    I love the guy’s jacket. Looks like a young Pd’O !

  3. November 15, 2011 6:00 pm

    But I don’t think the ‘Gent wears stripes.

  4. Anonymous permalink
    November 15, 2011 10:36 pm

    Vas is dis? Ver is Americanz? But I will take that inline twin motor thank you. Thanks again, Excelsior Paul

  5. Jim Abbott permalink
    November 16, 2011 8:18 am

    What? No Tom Swift? I think I recall from my Cub Scout days a “Tom Swift and His Racing Machine”. I also had “Tom Swift and His Flying Machine”. Great stuff. I think the ‘Gent’s jacket is a school jacket. Eaton or somewhere like that.

    Jim A., Tucson, AZ.

    • November 16, 2011 9:35 am

      I have a copy of “Tom Swift and His Motorcycle” It isn’t a great story, but I suppose it would keep a young boy’s attention if he liked to read mysteries. The cover art is nice. Maybe that will be the next book featured in the Bibliography series…

  6. Chris permalink
    August 11, 2013 6:41 am

    Will be listed from 8pm 11th August

  7. Anonymous permalink
    May 18, 2016 10:33 am

    I have a copy in excellent condition

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