As far as coffee table books go, the ultimate for me would be one written by someone who was involved in the Japanese end of the industry from the 60's through the 80's. I think it would be cool to hear some of the behind-the-scenes stories on bikes like the Yamaha XS Specials, the TZ700/750 street bike(killed by the EPA), Suzuki RE-5, Kawasaki H1 and H2, etc. I'd rather have that any day of the week than another H-D coffee table book.
If you want a good motorcycle book, buy, beg, borrow or steal Superbikes of the Seventies by Roland Brown
It covers all the great European and Japanese bikes of that era, including the HD XLCR. All the great bikes we lusted after as kids for us boomers and some history about where we came from for young sportbike fans.
I can somewhat understand why someone with a poor understanding of English would want to use "Tempter". "Madura", or even worse, "Virago" (which means a b!tchy woman, basically) I will never understand.
Far better to settle it with Wright's book than the traditional flying barstool! No rational person could disagree with this statement, that's obvious. Having said that, as long as I am not the target of the barstool, I'll still have to give the "flying barstool" the top points as far as entertainment value and good ole Harley tradition.
I have a Sportster Sport. I've talked to a lot of Harley salesmen who have never seen one. Until the V-Rod it was the quickest Harley 0-60, designed and produced by Harley. Since the guts of the V-Rod are compliments of German engineering, I still consider the Sportster Sport to be the quickest real Harley.
I'm jumping behind the bar, looking for that first flying stool.
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