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1975 Laverda 1000 3C



Ultimate Triumph Collection presents nearly 80 perfect Triumphs, from early singles to an immaculate Speed Twin, from an iconic 1953 Blackbird to a pair of 1970 Bonnevilles, all belonging to one man.

What started as a restoration project on an old motorcycle 20 years ago grew into a small collection of nice Triumphs. For most men that would have been enough. For Bobby Sullivan, those first few bikes only served to whet his appetite. With a single-minded focus, Bobby started to buy not just bikes, but the parts needed to restore those bikes. Thus the collection grew, from 10 bikes to 15, and from 15 to 50. As it grew in size, it also grew in quality and depth. First it was Bonnevilles and TR6s. Next came the hard-to-find TT and C models. Twenty some years after restoring that first Triumph, Bobby Sullivan found himself the proud owner of more than 100 Triumphs - and nearly 80 of those perfect restorations are presented here.

The meat of this book is the photos of those very bikes, presented one bike per page, each with a short caption. Photos need context; collections aren't built in a vacuum. Chapters one and two provide a history of both the collection and the man who built it. Most collections contain a few gems, and those bright diamonds fill the final chapter: The T110 with Swallow side car, the ultra rare 350cc 3H, the '38 Speed Twin, and the new first-year Bonneville.

Ultimate Triumph Collection is an inside look at one man's obsession - one man's successful quest to assemble and own the world's best personal collection of the world's most beautiful motorcycles.



Mick Walker is acknowledged as one of the world's leading motorcycle authorities. In a career that has spanned almost fifty years, he has written over 110 books. He has also been a successful racer, tuner, team manager and talent scout. Mick has been involved in virtually every aspect of the motorcycle industry, even acting as the British Importer for several Italian marques, including Ducati, Moto Guzzi and Cagiva. During the 1980s he was editor of Motorcycle Enthusiast magazine. Most recently, in 2010, he was made president of the Italian Motorcycle Owners Club.



A lavishly illustrated and definitive look at the design evolution of the racing motorcycle. The dynamic between competition and design has always fueled the evolution of racing motorcycles and inspired astonishing feats of design and engineering. This book traces the development of the sport bike, from the earliest French motorcycles to the dominance of British machinery in the 1930s, the exotic Italian motorcycles of the 1950s and 1960s, the influence of American racing in the 1970s and 1980s, and today’s Japanese superbikes.

More than 50 classic motorcycles — from Harley-Davidsons to Peugeots, Velocettes, Moto Guzzis, BMWs, Kawasakis and Ducatis — are presented chronologically illustrated with stunning studio photographs that present the machines as works of art and wonders of design in themselves. They are accompanied by rare and beautiful archival images that place the subjects in the context of classic races, rallies and motorcycle shows, and essays reveal the legends behind the machines. Some of the championship motorcycles featured include the 1902 Manon, the 1922 Harley-Davidson 8-valve, the 1935 Terrot 500, the 1948 AJS Porcupine, the 1954 Moto Guzzi V8, the 1965 Honda GP 250, the 1976 Suzuki RK67, the 1986 Cagiva GP and the 1990 Ducati Supermono.

About the Author
Phillip Tooth has been a journalist for more than 20 years. For 10 years he was editor of U.K. magazines Classic Bike and The Classic MotorCycle, and also, before becoming a freelance writer so that he could spend more time with his motorcycles. He now writes for magazines throughout the world, including Klassic Motorrad (Germany), Moto Légende (France), BMW Bikes (Japan), Motorcycle Classics (US), and Motor (Netherlands). Jean-Pierre Pradères ran a studio in Paris where his clients included famous fashion house Hermès, and now devotes his time to photographing motorcycles and bicycles. His work has also been featured in the Guggenheim's The Art of the Motorcycle and The Golden Age of the Hand-Built Bicycle.