Go FAR Book Review
By Mike Savidge
Art Of The Harley-Davidson Motorcycle
Photography by David Blattel
Text by Dain Gingerelli
Take a good looking Harley-Davidson motorcycle; add in an attractive backdrop along with some pertinent historical information and you’ve got yourself the ingredients for a book that is a page turning pleasure to read. I wasn’t familiar with the work of photographer David Blattel before this book arrived on my desk but after looking at just a few pages, I’m now a new fan. The Art of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle features more than 100 beautifully photographed examples of the rolling artwork that came from the Harley-Davidson factories. Within the eleven chapters bikes are displayed chronologically in categories that include the Knucks, Pans, Sporties, Baggers, V-Rods, Racers and the like. The photo settings are varied and many are used to help emphasize the bike’s purpose, be it setting track records or transporting troops across the desert. The story behind each bike is provided by Dain Gingerelli who is a veteran of the motorcycle and hot rod publishing scene. His descriptions are concise and educational explaining the historical or technological significance of each model featured. If you wonder how the bikes from Milwaukee evolved from the Silent Grey Fellow to the Screaming Eagle CVO’s of today, this book will give you an entertaining education.