First published in 1994, Harley - The Ultimate Machine rapidly established itself as a definitive work on the world's most famous motorcycle maker. Skilfully blending rare historical archive pictures, specially commissioned colour studio portraits of landmark models, lifestyle pictures of riders, Harleys and the open road, and quotes and reminiscences from people "in the know", it provided a gloriously rounded picture of a company that is so much more than just a motorcycle producer. It succeeded in getting behind the magic of the Harley Davidson brand name and explaining why the Harley lifestyle has come to represent something quintessentially American. Now updated and expanded to take account of the very latest developments, this 200-page edition of Harley - The Ultimate Machine focuses especially on what has been happening with the new models for 2000 and 2001. The big news is the release of an 88-inch V-twin engine called the Twin Cam 88 which has replaced the 80-inch Evolution as the power plant for all Harley's big twins. It also looks forward to 2003 when Harley-Davidson will celebrate a special anniversary - 100 years in the business.
Tod Rafferty has written several best-selling books on American motorcycles, including The Complete Harley Davidson Encyclopedia, The Indian, Harley Memorabilia and The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Motorcycles.