Top Dead Center: The Best of Kevin Cameron from Cycle World Magazine (英語) ハードカバー – 2007/7/15
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With short introductions to each piece, Cameron puts his on-the-spot writing on motorcycle racing into context, and offers a quick, clear history of the best on bikes.
Cycle World, September 2007
“Clear your schedule, tune up your brain and get ready for a major trip through motorcycle racing and technical history … is compendium of his best work.”
RoadRacing World, January 2008
“Anyone who has ever road raced, is racing, intends to race, goes to or watches the races, in any serious area of the sport at any level, must absorb TDC. You will learn more in this book than in decades at the track.”
(from message board) “Hot and tired from my motorcycle-habit-supporting-day job, I figured that I'd check it out for a few minutes, and then grab a much needed shower. I was still at the kitchen table reading, when my wife arrived an hour later. For anyone who has ever twisted a wrench, fired up a torch, or wondered what really happens behind the scenes at the bike races, this is for you. TDC is a collection of Kevin's writings and columns dating back to `71, each with an introduction (all insightful and tinged with a true motorcyclist's humor), and filled with history.”
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But, please, I want a collection of Kevin's articles on technology. There are a lot of writers who cover racing well. There is no one else who covers technology the way Kevin Cameron does.
BMW Club of Southern California
What's great about this book is that he explains this sort of thing as if he were having a conversation with you. He tells you about these things in the context of the people and machines he worked and raced with. And at the end of each story you understand it to.
Kevin's Handbook of Sportbike Performance is much more technical and makes an excellent companion book. Handbook tells you what to do and which bolt to turn. TDC tells you why you want to do it and gets you excited about doing it. Every rider who is interested in performance; the people, the machines, and the techniques, should own this book!
Can you read the whole thing at once? I doubt it. It's not that kind of book. You need to read it, attempt to understand what he just said, and then move on. Can't do that in one sitting for sure.
Overall, I enjoyed the read as much as the "ride" it takes you on.