Reading Speed


Posted in Technology by readingspeed on March 18, 2009

Neil Spalding

J H Haynes & Co Ltd ISBN 1-84-425310-4

Despite its pervasive influence on our contemporary culture it’s remarkable to reflect that almost everything we know about the details of everyday life in the Roman Republic comes from the writing of one man – Publius Cornelius Tacitus. No other significant and informative bodies of work from that period have survived intact and the only view we have of life in the Roman Republic is the one chronicled and interpreted by Tacitus.

The formative seasons of MotoGP after the 2 strokes had been cast beyond the city wall also have one definitive and authoritative work of record in this book. Even viewed from a the distance of a few years the 990cc era of MotoGP, as recorded by Spalding, seems to be a long distant era of innovation and fecund diversity. From the barren uplands of the 2009 season the days of 9 different manufacturers and private teams seem like a distant fertile valley.

Spalding records all of the technical challenges faced by the team with precise prose and opulent photography. This book easily justifies its ambitious price tag with outstanding production values. He seems to have had access to the team’s designers and engineers of an unusually candid nature and presents and supplements this information with perceptive and expert analysis. For this book’s intended audience, the MotoGP maven, the technical details will be eagerly seized upon and digested. However no matter what level of detail is served up on the evolution of the Yamaha M1 crankshaft or the Kawasaki ZX-RR swingarm it never seems enough. Also, a second volume covering the transition to the 800cc era is badly needed. Like guests at a Roman cena, we are engorged yet crave more.

RS Rating: 9/10

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  1. RatsMC said, on April 23, 2009 at 3:15 am

    I have to agree that we need something from Spaulding on the 800cc era. Some perspective is essential. Perhaps this is an impossibility while the motors are still in service. Too bad.

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