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    May be that is of interest. A new American Excelsior book will be published with 448 pages in May/June in very limited numbers. This is the first english book after 110 years since the first excelsior was made
    For more Information see www.American-x.org
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    Please post a reminder when this book is available. I am very much looking forward to getting a copy when it becomes a real book. . . . Had to post a picture.

    Eric Smith
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    [QUOTE=exeric;155165]Please post a reminder when this book is available. I am very much looking forward to getting a copy when it becomes a real book. . . . Had to post a picture.


    Hello Eric
    You can preorder the book. http://www.american-x.org/
    The book will be available around end of May. Look on the website.
    We do only a small run, as the interest in prewar machines is slowing down. No young people!
    regards Thomas (AMCA 3565)
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    The book is printed now. Delivery is confirmed for May 18th. I have to store it.... So its available from May 19th. Thank you for the pre orders!
    I go the the AMCA meet in Raalte and bring books.
    In case you are visiting Germany and have the chance to visit some of our Board Track event, we will meet. The next event is in Nürnberg (not far from Munic) We are at the velodrome Reichelsdorfer Keller build 1903. The first motorcycle races started at this velodrome 1904. There is a discussion that it will be demolished! So we will support the cycle club there. We have around 20 starters. For more informations refer to www.American-x.org
    regards from Germany
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    The first books are shipped out. Also Harley ordered a copy...
    The first US customers should have it this or next week. For more informations see the AMCA European newsletter and www.American-x.org
    There is no reseller in the US.
    Last edited by American X; 06-01-2016 at 03:17 PM.

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    Dear All, I bought a copy of the Excelsior book at our Raalte International Meet in Holland last weekend. I'll be reviewing it for the AMCA magazine, but can already recommend it to Excelsior/Henderson owners and anyone interested in the history of American motorcycles. OK it's 149 euros and weighs 8 pounds to mail, but there are only 400 copies printed so get in there now.

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    Received my copy of the American Excelsior book last week. WOW!!!! What a treat! Of course it will take me years to read and understand it all, plus with my recent shoulder surgery, I have a tough time holding it up to read, as Steve said, it weighs all of 8 pounds! Never the less, I've been enjoying it from my desk top.

    Thomas Bund and Robert Turek have done an incredible job of putting this book together! I've been studying Brand X for 25 years now and have not come close to their level of study. It is without a doubt the best books on antique motorcycles I have in my collection. It covers the Excelsior story from Schwinn's early bicycle days in Europe to the end of the Chicago brand and beyond, to the modern X made in Minnesota. I'm very impressed with not only their research, but the amount of original literature they have collected and included in the book for reference. The quality of the not only the content, but also the printing and binding is outstanding! The book is LOADED with very high resolution images that are great to look at and study. Also quite a few tid bits that I was not aware of.

    To many the price seems a bit steep, but it goes right along with my belief that the only people that bitch about the cost of a reproduction part for their old motorcycle (or a book in this case) are the ones that have never reproduced a single part (or book) and have no idea what goes into it.

    So, if you're truly interested in the history of Brand X, there is no finer book available. In fact, the only other one available that I know of is Thomas' first book American X, which I thought was outstanding, only problem is my German is not good enough to understand much of the text!

    Best get on the order list, this is a limited printing..

    Gene Harper

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    Great review Gene. You have always been one of my Excelsior mentors so your assessment of the work of Thomas Bund, and Robert Turek means a lot. I have a copy of the book on it's way, so I'm waiting on tenterhooks I fully agree with you about the cost of limited reproduction parts, and also as it applies to a book. This book had to be a true labor of love because the research, and collection of knowledge cannot be priced, or recouped financially. No doubt, I'll reply to this thread after I receive my copy.
    Eric Smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by gharper View Post
    To many the price seems a bit steep
    ... but the euro to dollar exchange rate is close to being the best it has been in many years, this book would have cost $20 to $50 more just a few years ago... so that helps!
    Pisten Bulley is Harry Roberts in Vermont.

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    I'm not sure if my order was processed. It gives an error message but no explanation?
    Robbie Knight Amca #2736

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