Every time I receive a book like "Classic Honda Motorcycles," I wonder if it will be the last. Given the state of modern publishing, there's simply little motivation—financial or otherwise—to produce motorcycle books. This I know this first-hand. I once wrote a book titled "Honda Motorcycles," which was published by Motorbooks International and is now out of print. My book was considerably sexier than Silver's, a 192-page coffee-table tome lushly illustrated in full color, and written in an editorial style that should have theoretically appealed to a wider range of readers. Still, it barely sold its initial production run, and I never made a penny off the project. Now, more than 12 years later, the book still hasn't earned back its advance.