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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Giorgio Nada Editore; English Translation edition (Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8879113445
  • ISBN-13: 978-8879113441
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 1.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mechanical engineer Gaetano Cocco is a consultant and senior expert for Innovation and New Product Development. He has worked for Alfa Romeo, Aprilia, Ducati Motor, BMW Group and Husqvarna Motorcycles

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mark Smith on 19 Jun 2005
I purhcased this book as I needed a technical background to the design of motorbikes. I have a mechanical engineering degree from the top university in europe and at first glance thought the book was quite basic compared to academic text. After reading the book I found my opinion was totally changed. Although alot of the theory is at first intuative, the models and explinations help develop a detailed understanding of how physics effect the design and the handling of a motorcycle. As a rider I found the sections on attitude and suspension extremely helpful and as an engineer there was infromation on just about every page that helped me to develop an understanding of how and why motorcycles are designed the way they are.
I don't agree with the books synopsis that this is a book for the rider to develop a greater understanding of control and handelling, it does, but I feel there are better text available. It's also a bit too technical for some. However, if you have never studied the science of motorcycles in your engineering course or you are a rider that would like to learn about the details behind control and design then this is probably the best and possible the only book you'll need. Both the academic engineer and the technical enthusiast will find this informative and detailed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Excell on 15 Jan 2007
Generally I found this book very informative.

I have a physics degree and found most of the book easy to understand, but I also am a teacher and as such I believe that anyone doing an A-Level in physics or maths would cope with this book easily. Anyone of the older generation with an O-level in these subjects would also do fine.

It has some excellently laid out physics and maths, which is taken step by step so nobody should get lost. The diagrams are easily understandable (VERY important in this style of book to aid understanding - a picture paints a thousand words...) If you are interested in what keeps you upright when you ride your motorbike around, or want to know the effect of adding a fatter rear end to your custom, then do get this book. I bought it to aid design of a custom bike and have decided as a result to go for a thinner rear wheel as a result of the book reminding me of a few things I had not considered. (my rear wheel will be a 280mm cross section tyre now and not the 350mm wide monster I had originally wanted just for looks)

There is one really annoying flaw with this book though.

Chapter 1 is total rubbish - the writer talks about centrifugal force being a force pulling the bike towards the outside of a bend acting from the centre of gravity. As we all know - this is utter codswallop. (How many bikes have you seen going around a bend where there is something trying to pull them to the outside of the bend with a magic invisible string?) In fact it is a centripetal friction force of the tyres on the road that is pulling the bottom edge of the bike to the centre of the bend. This in turn tries to roll the bike around it's centre of mass so the rider would topple to the outside of the bend.
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The main part explains very clearly the physical phenomena which determine the dynamic behaviour of a motorcycle. You need only a basic mathematical knowledge to comprehend the equations. There are many diagrams and drawings to illustrate the facts.
In a second part there are simple descriptions of the basic components of a motorcycle.
But if you want to design a motorcycle frame you have to look elswhere, because there are no recommended numerical data of the characteristic dimensions.
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