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Motorcycle Owner's Manual [Paperback]

Hugo Wilson
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley); First Edition edition (Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789416158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789416155
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.9 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction 25 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback
A good introduction to how a bike works and very basic maintanance procedures. It gets 4 stars mainly because of the cheap price. I think I'll be out-growing it soon: there's not a lot of information here. If you want a more comprehensive book on maintaining a bike, I'd suggest Mark Zimmerman.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compliment to decyphering shop manual. 14 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The April issue of Motorcyclist does a great review on this book. It spans the gap between seasoned monkey wrencher and the novice shop tinkerer. A deffinate must have for any bike owner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very very basic + not explained well 28 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
As well as being extremely basic, what is in this manual is not explained very well.

It's very thin as well. This is almost the kind of book you'd read sitting on the loo as opposed to trying to fix or service your bike. Should have been renamed "The childrens Encyclopedia of Basic Motorcycle Mechanics".

Get a Haynes don't waste your time.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fiver well spent! 19 July 2005
By Joe
Format:Paperback
At just over a fiver this book represents great value for money. It is ideal for riders, especially new ones, who want to gain a rudimentary understanding of bike maintenance + primary components. Clear + concise, with many accompanying photos, it assumes no prior knowledge and doesn't go into such detail that your head will spin. It is a little dated however (published in 1997), but the basic concepts still apply to modern machines.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beginners basics 4 Jan 2011
By JimR
Format:Paperback
I bought this because I read the authors columns in monthly magazines. Although this is well put together and covers its subject I was hoping for a little more in depth substance. It would be a great book for someone venturing into motorcycle maintenance for the first time.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Helpful Guide for New Motorcycle Owners 14 May 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Your new motorcycle came with an owner's manual. Why in the world would you need a more general one?
If you are like me, you do not really know very much about motorcycles other than how to ride one. The manufacturer's owner's manual assumes more knowledge than you really have, and encourages you to get professional maintenance for all but the most routine matters. But if you love your motorcycle (and who doesn't?), you want to take good care of it.
Here's where Mr. Wilson's guide is valuable. It simply explains keeping your motorcyle clean and safe. It also provides good background on how motorcycles are designed and the parts work. Even if you never plan to do any repairs, you will find this interesting. The photographs are very clear and detailed, and allow you to see what he is talking about.
My only complaint about the book is that some of the explanations assume a level of knowledge above what I have. "If you can rewire a plug, you can work on your bike." Well, I still don't know what "rewiring" a plug is, even after reading the book. My guess is that he is referring to adjusting the gap for the spark, but I'm not sure.
I did come away with a sense of what needs to be done with motorcycles. I recently read a similar book by the same publisher on bicycle maintenance. I found that there are more differences than similarities between bicycle and motorcycle maintenance. Also, because you will be riding your motorcycle at higher speeds than a bicycle, I came away thinking that professional maintenance is not such a bad idea.
The economic benefit from this book will come mostly from helping you be more aware of the importance of preventive maintenance (so you are more likely to do it) and spotting repair needs before they become more expensive.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny 21 Dec 2005
Format:Paperback
I know very little about motorbikes and am about to do a direct access course. This book is excellent. The pictures are very clear and writing is easy to understand even for a person like myself. There seems to be enough information in there to keep me coming back to the book. I'm very glad I bought it. It's worth every penny.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great -- both clearly written and informative 19 Oct 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a well written book for those wanting to know how a motorcycle actually works. The author states that " this guide should be used in conjunction with an owner's manual" and he is absolutely correct. Basic maintenance is well documented and the photographs are fantastic. A worthy addition to any motorcyclist's library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful but not specialist
Better hope you have the exact same bike as the pictures or else it's more general tips than anything else. Read more
Published 4 months ago by S Melia
2.0 out of 5 stars Very basic, even for beginners.
As others have mentioned, this book is not useless, but you could probably skip it, very little to be learned that is not in more complex books.
Published 6 months ago by Tim
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Covers the basic nicely. A bit generalised, but then it would be as there are so many motorbike around. Good pictures and explanations of maintenance tasks and repairs.
Published 7 months ago by MR IAN SYNCLERE
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fast delivery packed with care thank you
The book was better than I expected it to be very useful information about bikes good pictures and good information thanks
Published 8 months ago by sandra smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal purchase!
This book is fantastic to read and shows your illustrations on how to amend it and what tools to use for the job. I rate this book as 5 stars.
Published 8 months ago by mohammed abid
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Good basic stuff, which is just what I need to know first as a novice. I am sure it will be very useful as I get to know my first bike.
Published 12 months ago by JAY
4.0 out of 5 stars of course its great
like all DK stuff this book is great for new bike owners and experienced ones alike. great pictures and clear diagrams
Published 14 months ago by Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Bodger's take Notice!
This is a thorough explanation of which tools do what and how to use them.
Brilliantly laid out and every motorcycle tool twiddler should have one.
Published 15 months ago by Andrew Millard
4.0 out of 5 stars book
it does exactly what it says on the description for the product, can't really say much more than that in all fairness
Published 16 months ago by anon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent manual
Excellent item, great price. It is really useful for beginners, brilliantly illustrated, and detailed. A must have for every new bike owner
Published 17 months ago by D
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