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4.0 out of 5 stars 250 packed pages of tech tips
This isn't a glossy coffee table book; it's an extremely detailed, hands-on guide ideal for anyone rebuilding an old British motorcycles. Reprinted in hardback format, it passes on Frank Farrington's nut-and-bolt knowledge to a new generation of British bike enthusiasts.
Writing as 'Radco', Farrington compiled his 35 years of restoration experience into a...
Published 15 months ago by Rowena Hoseason

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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit basic for an engineer
I was hoping for more bike specific info. I am well ahead on the engineering stuff. The section on wheel building may prove well worth the cost of the book.
Published 18 months ago by Mr. P. K. Gray


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4.0 out of 5 stars 250 packed pages of tech tips, 18 April 2013
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Rowena Hoseason "Hooligween" (Kernow, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Vintage Motorcyclists' Workshop (Re-issue) (Foulis Motorcycling Book) (Hardcover)
This isn't a glossy coffee table book; it's an extremely detailed, hands-on guide ideal for anyone rebuilding an old British motorcycles. Reprinted in hardback format, it passes on Frank Farrington's nut-and-bolt knowledge to a new generation of British bike enthusiasts.
Writing as 'Radco', Farrington compiled his 35 years of restoration experience into a sensibly-structured book for the home mechanic. It's invaluable for owners of veteran and vintage machines, and also contains much of relevance to post-war classics, with chapters on screw threads, cycle parts, engine top and bottom end, transmission, carburation, electrics paint and electroplating. the adivce and techniques aren't specific to any one make or model but instead can be widely applied to most British motorcycles built before 1970.
This edition is obviously a reprint; copied from a copy, so the print is a little furry in places and the mono illustrations are slightly less than crisp. However they are still clearly visible and massively useful; every spread includes technical drawings, exploded diagrams or photos with detailed captions to explain what you're looking at. The text is clearly written in plain English, and the useful index mentions some specific bikes / marques by name, so you can look up Wipac generators or JAP timing, Scott carb jets or Druid forks, and so on. There are no colour images, but that doesn't detract from the immense usefulness of the information in the text.

(Just be aware that it hasn't been updated for this edition, and remarks which were accurate in 1986 about paints and plating don't reflect the current situation with many traditional compounds and processes no longer available).

Highly recommended.
8/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original version of this excellent technical guide, 18 April 2013
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Rowena Hoseason "Hooligween" (Kernow, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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This isn't a glossy coffee table book; it's an extremely detailed, hands-on guide ideal for anyone rebuilding an old British motorcycles. Reprinted in hardback format, it passes on Frank Farrington's nut-and-bolt knowledge to a new generation of British bike enthusiasts.
Writing as 'Radco', Farrington compiled his 35 years of restoration experience into a sensibly-structured book for the home mechanic. It's invaluable for owners of veteran and vintage machines, and also contains much of relevance to post-war classics, with chapters on screw threads, cycle parts, engine top and bottom end, transmission, carburation, electrics paint and electroplating. the adivce and techniques aren't specific to any one make or model but instead can be widely applied to most British motorcycles built before 1970.
The mono illustrations are massively useful; every spread includes technical drawings, exploded diagrams or photos with detailed captions to explain what you're looking at. The text is clearly written in plain English, and the useful index mentions some specific bikes / marques by name, so you can look up Wipac generators or JAP timing, Scott carb jets or Druid forks, and so on. There are no colour images, but that doesn't detract from the immense usefulness of the information in the text.

(Just be aware that remarks which were accurate in 1986 about paints and plating don't reflect the current situation, with many traditional compounds and processes no longer available).

Highly recommended.
8/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars popular gift, 13 Jan 2014
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This was well received as a gift. It is well written and well illustrated. Not for vintage bikes that are only about 50 years or younger
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5.0 out of 5 stars the vintage motorcylist workshop, 30 Dec 2013
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this was a Christmas present and it came in the post very quick.the person I bought it for thought it was very good and handy
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4.0 out of 5 stars the vintage workshop manual is very informativ, 19 Nov 2013
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the vintage workshop manual is very informativ
I can recommend this book if you have an old vintage motorcycle and want to repair it yourself
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4.0 out of 5 stars A valuable resource for the restorer, 1 Nov 2013
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I. D. Slade "Hotel barge Libje" (Brittany France) - See all my reviews
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This book is rather like having 'an old geezer who knew how to fix anything' on your shelf. Lots of tricks and will shortly be a bible of lost knowledge.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading for vintage riders, 16 Sep 2013
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As useful book written in an understandable way. Good illustrations and descriptions which are useful, especially, for those new to the dark arts of classic biking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic motorcycles, 28 May 2013
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Excellent practical help for amateur restorers and for those just wanting a record of these wonderful old motorcycles. Paper quality not that good
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read!, 23 May 2013
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Written by a Brit so uses terms that to those of us of North American extraction are a bit arcane so sometimes hard to follow but there is so much useful information, workshop tips, tables for everything from how to heat treat and what to thread diameters/pitches styles etc. I read it cover to cover and loved the book and developed TREMENDOUS respect for the author. Highly recommended read for a restorer of older british stuff and interesting to just about any motorcycle restorer
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5.0 out of 5 stars splendid and memorable, 23 Mar 2013
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I love this book. Not everything is up to date but it is a reprint so I was expecting some slightly out of date historic references. However it is a great book with lots of detailed references (often things that have not changed for decades so are still highly relevant) and ideal for the vintage bike restorer.
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