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5.0 out of 5 stars solid information for the DIY motorcycle mechanic, 19 Sep 2002
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Craig Powell (St Rimault, France) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Motorcycle Workshop Practice Techbook (Hardcover)
Many motorcyclists will already be familiar with the Haynes series of "Service and Repair Manuals", each of which describes in detail the maintenance procedures for a specific bike. This book is one of a small collection Haynes call "Techbooks" (there are other volumes on electrics and carburettors) and its ambition is to give you a wider knowledge of techniques used in maintaining and repairing a motorcycle. I had already purchased the service manual for my bike, but I have found the Workshop Practice Manual to be a great source of information, ranging from the merely interesting to the highly useful.
It is written in the typical Haynes style of numerous short paragraphs, each tackling a specific point, with copious supporting photographs and diagrams. The language is kept simple, the structure is clear and no background in mechanics is necessary to follow all the explanations.
There are many different chapters. In some ways the most interesting are those giving information on subjects you won't find explained specifically in the service manuals: the workshop, tools and tool usage, materials, fasteners, working with plastics, chemicals, cleaning techniques, machine tools and so on. There are other chapters more centred on bike tasks, whether it be for the engine, frame, suspension or other areas. While the exact procedures for a given bike would be found in its service manual, here a great deal of background information is also included, giving an overview of the techniques needed. I certainly feel that reading these chapters in parallel with the descriptions from my service manual gives me a better feel for and understanding of the jobs I embark on.
All in all I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone wishing to learn more about looking after his or her bike - whether it is for routine maintenance or dealing with the consequences of a breakdown or damage to the machine. DIY mechanics all know that they save themselves money by working on their own machines and most, myself included, also get a great deal of satisfaction from doing so. This book is an ideal companion for your efforts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 23 May 2013
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This book is a must-have. I've worked on bikes for the last 5 years. Been a tech for 10 years and i learned a lot of new things in the first 5 minutes reading this book.
One of the best books i ever bought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book for motorbike maintenance students, 2 May 2013
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This is a technical book more of a guide and certainly not a substitute for a specific workshop manual, but useful for anyone who wants to seriously work on motorbikes as a hobby of as part of a course of study. There is much to study and the book ranges from the basics to more complex tasks and activities, describing the use of tools and techniques. A good book as part of a wider set of books for the budding motor bike mechanic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can always learn something, 9 April 2013
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Driftwood (East Anglia UK) - See all my reviews
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Despite having worked in my garage on a variety of mechanical/woodworking projects for over 50 years, I found I could learn a lot from this basic book on using tools and equipment.
A lot of the information is basic, but very useful to those who have never studied on an official course. A very good book for the demanding DIYer covering choice, use of tools and safety concerns.
Thoroughly recommended for the shed-based amateur or young mechanic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 10 Oct 2012
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Hi,Great book to dip into.Learnt more in one hours reading of this book than in 5 years of school metal work classes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Manual, 13 Jan 2010
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Perfect condition - an excellent company to deal with - exactly what was needed.
Thank you.
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