A basic guide to what does what and why, and how to keep it that way! Includes hybrid and battery-electric machines. It won't make you a master mechanic but gives an understanding of fundamental principles and processes. This booklet is part of a series published by Veloce for the Royal Automobile Club in the UK which will reward readers commitment to wanting to help themselves by learning more about their bike with a 20% discount on their next service call! It is small enough to take along but obviously you'll want to read it before you ever need it! A motorcycle looks simple enough but modern ones are quite complex and have more things going on that are no longer in plain sight so a novice would do well to learn its inner workings. The book assumes no prior mechanical knowledge and many illustrations (mostly supplied by manufacturers, with some close-ups borrowed from other Veloce books) make it plain and simple to see what does what and how one thing translates its activity to another. Beginning with a discussion of the different types of bikes the book devotes most of its pages to descriptions of processes in the engine, and a shorter section to the transmission. These two parts are in fact so clear that anyone with a need to know about engines from lawnmower to automobile would benefit from them. One chapter deals with bike-specific parts (frame, suspension, wheels etc.) and another with electrics. A 2-page Help Yourself section is really more about preventive action and sounds/smells to pay attention to rather than specific troubleshooting tips. A brief Glossary explains bhp, torque, mpg, HT, TDC, stoichiometric ratio and ECU, and there s an Index. Henshaw was editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure magazine before becoming a freelance contributor to a number of transport-related magazines from bikes to tractors and has written some 20 books. He doesn t own a car and uses a bike year-round so you know he knows how to keep em running. Now you will too. --bookshop.com
This book explains how the modern motorcycle works, in a straightforward style that’s jargon-free and easy to read. It assumes no prior mechanical knowledge, simply an interest in a motorcycle’s workings, and an open mind. The text is accompanied by superb cutaway illustrations from the major motorcycle manufacturers, clearly showing how individual components and systems function.
It covers the latest innovations, including traction control and pushbutton gear change, as well as long-established technologies, such as fuel injection and ABS.
How your motorcycle works will not transform you into a motorcycle engineer or expert mechanic, but in explaining precisely how everything works, it will increase your understanding, and thus enjoyment, of the machine.