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How your motorcycle works

How your motorcycle works [Kindle Edition]

Peter Henshaw
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'Another good title in an enjoyable series' --Burton Mail

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.

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No longer the simple machines they used to be, the modern motorcycle is as complex and diverse as the modern car. In an ever more competitive market, manufacturers are looking for new solutions to old problems – what’s the most efficient transmission? How can emissions and fuel consumption be cut without affecting power? And how can new models be differentiated from one another?
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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11810 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (21 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alright little book. 11 July 2013
By Tudor
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For the price and size of the book it's an ok purchase. Covers a tiny bit of every subsystem (frame, engine, etc.) at a non technical level. It can be read in a couple of hours with ease, so don't expect it to be a study book. For someone looking for a deeper understanding I suggest the Motorcycle Basics Techbook (Haynes Techbooks).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motorcycle Maintenance 26 Dec 2012
By Ger
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This is a great book for all beginners to get a grasp on the basics of how the motorcycle works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful 15 Mar 2014
By M. J. Chipman - Published on
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I bought this book because I was tired of feeling so stupid whenever someone would stop and talk with my husband and me about our bikes. (We have 2009 Triumph Bonnevilles, which look very similar to the old ones, and people frequently ask us if they are originals.) I mean, I know the "official specs" for my own model, but beyond those numbers, I was pretty clueless as to the inner workings of motorcycles.

I like the fact that the author uses a variety of makes, models, and classifications in his explanations and descriptions. There are so many out there, it would be impossible to cover them all, but he sets a good solid framework for understanding the basics. I really appreciated reading it. (I have to admit I did quite a bit of highlighting for future reference!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 9 Feb 2014
By marietta harris - Published on
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Great Book If You want to learn the basics of how motorcycles work, my son 18 year old son highly recommends this book to anyone with a interest in motorcycles
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the price 23 May 2014
By Dominic - Published on
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This book is short and very basic. If you knew nothing about motorcycles this might be a good place to start. Otherwise save your money.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview in general. 3 April 2014
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Handy book. I enjoyed the illustrations. well written out in general. I will skim through again. Will look into recommendations a s well.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of the basic components 7 Aug 2013
By Robert R. Warneford-thomson - Published on
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Henshaw does a great job explaining how so many of the nuts and bolts work on your average bike. The pictures are detailed and very helpful, and though you won't be able to build a bike from scratch after reading it, you'll feel a lot more comfortable around mechanics when they jump into the technical jargon. I wish the book went a step further and added sections on troubleshooting typical systems, but even so a great buy for anyone new to motorcycles
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