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on 2 June 2017
Great little book to add to any home mechanics collection.
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on 29 March 2017
A very good book for an absolute beginner.
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on 7 April 2017
Pleased with item and very helpful
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on 14 November 2009
This is a great little book. It explains all the routine maintenance jobs in plain English, as well as some more advanced ones. It has clear full color images for everything, that show the differences between the main types of motorcycle, so you can always find the right way for your bike.
It doesnt assume any knowledge beyond what you should know just from riding, so it clears up the "language of the owners manual" nicely.
I would recomend this book for anyone getting their first bike, or anyone who wants start performing their maintenance themselfs.
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on 25 October 2006
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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on 4 January 2011
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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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. But I doubt if all but the most ardent do-your-own-repair people can hope to recover their money by owning this guide right away. Rather, the return will mostly come from improved knowledge and the comfort you have in knowing that your motorcycle is safer because of your enhanced awareness.
How much conscious competence is valuable to you? You probably don't know much about electricity, but you can turn on the lights. I suspect that you can improve your enjoyment of life if you learn more about how things work that you love . . . and use all the time. A good place to start is to seek out books like this one that explain and photographically illustrate the basics in simple ways.
Have a great ride!
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on 17 August 1998
I was expecting much more from this book. It did cover the basics of most maintenance items, but it is a far cry from the manufacturers maintenance/service manuals. If you are completely inexperienced in mechanics I think it would be a good book.
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on 14 March 1999
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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on 19 July 2005
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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