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Motorcycle Basics Manual: The Workings of the Modern Motorcycle and Scooter Fully Explained, from Basic Principles to Current Designs Paperback – Illustrated, 20 November 2014

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Haynes offers the best coverage for cars, trucks, vans, SUVs and motorcycles on the market today. Each manual contains easy to follow step-by-step instructions linked to hundreds of photographs and illustrations. Included in every manual: troubleshooting section to help identify specific problems; tips that give valuable short cuts to make the job easier and eliminate the need for special tools; notes, cautions and warnings for the home mechanic; color spark plug diagnosis and an easy to use index.
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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0857339982
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0857339980
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4.0 out of 5 stars So interesting...but I didn’t like the B&W pics
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4.0 out of 5 stars So interesting...but I didn’t like the B&W pics
Reviewed in the United States on 22 April 2019
Certainly I can say that this was an eye-opening lecture full of very interesting and unexpected facts and topics for someone who almost knew absolutely NOTHING about motorcycles. If you already know the basics about engines and all the systems involved in making a motorcycle work, this might not be an interesting book for you, but it can doubtlessly be a refreshing reading to brush up on your knowledge.

The book is divided in chapters each one describing a specific part of the machine. However, as the author highlights at the beginning, this is not specifically a manual that will guide you to do repairs on your own motorcycle but rather is a book that gives you a brief history of how some parts of the motorcycle were made and it will make you understand, in general terms, what is going on behind all that metal.

In the first chapter, you’ll read the process that the engines (both 4 and 2 strokes) we have today have gone through to make them be more efficient and powerful. It was interesting to know how engine designers have made small clever changes throughout the years to aid in improving efficiency. Such as the case of the shape and number of inlet valves and its high impact on the final power output of the engine.

Next comes a very interesting chapter, if not the most intriguing in my opinion, which is about carburetors. In our world that is practically dominated by electronics, seeing such a piece of engineering working mostly by mechanical parts is impressive. And that comes from someone who study electronics. Granted, carburetors are not as efficient as modern injectors, but that doesn’t take away the fact that they’re complex parts that apply the laws of physics, the Bernoulli effect for instance, worth to study and rewarding to see working.

In the following chapters, you’ll go over the working principles of coolants, including brakes, suspension, oil pumps, etc and even a brief section on how a horn works. I can go on and on giving a brief explanation of each chapter, but I won’t or this review would be too long.

I’ll be honest here, it was kind of hard to grasp all the concepts and working principles just by only reading and looking at the diagrams, considering that I didn’t have any previous experience working on them. So, I went to Youtube in search of videos of this. This way, I could understand most of the concepts explained in the book. I would highly recommend you to to do the same thing. It’ll be a much more enjoyable reading.

At this point, I want to highlight some issues about the book. First, about the end of the first chapter the book was printed in what it looks to be recycled paper, I have nothing against that in fact I support it, but from that point all the pictures are in black and white, which is odd. That makes most of the pictures hard to understand if you haven’t worked on those parts. I often felt confused staring and trying to make sense of those black and white pictures. Some picture selections were not as intuitive to understand as others. In this case, pictures in color are superior to B&W pictures, especially in books like this where it’s important to explain pyshical concepts.

In conclusion, after finishing the book, the way I see things have changed a lot. Now I look up to these amazing and complex pieces of engineering called motorcycles. I couldn’t have imagined that so many things were going on inside that two-wheel vehicle. Maybe I’m exaggerating, maybe I’m not. You be the judge after reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every aspect of the motorcycle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Motorcycle Technology Intro
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book
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Robert T. Yarborough
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality paper.
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