Motorcycle Owner's Manual

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An easy-to-use manual that shows you how to maximize your machine's performance and save money on garage bills. Covers a wide range of machines and caters to all technical abilities, from novice riders to experienced mechanics; written by respected motorcycle journalist and best-selling author Hugo Wilson; explains everything from simple adjustments to complex repairs with step-by-step color photographs and easy-to-follow text.
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Overview

An easy-to-use manual that shows you how to maximize your machine's performance and save money on garage bills. Covers a wide range of machines and caters to all technical abilities, from novice riders to experienced mechanics; written by respected motorcycle journalist and best-selling author Hugo Wilson; explains everything from simple adjustments to complex repairs with step-by-step color photographs and easy-to-follow text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789416155
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 433,643
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Motorcycle anatomy 8
Basics 14
Control comfort 16
Free play adjustment 17
Level checks and fill-ups 18
Lights, bulbs, and fuses 20
Bulb access 22
Battery maintenance 23
Drive chain 24
Wheel removal 26
Loose bolts and leaks 28
Tire check 29
Suspension explained 30
Suspension adjustment 32
Bodywork removal 34
Cleaning 36
Simple service jobs 38
Lubrication explained 40
Oil and oil filter change 42
Gearbox oil 44
Air filter 45
Fuel system checkup and clean 46
Spark plugs 47
Brakes explained 48
Brakes check and change 50
Hydraulic fluid 52
Cable lubrication 53
Transmission explained 54
Chain and sprocket replacement 56
Wheel alignment 58
Steering and suspension 60
More complex tasks 62
Four-strokes explained 64
Four-stroke maintenance 67
Changing the camshaft belt 69
Two-strokes explained 70
Two-stroke components 72
Ignition explained 74
Timing checks and adjustment 76
Carburetors explained 78
Carburetor maintenance 80
Clutches explained 82
Clutch maintenance 84
Suspension problems 86
Front fork overhaul 88
The unexpected 90
Electrical systems 92
Electrical problems 94
Starting problems 96
Tire and tube removal 98
Nuts and bolts 100
Accident damage 101
Maintenance chart 102
Glossary 104
Index 108
Acknowledgments 112
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2001

    A Helpful Guide for New Motorcycle Owners

    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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