The Complete Motorcycle Book: A Consumer's Guide

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The Complete Motorcycle Book is the definitive consumer's guide to buying, riding, and caring for motorcycles. An authoritative source for essential and practical information about motorcycle mechanics, road skills, and more, the book gives every cyclist—novice or expert, firsttime buyer or longtime owner —essential facts and ...
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Overview

Over 30,000 Copies of the Previous Edition Sold
The Complete Motorcycle Book is the definitive consumer's guide to buying, riding, and caring for motorcycles. An authoritative source for essential and practical information about motorcycle mechanics, road skills, and more, the book gives every cyclist—novice or expert, firsttime buyer or longtime owner —essential facts and advice.

Comprehensive coverage includes:
• Expert advice on how to find the best new or used motorcycle to meet individual needs, how to buy it, and how to maintain and enjoy it
• Thorough evaluations of many of the top brands of motorcycles, such as BMW, HarleyDavidson, Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha
• The differences between street bikes and trail bikes and the different types of machines available within each category
• How to deal with a loved one who wants to ride, and how to make the decision whether to ride or not.
Illustrated throughout, this edition has been fully updated to include information on:
• The significant increase of international companies competing in the U.S. market
• Increased coverage on women riders
• New pictures of recent bike models
• Updated pricing information
• A section on exotic bikes
• Additional tips on maintenance
• Expanded material for safe riding.
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Editorial Reviews

Chuck Rhynard
"The level of detail Jim Bennett provides should make this book a good addition to any bike-related library. Even the friend or relative of a biker should find this book valuable reading. [It] is very well written and is much more readable than you would expect from a reference book." - Cybercycle Magazine
Mark Mederski
"Covering the basics of nearly every technical topic in motorcycling, The Complete Motorcycle Book is a solid foundation of information for new riders and a great refresher for the seasoned rider." - Vice President of Marketing, American Motorcyclist Association
Motorcycle Consumer News
"This book covers a lot of motorcycling territory, at just about the right speed. . ."
Reviewers Bookwatch
Provides consumers with an excellent range of specifications and details.
Library Journal
Motorcycle riding is invariably an affair of the spirit, one that too frequently allows passion to dictate decisions. Bennett (Cheapwheels, Pocket, 1989) who covers virtually all aspects of buying, maintaining, and riding a motorcycle, cautions that knowledge and reason, not passion, must be the underpinnings of any motorcycling decision. He encourages riders to learn about mechanical operations, dealers' business practices, and the practical aspects of riding so that they may select the right bike, make it last longer, and save money. Bennett exhibits a sound knowledge of various kinds of bikes and riding and provides specific and usable information in a number of areas. His chapters on used bikes and safe riding are especially good. Thorough and well written, this book should appeal to beginning riders. Recommended for public libraries but suitable for academic libraries as well.-David Van de Streek, Pennsylvania State Univ. Libs., York
School Library Journal
YA-How to select and purchase the right bike, basic mechanics and maintenance, and safe riding techniques are covered in this sourcebook for prospective buyers and riders.
Mike Tribby
From rice-burners to full-dress Harleys, Bennett discusses them all in a book that's not a tribute to the biker lifestyle but a complete examination of buying, maintaining, and riding motorcycles. He starts with a chapter of the pros and cons of owning a bike in the first place, and he includes sections on safe riding and sharing the road that are far longer than the ones on specific makes of cycle--a fact that further distinguishes his book from the usual motorcycle tome. Bennett's attention to detail is laudable--indeed, consider his section on used motorcycle best-buys required reading if you're suddenly possessed by the yen to buy a bike and head out on the highway--so the many with limited expertise and experience in the automotive arts who have taken up motorcycling in recent years will find his book a great help in protecting their investments and maintaining their new toys. If only the last chapter, "A Brief History of Riding," were longer, this would be the perfect motorcycle primer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816038534
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 7.63 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 When Someone you Love Wants to Ride a Motorcycle 1
2 Types and Styles of Motorcycles 15
3 Mechanics and Mechanisms 43
4 Selecting the Right Bike - Avoiding the $7,000 Mistake 69
5 Purchasing a New Motorcycle 79
6 Purchasing a Used Motorcycle 94
7 Best Used Bike Purchases 111
8 Motorcycle Maintenance 141
9 Safe Riding 164
10 The Six Most Common Purchases 197
11 Women Riders 216
12 What Every Motorist Needs to Know about Sharing the Road with Motorcycles 231
Glossary 237
Index 247
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