The Adventure Motorcycle Maintenance Manual is the definitive guide to keeping an adventure motorcycle running in the way it should. Written for the rider who wants to be self-reliant while on the road, the book takes the reader through a series of practical, hands-on techniques designed to keep the bike in peak riding condition. In the classic Haynes style, the book uses picture-led chapters and clear step-by-step instructions to demonstrate the skills needed for basic maintenance both at home and on the trail.
Honda made its mark on the motorcycle world with small, affordable bikes, and grew well beyond that to create some of the most important performance machines ever built. Today, these bikes are increasingly coveted by collectors and enthusiasts. This guide to the collectible Hondas gives prospective buyers a leg up on the current market for groundbreaking classics like the CB77 Super Hawk, CB92 Benly, Dream 300, CB750, CB 400F, as well as 1970 to 1979 models that are quickly becoming classics in their own right. Photographs of the models are accompanied by complete descriptions of specifications, components, paint codes and serial numbers. A five-star rating system rates the bikes on collectability, parts availability, two-up touring compatibility, reliability and power. The author also highlights common repair and restoration needs, and looks ahead at future collectible models. This book is an updated version of the Illustrated Buyer's Guide Classic Honda Motorcycles.
A complete workshop guide to restoring and maintaining your classic British motorcycle. Covering the principles of restoration and maintenance, and therefore applicable across all post-war classic British marques such as BSA, Matchless, Triumph, Norton, AJS and Royal Enfield, this new book covers everything from general maintenance procedures to full engine strips and rebuilds.
With step-by-step instructions and over 800 images throughout, the book covers:
• A brief history of the rise of the classic motorcycle movement
• Buying guides, legislation, essential tools, workshop advice and safety
• Stripping and rebuilding the key components, including the chassis, transmission, carburetor and engine - both singles and twins
• Common parts manufacturers, such as Amal, Smiths and Lucas
• Wiring, fitting and testing the electrical system
• Cycle parts - restoring the tin-ware, painting and refinishing
• General maintenance, advice, recommended sources and additions
Whether you want to correctly restore a classic Japanese motorcycle or create a modified, custom build, you need the right information about how to perform the mechanical and cosmetic tasks required to get an old, frequently neglected, and often long-unridden machine back in working order. How to Rebuild and Restore Classic Japanese Motorcycles is your thorough, hands-on manual, covering all the mechanical subsystems that make up a motorcycle. From finding a bike to planning your project to dealing with each mechanical system, How to Rebuild and Restore Classic Japanese Motorcycles includes everything you need to know to get your classic back on the road.
Japanese motorcycles have been the best-selling bikes in the world since the mid-1960s, driven by the "big four": Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki. Of course certain bikes have always had a following - Honda CB750, 305 Hawk, CB400-4, Benly; Suzuki GT750, Katana, GS1000S; Yamaha XS650, RD400 Daytona, TZ; Kawaski H1, H2, Z1R - and these have now become the blue-chip Japanese bikes leading collectors to seek out more common (and now more affordable) alternatives.
This is the perfect book for anyone interested in classic Japanese motorcycles, as well as prepping a bike to build a cafe racer, street tracker, or other custom build.
It is speed, spirit and a sense of freedom that motorcycles give us. But how free can we be if we have to depend on a mechanic for every little repair and adjustment to our machines?
This book puts the basics of motorcycle repair and upkeep within every owners grasp. With clear, easy-to-follow instructions and 50 do-it-yourself projects, How to Repair Your Motorcycle introduces readers to the rudiments of motorcycle maintenance.
Illustrated sections on each system (from electrical and fuel to suspension and exhaust) cover straightforward procedures that could add years to your motorcycle's life … and save you thousands of dollars in the process!
The book also includes troubleshooting charts and helpful sidebars. From preventive maintenance to caring for a bike's appearance, this handy guide makes every owner with even a passing knowledge of motorcycle repair the master of his or her machine.
Remember the smell of Castrol R at a 1960s scramble? Or riding a 1970s trials bike through every type of natural obstacle possible? If you want to revisit those memories, or relive the competition of earlier times, this book is for you. Buying, restoring, and riding classic off-road competition bikes is now something that you can do!
This book gives enthusiasts of classic off-road competition motorcycles a step-by-step guide to a full restoration. Covering dismantling the motorcycle and its components, restoring and sourcing parts, paint spraying, decals and polishing. With chapters covering engine, frame, forks, fuel, exhaust, seat, brakes and tires, you'll see how to take a bike from scratch to a full rebuild; then on to safe set-up and general maintenance. Includes chapters focusing specifically on pre-65 and twin shock models.
When Honda released the CX500, the sales brochure stated “First into the Future,” and described the bike as a road sports V-twin. Honda’s first venture into the V-twin engine market, with water cooling and shaft drive, was certainly different from their previous twin- and four-cylinder models. Known for its good handling and fuel economy, the low-maintenance Honda was comfortable, loved by tourers and couriers alike and, after overcoming early teething troubles, developed a reputation for reliability. Sportier models incorporating turbochargers were also released for those looking for an additional adrenaline rush. After 30 years, there’s now a resurgence of interest in the CX models, both from restorers and custom builders, with aftermarket café racer kits available, too.
The techniques, tips and tricks used by an experienced restorer will save you time and money. You’ll see that you don’t need expert knowledge or a fully fitted workshop for a restoration project. Packed with photographs and detailed instructions, this book is your perfect guide from start to finish.
Kawasaki Z1, Z/KZ900 & Z/KZ1000 is for all owners and enthusiasts of the legendary Kawasaki Z1 900, Z/KZ900 and Z1000 built between 1972 and 1980. The book covers the complete restoration of a 1976 KZ900, from the sourcing of the bike to its completion as a fully restored machine. Every area is covered starting with advice on the different models, spares availability, and where best to source a bike to restore. Every area of the restoration is then covered in full detail including the engine, frame, gearbox, wheels, suspension and forks, brakes, ancillaries, bodywork and electrics, accompanied by hundreds of clear color photos to illustrate the text. Additional work on a 1974 Z1A model adds complementary information. What really sets this manual apart, however, is the style in which it is written: not as some dull and distant workshop manual but in a friendly, humorous manner by an enthusiast of many years who is able to involve and entertain the reader, as well as guiding them through the restoration process. This is the third restoration guide from Chris Rooke, whose previous works have been a massive hit with mechanics, enthusiasts and restorers throughout the world.
This How to Restore Norton Commando manual is aimed at owners and enthusiasts of the legendary Norton Commando, and covers all areas of restoration from the sourcing of the bike to its completion as a fully restored machine. Starting with advice on the different models, spares availability and where best to source a bike to restore, the book then covers the complete dismantling and restoration of the bike. Describing the engine, frame, gearbox, wheels, suspension and forks, brakes, ancillaries, bodywork, and electrics. Plus, the text is illustrated with hundreds of clear color photos.
What really sets this manual apart is the style in which it is written: not as some dull and distant workshop manual but in a friendly, humorous manner by an enthusiast of many years who is able to involve and entertain the reader, as well as providing a thorough and detailed restoration guide. This is the fourth restoration guide from Chris Rooke whose previous works have been a massive hit with mechanics, enthusiasts and restorers throughout the world.
From a corner of the garage set up for routine maintenance to a dream shop housing classic machines, How to Set Up Your Motorcycle Workshop helps motorcyclists make the most of their available space.
Packed with practical advice, author C.G. Masi walks you through designing, building, and equipping the workshop you need, whether you plan to restore, repair, and maintain your own bikes or hope to open a small commercial facility. Masi starts by helping you determine your work space and storage needs and then walks you through the creation of a shop layout that matches your budget. Basics such as providing adequate electrical power, lighting, and heat and air conditioning are all addressed. With the workshop design in place, learn about the must-have and nice-to-have tools to equip the space, and then how to use them.
The book also includes several profiles of real-world workshops, from small garage spaces to purpose-built restoration and race-prep shops, providing ideas and inspiration. Each profile includes a scaled layout of the shop with photos, as well as tips from the owner and designer. A comprehensive resource directory for equipment, tools, computers, battery-powered tools, and energy-saving tips wraps up the book, ensuring you're armed with all the necessary information to tackle the design of your own dream work space.
We've all stood at the front desk of a repair shop at some point, staring at an invoice, gritting our teeth and nursing our injured wallets. All vehicles will inevitably need maintenance, and we pay a premium in labor fees every time we take them in. Unlike an automobile, however, the electrical components on a motorcycle are on display for all the world to see. Out in the open, they are constantly subjected to destructive elements such as rain, sand, salt, dust and ultraviolet rays. Virtually everyone who owns a motorcycle will have to deal with electrical problems. In How to Troubleshoot, Repair, and Modify Motorcycle Electrical Systems, motorcycle expert Tracy Martin provides crystal-clear, fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions for every electrical repair imaginable on a bike: from the nuts-and-bolts basics to fuel-injection systems, onboard computers, repair and installation of factory and aftermarket accessories, and everything else in between. Complete with 600 full-color, how-to photos and 20 helpful diagrams, How to Troubleshoot, Repair, and Modify Motorcycle Electrical Systems will keep your bike on the road and your wallet in your pocket.
With the launch of the new California 1400 in 2013, and appointment of actor Ewan McGregor as brand ambassador, Moto Guzzi's owner Piaggio is proving its faith in the future and importance of Moto Guzzi. Moto Guzzi: The Complete Story charts the development of the stylish Guzzi bikes and the highs (and lows) of one of the oldest motorcycles marques still in existence. Topics covered include the origins of the Moto Guzzi factory at Mandello del Lario, the oldest motorcycle factory in the world; successes at the Isle of Man TT and races worldwide; the development of the V-twin engine; the De Tomaso years; and the introduction of the iconic Le Mans model.