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How your motorcycle works - Your guide to the components & systems of modern motorcycles

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How your motorcycle works

How your motorcycle works - Your guide to the components & systems of modern motorcycles

By Peter Henshaw
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Paperback • 21x14.8cm • 80 pages • 90 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845844-94-3

£ 12.99 Postage + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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• Clear, jargon free guide to how your motorcycle works
• Clear cutaway illustrations
• A guide to different types of bike
• Explains the variety of engine and transmission systems
• Details the pros and cons of different systems
• Includes hybrid and battery-electric bikes


A comprehensive guide to the workings of the modern motorcycle.

With clear, jargon-free text, and detailed cutaway illustrations, this book explains exactly how the modern bike works. Including hints and tips on how to keep your bike working efficiently, and a glossary of terms, this book will increase your understanding and enjoyment of your motorcycle.


No longer the simple machines they used to be, the modern motorcycle is as complex and diverse as the modern car. In an ever more competitive market, manufacturers are looking for new solutions to old problems – what’s the most efficient transmission? How can emissions and fuel consumption be cut without affecting power? And how can new models be differentiated from one another?
This book explains how the modern motorcycle works, in a straightforward style that’s jargon-free and easy to read. It assumes no prior mechanical knowledge, simply an interest in a motorcycle’s workings, and an open mind. The text is accompanied by superb cutaway illustrations from the major motorcycle manufacturers, clearly showing how individual components and systems function.
It covers the latest innovations, including traction control and pushbutton gear change, as well as long-established technologies, such as fuel injection and ABS.
How Your Motorcycle Works will not transform you into a motorcycle engineer or expert mechanic, but in explaining precisely how everything works, it will increase your understanding, and thus enjoyment, of the machine.

Independent Reviews

"You might not be able to ride your bike during the snowy months. but you can learn all about how it works. 'How Your Motorcycle Works' is a jargon free guide to everything from the basics of internal combustion to the intricacies of traction control. This 80-page, $19.99 book is full of illustrations-and small enough to fit in a stocking."

"…tells you all you everything you need to know in plain English"
- Burton Mail

" …even if you bought this book as a gift for a brother or a niece who's getting interested in bikes, you should sneak a read before giving it away: I reckon just about everyone could learn something new and interesting here!"
Bike Rider Magazine 24.1.13

The book assumes no prior mechanical knowledge and many illustrations (mostly supplied by manufacturers, with some close-ups borrowed from other Veloce books) make it plain and simple to see what does what and how one thing translates its activity to another. 24.1.13

Additional Information

Covers most modern motorcycles produced in the last ten years.


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