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Modern Motorcycle Technology
How Every Part of Your Motorcycle Works
by Massimo Clarke
240 pages, photos, illustrations and charts.
Printed and Bound in Italy.
Dimensions: 8x5 inches
List Price: $24.99
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Book Review by Rick K.
Modern Motorcycle Technology by Massimo Clarke is a
brand-new release in the Motorbooks Workshop series and
it is an absolute must-have!
Motorbooks has been
pumping 'em out recently and I know we've gushed over
more than a few, but this one is a real gem.
I'm a sucker for anything to do with engineering and technology and Modern
Motorcycle Technology is right up there with the best of my primary
motorcycle engineering collection, including Kevin Cameron's
Sportbike Performance Handbook;
Professor Vittore Cossalter's
Motorcycle Dynamics and the Haynes
Motorcycle Electrical Manual.
This is an elite group, and Modern Motorcycle Technology deserves to be
Massimo Clarke is a well-known European motorcycle journalist with several
motorcycle books to his name. He was also the Technical Editor for
Motosprint, an Italian
motorcycle magazine. He is currently a Director at
and he manages programs for MotoTV on the SKY network in Europe. The show
is devoted to motorcycle and engine technology.
Modern Motorcycle Technology was printed in a smaller format at only 8
by 5 inches. I'm not sure why it was printed this way in its "hard/soft
cover" binding, but it works.
The author states in the Preface that the book "contains a high density of
information", and that is a definite understatement.
The book is
absolutely packed with pure information on every aspect of the motorcycle,
including the engine but also the suspension, transmission, wheels, tires and
everything else you can think of, but it's easy to read and infinitely
entertaining for any motorhead, wrencher, shade tree mechanic and everyone else desiring an instant
Ph.D. crash course in motorcycle technology.
The main focus is on the engine, including highly detailed photos of all its
parts, along with descriptions on manufacturing processes like casting,
machining and more. Everything in the book is perfectly illustrated with
very high-quality photos, line drawings, cutaways and artwork. I must say,
the Italian book printing firm did a superb job with the layout and quality of
the images and illustrations.
Everything you'll ever need to know about the details of a motorcycle engine
and the rest are here, from a look inside a motorcycle battery and how it works
to a discussion on modern piston skirt design to how crankshafts are forged and
how the main crankshaft bearings are ground.
You won't get a better education on the inner workings of a motorcycle engine
and the rest than with Modern Motorcycle Technology, especially for the
$24.95 list price, which I think is a great bargain, considering how expensive
books are today. The book was just released and take it from me -- it's a definite must-have.
Review Date: May 2010
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