Modern Motorcycle Technology - wBW
Professor Vittore Cossalter
- 334 pages, 1st Edition (2002)
Dimensions (in inches): 10.0 x 7.032 x .812
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Riding a motorcycle is great fun, and if that's the limit of your
involvement in the sport, that's fine. But this is a sport
that seems to draw its practitioners deeper and deeper into the
vortex, until finally reaching
You know you're there when you
equally enjoy talking about motorcycles, working on motorcycles, watching
motorcycle racing, checking out motorcycle museums, riding dirt
learning how to ride better and learning more about how motorcycles work.
interested in all of these different facets of the sport, but as one
with a particular love for all things mechanical, I have a special
appetite for learning more about how motorcycles work. And there's a lot to be
fascinated by, because the physical dynamics of riding a motorcycle
are truly amazing. Could it be that the harnessing of the
complex and contradictory physical forces that keep a motorcycle
upright is what makes
riding one so appealing?
recently have the mathematics and physics of motorcycle riding been
understood in a way that allows a description of the complex series
of events that take place from before the clutch is released
throughout the entire range of motorcycle movement and motion.
Very few people have the knowledge, and fewer yet have the ability
to describe it.
of the work in understanding motorcycle physics has come from the University
of Padova in Italy, and Professor Vittore Cossalter is one of
the world's leading experts in the study of motorcycle
dynamics. Professor Cossalter has written many papers,
articles and books on the subject, and his most recent book, Motorcycle Dynamics, focuses on the kinematics (a branch of
dynamics that deals with aspects of motion apart from considerations
of mass and force) and dynamics (a branch of mechanics that
deals with forces and their relation primarily to the motion but
sometimes also to the equilibrium of bodies) of
like to suggest that Professor Cossalter's book is considered as the "Bible" of
motorcycle dynamics. It starts with the basic description of a
motorcycle and its geometry, and goes on to provide the reader with
discussions of how tires, handling, suspension motion, vibration,
and movement affect a motorcycle's motion and how they come into
play to create the ride.
Motorcycle Dynamics is like uncovering the secrets of
the motorcycling universe. I'm not saying I understand it all
-- far from it, as the book is definitely not a casual read, but is
packed with drawings, graphics, charts and mathematical calculations
that are far beyond my puny mental limitations. But that doesn't mean
I can't aspire to understand it. This book, for me, is a
perfect winter companion.
I try to slowly digest it, working
my way through the drawings, pencil in hand, in an attempt to break
the mathematical code and understand what it's telling me. The
unfolding flower of knowledge emitted is comparable to Champollion's
deciphering of the Rosetta
Stone -- each tiny bit of knowledge gained is very well deserved, because it's
know that it's all in there -- everything you'd ever want to know
about every movement that makes a motorcycle what it is. Even
though it's highly technical, it's organized to step the reader
through the various properties that affect everything that happens
from the minute you swing your leg over the saddle.
I can say is that I'm absolutely amazed at what really takes place
during a simple ride. If you have any curiosity at all about
things like the physics of steering, tire contact points and their
effect on handling, the forces that take place during acceleration
and stopping, the dynamics of motorcycle suspension movement,
structural rigidity and more, this is the book. It's a bit
expensive, but it's something that can be used as a lifetime
reference resource as you become totally immersed in the sport.
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Review Date: May 2002
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