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Motorcycle Design and Technology: How and Why

Motorcycle Design and Technology: How and Why

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By: Gaetano Cocco
Hardcover – 272 pages, 1st Edition (1999)
Giorgio Nada Editore publications, Vimodrone, Italy
Distributed in the USA by Motorbooks International, Osceola, Wisconsin
ISBN: 88-7911-189-2 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.85 x 10.24 x 10.45

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A highly detailed and complex book that explains all of the physics involved in motorcycles. Mr. Cocco is involved in engineering at Aprilia motorcycles.

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The book contains explanations and mathematical formulae that explain all aspects of motorcycle functionality, including: How motorcycles balance; how they keep control when cornering; the forces acting upon motorcycles; how traction and braking forces are distributed; interaction of ground and motorcycle through the tires; motorcycle vibration issues; bodywork and dynamics; engines; the frame; and front and rear suspension dynamics.

The book is well illustrated and although I skipped most of the mathematical formulae, the book provides a deep discussion of the complex engineering that is a motorcycle. Makes for fascinating reading and is an excellent resource. [books/book-includes/amazon-horiz-w-search.htm]

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