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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.
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Table of Contents

1 - Types Bike types - sports bike, trail bike, naked, adventure tourer etc Frame types 2 - Propulsion Internal combustion engine Hybrid systems Starting system Charging system Fuel system Fuel injection Air intake Ignition system Cooling system Lubrication system Exhaust system 3 - Drivetrain Clutch systems (including dual-clutch) Gearbox (conventional, pushbutton, CVT) Final drive systems (chain, shaft, toothed belt) Wheels and tyres Suspension systems Braking systems (including ABS, linked systems and traction control) 4 - Help your bike work bettter (Hints and tips, broadly as section 5 in How Your Car Works) 5 - Glossary of terms and units

About the Author

Peter Henshaw was an enthusiast for anything with wheels from an early age - everything from bicycles to 500hp tractors. He was Editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure for five years before going freelance and now contributes to a whole raft of transport magazines including Motorcycle News (motorcycles), Twist & Go (scooters), A to B (cycling) and Tractor (as it says - ) as well as The Telegraph. He's also written over 40 books, including 20 about bikes. He's an all-year round motorcyclist who does not own a car.

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