A motorcycle’s electrical system can be daunting to even the most adept home mechanic. And yet, the more complex these systems become—and the more important to a motorcycle’s function—the more useful, even critical, it will be to know something about them. That’s where this book comes in with a user-friendly guide to understanding, diagnosing, and fixing the electrical systems and components that make a bike run . . . or falter. Veteran technician Tracy Martin explains the principles behind motorcycle electrical systems and how they work. He details the various tools, such as multimeters and test lights, that can be used to evaluate and troubleshoot any vehicle's electrical problem. And in several hands-on projects, he takes readers on a guided tour of their vehicle’s electrical system, along the way giving clear, step-by-step instructions for diagnosing specific problems.
Your one-stop manual for every aspect of DIY motorcycle electrical repair and modification. The electrical components on a motorcycle are on display for all the world to see. Out in the open, they are constantly subjected to destructive elements like rain
Tracy Martin, an ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certified Master Technician, explains the principles behind automotive electrical systems and how they work. This book details the various tools, such as multimeters and test lights, that can be used to evaluate and troubleshoot any vehicle's electrical system. Several hands-on projects take readers on a guided tour of their vehicle's electrical system and demonstrate how to fix specific problems.
Suspension is probably the most misunderstood aspect of motorcycle performance. This book, by America’s premier suspension specialist, makes the art and science of suspension tuning accessible to professional and backyard motorcycle mechanics alike. Based on Paul Thede’s wildly popular Race Tech Suspension Seminars, this step-by-step guide shows anyone how to make their bike, or their kid’s, handle like a pro’s. Thede gives a clear account of the three forces of suspension that you must understand to make accurate assessments of your suspension’s condition. He outlines testing procedures that will help you gauge how well you’re improving your suspension, along with your riding. And, if you’re inclined to perfect your bike’s handling, he even explains the black art of chassis geometry. Finally, step-by-step photos of suspension disassembly and assembly help you rebuild your forks and shocks for optimum performance. The book even provides detailed troubleshooting guides for dirt, street, and supermoto--promising a solution to virtually any handling problem.
Scan your own codes to save money, fix problems, or get the best performance out of your ride! Scanning the code to determine why your "check engine" light has come on is frequently more costly than the repair itself! Scanning automotive systems at home can save you money and only requires the ability to plug a phone or tablet into an easily accessible port on the car. With the right dock, it is possible to perform diagnostic checks in your very own garage. From handheld, dedicated units to software that turns PCs and portable devices into powerful diagnostic scanners, today's auto enthusiasts can access and analyze their vehicle's on-board diagnostic systems. This is great news, and not just for repairs. With the right information, these scanners can be used as low-budget data acquistion systems and dynamometers to maximize your vehicle's performance. How to Use Automotive Diagnostic Scanners teaches you how to choose the right scanner for your application and how to use it, with a comprehensive list of what each code means. Photos and diagrams help you understand OBD-I and OBD-II systems (including CAN) and the scanners that read the information they record. From catalytic converters and O2 sensors to emissions and automotive detective work, this is the complete reference for keeping your vehicle EPA-compliant and on the road!
DIVGas prices go up and down, but mostly up, and that trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Because of this, people are increasingly turning to motor scooters. In addition to being entertaining to ride and providing extreme mobility, scooters often travel up to 100 miles for each gallon of gasoline burned. How to Repair Your Scooter is divided into chapters according to the scooter's various mechanical systems. For example, brakes, suspension, intake, exhaust, etc. each have their own chapter. Each chapter begins with a simple explanation of how the subsystem works and what its strengths and weaknesses are. The chapter then takes the reader through a series of common maintenance and repair projects, each illustrated with step-by-step sequential photography with captions. Content covers two- and four-stroke scooters and is relevant for machines from all markets. /div
Everything you need to know to restore or customize your classic Japanese motorcycle. Whether you want to correctly restore a classic Japanese motorcycle or create a modified, custom build, you need the right information about how to perform the mechanical and cosmetic tasks required to get an old, frequently neglected, and often long-unridden machine back in working order. How to Rebuild and Restore Classic Japanese Motorcycles is your thorough, hands-on manual, covering all the mechanical subsystems that make up a motorcycle. From finding a bike to planning your project to dealing with each mechanical system, How to Rebuild and Restore Classic Japanese Motorcycles includes everything you need to know to get your classic back on the road. Japanese motorcycles have been the best-selling bikes in the world since the mid-1960s, driven by the "big four": Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki. Of course certain bikes have always had a following - Honda CB750, 305 Hawk, CB400-4, Benly; Suzuki GT750, Katana, GS1000S; Yamaha XS650, RD400 Daytona, TZ; Kawaski H1, H2, Z1R - and these have now become the blue-chip Japanese bikes leading collectors to seek out more common (and now more affordable) alternatives. This is the perfect book for anyone interested in classic Japanese motorcycles, as well as prepping a bike to build a cafe racer, street tracker, or other custom build.
Author: Tony Tranter
Publisher: Haynes Manuals N. America, Incorporated
Release Date: 1999-03-21
(3rd Edition) Motorcycle electrical systems made easy: • All motorcycle electrical equipment fully explained • Clearly captioned step-by-step pictures show precisely how to perform many tasks • Aimed at anyone from the professional mechanic to the home DIYer to the Motorcycle • Engineering student • Over 600 illustrations • Ignition and combustion explained • Spark plug types and construction • Ignition: Magnetos, coil and battery, CDI, transistor and digital • Fuel injection and engine management • Alternators, DC generators and starters • Batteries • Lighting and signaling • Braking and traction control systems • Electrical fault finding • Practical testing and test equipment
Author: Tracy Martin
Publisher: MotorBooks International
Release Date: 2012-04-29
From electronic ignition to electronic fuel injection, slipper clutches to traction control, todays motorcycles are made up of much more than an engine, frame, and two wheels. And, just as the bikes themselves have changed, so have the tools with which we tune them. How to Tune and Modify Motorcycle Engine Management Systems addresses all of a modern motorcycles engine-control systems and tells you how to get the most out of todays bikes. Topics covered include: How fuel injection works Aftermarket fuel injection systems Open-loop and closed-loop EFI systems Fuel injection products and services Tuning and troubleshooting Getting more power from your motorcycle engine Diagnostic tools Electronic throttle control (ETC) Knock control systems Modern fuels Interactive computer-controlled exhaust systems
Author: Jeff Zielinski
Publisher: Wolfgang Productions
Release Date: 2013
The one job that even the best mechanics avoid is wiring. Those worries are now over with help from the revised edition of "Advanced Custom Motorcycle Wiring." This book uses Chapter One to cover the basics of DC electricity and Chapter Two to explain batteries, starters, and alternators. It goes on to cover the schematics and factory harnesses for both early and late-model Harley-Davidsons. Jeff Zielinski, owner of NAMZ Custom Cycle Products and wiring harness and component designer, is the author of this revised Motorcycle Wiring book. In addition to a discussion of factory Harley-Davidson wiring harnesses, Jeff describes at length the various harness options available to a person building a custom bike. Is it better to build a harness from scratch, or install a ready-made harness kit? What's the easiest way to route all those wires through the top frame tube and the handle bars? These questions and many more are answered in this book. Inside you will find over 350 color photos and wiring illustrations spread across 144 pages. Everything from basic chopper wiring diagrams and schematics to complex factory schematics - as well as a complete, start-to-finish harness install sequence.
Long awaited reprint of this "How to ride a bike" guide. It is meant for anyone who has never ridden a motorcycle, for enthusiasts who would like to know more on the function and behaviour of the main parts of the motorcycle, but also for hands and centaurs with years of experience and for well-informed technical experts who have plenty of know-how in the sector. Moreover, the reader will find a complete illustration of the main components of the motorcycle and their basic functioning, with lots of drawings and figures supported by technical concepts that have never been so thoroughly explained. In a word, this is a book for any two-wheeler enthusiast.