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We've all stood at the front desk of a repair shop at some point, staring at an invoice, gritting our teeth and nursing our injured wallets. All vehicles will inevitably need maintenance, and we pay a premium in labor fees every time we take them in. Unlike an automobile, however, 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 such as rain, sand, salt, dust and ultraviolet rays. Virtually everyone who owns a motorcycle will have to deal with electrical problems. In How to Troubleshoot, Repair, and Modify Motorcycle Electrical Systems, motorcycle expert Tracy Martin provides crystal-clear, fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions for every electrical repair imaginable on a bike: from the nuts-and-bolts basics to fuel-injection systems, onboard computers, repair and installation of factory and aftermarket accessories, and everything else in between. Complete with 600 full-color, how-to photos and 20 helpful diagrams, How to Troubleshoot, Repair, and Modify Motorcycle Electrical Systems will keep your bike on the road and your wallet in your pocket.
Ever since the original appearance of its first single-cylinder engine (followed by its twin cylinders), the Harley-Davidson has distinguished itself with the introduction of models known for their trustworthiness and endurance and by how many competitions they won. The motorcycles powered by V-Twin Harley-Davidson engines have forged the legend of this American brand, which has already been in business for more than a century, through families of highly prestigious names: Hydra Glide, then Duo Glide and finally Electra Glide, and also Softail, Dyna, V-Rod and Sportster. These names have existed and persisted, in the case of certain models, for more than 50 years. In spite of the competition that sprang up in later years from America, the United Kingdom and Japan, Harley-Davidson has prevailed because of the innovations it has introduced (at times belatedly, but always the fruit of sensible reflection). The company has endured, too, because it diversified its family of motorcycles to make them correspond to the public's expectations. Without falling into the trap of expanding technological innovations to an exaggerated level, the new Harley-Davidsons have become motorcycles offering modern performance while succeeding in conserving the spirit of the brand and, above all, that special Harley-Davidson character. All you need to do is climb onto the saddle and rev up a Harley-Davidson to discover a new motorcycling universe, where the concept of pleasure reveals new meaning. This is the universe that this book invites you to discover, through the history of the brand's main models (embodying nearly 110 years of motorcycling adventures), and touching upon touring, sport, customization, and a simple and outright passion for motorcycles.
Motorcycle Classics has dedicated its first Special Collector Edition to celebrating the 1970s. Many great and classic motorcycles were designed and built in the ’70s, and Motorcycle Classics has put together a 100-page special edition featuring articles that explore the decade and what it brought to the motorcycle world. The Honda GL1000 Gold Wing, Triumph X75 Hurricane, BMW R90s, Suzuki GS1000, along with many others are all covered in this glossy-page, full-color guide. Whether you’re just discovering these bikes or have been riding them since they first came on the market, you’re sure to enjoy this special edition.
Discover how the Yamaha RD350 was the poor boy racer of its time and why it’s still great today. Learn how the best of Kawasaki’s 2-stroke, 3-cylinder rockets came from the days of heavy metal. Read how the often-overshadowed Triumph TR7V Tiger performed much like its twin-carb brother, the Bonneville. Understand why the iconic Ducati 750 Sport holds a special place in the hearts of Ducati fans everywhere.
More articles in this special edition include:
- The New Year Bike: Harley-Davidson XLCR – Owned by Mark Harrigan since new, this 1,776-mile XLCR is original right down to the tires.
- England’s First Superbike: BSA Rocket 3 – BSA’s Rocket 3 was, for a time, the fastest production bike available.
- Perfection: Honda CB750 Four – The CB750 Four caused waves in the motorcycle market when it debuted. Viewed from the perspective of its contemporaries, the CB750 was a revelation.
- Belle of the Ball: Yamaha XS1100 – Better late than never, Yamaha blew away the liter bike competition with its fast and fabulous XS1100.