1st Edition

Motorcycle Engineering

By Andrew Livesey Copyright 2021
    380 Pages 201 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    380 Pages 201 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Motorcycle Engineering is a primer and technical introduction for anyone interested in motorcycles, motorcycling, and the motorcycle industry. It provides insight into how motorcycles are made and operated.

    Motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters are important factors in world transport, and they are playing an increasingly important role in transport policy as we move towards greater environmental awareness. Motorcycles and scooters give freedom of personal transport that enable large commuter distances to be covered quickly and easily. Their small footprint offers easy storage as only minimal space is required. To celebrate the importance of motorcycles on the world stage, a brief history is included with a detailed timeline detailing the development of the motorcycle alongside major world events.

    Written in an accessible fashion, no previous knowledge of engineering or technology is required, as all technical terms are readily explained and a glossary and abbreviation list is included. Whether you are an enthusiast, racer, student, or industry professional, you will surely find this an enjoyable read and a handy reference book on your shelf.



    1. Power Unit – Engine.

    2. Ignition and Fuel.

    3. Lubrication and Cooling.

    4. Health, Safety, Security, and the Environment.

    5. Motorcycle Types.

    6. Materials for Motorcycles.

    7. Frames and Fairings.

    8. Electric Motorcycles.

    9. Soldering, Brazing and Welding.

    10. Running Gear and Braking.

    11. Motorcycle Electrical and Electronic Systems.

    12. The Motorcycle Industry.

    13. Reinforced Composite Materials.

    14. Data.

    15. Science Terminology.

    16. Transmission.

    17. Tuning and Customising.

    18. Inspect, Test and Rebuild.

    19. Sustainability.

    20. Brief History of Motorcycles.

    Appendix - Apprenticeship Standard for a Motorcycle Technician


    Andrew Livesey, MA, CEng, is a lecturer in engineering at Ashford College University Centre in Kent, England, when he is not riding his motorcycle, bicycle, or building something in his garage. He is a member of several motorcycle and bicycle groups, mixing social riding with competition events when possible. He also enjoys very fast high-performance cars. His Routledge publications include Basic Motorsport Engineering (2011), Advanced Motorsport Engineering (2012), The Repair of Vehicle Bodies, 7th Edition (2018), Practical Motorsport Engineering (2018), and Bicycle Engineering and Technology (2021).