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1st Edition

Motorcycle Engineering

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ISBN 9780367419196
April 28, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
312 Pages 201 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Motorcycle Engineering and Technology 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.



Andrew Livesey is a lecturer in Engineering at Ashford College University Centre in Kent, UK, when he is not riding his Kawasaki Ninja or working on a project in his garage.

Table of Contents

1. Power Unit – Engine.

2. Ignition and Fuel.

3. Lubrication and Cooling.

4. Health and Safety.

5. Motorcycle Types.

6. Motorcycle Materials.

7. Frames and Fairings.

8. Electric Motorcycles.

9. Soldering, Brazing and Welding.

10. Running gear and Braking.

11. Motorcycle Electrical and Electronic Systems.

12. 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.

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Andrew Livesey MA CEng is a lecturer in Engineering at Ashford College University Centre in Kent, England, when he is not riding his bicycle or building something in his garage. He is a member of London Clarion CC and Thanet RC, mixing social riding with charity events and club competitions – he describes himself as an all-round clubman. He also enjoys very fast motorcycles and 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).