Classic Motorcycle Electrics Manual

James Smith (Author)


Even the most hands-on of classic bike enthusiasts will often shy away from working on their bike's electrical system, believing they have neither the skill nor the knowledge for such work. Dr James Smith explains in Classic Motorcycle Electrics Manual that this need not be the case. Starting with basic electrical theory, the book demonstrates a wealth of electrical tips and techniques, providing a progressive and detailed guide to tasks ranging from simple repairs and upgrades, to completely rewiring a classic motorcycle. The book covers: Basic electrical theory

Correct usage of a multimeter

Comprehensive fault-finding techniques

Making good electrical connections

Fuses and circuit protection

Dynamo and alternator charging systems

Correct battery selection and maintenance

Improving lighting and installing LEDs

Selecting the right spark plug

Product Details

Crowood Press (UK)
Publish Date
February 02, 2016
8.5 X 0.8 X 11.7 inches | 2.75 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. James Smith is an automotive engineer. He holds a Master's degree in Automotive Engineering and a PhD in Thermo-fluids from the University of Bath. James bought his first classic motorbike whilst living in India - a 1951 Matchless G3LS model. Travelling to Hong Kong with the bike, James gained first-hand experience of diagnosing, repairing and re-assembling a failing electrical system. He has combined his experience with his engineering background to write this book. He also designs and manufactures modern electrical upgrades for classic bikes and runs