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How to Restore Your Motorcycle: Second Edition (Motorbooks Workshop) Second Edition

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You’ve tripped over that box of parts in your garage for too long—it’s time to turn it back into a motorcycle. What you need is a coach to guide you through the restoration process, and author and motorcycle restorer Mark Zimmerman is your guy. How to Restore Your Motorcycle demystifies motorcycle restoration in a logical step-by-step manner. With vivid color photos and illustrations, this book helps you turn that collection of parts into a classic motorcycle you will be proud to own and ride.

This book covers a vast array of classic motorcycles, from a Honda Benly to a Vincent Rapide, and includes information on Japanese, British, American, German, and Italian bikes.

All major mechanical and electrical systems are covered, with special attention paid to challenging systems like those from Lucas. Modern systems common to more recent collectible machines—fuel injection, electronic ignition, more advanced suspension systems—are covered as well. This book also covers practical subjects like setting up a workshop, buying a used motorcycle, research, and deciding what to restore or what to leave in original condition.

When restoring a classic bike, a trusted resource like How to Restore Your Motorcycle is one of the best tools for your shop.

About the Author

Mark Zimmerman is the Technical Editor of Motorcycle Cruiser magazine, and a contributor to Classic Bike Guide magazine. He lives in Danbury, Connecticut.

Jeff Hackett has been photographing motorcycles for magazines, books, and calendars for 19 years. He lives outside New Haven, Connecticut.

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Product Details

  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; Second edition (May 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760337721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760337721
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Zimmerman is the Technical Editor of Motorcycle Cruiser magazine, and a contributor to Classic Bike Guide magazine. He lives in Danbury, Connecticut.

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Very good and helpful information. Although the book has some great information and tips it is not designed for the complete novice (and the author will tell you as well).
Personally, I am more interested in restoring Japanese bikes where as this book tends to focus a little on British bikes, however it contained a ton of valuable tips and made my projects easier and more enjoyable.
Oh, one last point ... I liked the authors style and it was ease to read and I enjoyed going back to it as I needed more ideas.
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By jocelyn on October 2, 2011
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Good book. Easy to follow. Diagrams are helpful (pictures). Instructions are beneficial. Plain English. Great for beginners. Worth the cost. Used to do work to my 71' Suzuki T500 and I'm a beginner.
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If you are new to restoration or just looking for more information this book is fairly helpful. It will guide you through what sort of bike to purchase, pros and cons of each type, certain repairs, and the like. Mainly it will act as a tool to lead you to other tools during the restoration process (i.e. places to look for parts, ups/downs of certain repairs, ideas for your restore). It will get your gears turning and give some direction for the process from someone who has already been down that rocky road.
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As someone in the middle of my first bike restoration, I can only say I wished I had read it before I puchased my two wheeled train wreck. Very good book, I recommend it for beginners or people like me who find themselves in water a bit over their heads. I would rate it a 5 star, but the subject matter of bike motorcycle restoration is very broad, and sometimes the book left me wanting deeper information.
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How to Restore Your Motorcycle (Motorbooks Workshop)
Anybody from the complete novice (as i was) to the seasoned veteran would do well to consider purchasing this book prior to commencing a motorcycle restoration. It is filled with easy to read direction and photos to help out along the way. I have no mechanical aptitude, but a keen interest in doing it myself, with this book i now also have the necessary guidance to help me learn "how to" do it and do it right the first time. What impressed me most is the way the book was written so that any "idiot" or novice can with a bit of brain power,understand the basics with just a hint of humour thrown in. I can not recommend enough how useful this title is for anyone with, or interested in maintaining or breaking into the growing hobby of motorcyle restoration. Great reading even without a bike!
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About 5 years ago I purchased a basket case 1982 Yamaha XZ550 Vision [...]. I had never restored a motorcycle before and the last time I had worked on one was over 25 years ago and that was a 2 cycle dirt bike.
With Haynes manual in hand, along with this book, I set out on my restoration and boy did it come in handy. Many of the tips, especially for finishing and polishing old aluminum were very helpful.

Its a must read for anyone setting out on a restoration of an old motorcycle. While it is not model specific, its still very helpful but searching Amazon for the proper Haynes manual is also helpful as well.

I've posted a blog about my restoration at: [...] if you want to see some of the before, during and after pictures.

David
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I have Zimmerman's other MC Repair book, which I found very useful -- and when I had a question, I contacted him by e-mail as he invites readers to do, and he responded with great advice, and followed-up to see how the advice worked! I bought this book because I'd seen it and liked it's all around coverage of restoring older MC's. Since I usually buy used, I'm often in some limited restoratioin mode, and this book will prove very useful.
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If you have very little common sense, or fall to tears when you think of organizing a garage, then this book is for you. Get a chiltons or hayes for your bike, put your tools where you want them.

The author does give a good reality check on the prospects of profitability of restoring bikes (hint- there is none)
but if you've got a passion, you will anyway.
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