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From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm going to give it 5 stars because I love Mark Zimmerman's column. I haven't yet read this book, but he's always a great read.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was disappointed with the book. A lot about the emotional connection to motorcycles not too much about restoration techniques.Published 3 months ago by scott j gubesch
To general and not specific to models. The idea is there but I put it down and bought the Haynes manual specific to my make and modelPublished 5 months ago by Ano
Very good book! Easy to read and follow.This booked helped me in many ways, but you have to keep in mind that it is not a service manual.Published 12 months ago by Jeff MacKay