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1.0 out of 5 stars Miss Titled Book, October 12, 2009
This review is from: Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle (TAB Green Guru Guides) (Paperback)
This book should have been titled "Electric Components and their History". Over 300 pages and most is about the components and their inner workings. Like what is inside a battery. Most of the batteries and motors are not even what you would use for a Motorcycle. The last chapter titled "The Build" is just a few more pictures from the first chapter. If you want to know about electric components this is the book for you. If you want to build an Electric Motorcycle forget it this is anything but that book. Very disappointing I expected to build a motorcycle not study history, most of which was outdated. Even reporting on the EV1 being distroyed, how long ago was that? This is a reprint not an update.
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Initial post: Oct 25, 2009 4:23:37 AM PDT
If you are serious about making an electric motorcycle, I would say this should be your first book. It is a 300 page book not only about electric components (inner workings in detail) and their history, but also a guide as to what choices you would need to make when designing your own personal motorcycle. It is not about making choices for you, but more about the grocery store out there for you to design your own bike. He provides, simple to understand, concise information on the strengths and limitations on each one. I was particularly entertained by the candid stories that demonstrated his failures in choosing wisely. I also was pleasantly suprised by his style of writing that exhibits a personality that I would want to see in a teacher--approachable, inviting, and in regard to his content, concise and detailed. I would certainly recommend that a digital book update be made available or a website be created so that the readers could extend on his book. Or perhaps the author can start a free podcast to discuss newer technology such as the batteries, that are always being updated.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2013 7:26:37 PM PST
Jesse Gunn says:
Thanks for the warning about this book containing no actual information on building an electric motorcycle. I bought the sister book, "How to Build an Electric Bicycle," and guess what it never got into? Building an electric bicycle. It was 240 pages of "information" about electric motors and batteries, but it didn't have any information on how to hook them up to a bicycle. No blueprints, no step by step examples, no nothing. The author actually discouraged his readers from even considering doing anything other than pre-built kits, which completely defies the title of the book.

@Kevin M. Shea:
What you say may be true, but the point is the title should not be "How to Build an Electric Motorcycle" if it contains no information on how to build an electric motorcycle. "A Basic Overview of a Few Types of Batteries and Electric Motors," would be accurate.
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