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MotoGP Technology Hardcover – November 15, 2006
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However, it seems to me the publisher rushed to have this book published for time-to-market reason. The editing effort is not enough. For example, in addition to numerous typos, the paragraph is abruptly cut off and some texts are missing in the Honda RCV section on page 46. Besides, in the part talking about Hayden's RCV Evo bike, it seems to me that the writing is done before the season ends. Although I understand there may not be much left to cover in 900cc racers' final moment, I still think there are more that can be talked about/digged out regarding to the RCV Evo bike.
Althought there are a lot of pictures, I feel some of them are not that clear in showing what the author tries to point out, or can have even more coverage, like from different angles. For example, for the frame comparisons between RCV Evo and RCV 06 on page 161, I would like to see it being shot from different angles. It's not really I can see anything out of it, but just given the resource they have they can do a better job in the presentation. Besides, when explaining the difference between the evolution of each year's bike, the author often points the readers to photos that show in other pages. Why can't they put the extra effort in having a side-by-side photos for better illustration?
Despite what has been said, I like the book because of the authour's effort in trying to present the problem-solution-effect process of the engineering part of MotoGP. I just would not recommend it to those who intend to buy it for collection. If the publisher can polish things up in the 2nd print I will give a five-star rating without hesitation.
The information contained in this book will change the way you look at motorcycles, and particularly motorcycle racing. The technology, the money spent and the energy invested into this motor sport is captivating. The biggest flaw of the book is that it appears Spalding was under a great deal of pressure to get the book out quickly and there are quite a few errors in the text that were distracting. The brilliant photos and exceptional quality of the book more than make up for it. Spalding even goes into great detail explaining physics of motorcycle dynamics that changed the way I ride my motorcycle.
This book should be on the shelf of every sport motorcycle enthusiast, and every engineer-geek who loves to know more about how things work.
There is just such an insane amount of information in here. Minute technical aspects, like the changes each team did year-to-year are covered, as well as some theorizing about how those changes may have been responsible for the bikes blowing up during races. You get a feeling for how far ahead Honda was at the inception of the 4-strokes, to how much teams like Kawasaki have had to catch up over the years. The technical section on components does a good job of outlining basic operation and highlighting MotoGP technology without being long-winded and overly verbose. Both sections have lots of pictures and diagrams to accompany the text, although the bulk of the content is in the words, not the pictures.
At times though, the material can be a little dry and difficult to parse, but I attribute this to the already high level of refinement in racing rather than the author. Some of the diagrams take a while to understand as well.Read more ›
Its a bit TECHNICAL in language at times and therefore if you aren't familiar with mechanics it might be difficult to understand at those times.
I would describe it as a technical overview of the bikes, and a review of the challenges each of the MotoGP teams endured in their attempts to field competitive bikes.
It does NOT go into specifics, like how to set your stuff up like the GP guys do. Lots of "Ancient Chinese Secrets" they either couldn't disclose, or weren't let in on, I suppose. I guess nobody wants to tell how they go fast...else everybody could do it!
Very nice color photos...I'm a sucker for nice pictures...since gradeschool!
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