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Motorcycle Handling and Chassis Design: the art and science (Spanish) Paperback – 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Tony Foale; 2nd Edition edition (2006)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8493328634
  • ISBN-13: 978-8493328634
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,238,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric H. Bott on June 28, 2007
I am an engineer first, and motorcycle racer (a distant) second. I like knowing what's going on under me when I'm dragging my knee at 140 mph, and in any field, I like understanding why some designs work and why others do not.
Mr. Foale's book is a hugely practical treatise on the subject of motorcycle chassis design-- and the only worthwhile one I know of other than some very technical SAE papers from the 1970's on modeling and simulation of motorcycle handling.
Mr. Foale's insight into the incredibly complex dynamics of motorcycle handling chassis design, and tire (sorry, Tony-- I just can't bring myself to spell it "tyre")/chassis/rider interaction comes from decades of building and riding specialty and adjustable-geometry frames to test out theories, and in more recent times, instrumenting motorcycles to validate and refine dynamic models. He's NOT guessing (and while this is not unique in motorcycling, it is rare to say the least!), and his dedicated pursuit of the truth is both admirable and hugely valuable.
This book is technical, but it also presents the material in such a way that, if you're curious enough to have asked yourself why your motorcycle behaves as it does, you will probably be able to understand and appreciate the book's presentation.
This book won't tell you how to fabricate a motorcycle frame and suspension, but it will tell you why some geometries work and why others do not in a given situation, and give you practical, applicable design guidelines and theory. It is not a prescriptive description of how to tune forks and shocks, but it addresses how the suspension geometry, settings and function impact the bike's behavior and helps you think through how to sort out handling issues for street or track.
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Absolutley Great Book! But you can buy it for eighty nine dollars from sae dot org.
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I'm an automotive mechanical engineer in California. After searching high and low, Tony Foale's 2006 edition seems to be the best book on motorcycle chassis engineering, including dynamics and mechanical design. GREAT NEWS: this 500+ page book is only $123.99 (USD at today's exchange rate), including shipping to USA locations, if you order directly from Tony Foale Designs. I'm particularly attracted to this book because Tony Foale has also created great-looking SOFTWARE for chassis and suspension system design and set-up ($136.39). His software allows you to quickly run all kinds of "what-if" scenarios using design parameters explained in the book. Tony Foale has created other software for sale on performance, etc. and articles available for free. This combination of resources is a must-have if you are making major modifications or designing a two-wheeler from scratch!

There seems to be no rational reason for a price of $989.00 for this book (shown by Amazon at the time of this review, Nov. 6, 2011)!?! The decimal point should probably be one digit to the left of where it is?!?
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While I've only begun reading this book, it is very informative and well written. Additionally, I entered a typo in my mailing address, which caused some confusion and inconvenience. The author exchanged emails with me, and had the book shipped out immediately. Great purchase for any one interested in understanding the dynamics of motorcycles.
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