The Essential Guide To Motorcycle Maintenance

the essential guide to motorcycle maintenance

Sorry to take so long to get around to writng another blog post but I am trying to keep on track with a theme here that follows my winter reading and it took me a while to finish this next book which I just finished last night. Like my previous book review this was again like bad medicine. Not so appetizing but if you want to get better you have to take the medicine. I want to get better at motorcycle maintenance so I read Mark Zimmerman’s book: The Essential Guide To Motorcycle Maintenance – Tips & Techniques To Keep Your Motorcycle In Top Condition. Click here for more info on the book. Mark does a great job of presenting a 250 page book that explains how a motorcycle works in addtion to the DIY sections that explain how to perform the maintenance. I feel like the DIY sections accounted for 1/3rd of the book tops.

There were pages and pages of the science behind the internal combustion engine and the theory of electricity and all kinds of stuff the author thought the newby mechanic should know in order to understand how to maintain and troubleshoot a motorcycle. The author does a great job of explaining all this however I feel mislead. I feel a little cheated! If I buy a book called Motorcycle Maintenance I want a book that is 100% about performing the maintenance, not 1/3rd! Honestly, I’m not even looking for a book on how to troubleshoot or repair a malfunctioning motorcycle. I’ll leave that to the professionals for now. I was just looking for the routine maintenance! I think this book needs a new title like: The Essential Guide To Understanding Motorcycles and Motorcycle Maintenance. Notice the “motorcycle maintenance” gets second billing. It’s a good book and I’m being harsh, but that is the impression left on me after my reading. For my money, I would like 167 more DIY pages please!

6 Responses to “The Essential Guide To Motorcycle Maintenance”

  1. i bought the specific service manual for both bikes. needed 3 for the cop bike. it tells me what is needed, when it is needed, what to check for peripheral problem areas, and how to do the job. i have saved thousands already on the ultra, finding out that dealers, for the most part, do not follow the manual and subsequently cause much more damage than they repair. NO ONE comes near either bike now with a wrench without me watching. the wrench better be a torque wrench, too. seen 1st hand what idiot can do to a perfectly good motorcycle in a few hours w/o common sense.

  2. Glad to hear from you Kevin and excellent point! I got my service manual as a Christmas present and read this book as a primer before getting into the service manual which I have not done yet. This book repeatedly advises the reader to follow their service manual. Along this track of thought I am next going to review the Fix My HOG DVD set and then get into the service manual. Thanks again for the input!

  3. torque wrenches.1 is not enough. you need at least 3. i have a 1/4 in. drive in inch/lbs, a 3/8 in. drive in foot/lbs, and a 1/2 drive in large foot/lbs. make sure the wrenches overlap in scale so there is no missing areas. don’t skimp on price. cheap is worse than no wrench at all. i bought 3 Armstrong wrenches from msc in new castle with certified test papers. these are the clicker type and not the beam scale type. it simply is not worth risking a good job gone south without proper tools. the added advantage is that they can be sold later if not needed. avoid harbor freight and anything made overseas! now gitcher hands dirty and enjoy!

  4. I started in on the service manual this morning. Thanks for the inspiration. Just got a 255 piece Craftsman toolset for my birthday last month with all three drives mentioned above. Always wanted torque wrench. Never had one.

  5. i always wanted a winning ticket on the lottery and never got one. i can understand the feeling.

  6. I’m going to get the torque wrenches. Winning lottery ticket, probably not. Been reading the service manual. Pretty easy reading. I thought it would be a more difficult or tedious.

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