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Normal0MicrosoftInternetExplorer4“Race Tech’s Motorcycle Suspension Bible provides a clear understanding of the most misunderstood aspect of motorcycle performance. Paul Thede explains it all in this book. The book provides step-by-step photos of suspension disassembly and assembly as well as detailed troubleshooting for dirt, street, and supermoto - promising a solution to virtually any handling problem.” - Sport Rider“…a comprehensive book about one of the most misunderstood aspects of motorcycle performance – suspension. It explains the art and science of suspension tuning and set up in easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions and explanations. It is stuffed with photos and illustrations that clarify the already well-written text.” - Cycle News“This is a highly detailed technical discussion about motorcycle suspension systems, components and operation with superb illustrations and photographs. This book could easily be used for a Master’s degree course on the subject. One thing’s for sure: it is absolutely the “Bible” of motorcycle suspension, no doubt about it.” - WebBikeWorld.com --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Lee Parks is the author of the best-selling riding skills book Total Control. Based on his internationally renowned Total Control Advanced Riding Clinics, Total Control is considered by many to be the riding skills bible. Parks formerly edited Motorcycle Consumer News, Motorcycle Product News, and Motorcyclist magazines. He is also the owner of Lee Parks Design, a motorcycle glove and apparel manufacturer in Apple Valley, CA.
Lee Parks is the author of the best-selling riding skills book Total Control. Based on his internationally renowned Total Control Advanced Riding Clinics, Total Control is considered by many to be the riding skills bible. Parks formerly edited Motorcycle Consumer News, Motorcycle Product News, and Motorcyclist magazines. He is also the owner of Lee Parks Design, a motorcycle glove and apparel manufacturer in Apple Valley, CA. Paul Thede is widely considered the ultimate motorcycle suspension guru. He is the owner and chief engineer of Race Tech, the largest motorcycle suspension modifier in the world. leeparksdesign.com, racetech.com
- ASIN : B00FKYXJCM
- Publisher : Motorbooks; First edition (June 19, 2010)
- Publication date : June 19, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 55999 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 656 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #469,621 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Other than that, it has enlightened me with what was once a totally alien concept to me: suspension. Bought this as a learning kit for my entry into full suspension mountain bikes and it has been sufficiently helpful, albeit, at a steep learning curve. There are big chances of comprehension gaps for a total beginner like me: I've lost count of the number of times I found myself staring blankly at the ceiling, drawing in the air just to make the illustration jive with what I comprehend it to be.
This book would be perfect if it came with animation (via links to YouTube maybe) to explain crucial suspension workings.
If you want really understand the hows and whys of suspension this is a great book.
If it was possible to gain real world experience by reading, this would be one of the books that would be able
to transcend reality and make it happen.
Excellent read and a great reference to have on hand.
The book covers the basics through the advanced topics well.
Lots of good pictures, diagrams, and illustrations. These reduce the anxiety factor a lot.
After the theory there is a large section on actual tear down of different forks and shocks.
Step by step photos. Covers dampening rod forks, inverted cartridge forks, emulsion shocks, reservoir shocks, progressive shocks, and more.
If you are redesigning or doing major chassis modifications on a street bike you will also want
Tony Foale's "Motorcycle Handling and Chassis Design the Art and the Science" to compliment this book.
Good riding to you.
If you are looking to understand the inner workings & theories on motorcycle suspension I do not think you will find a better book. Having just a little mechanical knowledge and an inclination to liking mechanical/technical subjects you will find it easy to comprehend. If you have no mechanical aptitude, nor basic motorcycle riding experience, obviously you should pass on this.
At first glance the books contents may seem overwhelming. But if you read carefully, and make sure you comprehend the concepts BEFORE you turn to the next page (I re-read some pages a few times and studied the diagrams closely) you will find that by the end you have a wealth of knowledge and understanding on the subject.
Suspension tuning it seems is kind of a "black art". The right tools, years of experience, experimentation, and knowledge are needed to be a good suspension tuner. If you are looking for a good start to doing any suspension work yourself this book gives you a big leg up on the subject. If you're looking to have someone else do suspension work for you this book is invaluable as you will be well versed in understanding what YOU are looking for, and you will be better prepared to speak the "language" of the subject, as well as judge a good tuner from a "tinkerer".
Top reviews from other countries
The information itself reads like a GCSE revision book insofar as it's all explained in a very simple and easy to understand age if you're 15. For a bloke in his 30's it's a bit annoying and you have to wade through loads of text before you stumble on a bit of pertinent information.
There are a few terms in the book which they manage to confuse with each other – sag, static sag and rider sag and seem to interchange quite frequently. It’s not so bad if you already understand these terms but if you’re picking up the book as a novice then you may spend a while before you figure out that they’ve used the wrong term.
Also note that the second half of the book is dedicated to pictures showing how to service various types of suspension units with a few “hilarious” snaps thrown in...
Great theory I suppose and some practical strip down guides. So definitely worth buying if your level is basic as this will help cement the principles.