The Modern Motorcycle 1915: How to Run, Ride and Repair it (Hardback)B. H. Davies (author)
Hardback Published: 08/04/2014
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The book with its delightfully illustrated cover contains 170 pages of text with over 90 excellent illustrations giving a clear and easily read summary of all aspects of motor cycling. Twenty chapters with titles ranging from 'Choosing a Motor Cycle' to the final one 'Insurance and Accidents'. Whilst practical in all its delivery, some solutions are to us probably not relevant now but never-the-less interesting as a reflection of the times. If given the task of producing such a book I cannot think of any additional chapter title which might be of use within the context of an introduction to motor cycling, this book is comprehensive. For those interested historians who wish to extend their studies, there are many fascinating details which would otherwise be lost in the mists of time. Under the heading 'The Motor Cyclist and the Law' we find 'we are allowed to store up to sixty gallons of petrol, must obey a speed limit maximum of 20mph imposed on all roads, and must not ride machines without either a bell, whistle, hooter or other alarm', and much more. Emergencies to avoid a collision it advises' if you can drive into the hedge at an acute angle, it is not at all likely you will be badly hurt,' or 'if you fail to stop your machine you can slip off the tail of the machine, fall on the road stomach downwards and let the machine take the collision without you'. Even at 20mph I think I might avoid this last remedy! I could go on relating many of the quotes, but the reader will enjoy discovering them for themselves, including chapters which cover engines, magnetos, carbs, lubrication and transmission with details of the mysteries which lie inside the contemporary hub clutch and gearbox. Added to all these gems are the many full page advertisements which in themselves are an education and delight from accessories to complete motor cycles.
Weight: 365 g
Dimensions: 186 x 123 x 18 mm
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