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Complete Motorcycle Bk 2nd Ed [Paperback]

Jim Bennett
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May 22 2002
An authoritative source for essential and practical information about motorcycle mechanics, road skills, and more, the book gives every cyclistnovice or expert, first-time buyer or long-time ownerfacts and advice. Readers will find comprehensive coverage on a wide variety of topics, such as dealing with a loved one who wants to ride, making the decision to ride or not, special concerns for women riders, and the rules of the road for all motorists.

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From School Library Journal

YA?How to select and purchase the right bike, basic mechanics and maintenance, and safe riding techniques are covered in this sourcebook for prospective buyers and riders.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Motorcycle riding is invariably an affair of the spirit, one that too frequently allows passion to dictate decisions. Bennett (Cheapwheels, Pocket, 1989) who covers virtually all aspects of buying, maintaining, and riding a motorcycle, cautions that knowledge and reason, not passion, must be the underpinnings of any motorcycling decision. He encourages riders to learn about mechanical operations, dealers' business practices, and the practical aspects of riding so that they may select the right bike, make it last longer, and save money. Bennett exhibits a sound knowledge of various kinds of bikes and riding and provides specific and usable information in a number of areas. His chapters on used bikes and safe riding are especially good. Thorough and well written, this book should appeal to beginning riders. Recommended for public libraries but suitable for academic libraries as well.
David Van de Streek, Pennsylvania State Univ. Libs., York
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars incomplete and spotty Dec 7 2001
Format:Hardcover
i had high hopes for this one. good table of contents and the few pages i skimmed at the store were decent. in fact the first half of the book was fine but after about page 200 it seemed the author's editor must have given up.
   i found it oddly funny that the first chapter discusses how to dissuade your son from getting a bike, then later Jim Bennett attempts some kind of stance to ostensibly include women in his survey of motorcycling by attempting to note special issues women may have when deciding to ride. these few paragraphs seemed clunky, contrived and a bit condescending.
   the book had some pictures and some advice and i might even be an iota or two smarter than i was before i picked up the book, but i came away disappointed. it's a quick survey for the complete beginner, but once read you know it could've been done a lot better and that there must be better survey-type books for beginners out there. maybe the "idiot's guide to motorcycles" referenced before would've been a better purchase for me.
   if you are a woman i might recommend The Perfect Vehicle by an actual woman Melissa Holbrook Pierson. not a survey of motorcycles, but a story about her experience as a beginning motorcyclist.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a decent introduction to the world of motorcycles Sept. 14 2000
Format:Paperback
For someone who brings nothing more than enthusiasm to the art of motorcycle riding (in other words, you don't know the first thing about motorcycle parts and you have no idea what "countersteering" means), this book is a fairly good introduction. The author takes you through all aspects of motorcycle ownership, from deciding whether riding is right for you to the mechanics behind the combustible engine to making high speed turns. The information is reasonably detailed and well written, and all topics are covered.
My only complaints are: 1) many introductory books to motorcycles, such as The Idiot's Guide, give a more detailed breakdown of all bikes currently on the market... this book only covers a handful of bikes available (although it does have a section on used bikes), 2) there could have been more illustrations to accompany the explanations of motorcycle parts and functionality, and 3) certain sections use terms that the author never takes the time to define (at one point he makes numerous references to the "gasket" without telling the uninitiated where a gasket is, what it looks like, what it's function is, etc.).
But in the long run, my complaints are minor. This book is relatively comprehensive, and covers some issues that other books don't (such as the section on female riders). The author is well informed, clearly cares a great deal about the subject matter, and stresses safety. Anyone who is considering buying their first motorcycle would do well to buy this book (and maybe one or two others as well).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book for Beginners April 14 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A really good book for beginners and a not to bad book for experienced riders. I recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about buying a bike or whose love one is about to buy a bike. This book is chock full of information, starting out with trying to answer the question ride or not ride and then going on to explain how to pick the right bike; how to buy a used or new bike; basic motorcycle maintenance; and safety tips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginners and entry - level Aug. 5 2000
Format:Hardcover
A great book for anyone who is curious about becoming a rider. The author was very informative and answers almost all questions that a beginner/entry-level person would have. I highly recommend this book to any beginner, like me. : )
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a decent introduction to the world of motorcycles Sept. 14 2000
By Jason Baer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For someone who brings nothing more than enthusiasm to the art of motorcycle riding (in other words, you don't know the first thing about motorcycle parts and you have no idea what "countersteering" means), this book is a fairly good introduction. The author takes you through all aspects of motorcycle ownership, from deciding whether riding is right for you to the mechanics behind the combustible engine to making high speed turns. The information is reasonably detailed and well written, and all topics are covered.
My only complaints are: 1) many introductory books to motorcycles, such as The Idiot's Guide, give a more detailed breakdown of all bikes currently on the market... this book only covers a handful of bikes available (although it does have a section on used bikes), 2) there could have been more illustrations to accompany the explanations of motorcycle parts and functionality, and 3) certain sections use terms that the author never takes the time to define (at one point he makes numerous references to the "gasket" without telling the uninitiated where a gasket is, what it looks like, what it's function is, etc.).
But in the long run, my complaints are minor. This book is relatively comprehensive, and covers some issues that other books don't (such as the section on female riders). The author is well informed, clearly cares a great deal about the subject matter, and stresses safety. Anyone who is considering buying their first motorcycle would do well to buy this book (and maybe one or two others as well).
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars incomplete and spotty Dec 7 2001
By "satanders" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
i had high hopes for this one. good table of contents and the few pages i skimmed at the store were decent. in fact the first half of the book was fine but after about page 200 it seemed the author's editor must have given up.
   i found it oddly funny that the first chapter discusses how to dissuade your son from getting a bike, then later Jim Bennett attempts some kind of stance to ostensibly include women in his survey of motorcycling by attempting to note special issues women may have when deciding to ride. these few paragraphs seemed clunky, contrived and a bit condescending.
   the book had some pictures and some advice and i might even be an iota or two smarter than i was before i picked up the book, but i came away disappointed. it's a quick survey for the complete beginner, but once read you know it could've been done a lot better and that there must be better survey-type books for beginners out there. maybe the "idiot's guide to motorcycles" referenced before would've been a better purchase for me.
   if you are a woman i might recommend The Perfect Vehicle by an actual woman Melissa Holbrook Pierson. not a survey of motorcycles, but a story about her experience as a beginning motorcyclist.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BestBuy June 4 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This "really" is a complete guide to motorcycles. It helps you to decide if this sport is for you, describes the various types of motorcycles and advises on the purchase of new and used bikes. Maintenance and safe riding practices are discussed in enough detail to be helpful. There is a very useful section for women riders. Every rider or wannabe should have this book
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rife with dated and incorrect information May 6 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Save your money and buy the Motorcycle Owner's Manual by Hugo Wilson. The Complete Motorcycle Book is full of dated and factually incorrect information, and isn't a particularly good guide to anything. There are much better (and more current) resources available to new (and old!) riders.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book for Beginners April 14 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A really good book for beginners and a not to bad book for experienced riders. I recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about buying a bike or whose love one is about to buy a bike. This book is chock full of information, starting out with trying to answer the question ride or not ride and then going on to explain how to pick the right bike; how to buy a used or new bike; basic motorcycle maintenance; and safety tips.
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