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Excellent electrics manual

Posted by George Phillips at January 12. 2018

SWMBO bought me a superb book for Christmas , "How to live on your own" - no, seriously -Classic Motorcycle Electrics Manual". Quote from website "Even the most hands-on of classic bike enthusiasts will often shy away from working on their bike’s electrical system, believing they have neither the skill nor the knowledge for such work. Dr James Smith explains in Classic Motorcycle Electrics Manual that this need not be the case. Starting with basic electrical theory, the book demonstrates a wealth of electrical tips and techniques, providing a progressive and detailed guide to tasks ranging from simple repairs and upgrades, through to completely rewiring a classic motorcycle. Illustrated profusely with full-colour photographs and easy-to-follow wiring diagrams, this book will be an invaluable resource for all classic bike owners and restorers."

Found it to be a mine of info. Electrics has always been black art for me but this book goes a very long way to explaining everything. I'm actually now looking forward to working on the wring etc.

 

Recommended.

 

George

Re: Excellent electrics manual

Posted by Tony Ripley at January 12. 2018

Classic Motorcycle Electrics Manual

Book by James Smith

ISBN: 9781847979957
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): 24/11/2015
PAGES: 272
BINDING: Hardback PPC
SIZE: 296x210 mm
INSIDE: 420 colour photographsand 167 CAD diagrams

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Re: Excellent electrics manual

Posted by George Phillips at January 12. 2018

That's the boyo, Tony.

Any views on it?

 

G

Re: Excellent electrics manual

Posted by ian_soady at January 12. 2018

I actually find working on the electrics very satisfying. As long as you take things methodically and have decent tools (eg a reliable multimeter) it's usually just a matter of logic and patience.

Re: Excellent electrics manual

Posted by Tony Ripley at January 12. 2018

Previously George Phillips wrote:

That's the boyo, Tony.

Any views on it?

 

G

Hi George,

I put that on to enable members to find it easier. I had a look on the Amazon site and it has a 'preview' which gives an index and then the first handfull of pages.

Based on the index alone I think this could be a very useful book. Even though I have been working on car and motorcycle electrics for many years, I think I might buy it as it wil probably help me when trying to explain to others. 

(Edit) Sorry that sounds a bit arrogant, what I really mean is I tend to understand things in my own sweet way and trying to explain this to others can be difficult. This book gives a good grounding of the priciples but I have only read the first few pages.

Tony

Re: Excellent electrics manual

Posted by richard_woolnough at January 12. 2018

I agree wholeheartedly, read a report by Ian Kerr in a  VMCC mag early last year and put it on the christmas wish list, very very helpful to the extent that having believed 'lectrickery was a dark art practised by wizards I am fast becoming an apprentice to 'em! James Smith has a couple of early AMC machines and sometimes posts on the AMC club forum.kind regards

Re: Excellent electrics manual

Posted by terence_terrell at January 16. 2018

George please thank your wife.I've just received my copy of the manual. Excellent I don't know how I've managed all this time without it.

Re: Excellent electrics manual

Posted by ian_saker at January 18. 2018

Very timely topic as I am about to rewire a classic bike. Read this and bought the book, not cheap but excellent value. I have now got a better understanding of the "black art" and so will benefit in rewiring and fault finding. Defiinatly recommend, I am sure those with some knowledge will gain more as well as novices.

ian

Re: Excellent electrics manual

Posted by George Phillips at January 18. 2018

Wow! What a great response to what i thought was merely a small comment on a good book.

Pity I'm not on commission!

I've put the companion book "Classic Motorcycle Maintenance" (or very similar) on my birthday list for March so will keep you posted.

 

Has anyone any experience of it?

George

Re: Excellent electrics manual

Posted by andy_chetwood at January 31. 2018

I have just received a copy of the Electrics Manual. What a book. I ordered on line from W.H.Smith as they have a better employee record than Amazon and it was only a quid or so more

Re: Excellent electrics manual

Posted by Fritz Wettstein at February 12. 2018

I think there is an error on page 15. Under the bottom triangle, the equation
R = V ÷ R should be R = V ÷ I.

Fritz

Re: Excellent electrics manual

Posted by ian_cordes at February 12. 2018

Good shout George. I have only just spotted this thread, and immediately done a search, ordering it from a prolific ebay bookseller, at what seems a very fair price.Smile

I don't know whether he abuses his employees however; forgot to askLaughing

Re: Excellent electrics manual

Posted by eugene_brolund at February 13. 2018

I agree 100% !!!! In fact, I was consulted during its writing :)

I even contributed some photographs of a 3 brush dynamo, see photo credits to Skip Brolund :)

 

 

Skip Brolund

Re: Excellent electrics manual

Posted by George Phillips at February 13. 2018

Well spotted Fritz. Quite right! And well done Skip - saw your name in there. Happy treading Ian. Don't read the last page first - it spoils the plot. G

Re: Excellent electrics manual

Posted by George Phillips at February 14. 2018

reading - not treading!

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