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Motorcycle Electrical Systems Troubleshooting and Repair Book
Motorcycle Electrical Systems Troubleshooting and Repair Book

Motorcycle Electrical Systems Troubleshooting and Repair Book

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This is the do-it-yourself book you've heard about that’s designed to help you diagnose and repair electrical systems on your motorcycle with ease. Save time and money and have the satisfaction of fixing your bike right, the first time. Designed to assist both novice and expert motorcycle technicians alike, “Motorcycle Electrical Systems Troubleshooting and Repair” unravels the mystery of, and difficulty of understanding how, 12-volt electrical systems operate. Whether you are serious about diagnosing motorcycle electrical problems and/or performing repairs, or you simply want to have a better understanding of the inner workings of electrical systems on your favorite mode of transportation, this book has the answers to all of your biggest questions about the mystery of motorcycle electrical systems.

An informative, easy read with quick, at-a-glance useability, this is the only book to comprehensively make the complex language and operations of electrical systems on a motorcycle simple, entertaining and stress-free. The book even shows you how to tackle some popular projects like auxiliary fuse box installation, LED tail lights, and more.

Oh, and for an added touch, every book we sell is hand signed by the author.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Ohms Law
The “Hot-Rod” version of Ohms law is explained in easy-to-understand language. Colored diagrams illustrate how to apply electrical theory to the real-world of electrical testing on your motorcycle.

Chapter 2 – Voltage Drop Testing
Even professional technicians struggle with the concept of voltage drop testing. This chapter makes it easy to understand.The concept of voltage drop testing is explained using colored diagrams and concrete examples of typical electrical problems found on motorcycles.

Chapter 3 – Electronic Testing Tools
From test lights to digital multimeters, electronic test tools are discussed. Features and benefits of logic probes, short finders, ignition coil testers and lab scopes are explained.

Chapter 4 – Storage Battery
How a battery works without too much “chemistry” makes it easy to understand how to test and maintain 12 or 6-volt storage batteries. Information of motorcycle battery chargers as well as generic battery testing is included.

Chapter 5 – Charging & Starting Systems
Charging system basics are explained including voltage regulation for generators and alternators. Both street and off-road motorcycles are covered. Electrical testing for stators, voltage rectifiers, alternators and generators is discussed.

Chapter 6 – Ignition Systems
From points and condenser to modern electronic ignition systems, this chapter explains how they work and how to test ignition system components. Single, dual and stick types of ignition coils are discussed as well as high voltage secondary wiring.

Chapter 7 – Fuel Injection Systems
An overview of how electronic fuel injection operates is covered in this chapter. In addition, generic computer sensor testing, open/closed loop feedback systems and concepts are all discussed.

Chapter 8 – Wiring Diagrams
This chapter covers how to actually “read” a wiring diagram. By using a building block method of instruction, the reader will learn how to analyze wiring diagrams and use this knowledge to diagnose common electrical problems. Examples of motorcycle wiring diagrams are included as well as practical exercises.

Chapter 9 – Trouble Shooting Electrical Systems
A logical approach is outlined for trouble shooting common electrical system problems. Real-world examples are used to illustrate how the process of diagnosis works. How to find electrical opens, shorts, and crossover circuits is discussed.

Chapter 10 – Electrical Projects
How to calculate how much electrical power typical motorcycle accessories require and how to match them to charging system output is discussed. Electrical projects include, how to connect electrical power to a tank bag, how to install LED brake lights and
flashers, headlight modulators and auxiliary fuse box installation.

About the Author

Tracy Martin is a well-known motojournalist and motorcycle enthusiast who regularly contributes to Motorcycle Consumer News, RoadBike and Friction Zone magazines. With over 40 years of motorcycling experience on all types of motorcycles and terrain, Tracy has solid “hands on” familiarity with all aspects of motorcycles and a breadth of technical and riding experience rarely found in the powersports industry today.

What does the Press say?

  • Motorcycle Consumer News Review, October 2007
    "Tracy's 25 years of experience in the automotive field resonate through the pages of the book, and give credibility to his explanations and assessments. I'd recommend it for both the library and the workshop of any enthusiast, and can't voice strongly enough that the best time to read it is before you need it."
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  • Wing World Review, November 2007
    "Will this book make the reader an expert? No. What it will do is provide the reader the essentials necessary to gain diagnostic skill through understanding and practice. Practice doesn’t make perfect, unless it’s perfect practice. I recommend this book highly for both the home mechanic and professional technicians."
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  • Cycle News, March 7, 2007
    “Martin simplifies the complex language and operations of electrical systems of motorcycles so that the diagnostics and repairs can be done with ease.”

  • Kawasaki Concours Owners (Concourier) Review
    "Just when a ham-fisted wire puller like this reviewer fries the insulation off some wire trying to force too much amperage through too little copper, along comes a brand new publication explaining in easy-to-understand language how electrical systems work in motorcycles. I can only wish I had a copy of the book before I made my own mistake. The best part of the book is that though much of the subject itself applies to all 12 and 6-volt electrical systems everything covered in the book is specific to motorcycles. Thus, in explaining charging systems, for instance, you won’t find a lot of material about the alternator on the family SUV, but you will fully understand how a one or three-piece alternator on a motorcycle operates. Whether you have a “classic” Connie or a new C14 in mind, this book will be enormously useful." Bob Burns, Editor Concours Owners Group Newsletter






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