How to Rebuild and Restore Classic Japanese Motorcycles (Motorbooks Workshop) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2015/8/1
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"To be sure, the technical depth Young's book provides in a number of areas exceeds that in most other similar books. With 455 clear color images, illustrations, a number of data tables, three technical appendices and a very helpful index the book provides a lot of visual as well as text information that is bound to save time and money on most aspects of your next - or maybe it's your first - rebuild and restoration."- UltimateMotorcycling.com
Sid Young has been a motorcycling enthusiast for the past 35 years riding, building and restoring classic Japanese motorcycles. A senior Systems Engineer by profession, Sid has applied his engineering knowledge to perfect his restoration skills over the decades.
His enthusiasm for restoring motorcycles started with his first rebuild in the late 1970s of a mangled CB750 Honda. His personal collection now fills a shipping container, the garage, and his lounge room!
Sid has written articles for magazines like Practical Sports Bikes and numerous club outlets. He is an active member of several motorcycle enthusiast clubs and has been documenting his work online for the past decade. He lives in Brisbane, Australia.
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The interest of the author is clearly restricted to Kawasaki fours with some Honda fours and a light smattering of Suzuki.
There appears to be no interest, or indeed knowledge of Yamaha. This lack of interest is so extreme that together with a list of important classic Kawasakis, Hondas and Suzukis with important production dates, there is a pitiful side mention of 3 Yamahas, 2 of which are quoted incorrectly (XS650 is not a 'single' and TZ750 was not a road bike).
The book is let down by not having been co-authored by an expert with interest beyond Kawasaki fours.
Notwithstanding, the presentation and level of detail is nice, as a complement to workshop manuals for someone who is a novice re-builder.
For the next edition, please have a co-author who has complementary interests, to result in a more rounded guide.
- how to deal with powder-coating if/when one needs to remove it (could be many many years later or right away, if job done bad (been there myself... )!; chemical striping has risks (chemical stuff can go deep into metal pores and/or leaving frame's inner tubing unprotected and ready for corrosion if process done by tank dipping); solution: hot sands procedure + sand blast; sand blast alone doesn't work; hot sands "kills" aluminium so better not to powder coat aluminium, like (modern) swing-arms;
- broken stud/bolt removal techniques? (a thing that's always happening!); there are "mechanical" options (stud extractor and such), probably with previous use of heat with a torch (risky) or (much better) a magnetic induction heater tool... if something to grab available!
- carbide sandpaper miracles, in repairing cylinder fin dents, or mirror polishing (with a simple electric drill) stainless bolt's head? maybe obvious stuff but worth mentioning, in my opinion
- shouldn't edges of of the ports be chamfered in 2-troke cylinders after reboring? that's a job for the machinist, yes, but it's the restorer's job to control these "details"
- clutch inspection/repair not only deals with spring's length and drive plate's thickness but also checking driven plate's warping and smoothing the inevitable indentations on clutch hub or basket (many "gearbox shifting problems" are indeed clutch problems!)
In short: I would trade some pics for more "text"... but in a general an interesting book about the subject. Bring us more!