ABC OF THE MOTORCYCLE 1916
WRITTEN BY W.J. JACKMAN, M.E.
This American book was written for the many thousands of pioneer motorcyclists who bought the first mass produced machines (one factory alone produced 10,000 motorcycles in 1910). Many of these new motorcyclists would have had little knowledge of the internal combustion engine and indeed a number would have previously relied on horses for transport. Although the book was primarily intended for the American market much of the information is universal and could be applied equally to most types of early motorcycle.
To quote the Author
‘There is one chapter in particular-that treating of road troubles, their causes and remedies-which will be of great value to all users of this popular vehicle, whether experts or amateurs, and to it especial attention is invited. With those who give this feature of the book proper consideration “break-downs” will be less frequent and less expensive’ .
1. Inception and evolution of the motorcycle – The first machine – its evolution – modern dvelopments
2. Vital features of the motorcycle – Relation to various mechanical parts
3. Motive power – production and application
4. What the carbureter does
6. The motorcycle engine
7. Timing – What is it – How done
8. The crank case – Its mechanism and functions
9. Transmission of power to wheels
11. Road troubles – their remedies
12. Pre-ignition – Its cause, effect and remedies
13. Horse power and electric power
14. Tires – Their proper care
15. Cost of operation
16. Effect of weather on motorcycles
17. Selection of use of machine
18. Hints on shop repairs
19. Some things worth knowing
20. Buying a second-hand motorcycle
21. For people with speed craze
22. “Dont’s” for motorcyclists
The book is used, but it is in a good condition for its age. Hard cover, 222 pages, English text.