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Old 09-25-2012, 10:51 PM   #1
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motorcycle chassis design books

Tony Foale's book was the first first thing that came up, but figured I'd ask before buying. What else is out there? Books, links, etc.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:47 PM   #2
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There are TWO editions of the Tony Foale book.

The first (earlier) one is a casual read, with a lot of technical information but, it's along the lines of the hop-up books you find in book stores--about 3/4" thick. It's cool because it covers a lot of chassis history and designs that had been tried over the years.

The second edition, covers much more recent designs and technology. It's an engineering textbook on the subject of motorcycle chassis design. It's a much thicker and more in-depth book.
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Race Tech's motorcycle suspension bible

To compliment Tony Foales books is Race Tech's motorcycle syspension bible. Covers shocks, forks, geometry, troubleshooting & testing, tools, and more. It helped me with my build a lot.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:18 AM   #4
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There are TWO editions of the Tony Foale book.

The first (earlier) one is a casual read, with a lot of technical information but, it's along the lines of the hop-up books you find in book stores--about 3/4" thick. It's cool because it covers a lot of chassis history and designs that had been tried over the years.

The second edition, covers much more recent designs and technology. It's an engineering textbook on the subject of motorcycle chassis design. It's a much thicker and more in-depth book.
Yeah, read on his website that the new edition was published in 2002, but it didn't explain much about the differences between them. Good to know. Thanks.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:20 AM   #5
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To compliment Tony Foales books is Race Tech's motorcycle syspension bible. Covers shocks, forks, geometry, troubleshooting & testing, tools, and more. It helped me with my build a lot.
Cool, I'll definitely check that out. Neat project by the way. Checked it out last night.
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:05 PM   #6
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"The racing motorcycle" volume 2 by John Bradley is a good read.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:07 AM   #7
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Aprilla produced a motorcycle design book that was pretty decent. It came out in the early aughts.
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:46 AM   #8
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The Racing Motorcycle by John Bradley is great, but out of print. Used copies are starting to go for silly money.

John Robinson's Motorcycle Tuning series (three books -- Chassis, Four-Stroke, Two-Stroke) isn't quite as readable or in-depth, but still very good and available much more cheaply.
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Motorcycle Road & Racing Chassis .
A modern reveiw of the best independants. Keith Noakes

As the blurb says , a reveiw , not real big on numbers or deminsions.
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I'm seeing his second edition (ISBN 84-933286-3-4) selling for $739 on Amazon. What am I missing here? Is that the actual price for the paperback edition? His website has it for 69 euros? Hmm... I don't understand all this book stuff.

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There are TWO editions of the Tony Foale book.

The first (earlier) one is a casual read, with a lot of technical information but, it's along the lines of the hop-up books you find in book stores--about 3/4" thick. It's cool because it covers a lot of chassis history and designs that had been tried over the years.

The second edition, covers much more recent designs and technology. It's an engineering textbook on the subject of motorcycle chassis design. It's a much thicker and more in-depth book.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:17 AM   #11
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To compliment Tony Foales books is Race Tech's motorcycle syspension bible. Covers shocks, forks, geometry, troubleshooting & testing, tools, and more. It helped me with my build a lot.
Glad to hear it!

And, yeah, nice build!

As others have mentioned, the Foale & Robinson books are crucial reading. You should be able to get the Robinson books through inter-library loan.

If you wanted to expand the category to books that are applicable and generally good reading, I would say all of the books by Carroll Smith (except "drive to win") http://www.carrollsmith.com/books/index.html are quite good reading and worth the purchase price.

There are quite a few machining, fabrication, sheet metal, and composites books which are useful to building motorcycles as well. I like that the recent explosion in hot rodding and custom bike building has created new demand for this type of book, although some of these books seem to revolve around personalities rather than techniques.

For machining basics, the South Bend Machinery books, most notably "How To Run A Lathe" are the icons of technology books and very cheap to buy -- and I think available as PDFs or eBooks.
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"The racing motorcycle" volume 2 by John Bradley is a good read.
So is Volume 1 DRjoe

I have them both and with Tony Foales books, which i have both, really give all the information you need.
I have just ordered the Race Tech suspension book too

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Old 11-05-2012, 09:03 PM   #13
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I'm seeing his second edition (ISBN 84-933286-3-4) selling for $739 on Amazon. What am I missing here? Is that the actual price for the paperback edition? His website has it for 69 euros? Hmm... I don't understand all this book stuff.
People are feckin' maroons.

It's on his website for 69 Euros or roughly $88 at the current exchange rate.

http://www.tonyfoale.com/
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I think you meant morons not maroons..... Unless you think the person trying to sell the book on Amazon for $700 is actually stranded on an island somewhere.

I was aware of the price difference, that's why I posed the question. I was curious if the Amazon book came as part of the set or something. Seems crazy priced!

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It's on his website for 69 Euros or roughly $88 at the current exchange rate.

http://www.tonyfoale.com/
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I think you meant morons not maroons..... Unless you think the person trying to sell the book on Amazon for $700 is actually stranded on an island somewhere.
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