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Book: How To Repair and Maintain American V-Twin Motorcycles

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So, since my hobbies include internal combustion engines and motorcycles I bought this book sometime ago. It’s a nice book covering all of the basics of repairing and maintaining V-Twin engines. It’s written by Sara Liberte who is running RT’s North Hills Cycle, Inc. with her boyfriend. I would suggest this book to people interested in choppers and V-Twin motorcycles in general although it doesn’t contain anything extremely advanced. Also, on the upside, the book is very well written and it contains numerous photos demonstrating the topics covered. Here is a more detailed review of each chapter separately.

Title: How To Repair and Maintain American V-Twin Motorcycles
Author: Sara Liberte

Chapter 1: Know Your Bike
The author here introduces the world of motorcycles based on personal stories and it continues with common stuff like riding gear, parts, service manuals, features of bikes, parts book etc. It’s just some introductory essential information that most riders already know. In any case, it is well written and the pictures are also a very good addition to make the chapter easier to read.

Chapter 2: Tool Time
In this chapter you can find information regarding the tools ranging from old-fashioned Phillips screwdrivers, Torx and Allen heads, ratchet wrenches etc. to more specialized ones such as torque wrenches, filter wrenches etc. The author also provides a simple description on the size values of each tool and personal suggestions. In addition, apart from the standard tools used in most cases, it includes some specialty tools for both mechanical and electrical problems that someone could face on a V-Twin motorcycle. At last, a discussion of safety measures as well as the importance of using the appropriate tools along with the service manual is being included.

Chapter 3: Drop That Fluid
This is the first chapter that includes seven projects that have to do with changing fluids in a motorcycle from simple ones such as changing oil and its equivalent filter to more advanced like upgrading the oil pump for performance gain. Everything discussed in the text is also shown in photos that demonstrate it step by step.

Chapter 4: Service Intervals
This is the largest chapter which includes twelve mechanical projects for numerous things from beginner to advanced levels. Once again everything is explained in both text and pictures. Here the projects range from simple ones like changing and reading spark plugs to more advanced such as upgrading the wheel’s rotor, caliper for performance etc.

Chapter 5: Electrical 101
As you can imagine, this chapter deals with the electrical system of a V-Twin American motorcycle. This includes batteries, charging system etc. Two more projects regarding these topics are included here too.

Chapter 6: Simple Roadside Repairs and Travel Toolkits
This is a tiny chapter that gives some hints for common road-side repairs that a rider might need to perform as well as some suggestions for the right toolkits for such situations.

Written by xorl

April 5, 2010 at 11:01

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  1. Sounds like a good book. I’m thinking about buying an English bike this summer (a Triumph), and I was wondering what content makes this book specific to American bikes as the title suggests. Thanks.


    May 7, 2010 at 12:32

  2. Well, some of the stuff discussed can be applied to other bikes as well but everything in this book is specifically for parts (suspension, brakes, chassis, V-Twin engines etc.) used mainly on American bikes.


    September 13, 2010 at 17:04

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