A complete workshop guide to restoring and maintaining your classic British motorcycle. Covering the principles of restoration and maintenance, and therefore applicable across all post-war classic British marques such as BSA, Matchless, Triumph, Norton, AJS and Royal Enfield, this new book covers everything from general maintenance procedures to full engine strips and rebuilds.
With step-by-step instructions and over 800 images throughout, the book covers:
A brief history of the rise of the classic motorcycle movement
Buying guides, legislation, essential tools, workshop advice and safety
Stripping and rebuilding the key components, including the chassis, transmission, carburettor and engine - both singles and twins
Common parts manufacturers, such as Amal, Smiths and Lucas
Wiring, fitting and testing the electrical system
Cycle parts - restoring the tin-ware, painting and refinishing
General maintenance, advice, recommended sources and additions
Nigel Clark was raised in a family wherein motorcycles were never far away. His day job as an architect took him into the outbuildings and sheds of clients, where he discovered, bought, restored and sold countless machines, all the while learning specific details of the different marques. A serious road accident on the Isle of Man left him partially disabled, but this did not dent his enthusiasm for old British motorcycles, and indirectly opened a door to a change of career - a move into classic motorcycle journalism. Since leaving this sphere of work, he continues to restore bikes, but he sells on his restorations, giving someone else the pleasure of a restored British classic motorcycle.