How your motorcycle works

Your guide to the components & systems of modern motorcycles

The modern motorcycle is a fascinating and complex piece of machinery, easily as complex and diverse as the modern car. With clear, jargon-free text, and detailed cutaway illustrations, this book explains exactly how the modern bike works. From the basics of the internal combustion engine, to the wide variety of modern transmissions and ancillary systems. With hints and tips on how to keep your bike working efficiently, and a glossary of terms, this book will not turn you into an expert mechanic, but it will increase your understanding and enjoyment of your motorcycle.


No longer the simple machines they used to be, the modern motorcycle is as complex and diverse as the modern car. In an ever more competitive market, manufacturers are looking for new solutions to old problems – what’s the most efficient transmission? How can emissions and fuel consumption be cut without affecting power? And how can new models be differentiated from one another?
This book explains how the modern motorcycle works, in a straightforward style that’s jargon-free and easy to read. It assumes no prior mechanical knowledge, simply an interest in a motorcycle’s workings, and an open mind. The text is accompanied by superb cutaway illustrations from the major motorcycle manufacturers, clearly showing how individual components and systems function.
It covers the latest innovations, including traction control and pushbutton gear change, as well as long-established technologies, such as fuel injection and ABS.
How your motorcycle works will not transform you into a motorcycle engineer or expert mechanic, but in explaining precisely how everything works, it will increase your understanding, and thus enjoyment, of the machine.


  • Clear, jargon free guide to how your motorcycle works
  • Clear cutaway illustrations
  • A guide to different types of bike
  • Explains the variety of engine and transmission systems
  • Details the pros and cons of different systems
  • Includes hybrid and battery-electric bikes

About the author

Peter Henshaw was an enthusiast for anything with wheels from an early age – everything from bicycles to 500hp tractors. He was Editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure for five years before going freelance and now contributes to a whole raft of transport magazines including Motorcycle News (motorcycles), Twist & Go (scooters), A to B (cycling) and Tractor (as it says…) as well as The Telegraph. He’s also written over 40 books, including 20 about bikes. He’s an all-year round motorcyclist who does not own a car.

eBook details

eISBN: 978-1-845845-37-7 • eV number: eV4537 • Published: November 2013 • Language: English • Digital edition: First Digital Edition. Base eBook price: £7.49 / $9.99 / €9.99 (vendors may set their own prices, so actual prices may vary).
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Original book info

V4494 • Paperback • 21x14.8cm • £9.99 • 80 pages • 86 colour pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845844-94-3 • UPC: 6-36847-04494-7. Price subject to change, P&P extra.

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