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This is a beautiful trilogy by a man name of Robinson who wrote from simple terms right into the nitty gritty. I owned all three as a yoof but sadly the two smoke was the first non return (and now getting very rare) and I never learned not to loan out books. Last to leave the flock was the chassis tuning manual but If memory serves I think gary lent it to cockney..... Well worth a read and I'm gonna post on santa's forum to see if I've been a good enough boy to get them for christmas this year as I miss owning them:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Motorcycle-Tuning-Chassis-John-Robinson/dp/075061840X

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Motorcycle-Tuning-Stroke-Four/dp/0750618051

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Motorcycle-Tuning-Two-Stroke-John-Robinson/dp/075061806X

Not as rare as I thought..... just bagged me some books!!
 

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I love the spanny calculator program for the acorn electron that you had to type from the back of the book back before all this instant gratification of the interwebs. At the time I remembering burning the parent's phone bill "downloading" amiga games from the BBS's.

I'm a manual hoarder both on confuser and hard copies. The internet provides that quick fix but nothing is quite the same as thumbing through a well leafed heinous manual that has some of the pages stuck together with blue hylomar..... My porn collection mirrors my manual collection come to think of it!!

Performance bikes was a publication that I bought religiously from the late eighties through to the mid nineties and it's technical content was par excellence due to JR being the technical editor and the rest of the staff being a bunch of childish miscreants.

My personal favourites are the stealer only manuals which quote standard repair times for every job on the bike and woe betide any spotty tech that runs over the stated time. One hour twenty is bags of time to replace a worn out shocker on a trophy 900 if the bike is fresh out of the wrapper and in the surgically clean factory workshop..... 25 years of crud and neglect however tend to alter the working parameters and the person cracking the whip seldom takes this into account.

As far as good literature goes I try to follow the simple rule of thumb that if it is data specific and technical then the least amount of very focussed info is the ticket. For tuning, performance and other "black arts" I find a large amount of broad info can lead one toward the path of enlightenment.
 
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