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Motorcycle Electrical Techbook Haynes Online Manual

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Complete coverage of Motorcycle Electrics

NB: this is not a printed product.

With Haynes Manuals Online you get all the trusted content of a printed Haynes Owners Workshop Manual but with additional features to help you get the job done.

Haynes takes DIY into the digital age with this new product which provides the following benefits:

  • All-colour photographs with approx. 1,000 featuring in each product.
  • Photos can be enlarged so you can view key details.
  • All-colour wiring diagrams to help track problems quickly and easily.
  • Easy search functionality featuring 'instant display'.
  • Dictionary of technical terms.
  • Hyperlinks to additional relevant information in other manual chapters.
  • Quick links are provided to take you to the most popular DIY tasks.
  • Fault finding section allowing you to quickly ascertain the cause of a particular problem.
  • Conversion calculator for imperial and metric units.
What's covered: 


This book has been written to meet the needs of the practising mechanic, both professional and amateur, together with the increasing flow of student mechanics at further education colleges in the UK, and, in the US, in technical institutes running motorcycle mechanics courses. In the UK it will be of particular relevance to those following the City and Guilds of London Institute 3890  ‘Repair and Servicing of Motorcycles  ’ course. 
No previous knowledge of electricity is assumed and all terms are explained in a glossary at the end of the manual. 
The reader will not find here a catalogue of electric circuits for all machines, but rather a book dealing with the principles of how and why things work. Armed with an understanding of fundamentals it will be easier to follow developments which will surely take place in electrical equipment design. There may be a description of components which do not at the moment figure in actual production machines but, in the opinion of the author, may appear in the future. 
Modern motorcycles are remarkable examples of high technology and much of it is due to the electrical equipment designs of recent years. Electrical power requirements now demand generators of greatly increased output and because of the sensitivity of on-board electronic units, voltage regulators of high stability are needed. Not surprisingly these are also electronic!
The language of electronics is sometimes strange to beginners so a glossary of terminology is included as is emphasis on fault finding and testing.
Readers are introduced to the transistor, Zener diode and thyristor (silicon controlled rectifier) and other devices, for these vital rugged components lie at the heart of most electronic circuits found on the motorcycle. A basic understanding of the on-board computer, which finds so many applications in ignition, fuelling and chassis systems is now essential and is described in sufficient detail for most purposes.
For all this, it would be folly not to include an account of older electrical equipment for there are still many earlier motorcycles on the road; a description of dc dynamos and magnetos is therefore included.
Tony Tranter


Ignition and combustion explained
Spark plug types and construction
Ignition : Magnetos, coil and battery, CDI, transistor and digital
Fuel injection and engine management
Alternators, DC generators and starters
Lighting and signalling
Braking and traction control systems
Electrical fault finding
Practical testing and test equipment

Table of contents

Chapter 1 : The complete system  
Chapter 2 : Electrical Basics  
Chapter 3 : Ignition and combustion  
Chapter 4 : Ignition – Coil and Battery  
Chapter 5 : Ignition – Magnetos  
Chapter 6 : Ignition - Capacitor Discharge Ignition (CDI)  
Chapter 7 : Ignition – Transistor and Digital Ignition  
Chapter 8 : Fuel injection  
Chapter 9 : Engine management  
Chapter 10 : Spark plugs  
Chapter 11 : Charging – direct current (DC) generators  
Chapter 12A : Charging – flywheel alternators  
Chapter 12B : Charging – single phase alternators  
Chapter 12C : Charging – three-phase alternators  
Chapter 13 : Batteries  
Chapter 14 : Lighting and signalling  
Chapter 15 : Starter motors  
Chapter 16 : Circuits and system components  
Chapter 17 : Braking and traction control ( ABS and TCS)  
Chapter 18 : Testing and fault finding  

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