The Racing Motorcycle - A Technical Guide for Constructors



Volume 1 Contents


Section 1. Introduction                              Page 
           1.1 Overview                               11 
           1.2 General notes                          15 
Section 2. Engines and gearboxes 
           2.1 Engine characteristics                 17 
           2.2 Gearing terminology                    37 
           2.3 Engine/gearbox selection               49 
           2.4 Driving force                          65 
           2.5 Chains, sprockets and gears            89 
Section 3. General layout 
           3.1 Front end geometry and wheelbase      103 
           3.2 Centre of gravity/rider positioning   123 
           3.3 Swinging arm geometry                 153 
Section 4. Resistance to motion 
           4.1 Introduction to resistance            163 
           4.2 Rolling resistance                    169 
           4.3 Origins of drag                       177 
           4.4 Minimising motorcycle drag            203 
Section 5. Suspension systems 
           5.1 Suspension overview                   231 
           5.2 Stiffness requirements at the wheel   245 
           5.3 Suspension springs                    273 
           5.4 Front fork springing                  287 
           5.5 Rear suspension springing             307 
           5.6 Damping and suspension problems       327 
Section 6. Aspects of performance 
           6.1 Weight and inertia                    367 
           6.2 Straight-line performance             379 
Section 7. Appendices 
           A.1 Metric and imperial units             391 
           A.2 Unit conversion factors               397 



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