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Motorcycle frame design

Discussion in 'General Classic Motorcycle Discussion' started by acotrel, Nov 5, 2019.

  1. acotrel


    Jun 30, 2012
    I was wondering if anyone can recommend a book which covers the history of racing motorcycle frame design. There seems to have been several quantum leaps forward since the days of the garden gate Norton International. I believe that a good bike make a good rider and that if you have never experienced a bike which handles exceptionally well, you wander on in ignorance. People such as the McCandless brothers, Tom Arter , Peter Williams, Rob North, Derek Rickman, Fritz Egli, Harris, and Colin Seeley interest me. How did they get it so right ?
  2. ashman


    Jul 11, 2010
    Proberly from their mistakes.

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  3. Bernhard


    Apr 20, 2011
    A whole bunch of them out there –here are three;

    Motorcycle Tuning: Chassis Paperback – 1 Apr 1994 by John Robinson


    Motorcycle Road and Racing Chassis Designs: A Modern Review of the Best Independents Paperback – Illustrated, 22 Nov 2007 by Keith Noakes (Author)


    The Racing Motorcycle: Volume 3: An Introduction to Chassis Set Up Paperback – 30 Sep 2018 by John Bradley (Author)

  4. lcrken

    lcrken VIP MEMBER

    Mar 15, 2009
    And my favorite, "Motorcycle Handling and Chassis Design" by Tony Foale - First edition in 2002, second edition now available.

    Purchase at https://motochassis.com/product/book-motorcycle-handling-chassis-design/

    Currently only available in eBook format, with printed copies in future.

    Besides excellent technical details, it includes a fair bit of chassis development history.

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  5. GRM 450

    GRM 450

    Dec 30, 2008
    Tony Foale’s book is very good
    Also Phil Erving did a chassis design book too but very old designs


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