I’ve been riding motorcycles for about a decade now, and have been tinkering on them for probably the last five years. I am ashamed to say, that I did not own Hugo Wilson’s Motorcycle Owner’s Manual until this past year. I’m not going to spend a long time reviewing this book, because chances are, you probably already own it. However, if you happen to just be getting into motorcycles, or are thinking about getting into motorcycles, save yourself some valuable hours down the rode in the garage, and buy this book right now.
Motorcycle Owner’s Manual is what I would consider to be the beginning text on motorcycle ownership and maintenance. It covers all the basic general maintenance of a typical motorcycle (this especially applies to older machines). If you’ve been around bikes at all, you probably know a lot of the information already. However, if you’re like me, and never had a mentor or any formal mechanical training, you’re likely to find a good bit of information you didn’t know you didn’t know. You’ll still need a more detailed, model-specific shop manual for more involved tasks, but Motorcycle Owner’s Manual will give you a great jumping off point.
The bottom line is that if you own you a motorcycle, you should own this book. I will not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who is just starting out riding motorcycles. At less than $10, I doubt there is any tool out there that would be a great value.