Modern Motorcycle Mechanics, 7 editions 1942-1974

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire the complete set of this definitive guide to early motorcycle maintenance. Individual copies come on the market sporadically and are in high demand. For collectors, restorers or museum libraries this set is invaluable.

The 1st edition ( 1942) contains 14 chapters which include:

1. The Motorcycling sport and industry

2. Motorcycle Design

3. Motorcycle operation

4. Motorcycle Maintenance

5. Spark plugs

6. Reconditioning and servicing (British models)

7. Villiers two stroke engines

8. Reconditioning and servicing American models: Harley 45” 1937-1942

Indian servicing procedure under Army motorcycles

9. Motorcycle machine shop practice

10. Trouble tracing and eliminating charts

11. Clearances and settings: Ariel, B.S.A. Harley, Indian, Norton, Panther, Royal Enfield,

Triumph, Villiers.

12. Speed tuning for races and hill climbs

13. Army motorcycles

14. Conclusion

In the second edition (1945) servicing is expanded for Harley 61” and 74” twins from 1929 and earlier; 1930 – 1936 S.V. twins and 1926 – 1934 singles; and 1937 – 1944 S.V. twins. The third edition (1948) adds servicing for Matchless, AJS, and Norton. The fourth edition (1953) adds Douglas, Sunbeam, Velocette and Vincent. The fifth edition (1965) adds Honda. Then in the sixth edition (1969) service is included for Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha. The final edition (1974) expands on each of the previous editions and has additional chapters including servicing and restoring of common components on British models.

Each volume is lavishly illustrated with photographs and component drawings. The condition of each volume ranges from good to very good, each with solid bindings and nice clean pages. The first edition is stamped on the inside front and back with “Johnson Motors Inc. Los Angeles. The pages are brown on the edges and with varying degrees throughout the book. The binding is intact, but slightly loose and the book has a musty smell. The fourth edition appears to have been a library copy at one time and looks as though it has had a new hardcover binding attached. In all seven editions there are over 4,000 pages. The second edition is stamped; A.McComb, Saskatoon on the inside front and back covers. The third edition is stamped; Clymer Motors on the first inside page. The sixth edition is inscribed on the inside front cover to David Neff, Marquette Michigan and the outside front cover has his name printed in black marker. The seventh edition is handwritten on the front inside cover with the name Harry Ferram with an address.

It would take many years to try to acquire this complete set. Individual copies can always be found on Internet used book searches such as bookfinder dot com. Most often the 7th edition is found with prices ranging up to $100.00. Earlier editions can be found in that price range and usually higher if they are available at all.

Shipping in the U.S.A. will be via media mail and insured at a total cost of $15.00. For international purchasers, specific shipping costs will be quoted upon inquiry. The shipping weight will be approximately 16 lbs.

The price of this set is $500.00.