Building Budget Brits (Paperback)
A Practical Guide for Refurbishing BSA and Triumph Unit Twins
Whitehorse Press, 9781884313622, 200pp.
Publication Date: March 15, 2009
List Price: 24.95*
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This enjoyable, engagingly readable book provides a detailed roadmap for rebuilding and restoring unit-construction Triumph and BSA twins without spending a fortune. The book is organized just as you would a rebuilding project, starting with selecting a bike to work on and finishing with bringing all the pieces together to ride. It contains the practical, down-to-earth information you wish the factory manuals had, but don't. Brown passes along the tips, shortcuts, and money-saving advice he has acquired over a span of 20 years working with British motorcycles. Every aspect of refurbishing unit-construction British twins is covered: engine work, transmissions, frame repairs, shocks and forks, brakes, tanks, and those pesky Amal carbs and Lucas electrical systems. The book also helps you choose a bike to buy, including how to spot bogus serial numbers and avoid stolen goods. Whether you want to build a concours quality restoration or simply put a good-looking, reliable British bike on the road, you will find plenty of helpful information here.
About the Author
A Texas high school teacher by day, motojournalist and avid Brit rebuilder by night, Mike Brown has been wrenching and learning the nuances of Triumph/BSA unit twins for more than 20 years. He has written numerous technical articles for Old Bike Journal, Walneck’s Cycle Trader, and other U.S. magazines. He also fields reader questions about rebuilding and restoring old bikes.