MODERN MOTORCYCLE TECHNOLOGY, 2nd Edition is a 518-page textbook released last spring that covers just about all things technical and/or electrical in the world of motorcycles.
I like the way the book is laid out; starting with Learning Objectives and Key Terms up front in each of the 20 chapters and the Summary and Review Questions at the end to help make learning stick. Author Ed Abdo told me his goal was to create a flow and structure that he would prefer if he was teaching the course himself.
Abdo knows how to train motorcycle technicians; first by applying his hands-on experience as a motorcycle tech; he has lived the life: he currently owns and operates Northeast Cycle Service in Springville, N.Y. Most importantly, his experience as a technical trainer, chief instructor and curriculum developer at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) for eight years and as the Assistant Manager of Service Education for American Honda Motor Co. for 10 years make him uniquely qualified to take on the complex task of creating this in-depth textbook.
This second edition has a lot more images than the first (there are more than 1,000) and covers less obsolete product. I can appreciate that. Even though I’m a motorcycle collector, the bulk of individuals working in this industry apply their trade on bikes 15 years old to present, and that’s the focus of this textbook. The resounding value of MMT-2 is that it fills in the gaps that on-the-job training omits, providing the learner with the what, why and how systems work.
By design, MMT-2 requires an experienced instructor to help the newbie thoroughly understand the intricacies when taking a deep dive into the world of motorcycle technology. For those like I, who have a mechanical background, MMT-2 is a valuable resource that can be referenced when we get stuck in a technical or electrical problem. Additionally, service managers who hire grads from technical schools would be well-served to require their new hires to keep their textbook close at hand for ready reference.
If there were one suggestion, it’s to make the answers to the chapter review questions available to the purchaser. While I was fairly confident of my own answers, I’d like to compare mine to Abdo’s; his perspective could be a valuable learning experience. Currently, answers are provided only to certified instructors; included in the Instructor Companion Guide/Website that provides a wealth of additional facilitator material that would be of little value to the average guy or gal working in a dealership.
But don’t take my word for it, as they say on TV. Thousands of MMT first and second editions have been sold so far and are used by dozens of community colleges, technical colleges and high schools across the United States, including major institutions such as Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Wyotech.
For your personal copy, check out various websites selling Modern Motorcycle Technology, 2nd Edition (CenGage Learning; ISBN-10: 1111640645). Prices cover quite a range, depending on the seller. Or contact the publisher if you’re a learning institution and you’re interested in using MMT-2 as a course textbook.
Also check out Abdo’s other textbook, Power Equipment Engine Technology (CenGage: ISBN-10: 1418053880) if that’s your area of interest.
One can never know too much, and we never know it all.