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Classic Motorcycles Glossary

Find common terms for classic motorcycles as encountered by enthusiasts.

SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)
A description of the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) organization.

After-Top-Dead-Center (ATDC)
Definition for After-Top-Dead-Center (ATDC.

Anti-dive
Definition for Anti-dive

Anti-lock brakes (ABS)
Definition for Anti-lock brakes (ABS)

Anti-Squat
Definition for Anti-squat

Aquaplaning
Definition of Aquaplaning

Before Top-Dead-Center (BTDC)
Definition of: Before Top-Dead-Center (BTDC)

Bottom-Dead-Center
Definition for Bottom-Dead-Center (BDC)

Brake
Definition for brake.

Camshaft
Definition of a Camshaft.

Carburetor
Definition of a Carburetor

Clutch
Description of a clutch.

Connecting Rod
Description of a connecting rod used in an internal combustion engine.

Cush Drive
Description of a motorcycle cush drive system.

Disc Brakes
Description of a disc brake.

Disc Valve
Description of a Disc Valve

EGT (Exhaust Gas Temperature)
Definition of motorcycle EGT sensors.

Front Forks
Description of motorcycle front forks.

Hydraulic
Description of a hydraulic system used on a motorcycle.

Ignition
Definition of ignition.

Kick Start
Description of classic motorcycle kick start systems.

Links (chain)
Description of motorcycle final drive split links.

NDT (Non-Destructive Testing)
Description of NDT (Non-Destructive Testing.

OHV (Over head valve)
Description of OHVs (Over head valve) used in 4-stroke motorcycle engines.

Over Head Camshaft (OHC)
Over Head Camshaft (OHC) description.

Piston
Definition and operating principles of internal combustion engine pistons.

Reed Valves
Description and definition of reed valves, and reed valve induction.

Swarf
Definition and example of swarf created during drilling and tapping.

Top-Dead-Center (TDC)
Definition and example of TDC in an internal combustion engine.

Trail
Trail

Crankshaft
Description of an internal combustion engine's crankshaft.

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers)
Definition and example of the abbreviation OEM.

NOS (New Old Stock)
Definition and example of NOS.

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