November 17th, 2013
I just got back from a weekend in Birmingham with Sarah. The bikes stayed at home and I took the car instead. On the Saturday we decided to take in The Library of Birmingham www.libraryofbirmingham.com which is incredibly impressive. Seven floors of books, seats and work stations, silent rooms with the odd coffee stall all dedicated to the celebration of knowledge. The top two floors are admin, with a Shakespeare room at the very top, hidden down a few low corridors. Its an amazing place, really amazing and if I lived in Birmingham, I'd be there all the time. What has this got to do with motorbikes? I hear you ask. Well, on the second floor, just by the down escalator (its so big it needs escalators) you come to two rows of shelves dedicated to automotive repair manuals. Now, every library I've ever been it has had a few moth eaten and utterly battered Haynes manuals from the mid eighties covering a few old Fords, but these shelves were filled with every manual you can think of for a huge array of cars. It appears that if it was published, it could be found on these shelves. This impressive coverage encompasses motorbikes as well. I found manuals covering Ducati singles, twins, Bevels, that lot. It was brilliant. I checked under 'K' as well and as expected, I found manuals covering all the Kawasaki models. I did however notice that the manual for the ZX7-R was missing, which made me smile as somebody out there likes those bikes as much as I do.
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My name is Matt Brown and I'm a UK journalist formerly based in London, but now calling the South of England home. I've been riding bikes since 2007, but got hooked straight away. Nothing gives me the feeling of freedom, even when stuck in a city. In 2010 I became a RoSPA gold rider, but when it comes down to it, I'm Just a normal man, riding his bikes as often as he can.