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Old 6 Jul 2009
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Translation Table and Glossary for Motorcycle Terms

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tech/mcglossary

Translation Table of Motorcycle Terms in several languages, also Glossary to explain what the words mean!

Also there, Common phrases for the road for vehicle travellers!
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Russian in both cyrillic and roman (latin) alphabet would be nice.
If you want to add Japanese, I can translate that. Japanese is a 'minor' language, but it is the only one I am fluent in other than English!

Some common phrases used in traveling not found in regular phrase books would be good too.
i.e. "may I camp here tonight?" "can you fix..." "can you recommend a good mechanic?" "I want to ship a motorcycle to..."
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+1 on the common phrases - that would be incredibly useful.
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Russian and Portuguese added!

Waterfox - ok, so what are they? And in what country? It CAN be different depending on which country.

Corrections: Please let us know what country the terms are DEFINITELY valid in!

Chris, please send in the Japanese - that would be great!

Common Terms - yes! Anyone volunteering to start it out? There is probably a starting point out there somewhere on the web we can use without copyright problems - wikipedia?
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Chinese / Pinyin / Hanzi

If it is useful to anybody; the following are some Chinese motorbike related terms. No guide to pronunciation though!:

Motorbike mo tuo che 摩托车
Engine fa dong ji 发动机
Carburettor qi hua qi 汽化器
Gearbox bian su qi 变速器
Chain lian
Transmission chuan dong xi tong ��*动系统
Tension la li 拉力
Battery dian chi 电��*
Oil filter shi you lu qi 石油滤器
Throttle jie liu fa 节流阀
Brakes zhi dong (sha che) 制动(刹车)
(Wire) cable gang lan 钢缆
Wheels lun
Tyres lun tai 轮胎
Spokes lun fu 轮辐
Inner tube li dai 里带
Puncture lun tai bao tai 轮胎爆胎
Clutch li he qi 离合器
Shock absorber (suspension) jian zhen qi 减震器
Bearings zhou cheng 轴承
Lights deng
Headlight che qian deng 车前灯
Light bulb deng pao 灯泡
Rear-view mirrors hou shi jing 后视镜
Seat / Saddle zuo wei / an 座位 /
Handlebars che ba 车把
Exhaust pai qi guan 排气管
Spark plug huo hua sai 火花塞
Mudguard dang ni ban 挡泥板
Frame jia
Forks cha
(Engine) Valves (fa dong ji) fa (发动机)阀
Horn la ba 喇��*
Indicators fang xiang zhi shi qi 方向指示器
Revs. zhuan su 转速
Broken po �*�
Fix / Repair xiu li 修理
Service jian xiu 检修
Mechanic ji gong 技工

Crash helmet fang zhuang tou kui 防撞头盔
Gloves shou tao 手套
Driver’s licence jia shi zhi zhao 驾驶执照
Insurance policy bao xian dan 保险单
Vehicle Registration che liang deng ji (zhu ce) 车辆登记(注册)
Number (licence) plate hao ma pai (pai zhao) 号�*�牌 (牌照)
Legal he fa 合法
Document wen jian 文件
Copy / duplicate fu yin 复印
Traffic police jiao tong jing cha 交通�*�察
PSB gong an ju 公安局
Re-fuel jia you ��*油
Petrol qi you 汽油
Octane rating xin wan zhi 辛烷值
Engine oil jiyou 机油
Full man
Petrol station jia you zhan ��*油站

Note: I can't get some of the characters to appear. Don't know what I am doing wrong. Will try to edit later.
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Note: I can't get some of the characters to appear. Don't know what I am doing wrong. Will try to edit later.
Put it in the Excel file and send it back. See the link in the first post.
The HUBB does not handle double-byte characters well (I wish it did, even if I can't read the content. It would allow use of translation software at least.).

I will send Japanese and suggestions for additions later. I have been meaning to do so for like a year now. With all my clients taking the week off for a natural disaster, I may just have the time....
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Thanks for that Chris, but my computer won't allow me to open the Excel file. Being a bit of a computer numpty, I don't know why, or how to fix it.
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Thanks for that Chris, but my computer won't allow me to open the Excel file. Being a bit of a computer numpty, I don't know why, or how to fix it.
If you can download the file, you should be able to open it.
Here is the link for the file, in case you could not find it. Download the file to your computer first.
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tec...ranslation.xls
Of course, this assumes you have Excel (Microsoft Office) installed on your computer. If not, try Open Office, a free alternative. I was able use Open Office with no problem.
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well i also want that you add their japenese because i can speak it very well and i could help here all the user in Japanese language however they need any type of translation or else i am their for them so i request you plz add japenese language but thanks of your nice effort in this forum
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A new page entry has been added:

[drupal=369]Translation Table and Glossary for Motorcycle Terms[/drupal]

How do I get to read the translations?
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How do I get to read the translations?
I fixed the link in Grant's post, but here it is again:

Translation Table and Glossary for Motorcycle Terms | Horizons Unlimited

Anyone who can contribute to this, please download the Excel file at that page and add to/correct items.
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I could do a Sesotho version if there is any interest. Limited usefulness, though. Just Lesotho, Free State and parts of Gaunteng in South Africa, and maybe some overlap with Setswana (Botswana) or other Bantu languages.
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I could do a Sesotho version if there is any interest. Limited usefulness, though. Just Lesotho, Free State and parts of Gaunteng in South Africa, and maybe some overlap with Setswana (Botswana) or other Bantu languages.
that would be very cool! and useful for travellers in the area - less so on the tech side, but certainly the common phrases part. I've been wanting to add to the common phrases part for ages, just too much to do, so perhaps you could work on that as part of it? Totally up to you of course, but we and others appreciate any additions!

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In the link at the beginning there is a list of motorcycle terms. it refers to "air fuel mixture" and quotes that the air to fuel ratio is about 15:1
At 50 mph my Enfield 500 is turning over at about 3,000 Rpm. Which means 1500 induction strokes per minute. This is 750 litres of fuel/air per minute. a 1/15th of this is 50 litres per minute.

Now I have to say, perhaps because it lacks fuel injection my Enfield uses considerably less than 50 litres of fuel a minute. So where is the error?
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In the link at the beginning there is a list of motorcycle terms. it refers to "air fuel mixture" and quotes that the air to fuel ratio is about 15:1
At 50 mph my Enfield 500 is turning over at about 3,000 Rpm. Which means 1500 induction strokes per minute. This is 750 litres of fuel/air per minute. a 1/15th of this is 50 litres per minute.

Now I have to say, perhaps because it lacks fuel injection my Enfield uses considerably less than 50 litres of fuel a minute. So where is the error?
You're using volume - it's MASS. And to be exact it's technically 14.7:1 for the theoretically perfect ratio, but engines don't like that much, so it's usually richer, closer to 14:1.

google "stoichiometric ratio gasoline engine" and you ought to get all you want and much more...
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