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BMS ORDERS Due to digitisation of the technical archive,BMS orders will take longer than normal to process between March 2022 and December 2022

Bruce Main-Smith Technical Literature


Bruce Main-Smith Technical Literature

For over 50 years BMS has specialised in producing high quality black and white photocopy sets of manufacturer’s original literature that has gone out of print. Available to purchase on-line you will find an alphabetical listing of our extensive archive of over 4000 photocopy sets, including motorcycle workshop manuals, illustrated parts books, annual sales catalogues and instruction books.

In addition to our photocopy sets we also stock an ever changing inventory of original motorcycle books, technical literature & sales publications.


See below for the types of high quality black and white photocopy sets of manufacturer’s original literature and their uses that we stock as photocopy sets. This literature is invaluable to both restorers and riders of vintage and classic motorcycles.

Workshop Manuals
Only generally published after 1940 when they were introduced for use by army workshops. Following the war all the major manufactures began publishing them for use by dealerships etc.

Illustrated Parts Books
Very useful indeed when searching for missing or replacement parts. Often well illustrated using “exploded” drawings these can be of great help by showing the correct order of assembly.

Annual Sales Catalogues
Almost every manufacturer issued an annual sales catalogue or brochure of some type. These publications usually illustrate every model in the range for the coming year and provide  useful specifications of the major components.

Instruction Books
Varying greatly in content some are very basic whiles others are extremely comprehensive


New Books
The National Motorcycle Museum’s shop is one of the largest stockists of new motorcycling related book titles in the world. Visit our web shop to see the full range and to purchase on-line.


To buy BMS Technical Literature products, please call 01675 444123, email or simply visit our online store