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The Essential Guide to Dual Sport Motorcycling: Everything You Need to Buy, Ride, and Enjoy the World's Most Versatile Motor Paperback – October 15, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1884313714 ISBN-10: 188431371X

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Whitehorse Gear (October 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188431371X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884313714
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" As roads become more crowded and the speed capabilities of everyday motorcycles approach those of the fastest racing machines, the desire to enjoy the simple pleasures of gathering a group of friends for an off-road adventure gets more appealing all the time.  You may know of trails in your area and be aware of events you might enter, but the unknowns could be holding you back.  Carl Adams has done us all a great favor by creating an encyclopedic look at dual-sporting; "Everything you need to buy, ride and enjoy the world's most versatile motorcycles" to paraphrase the book's cover.  Malcolm Smith wrote the foreword, and you can't ask for a higher recommendation than that.  This book contains so many nuggets of wisdom, you'll be at least a year ahead of the game by the last page."  - Motorcycle Consumer News

"Today's dual sport rider faces many bewildering choices for machines and gear. Navigating those waters is tough and trusted advice can help riders make the most of their time and money. (Adams) thrifty no-nonsense perspective is refreshing and sound. . . .I give it four out of four cylinders." - Editor Victor Wanchena, Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly

About the Author

Carl Adams has been riding dual sport motorcycles for more than 45 years, including a period of endure racing in the '70s. More recently he has served as an officer of an active dual sport riding club in Reno, Nevada. This book grew out of a training program Carl developed for club members.

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It was very nicely done.
donbcivil
Every area is covered from selecting the right motorcycle and riding gear to tuning the suspension and preparing for trailside repairs.
Patrick Stoll
This book is must reading whether you are a veteran off roader, new to dual sport, or just curious about it.
Mark Stephan

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stephan on November 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Essential Guide to Dual Sport Motorcycling is a terrific resource. Off road riders who don't race are virtually ignored by the motorcycle press and often have difficulty getting the information they need to select the best bike, set it up and ride it. The Guide covers almost every aspect of non-competitive off road riding. It's filled with useful information, fun anecdotes and great pictures. This book is must reading whether you are a veteran off roader, new to dual sport, or just curious about it.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By donbcivil on November 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book by Carl Adams is a book whose publication I've been looking forward to for months and have to confess some worry that it wouldn't be very good or would be dry and too technical in nature. But this book was worth the wait and it's already given this dual-sport novice a lot of food for thought.

When you take the book into your hand and it falls open, the first hints that you've got your hands on a valuable resource come to you. To start, its introduction was written by motorcycling legend Malcolm Smith, the jovial and amazingly talented focus of many parts of "On Any Sunday"...a renowned international motorcycling hero for several decades. Across from this introduction, the Mr. Adams' acknowledgement indicates that his royalties have been assigned to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, a generous act and also one that automatically makes any reader a charitable contributor. It was a deft touch and one which virtually makes the reader a part of this book's success. The tone of his remarks about choosing a dual-sport (a choice I am in the process of making for the first time) also conveys well the romantic nature of motorcycling.

Motorcycles are about dreams, dreams of freedom and dreams of adventure. That is obviously something that this author understands well because he frames what could be a dry technical treatise about bike and part selection criteria into a search for which motorcycle will best suit your individual motorcycling dream. Do you want to rack up a lot of miles on tarmac, ride until the road ends and then continue on trails or focus on riding on trails all the way? Yet, while appreciating the individual choice that a dual-sport represents, the author also clearly and concisely presents the criteria to be considered while making that choice.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kevin johnson on November 15, 2008
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This is a very in-depth look at dual-sport motorcycling, much more than I expected. Written by an obviously experienced rider, who has a great way of sharing lots of hard-earned knowledge to us neophytes.
There's lots of solid technical information, which is given in easy-to-understand descriptions.
The author's thorough understanding of all facets of how the bike works, and of how the rider uses the bike as a tool for enjoyment of our natural surroundings, really comes through. I can't think of anything that's not covered, and covered well, by this book. Excellent job!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Austin on November 3, 2008
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This book is absolutely fantastic. A great overview of all the things that go into dual sport riding. In my opinion, this is the single best source for Dual Sport riding bar-none. You will not regret buying this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Schulte on December 15, 2009
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Mr. Adams has captured the joy of dual sport motorcycling. His skills, passion for the sport, and ability to communicate make this book a must read. The text is well written and very readable. There are photos and illustrations that add quality and clarity throughout. I am an experienced rider and I found many useful tips that have enriched my riding experiences. Less experienced riders will consider it an indispensible read that will save them much money and pain.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ken C. Webb on November 23, 2008
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Carl has done a remarkable job with this gem of a book. Buying this book could save you from second guessing your readiness on back country excursions as well as this book will give you an added sense of confidence with the potentially gained knowledge from the author's riding insights.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Phillips on November 13, 2008
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The Essential Guide to Dual Sport Motorcycling contains all the information you need to select, equip ride, and enjoy the world's most versatile motorcycles. It's comprehensive, fun to read, filled with great photos, includes a foreword by Malcolm Smith, and the author is donating his royalties to the Pediatric Brain Tumor foundation. What's not to like? If you have any interest in dual sport or just want a good insight into off road motorcycling, this book is well worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael King on June 28, 2013
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Just bought a KLR-650, great book to read before starting the never ending modifications. Highly recommended for adventure riders, or just curious.
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