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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (August 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760342733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760342732
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

 

To the uninitiated, riding an off-road motorcycle may look as easy as sitting down, putting your feet on the pegs, and twisting the throttle. But for anyone who has ever tried to tackle an off-road trail or even a gravel road on a dirt bike, they know that there is so much more skill involved than meets the eye.
 
At any given moment, both hands and both feet are busy working the clutch, brakes, and transmission. At the same time, the rider is transferring his weight just so, all while applying a precise amount of throttle to keep the bike upright and moving. In other words, it’s not as easy as it looks!
 
Learning to ride a dirt bike with no guidance is not only risky and time-consuming, but prevents you from reaching your full potential. In How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles, author Gary LaPlante takes his many years as a dirt bike riding instructor and lays out a proven step-by-step practice guide for any rider interested in heading off-road or sharpening his bike-handling skills. He begins with the basics of shifting, stopping, and turning, and moves on to more advanced techniques such as hill climbing, wheelies, jumping, and power slides. How to handle specific trail obstacles such as rocks, ruts, and water crossings is also detailed in the colorful how-to photo sequences found throughout the book.
 
Gary also gives sound advice on how to choose the bike that’s right for you and how to maintain it for optimum performance; how to deal with the weather, altitude, and trail conditions found throughout the country; off-road etiquette; and racing techniques for motocross and trials competitions. Additionally, he makes it clear how street riders’ on-road skills are improved by understanding how to handle a bike off road.
 
Following the steps in How to Ride an Off-Road Motorcycle is the best investment you can make to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and rewarding dirt bike experience.

 

 

About the Author

Gary LaPlante (southern California) has over 43 years of experience riding, racing, testing, and working on a wide variety of motorcycles. During that time, Gary developed excellent teaching and communication skills by working in key positions in the motorcycle industry and having over 12 years' experience of personally teaching riders almost every week while operating MotoVentures Inc., which offers tours, training, and trials services in Anza, California. Gary's diversity of technical riding skills and wide range of professional experience has enabled him to create his own teaching curriculum, which is what How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles is based upon. www.motoventures.com

Lee Parks is the author of the best-selling riding skills book Total Control. Based on his internationally renowned Total Control Advanced Riding Clinics, Total Control is considered by many to be the riding skills bible. Parks formerly edited Motorcycle Consumer News, Motorcycle Product News, and Motorcyclist magazines. He is also the owner of Lee Parks Design, a motorcycle glove and apparel manufacturer in Apple Valley, CA.

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New to off-road riding I decided to pick this book up.
Mark L
The quality of the book itself is very good as well with good photos and large easy to read text.
Jc
The book stresses not only going out to ride but going out to practice.
David Pawlyk Jr.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Independent Reviewer on November 20, 2013
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I was expecting more advanced techniques and information that would be helpful for an advanced rider. Unfortunately most of this book was written for neophytes and people who had barely ever seen a motorcycle before. That's not to say that there weren't helpful tidbits for experienced riders but not enough there to justify the price of the book when compared to other choices like The Art of Trail Riding by Paul clipper.

If you are new to motorcycling buy this book if you are an advanced rider buy Paul Clipper's book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Larsen on January 11, 2013
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This gets a top rating for several reasons. First, it is built on solid, practical experience based on training thousands of riders to ride off-road or improve their off-road skills. Second, it is concise with easy to implement tricks and techniques that build skill and confidence. Third, it is as good for beginners as it is for super experienced experts. What ever dirt riding skills you want to develop, whether its doing wheelies, sliding, climbing hills or traversing whoops and sand, the author shows you precisely how to accomplish it - laying out the basic technique, showing some practice exercises and then how to evaluate how you're doing. This is just a great book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim on November 13, 2013
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This book presented me with a clear lesson plan for improving my offroad motorcycling skills.
Gary's text is easy to comprehend and the accompanying photos are worth their thousand words.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. IOANNIDOU on September 15, 2013
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Clear practical guide for real off-road riding skills. Although I am not as good yet it has a good breakdown of the skills and is a quite motivational as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 22, 2014
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Gary is a fantastic coach, & the book follows the cirriculum of his classes. Highly recommended!

But ... this Amazon.com review wizard, which requires that I write a minimum number of words, sucks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ovidiu Beches Puia on April 24, 2014
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This is a great book for beginners in Enduro.
Totally recommend it. It takes you from simple steps up to advanced techniques like riding trial bikes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nat Huggins on September 12, 2013
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Even if you are an experienced off road rider this book will probably tell you something you don't know. Well illustrated and organized so that even a beginner can follow it, Mr. La Plante has written a must have future classic. This will be my "go to" book that travels with me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Dempsey on July 10, 2013
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Rates at the top of these "how-to" books. It is sufficiently detailed to come back to as a reference and sufficiently demonstrative to go out and attempt to quell/hopefully change old habits!! It is also quite readable with good pics which gives it a leg up on some.
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