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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: i5 Press; Later Printing edition (March 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931993033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931993036
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

...a lifetime of practical tips, insight and information that any rider can apply in the pursuit of riding excellence. -- Steve Garets, Director, TEAM OREGON Motorcycle Safety Program

From the Inside Flap

Following in the tracks of Proficient Motorcycling’s tremendous success, comes More Proficient Motorcycling. Offering new situations, entertaining anecdotes, practical instruction, and fresh photographs and diagrams, More Proficient Motorcycling teaches you how to keep yourself—and your bike—safe from hidden risks and potentially harmful situations. Author David Hough helps you negotiate the road better than you ever have before by covering a wider variety of motorcycling topics, from fine tuning your skills to traveling tactics to safe motorcycle maintenance. He also details ways to control your machine as well as emphasizes how mental preparation can help you control the situation around you.

Without taking the pleasure and freedom out of biking, David’s experience, talent, dedication, and plain talk make this one of the most accessible and practical guides available. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned campaigner, reading this book will kick-start your quest of mastering the ride.


More About the Author

David L. Hough (pronounced "huff") and his wife Diana reside in the Port Angeles area of Washington State, about 80 miles northwest of Seattle. They have toured worldwide on both two and three-wheeled motorcycles.
Dave took up motorcycling in 1965 as a means to commute to work. But he quickly discovered that there wasn't much information available to help a new motorcyclist. So he started gathering what he could find, and after several years began sharing "safety tips" with the Boeing Employees' Motorcycle Club.
That led to a long career of writing skills information for Road Rider magazine, Motorcycle Consumer News, BMW Owners News, BMW Motorcycle Magazine, and other commercial magazines. In 2000, after 40+ years of riding and writing, Hough selected the best of his work for publication as the book "Proficient Motorcycling", followed by two other books, "Street Strategies" and "More Proficient Motorcycling." Proficient Motorcycling is now in it's second edition in English, and is also published in Russian, German, and Polish. More Proficient Motorcycling has been extensively updated and now has the title "Mastering the Ride."
To help riders learn how to handle a sidecar combination Dave wrote the book "Driving A Sidecar Outfit", which later evolved into the Sidecar/Trike Education Program currently in use nationwide.
In 2013, with 48 years and more than a million miles of motorcycling experience, David wrote a new book, "The Good Rider." "Street Strategies" was completely rewritten in 2014, reformatted into a handy pocket-sized booklet, and renamed "Street Rider's Guide."
Hough is one of only a few motorcycle journalists who has also been a certified motorcycle safety instructor, and is possibly the only journalist in the world who has designed and taught both two-wheeled and three-wheeled motorcycle courses.
Hough has been honored by awards from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the BMWMOA Foundation, and was inducted into the American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame in 2009 in recognition of his efforts toward motorcycle safety.

Customer Reviews

Highly recommended reading, even for experienced rider's.
F. Freitag
While I have been riding for a while, and am a safe rider, with Hough's book it has become a lot clearer about what a motorcycle is realing doing as I ride.
Patrick C. Cook
The layout of the book is good and information easy to find.
Santosh Raghavan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

119 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Frey on May 21, 2004
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The 1st Hough book Proficient Motorcycling is a very complete overview of the motorcycle, its mechanics and basic safety. That book serves starting riders very well. I read "More" proficient motorcycling soon after I finished the first book and when I had less than 200 miles under my belt. At that point in time I found that I was not ready for the 2nd book. I couldn't make sense of the examples. The book is much more a discussion with riders than a training course for beginners.
This spring after beginning to commute to work on the motorcycle and having many more hours of cycle time I re-read the book in prerparation to return to the road. With more experience the book was much more useful. Where the first book told the reader what to do, "More" gives examples, choices and options for the rider to consider.
The book is extremely thought provoking. It contains many excellent examples including a section that describes how you can lay out your own training course (assuming you have the tarmac to do it)and much helpful advice on cornering.
If you are just starting out read the first book before this you read this one. You'll need the grounding. If you are an experienced rider I would suggest reading this book every year as you gear up for the riding season (unless of course you are lucky enough to live where its always riding season, then I'd make it a New Year's resolution).
Any way you slice it its another excellent book from Mr. Hough.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Richard Szkodzinski on July 10, 2003
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The author continues to build upon the skills outlined and described in the first Proficient Motorcycling book.
Though this book is not organized the same.
The first book was a nice balance of "MSF" type theory, real life riding experience, drawings, pictures, and diagrams.
This book is more of a story telling best practice manual. The author tells a story of an event either he experienced or a friend experienced and then breaks down what was done and could have been improved on. Chapters range from Long Distance Riding Tactics, Mental Prepardness, and Route Selection, to Bike Maintenance scenerios, Curve Scenarios, and International Road Rules.
There is some overlap between books, as some theory needs to be explained again to be able to correllate the story to the instructions.
If your a beginner biker then you will appreciate reading this book after the first proficient book, just for the real life experiences you might expect to encounter.
If your a seasoned rider then some of the stories will seem familiar, and you may find yourself re-evaluating what happened during your ride.
I recommend reading the first book, Proficient Motorcycling Ultimate Guide, then getting some of your own experience under your belt before diving into this book. You will find the stories easier to visualize in your mind and much more memorable.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Patrick C. Cook on October 25, 2003
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David L. Hough's book "Proficient Motorcycling" showed me how little I really knew about the mechanical dynamics of a motorcycle. While I have been riding for a while, and am a safe rider, with Hough's book it has become a lot clearer about what a motorcycle is realing doing as I ride. Hough covers, in detail, many topics of safe riding, but he also helps you understand the mechanical dynamics of the motorcycle, in depth. By knowing what the machine wants to do under normal conditions, and under what conditions the machine fails us, we can better ride within the the margins of the bike's design and conditions. No matter how proficient you think you are already, Hough's book will help you understand what the machine is designed to do, and not do, and how important the rider is to it's safe operation. With the book in hand, plan on reading a chapter and wanting to go for a ride just to relate Hough's points to real riding.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Santosh Raghavan on June 25, 2003
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This is a must read for any motorcycle rider, novice or experienced. The layout of the book is good and information easy to find. There is some overlap between the first book and this one (delayed apexing for example), though both are invaluable guides.
The basic physics of bike handling are covered nicely and has a no BS approach.
The book gives very good insight into safe cycling and has some practical exercises to try out as well.
Problems: Topics like counter steering are split across multiple chapters. Though this is the only one I found, it would have been nice to have all in once nice block or chapter.
Conclusions: For the street rider, both books by DLH are a must read. These books changed the way I look at street riding.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard Szkodzinski on July 10, 2003
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The author continues to build upon the skills outlined and described in the first Proficient Motorcycling book.
Though this book is not organized the same.
The first book was a nice balance of "MSF" type theory, real life riding experience, drawings, pictures, and diagrams.
This book is more of a story telling best practice manual. The author tells a story of an event either he experienced or a friend experienced and then breaks down what was done and could have been improved on. Chapters range from Long Distance Riding Tactics, Mental Prepardness, and Route Selection, to Bike Maintenance scenerios, Curve Scenarios, and International Road Rules.
There is some overlap between books, as some theory needs to be explained again to be able to correllate the story to the instructions.
If your a beginner biker then you will appreciate reading this book after the first proficient book, just for the real life experiences you might expect to encounter.
If your a seasoned rider then some of the stories will seem familiar, and you may find yourself re-evaluating what happened during your ride.
I recommend reading the first book, Proficient Motorcycling Ultimate Guide, then getting some of your own experience under your belt before diving into this book. You will find the stories easier to visualize in your mind and much more memorable.
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