- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: i5 Press; 1st edition (April 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1889540536
- ISBN-13: 978-1889540535
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well Paperback – April, 2000
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
If you are a born-again, or just starting out on a motorcycle, this book will go far toward putting everything into a natural perspective. For the cost of about four issues of Motorcycle Consumer News, I have decade's worth of words that help me intimately understand exactly what I'm doing on two wheels.
It was my desire to arm myself with as much knowledge and hands-on riding skills as possible before swinging a leg over the motorcycle I finally settled upon (a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy). I signed up at a local Harley-Davidson dealer for a "Rider's Edge" class, and "Proficient Motorcycling" was an excellent supplement to the MSF course materials. Indeed, Mr. Hough recommends taking an MSF course, and frankly I can't imagine a novice trying to ride without formal instruction.
The techniques that Mr. Hough advocates in "Proficient Motorcycling" have made me a better AND safer rider. I feel more confident riding my new H-D, and therefore I'm able to enjoy my road-time that much more. I've already started reading the book's sequel "More Proficient Motorcycling: Mastering the Ride" to build upon what I've learned so far. If you want to be a good motorcyclist (and not a "donor-cyclist"), then by all means dive into "Proficient Motorcycling."
I've ridden for 40 years and found content in the book that made me understand what I (fortunately) had been doing right for many years - but didn't know why.
If you are a newer rider, this book will help you learn to gain in proficiency. If you are an experienced rider, IT MAY HELP SAVE YOUR LIFE!
Simple as that: There are techniques that you've used and habits you've picked up that will DO YOU IN! Mr. Hough helps you understand some of the impact of your habits (that you probably don't realize are dangerous) and motivates you to work at being a safer rider.
His writing style makes what is essentially a textbook seem like a series of short articles that guide the reader through the complicated process (Yes, not everyone has the mental skills to do it well) of safely operating a motorcycle on the streets and highways.
The source for most of this information is a series of articles he wrote for Motorcycle Consumer News over the years and addresses most of the important (and misunderstood) dynamics of turns and braking - along with thorough discussions of various types of road hazards and dangerous traffic situations.
In a friendly and often blunt style, he will help you realize that you are the captain of your two (or three)-wheeled ship and need to take responsibility for compentent operation - thinking well ahead of your speed and sight picture.
You will not regret buying this book and will likely be delighted with feeling that you are making a conscious effort to give yourself (and your passenger) a safely edge.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you ride you should read, David L. Hough, books they may save your life!Published 1 month ago by bob
If you spend any time on two wheels. Buy this book. Hough writes with refreshing simplicity and practicality. One of the most applicable books you will ever own.Published 2 months ago by Mike
Absolutely love it! Lots of excellent advice on both safety and technique, with the main idea that safe and proficient riding is much more fun than dangerous or careless... Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. Stewart
Excellent book. I buy extras and give them to new riders! I reread it every winterPublished 4 months ago by Marilyn Castillo
Well written, good advice, no matter what your previous experience.Published 5 months ago by Skyraider10