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"Essential reading. Open any page and you will be richly rewarded. The best-in-class!" -- Roadgear, Inc.

"If there is one book every motorcyclist should own, this is it!" -- WebBikeWorld

"The ultimate biker's bible." -- Roadbike

"[Proficient Motorcycling] contains all the information needed to become and remain a safe rider." -- BMW Owners News

From the Publisher

Author David L. Hough is known around the world as an expert in safe street riding techniques and is a reknown celebrity with U.S. and Canadian bikers for his contributions to life-saving techniques that help bikers be safe while maximizing their ride.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: i5 Press; 2nd edition (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933958359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933958354
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By John W. Ellis II on February 1, 2009
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I bought this book because I wanted to ride again - after SO many years as a four wheeler... I found the bike I want and have been trying to convince my wife (and anyone who'll listen) that having that bike would make me happy. All I hear is the analogous "You'll shoot your eye out" advice about biker deaths and cripplings. It's truly frustrating for someone trying to live his own life! But, reading the author's advice does give a LOT of insight into safer riding and increasing your odds of surviving a man's dream to an older age. Perhaps this should be required reading for anyone (like me) wanting to ride again... or even for the first time. Top notch!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mark on April 28, 2011
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Whether you are new to riding motorcycles or experienced this book is a MUST READ. The author goes into much more detail on important aspects of riding including counter steering, braking, emergency swerving, ATGATT and more. He does not just tell you to, for instance, counter steer, but he shows you why it works. This is one of those books that is good to have around long term. Periodically I will open it up and just go over part of the contents as a refresher.

Whether you are wondering what line to take through a curve, how to BEST go through an intersection, when you should brake and when you shouldn't, this is the book for you. If you have a relative or a good friend that is new to motorcycling, do him/her a favor and get this book. You could just save their life.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Saint Jay on May 24, 2010
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Been riding since I was thirteen, and that was 4 decades ago and now I ride a Wing. I was given a copy of this book by a friend and now I just purchased a copy for another friend who just purchased a BMW Touring bike. At first I resisted reading the book but eventually picked it up and could not put it down. When the snow melted I found myself on the local fairgrounds practicing some of the concepts in the book. I also find myself going back and re-reading sections. I must admit I did ride away with some new found riding tips. I am in law enforcement and have seen my share of bike crashes both on and off duty. In many of those crashes I am reminded of sections of the book that addresses contributing factors to a crash. I have recommended this book to other riders new and old. For example, the book explains the physics of counter and direct steering. We all know about it but what is actually happening to rider and bike? This book explains in a light easy to read format that the curve you are about to enter actually started at home with bike preparation and maintenance and continued with a well planned weight transfer, angle of direction in the apex of the curve and safely arriving at your destination. The book should be included with all new bikes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Heater on May 3, 2011
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Fantastic book. Great advice for anyone who rides or wants to. I've been wanting a bike for years. This book gave me a more realistic idea of how much work it is to learn to ride well and ride safe. I grew up in a family (my father and brothers) who rode in a club and I grew up on the back of my dad's and uncle's bikes. For me it was very useful to check my fantasy of riding the open road with the reality of the hazards and the challenges of unexpected riding conditions. Even if you've been riding for years, I don't think you'll be bored with this one and you'll learn something new.
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52 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Mike D on August 4, 2012
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Bought the Kindle version of this book after taking a 20 year hiatus from riding. The book has some good material that if you took out the preachy soapbox stuff would be a good read.

Shortly after I bought the Kindle version this past winter, 2012, I found out the print version comes with a CD of additional material the Kindle version does not have. The covers of the book advertising both the print and the Kindle versions used to have the graphic in the upper left corner stating this material is included on a CD. Both versions had the page count listed at 288 pages. When I called amazon to tell them of the problem, they looked into it, called me back, stated they agreed there was an issue and pulled the kindle version from sale issuing me a refund for the book. I was told they had turned it over to the publisher to have the CD material included with the Kindle version.

Checking today, 8/4/12, I see the Kindle version is back on sale. The print version still comes with the additional material on CD and states so on the corner; the Kindle version has had the CD graphic changed to one about being a "#1 Book". The page counts are still the same so the additional CD material is apparently not included the kindle version.

Amazon is not telling consumers anywhere in their advertising that these are 2 different books; effectively, without the material on disk, one is an older edition. Shame on Amazon for misleading their customers!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MikeTX on April 5, 2012
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I am a new rider and found this book to be an excellent primer. There is a good focus on the street skills which will help keep you alive as you enjoy the ride. As I have become more experienced I have returned to it often for a fresh look and always found things I missed the first time through which have become more relevant after putting on some miles.

Bottom Line: Whether new or experienced, this is a trove of good info. Don't just read it and shelve it - wait six months and read it again.
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