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Ride Hard, Ride Smart: Ultimate Street Strategies for Advanced Motorcyclists Paperback – May 1, 2004

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Pat Hahn loves solving motorcycling dilemmas, particularly those related to riding strategy and safety. His subtle humor and keen instinct help with topics like risk management, situational awareness, riding technique, and crash avoidance and put them into terms any rider can understand. Pat is the author of the four books, How to Ride a Motorcycle, Maximum Control, Motorcyclists’ Legal Handbook, and Ride Hard, Ride Smart, and is communications and outreach manager for TEAM OREGON Motorcycle Safety Program. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760317607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760317600
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Patrick C. Cook on August 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
I think "Ride Hard Ride Smart" gets too caught up in the dangers of riding. It seems to be more of a warning book than a guide book as evidenced by its focus on the Hurt Report. Admirably, Hahn set out to alert his readers how to identify, avoid and manage the dangers of motorcycling. But mastering the sport takes much more than that, such as understanding the machine's physics and good riding techniques so that actual dangers can be handled in real time. Hahn, in my opinion, seems to feel that scaring a motorcyclist somehow motivates the motorcyclist to ride skillfully, yet fails to discuss all relevant skills.

I think "Ride Hard Ride Smart" has a fundamental flaw; it skips some important topics such as countersteering. I found myself questioning how a rider is going to understand how to swerve to avoid a danger that Hahn points out without understanding (or even being aware of) countersteering. Yet I find no reference to countersteering in Hahn's book. However Hahn does spend a good deal of time on braking techniques, for example. But I do not believe that braking should be discussed without also discussing countersteering - both skills are relevant in real-world riding. So it seems that "Ride Hard Ride Smart" leaves out aspects of riding that are just as important as those that were included. For this reason I think that "Ride Hard Ride Smart" should be a supplement to other books about motorcycle proficiency.

While every motorcyclist needs to be reminded that drinking and riding is dangerous, I was left wondering why Hahn felt it necessary to devote so much time to this subject when his book was promoted as being for "advanced" motorcyclists, as the book's subtitle states. Wouldn't an advanced motorcyclist have already moved beyond taking the risk of drinking and riding?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Unknown on June 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
If I had to recommend a resource to someone looking to improve their skills on the street, this would be it.

People on this board have complained about organization and repetitiveness, but I strongly disagree. It follows a very logical learning path, and does so with humor, appealing design, and intelligent nuggets of wisdom. The graphs, diagrams, and statistics help illustrate many ideas, and debunk a lot of myths about motorcycling. And, yeah, there may be lessons in here that are old news to the seasoned rider, but the point of the book is that every rider, no matter how long they've been at it, can use a refresher course in safety. This book will save some lives, I'm sure of it.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
A fantastic leap forward in the world of motorcycle safety. As an instructor and enthusiast, I thought I'd reached the point in which there was nothing left to learn. There is more to learn--and a lot of it.
While beginners could benefit from this book, experienced riders will relish the advanced and detailed information far more. Anyone who rides a motorcycle on the street should read this. It's no safety "snoozefest." It's really fun and interesting.
It covers the Hurt Study, basic motorcycle safety strategies, choosing the safest route, when to ride and when not to ride, visibility, positioning, techniques for high-risk situations, risk heirarchy and categorization, visualization for practice and experience, big-picture theories about traffic flow and conflict, and how to deal with distractions. Plus, it's funny as heck and written in an easy-to-read, engaging format. The photographs and diagrams are really beautifully done.
A more apt title would be, "Motorcycling for the Risk Averse." If you want to learn 101 new ways to ride safer and smarter, this is the book for you.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Darryl Holmgren on May 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book contains brilliant insights on safe street riding, and is written in an extremely readable and downright hilarious way. I read it cover to cover the night I brought it home. Not only did I enjoy it, I laughed out loud. Never before has a book about motorcycle safety cracked me up.
But most importantly, I learned things that may save my life. I have been riding motorcycle for 30 years, am a licensed racer, and have ridden close to 1,000,000 miles on the street. What I learned in this book changed the way I ride. This book will make my next 1,000,000 miles far more safe than the last. Great work!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By I. J. Reilly on December 9, 2004
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A great book with new ways to look at riding. Instead of "do this, don't do that" it's more "think about it this way" and "how can you put this information to work for you?"

Most of the stuff in this book I've never found in any other book, and I own them all.

I enjoyed the writing style, and while it seemed a little repetitive at times, I needed the reinforcement. It's funny and the graphics are terrific. How often do you laugh at a safety book?

I decided to buy after I found the author's Web page with a good description of what's inside the book. Go to debaucheryball dot com and at the bottom of the home page, there's a picture of the book and a link to more information.

Best money I've spent yet on a motorcycle book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rider Boy on June 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this book about a year ago, and couldn't believe how entertaining it was. It was also very informative--I'd go as far as to say it's the most useful book on street riding that I've ever read, and I think I've read them all--but what struck me was how interesting and fun it was to read. I was somewhat shocked when I logged on to Amazon and read the reviews for this book. I find the negative reviews below very confusing, particularly concerning the editing. The content is well organized, the grammar is correct, and the humor is outstanding. Perhaps if someone could point out an actual example of poor editing from the book I might better understand, but as it is, this just struck me as strange.

I certainly hope these odd reviews don't deter anyone from buying what is without a doubt the best book on motorcycle riding yet published.
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