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Sport Riding Techniques: How To Develop Real World Skills for Speed, Safety, and Confidence on the Street and Track Paperback – March 1, 2003
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Now, in this book written specifically for sport riders, well-known journalist, racer, and riding school instructor Nick Ienatsch provides you with the tools and techniques to help you analyze and develop that personal performance.
If you're an experienced rider, Nick will help you hone and perfect your skills, operate controls with even greater finesse, and apply race-proven techniques on the track. If you're a beginning rider, Nick will show you how to develop proper skills and safety habits that will add to your motorcycling enjoyment and stay with you for the rest of your life.
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Top Customer Reviews
Code's books are written in an aphoristic style that is eminently quotable, but low on detailed explanation. Although Ienatsch's book is filled with gorgeous colour photos, his writing dispenses with flashiness and instead goes into detailed but down-to-earth explanations. I bought both of Code's books before Ienatsch's, and Sport Riding Techniques helped fill in a lot of holes left by the Twist of the Wrist series, in addition to being significantly more up-to-date.
Why exactly does the rear brake lock more easily than the front? At exactly which point do you get off the brakes and on the throttle? Exactly how do you balance lean angle and acceleration? Notice the key word "exactly"; you aren't left guessing.
There is also a clear distinction between track-only techniques and street techniques, which is necessary although some people may not like to hear it.
This is one of those books that rewards first-time reads, yet will keep rewarding re-reads for years to come. This book definitely deserves to be more widely read, especially outside the US.
Nick is among the very best writers about motorcycling, ever, up there with Don Canet and Kevin Cameron (no point in ranking them subjectively, because all three are excellent). He is also a champion racer, primarily on 250s. Having ridden on the road with him, I attest to his smooth, skilled way of proceeding, and his concern for safety.
This book should be required reading for every rider who puts a wheel on road or track. Once read, it should be memorized and used as the core belief set that will make a rider quicker and safer, and every ride more enjoyable, including anyone else who is along for the pleasure of it. No one should dare suggest that he or she is 'above it,' knows better and 'doesn't need' the lessons Ienatsch teaches. We all do. This book will, among other things, keep a rider alive to ride again and enjoy one of the most interesting and pleasurable ways to get down the road devised by Man.
Don't argue with me. Get it.
PS One of life's ironies is that Ienatsch, one of the best writers on motorcycling who ever puts finger to keyboard, doesn't have a regular gig and is only read intermittently in CYCLE WORLD. Let's hope that changes, soon.
Everything is explained pretty clear but i've felt the lack of some exercise to practice what's explained.
I'd definetly suggest it to beginners who want to improve their knowledge about performance riding or security while on the road, but if you've already read Total Control (Lee Parks) or Twist of the Wrist I and II (Keith Code), this book won't add much more to your riding skills and knowledge.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recently purchased this book after the 2nd time a experienced rider suggested it.
Excellent book with lots of technical information regarding general riding or track... Read more
Three copies for my riders. Yamaha Champions Riding School is the Only way to go. See the website and FAQ.. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wolfie777
Another must have book - if you have the book from Keith Code & Lee Parks this book rounds out the top 3. Read morePublished 4 months ago by George Park
Great book with lots of excellent riding tips. Beautiful pictures!Published 6 months ago by Jeffrey Broadhurst
Good insight into riding performance motorcycles. Been reading Nick's works in the bike mags for way too many years now.Published 6 months ago by Hopper Eldridge
I am embarrassed to say I have committed every error shown in this book and I've been riding for years, my CBR900RR looked exactly like the crashed one in the book... Read more
If you're reading this review, you might as well buy this book. Everything in here is invaluable knowledge that will make anyone a better rider. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Travis