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Product Details

  • Paperback: 91 pages
  • Publisher: i5 Press (November 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889540692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889540696
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

"Street Strategies could save your life," says David Searle, editor of Motorcycle Consumer News. "Read these stories and commit their lessons to memory."

The perfect companion to Proficient Motorcycling, Street Strategies is a unique collection of street riding savvy gleaned from years of real-life motorcycling. Each page serves as a reminder about a specific hazard and a short lesson designed to help readers avoid an accident. Perfect for the novice and expert alike.

David L. Hough, author of Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well, is a two-time winner of the prestigious National Motorcycle Safety Foundation's award for "Excellence in Motorcycle Safety Journalism." He has written a column titled "Proficient Motorcycling" in Motorcycle Consumer News for 20 years.


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", later updated and renamed "Mastering The Ride." Proficient Motorcycling is now in it's second edition in English, and is also published in Russian, German, and Polish. Dave wrote the book "Driving A Sidecar Outfit", which later evolved into the Sidecar/Trike Education Program currently in use. In 2013, with 48 years and more than a million miles of motorcycling experience, David wrote a new book, "The Good Rider." He is currently working with I-5 Publications on a pocket sized booklet on situational hazards, to replace the book "Street Strategies."
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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I've recommended this book to all of my rider friends.
Ridgeland MS
Just by knowing its author any rider can tell he/she will find good learning material inside.
Marcelo A. Soto Quiroga
I recommend this book if you are an experienced street rider.
B. Greene

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By California Dreamin on April 22, 2003
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This is not a bad book, but don't make the mistake I made of getting both this and Proficient Motorcycling, also by Hough. Proficient Motorcycling contains all the information in this book and then a lot more, and should be required reading for anyone who wants to drive a motorcycle.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo A. Soto Quiroga on October 31, 2003
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This is not a bad book at all. Just by knowing its author any rider can tell he/she will find good learning material inside. But it is not more than a well organized and decorated synthesis of same author's Proficient Motorcycling couple of books. I strongly recommend those as the Bible for street riders. Anyway, if you like, you can take this nice compilation, it's a good choice as a night table book.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Richard Covert on November 21, 2001
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Street Strategies is a fine book. However, I'd choose to buy Hough's other book, Proficient Motorcycling first.
Street Strategies is a book filled full of snapshots that warn the rider of potential dangers while riding on the road. Proficient Motorcycling is a book with a larger charge. It warns of road dangers, in addition points the way toward more skillful riding. It has exercises designed to help the rider build the skills needed to avoid danger and feel the satisfaction of good bike control.
I changed my star rating from four to five stars 12/16/01. The book has five stars worth of information. Originally, I was comparing the book to Hogue's "Proficient Motorcycling" which I still think is a better first choice for many riders. However, considered on its own merits "Street Strategies" is an excellent choice.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By David Leflet on November 5, 2001
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This book is different from most other books on motorcycle safety because it focuses more on road and traffic hazards than on how to use the brakes or clutch. Some of the road hazards covered in this book are (1) fog, (2) angled pavement, and (3) oil spills; and some of the traffic hazards covered are (1) cars turning left in front of you, (2) cars changing into your lane, and (3) cars entering from side streets.
The author discusses about 73 different topics that relate to motorcycle safety and devotes about two pages to each topic. The first part of the discussion explains the problem and the second part gives you a solution for dealing with the problem. For instance, if the problem is how to make a quick stop while the bike is leaned over in a curve, the solution is to "swerve the bike upright" and then apply the brakes.
Reading this book will give you the ability to recognize dangerous situations and then take whatever actions are needed to keep from having an accident. If motorcycles are a part of your life and you would like to avoid expensive repairs or painful injuries, I highly recommend that you read this book. I found quite a few things of interest in this book, and I've been riding motorcycles for more than 25 years.
Revised 4-17-02
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Frey on May 21, 2004
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Street strategies is a collection of "stories" that are part or all of articles written by David Hough. The stories are entertaining and similar (if not identical in some cases) to stories contained in Proficient Motorcycling.
This is more of a waiting room kind of book. Very short chapters with cartoon diagrams that give the reader insight into the type of dangers that he/she might encounter in the real world of motorcycle riding and some advice on how to avoid them. It lacks the detail that makes Proficient Motorcycling and More Proficient Motorcycling such excellent training guides for riders.
This book might make a good stocking stuffer for someone who has already read the other books but if your looking for something for a starting/experienced rider pick one of the other two books (Proficient Motorcycling for the starter, "More" for the more experienced rider).
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By George P. Burdell on October 2, 2003
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I am a big fan of David's and am on my third time through his Proficient Motorcycling (a must read for all motorcyclists). I bought this book on David's reputation primarily and must say I am a bit diaappointed. While these pages may make great sidebars for other books, after a while it seemed like I was reading the same thing over and over again (be alert, be aware, use caution) in each an every scenario. Some may find the scenarios insightful. I found them repetitious and wanting.
Sorry, David, but don't worry; I am ordering your More Proficient Motorcycling right now.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marty Sacks on October 17, 2001
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Hough does it again!
This follow-on to his previous book "Proficient Motorcycling" (also quite good) is very readable and specifically designed to highlight specific hazards and how to spot/avoid them.

The chapters are actually just long paragraphs that are brief and to the point.
I'm a new biker so I really need this kind of info. Even so, I bet that experienced hands would find the topics covered a helpful refresher. They are presented in alphabetical order so the reader can specifically find and focus on a specific situation.
Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Edward Pearson on October 14, 2002
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"Proficient Motorcycling" by Mr. Hough is the Bible of motorcycling, in my opinion. When I saw this book available by Mr. Hough, I immediately purchased it thinking it would add tons of wisdom to what I had read and re-read in "Proficient Motorcycling". It didn't. I felt it was a repeat of many of the items discussed in "PM". The style of the book is unique in that you can read each topic within a few minutes and put it down to read another topic later. Each topic takes two pages with 50% of the space devoted to graphics/pictures. For those who like the USA Today type of articles, this book is five stars. For myself, I like more details and because of that only give it three. Was it a waste of money - no. Could you spend your money better elswhere - yes - on "Proficient Motorcycling".
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