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The Art of Trailriding [Kindle Edition]

Paul Clipper
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Book Description

You can ride a dirt bike, but do you really feel comfortable on it, and confident that you know how to handle it in any situation? In The Art of Trailriding, author Paul Clipper, former staffer at Dirt Bike magazine and past owner of Trail Rider magazine, digs into his 40 years of off-road riding experience to explain in simple terms how your bike works and what you have to do to gain control. Clipper all about proper set-up, and then goes on to carefully details what to do and what to expect in specific riding circumstances.
"I was never a super-fast racer," Clipper claims. "Although I did make it up to the A class in enduro riding, I was maybe the slowest A rider on the line. My advantage, and my great joy in riding, was the ability to examine what I was doing while I was doing it, and also to watch other riders and take apart exactly what they were doing--right or wrong--and know how to explain it all. Honestly, I learned how to do that by listening to, and learning from, Gary Bailey and a number of other off-road teachers. It's not rocket science, but it's tricky. You have to learn exactly what your bike can and can't do, and then find the body position and throttle and brake control that will deliver everything the bike is capable of. My goal in this book is to point out that you can do all this and be perfectly comfortable on the bike. All it takes is thinking about what you're doing, and the willingness to practice your skills regularly."
The Art of Trailriding contains 33 lessons on how to improve your dirt bike riding skills. Reprinted from the original series featured over a three-year period in Trail Rider magazine, and published here for the first time. This e-book includes over 30 photos illustrating the techniques discussed.

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  • File Size: 2228 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OJZW32
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,160 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! November 17, 2011
By Phil
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I'm 45 years young and brand new to dirt bikes. I've had my bike about 3 months and logged about 400km's in a variety of terrain. I've fallen off plenty of times with no injuries and despite riding with groups of experienced riders and watching "how-to" DVD's, I was still missing the basics.
This book was excellent in educating me on the basics of bike setup, balance and control techniques.

Probably the biggest lesson for me was to get my bike setup so it was comfortable to be in the standing position. I was spending too much time sitting down and expecting to be able to have both feet flat on the ground when stopped. This was the wrong setup from the start and had previously made standing uncomfortable.

I can highly recommend this book to both novice and experienced riders.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read December 19, 2012
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I have read this book several times thru and its full of yellow highlites now!
Very good information from an experienced rider. My buddies and I have learned a lot of
techniques and skills from the book that have really helped to improve our trail riding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of skills! March 18, 2013
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This book was great for my current skill level. I'm a fairly new rider, and some of the images Paul uses were very helpful. The big one that stands out is being the fulcrum of the teeter totter. It keeps me forward on my bike because I know what I'm feeling for. And makes it easy to press up into a standing position which he emphasized! My only less than positive feedback would be the suggestion to not assume that all your readers are male. That said, this book contains a wealth of information for the beginning rider to things way over my head!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book overall September 6, 2014
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More aimed at the already familiar, The Art of TrailRiding still covers the basic to the advanced. This is more "how to use the bike" rather than "how to ride a bike". Good for the person thats has seen some trail rides already and may have gotten into one of the situations that Paul describes in the book. How to handle a rut, how to properly hit a berm, how to keep control on off camber trails, etc. I've read it over the past few days and have already applied a couple of the techniques from the book with success. Good read. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great tips from a great guy! June 29, 2014
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This book is so good you can't help but become a better rider. Paul Clipper knows how to ride in the New England woods. Buy it and get better:)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the beginning woods rider June 9, 2014
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This is an easy casual read which gives the beginner rider a lot to think about.

lots of tips in here
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of articles May 9, 2014
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This book def. has something for everybody and enough details and writing around certain subjects that even a experienced rider will pick up some new tricks or just a good reminder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great sugestions May 5, 2014
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Since most of the bike riding training/ info is around motocross/ racing, this is a welcome change. Some topics are explained compared to the motocross style. Do not expect any pics step-by-step type. Some topics require to have a good imagination or to have an idea about what is explained.
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More About the Author

Paul Clipper got his start in magazine writing by taking a trip to California in 1976 just to see what would happen next. He was hired as Assistant Editor at Challenge Publication's Dirt Rider magazine, working under Editor Rik Paul. His auspicious start lasted only two months before Challenge killed the title and left both the editors jobless.
A small amount of freelance photography and writing, as well as a job in a commercial photo lab, kept Clipper on the West Coast, where he eventually landed a freelance job with Rick "Super Hunky" Sieman, writing copy for a pair of enthusiast car magazines. This association led to a job at Dirt Bike magazine when Sieman was asked to come back and edit the failing title once again (he was the creator of Dirt Bike magazine in 1971).
Paul Clipper signed on as Managing Editor in late 1978, and within the next six years the pair worked to make Dirt Bike the number one off road motorcycle magazine in the world. A disagreement with the publisher of Dirt Bike in 1985 led Clipper to take a job with KTM America as Advertising Manager, and his West Coast residency ended in favor of a move to Ohio.
In 1986, Clipper bought New England's Trail Rider Magazine from the second owners of the title, and he began a small publishing company to deliver Trail Rider to its growing list of subscribers every month. Clipper was the publisher of Trail Rider for more than 24 years, writing hundreds of feature stories and columns, and shooting thousands of photos along the way.
In summer 2010, Clipper sold the Trail Rider title and retired from the off road scene. Permanently? Probably not. In the mean time he stays active riding dual sport bikes and street bikes, and digging through his archives to find more things to publish!

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