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Motorcycle 201 by [Preston, David]
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  • File Size: 787 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E3XBEQ
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This book is packed full of useful information and is an absolute delight to read. I found my self reading parts of it aloud, to my wife, because they were so clever I just had to share them. You can buy this book for the price of a magazine. I highly recommend it.
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Dave has a writing style that's not only easy to digest, but fun to read too! He's an expert rider who's spent as much time educating as he has exploring on his own and his words of wisdom reflect that.

Because this book covers all the basics, and is written for someone who is just getting into bikes, I advocate this as a must read for all enthusiasts. It's $5 that'll save you hours of anxiety, answer all those simple questions you've been afraid to ask the old-guys, and give you all the confidence you need to decide if motorcycles are for you or not.

In my case, I flew through the book in a couple of hours and bought my first bike the next day! Thanks for the great book Dave, I'll grab one of your others as soon as I graduate from my parking-lot braking/weaving/shifting maneuvers!
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This book is a phenomenal resource for those entering the happy fray of motorcycling. Even we Aulde Phartes of the Rode (sic) stand to learn a few new tricks from Dave Preston's sensible riffs on gear, bikes and safety.

With apparently nearly 186 years of riding experience under his belt (not a misprint!), Preston could easily have affected the holier-than-thou tone of so many arrogant moto-journalists, but instead he chose to bare his own brushes with the gritty pavement of reality. The result is a finely wrought and uninsulting primer that should be prerequisite reading for all new riders enrolling in Team Oregon, MSF or other basic rider courses -- and absolutely mandatory for those who plan to skip this step and ride straight to Hayabusa heaven.

Did I mention it's pretty funny? It's pretty funny.

Newbies, read this book because you need to. The inverse of "live and learn" is important here.

For the rest of us, Motorcycle 201 just plain fun.
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A fun and easy read, this book is full of information for the new rider as well as those that have been riding for a while. If you've never ridden and want to know what motorcycling is all about, this is a good place to start. And if you are a seasoned rider, there is still good information to be found here.

Dave Preston gives sage advice about shopping for a motorcycle and accessories, always with an eye towards safety. He then goes into planning for a ride (check out your bike, figure out what you need to take with your for the trip you are contemplating), and getting yourself mentally ready. My favorite takeaway is "When the helmet drops, the bulls**t stops." In other words, tune out the distractions and concentrate on riding.

Motorcycle 201 continues on subjects such as giving a friend their first ride, commuting by motorcycle, and taking a longer trip. Throughout, you will find enjoyable anecdotes from Preston's 40+ years of riding. At $4.95, everyone should have this book on their Kindle!
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Nothing new or worth remembering...
Not a horrible book, just ... Stated the obvious that you can find in any website "how to choose" section.
Guess if youve never been in a motorcycle, this could help get started.
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The author does an admiral job at covering all things important and relevant to the novice rider. However in the chapter about biker vocabulary his definition of desmodromic valves is in correct. The SMALL springs he refers to do not control valve movement. Desmodromic valves operate by using two cams to open and close each valve. The SMALL springs only hold the cam surfaces tino the valve stem reducing free play. Desmodromic valves are the only purely mechanical system that can spin to 20,000 rpm . DUCATI has won 14 world championships within the last 20 years with this system.
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This was the book that I should have read before I bought my first bike. It could have saved me a lot of grief and expense. The authors style and humor keep it from getting boring as so many of these "how to" type books can be. Anyone just getting into cycling or considering the purchase of their first bike would be well advised to read this book.
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A great coverage of the subject for the new or prospective rider. Inevitably covers a lot of the same ground of other books for newbies (like me) but the author's candor and humor make it worth the time to read, maybe reread. Very open, you know where he is coming from at all times.
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