- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: CompanionHouse Books; Updated, Expanded edition (November 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620081199
- ISBN-13: 978-1620081198
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 475 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well Updated, Expanded Edition
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Honda offers a great riding course here in Manila (Philippines) and I would strongly suggest taking this course even before you decide if riding bikes is for you and before purchasing a bike. However, I felt that I needed more than just the classroom and practical riding sessions of the school. I was looking for some wise old guy (or gal) who's seen it all in terms of what to expect while riding. This book is well written, the author is funny and there are a lot of learnings to be had for new riders based on the author's own personal experience. I certainly got my money's worth with this book. I got the paperback version. There is a kindle edition that I also downloaded to my Kindle, Ipad and iPhone. Just in case I need to refer to certain situations again.
Highly recommended for new riders!
- Leave plenty of time ahead of yourself to observe and plan for what's coming
- Be prepared to react to what's coming your way
- Practice the skills needed to react appropriately and automatically
That basic mantra is more or less repeated over and over throughout the book, which can make the reading a little less enjoyable at times but I understand the need to repeat these concepts over and over to help it sink in to some readers'/riders' heads.
The basics covered in the book were covered by my motorcycle safet class, as I would hope they would be by any class. That said, there was plenty of insight, tips, hints, pointers, etc.. to make the book worth the purchase.
I particularly appreciated his focus on establishing good habits, so you don't have to think about what to do in an emergency, and advice for practicing key techniques (fast stoping, edge trap encounters, off road riding) prior to needing those skills on the road.
The segments on hot whether and group riding were also valuable to me and pointed out some things I wouldn't have thought of otherwise.
Some of his references are a bit dated (he references tape players in one chapter) and I'm curious if there's any data available more recently than the Hurt report, which he references extensively, but those things don't really detract from the key value of the book.