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Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well Paperback – April, 2000
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At some parts it does get a little technical but it's all good knowledge to have.
This is the best book on Motorcycle Riding skills and it will save lives. It should be required reading for all motorcycle riders.
David Hough does an amazing job providing examples of how to avoid accidents in hundreds of different settings. Using the throttle to develop effective cornering skills is masterfully taught with graphic interfaces for both left and right turns. Braking is also taught with emphasis on the use of the front brake in all situations. Thank you David Hough for an amazing book.
A lot of what he says is also covered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, but he takes it so much farther, explaining WHY slow-look-lean-roll makes cornering more effective or how a wide variety of hazards affect riding.
It's about to be winter, not too much riding in the snow. Buy this book and enjoy it, so that you have a slew of new ideas once the weather breaks and you get back onto the open road.
The gamble paid off.
This book transfers a state of mind from the author to the reader. It forces you to take safety seriously and to focus on what you are doing when you are on a bike. Beyond the compelling (and sometime humorous) stories, the clearly described techniques for avoiding danger and the excellent graphics, this book teaches you how to think when riding a motorcycle.
The author creates scenarios you might encounter on the road and transports you to those places. He puts you on the bike, he explains what you should be paying attention too and what you should be preparing to do.
Its now been several months since I read the book and got back out on the road. I've put nearly 1000 miles on the bike and will commute to work in good weather. The lessons from the book resonate in my head every time I get on the bike. I have encountered many of the situations covered in the book (railroad tracks, deer, edge traps). Rather than being surprised, confused or panicked by these situations I knew what I was seeing, knew at least some of the options available to me and could plan and react in a cool and controlled fashion.
If your new to riding ( and probably if you ridden for years) this book is worth it.
The book is superbly written. It's like having a very knowledgeable and caring parent next to you, showing you the ropes, teaching what to do and what not to do to ride safely. This is one great motorcycling book.
I'm looking forward to reading More Proficient Motorcycling: Mastering the Ride, which I already bought.
The binding is, unfortunately, rather badly done. I didn't have any pages come completely out, but there are loose ones that will come out eventually. No matter, the content is good enough to make the poor manufacturing something to overlook.