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Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques Paperback – July 12, 2003
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Lee Parks has been racing for over 16 years, and he won the 2001 G.M.D. Computrack National Endurance Series Championship in the Lightweight class. He also finished 2nd in the 1994 AMA 125GP national championship in its exhibition year. He spent five years as the editor and chief test rider of Motorcycle Consumer News where he road tested every new street motorcycle available in the U.S. and became one of the top performance-testing journalists in the world. He is based in Victorville, CA.
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As an experienced motorcyclist coming back into it, I found the books beneficial in the order they are listed above. For a new motorcyclist, I would say get the MSF book first, then get Sport Riding Techniques and Total Control. Before your first track day, get TOTW.
Sport Riding Techniques does the best job of explaining the physics of riding a motorcycle, although it manages to do so without being overly technical. I can see how Nick's writing style might not be for everyone, though. I work in a technical job, and he and I seem to sort of think alike, so his explanations were very clear to me. If you did well in science or social science in school, you will get more out of the book than if you were a poet.
Total Control is sort of a racer's perspective on street riding, and it is similar in content to Sport Riding Techniques, but I liked Sport Riding Techniques better. SRT is more detailed and more technical. They both have great information, though. I got a lot out of both of these books.
Twist of the Wrist is very track focused, and I really did not find that it had a lot to offer a street rider. Keith Code is a well known instructor and I would love to go to one of his track schools, and that focus shows in his book, which is dedicated exclusively to track techniques that may or may not translate well to the street. Both Total Control and Sport Riding Techniques do a better job of discussing track technique from a street perspective. I would only recommend TOTW to people who are actually going to race, or to people who really want to explore the mental side of high performance riding, as it has kind of a martial arts book feel and goes into mental preparation and mindset more than the others.
Proficient Motorcycling has lots of great information and is well written, but the production quality of my copy was terrible. Each page fell out as I turned it. I have its pages in a folder on my bookshelf, because I am not really sure what else to do with it. It is written by a very experienced motorcyclist, and it contains lots of good information, but the frustration of having the pages fall out and get out of order was really too much to tolerate.
The MSF book is targeted to new riders, and it really is a good read. It talks about the mindset necessary to ride defensively, and it covers basic motorcycle control and maneuvering. If you are just getting into motorcycling, it should definitely be your first book.