Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well

By | June 25, 2017
Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well Author David L. Hough
ISBN-10 1620081199
ISBN-13 9781620081198
Year 2013-11-12
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Lumina Media
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This best selling book is also 1 book in motorcycle safety Nielsen BookScan and essential reading for all motorcyclists regardless of their years of experience Author David L Hough a revered motorcycle author columnist and riding safety consultant lays out a clear course for all riders who want to sharpen their handling skills and improve their rides This second edition expanded and now in full color offers new riders and road warriors the exact kind of advice they need to be prepared for anything when on the road how to avoid accidents and how to handle the unexpected Hough who began motorcycling in the 1960s tackles every imaginable topicfrom the mechanics of the bike selection of the right sized bike and basic riding skills to night riding group outings and advanced survival tactics In the chapter called Motorcycle Dynamics Hough spells out the equipment needed and basic skills required to control a bike and specifically keeping the riders safety and ability to avoid potentially injurious or fatal crashes The author is outspoken and direct when it comes to safety and he emphasizes the importance of the riders braking abilities and spells out how to improve them The chapter offers six tried and true techniques for quick stop tactics critical for every rider to understand and master He also addresses other vital skills that riders need to evaluate and improve such as turning maintaining balance and stability and steering He defines compares and analyzes the ins and outs of steering and control direct steering countersteering push steering out tracking coning u turns and directional control The chapter called Cornering Habits is a virtual master class in acceleration deceleration use of weight throttle leaning and handling challenging terrain Houghs skill as a photographer and illustrator adds a graphic element to his books that leads to immediate understanding of the concepts he explains The detail offered in each section of the book can only come from decades on the road and the author is the consummate instructor assigning homework to the readers in the form of exercises to practice and improve specific techniques that he outlines and illustrates in the text Any rider who would venture out on the road without David Houghs voice in his head takes an unnecessary risk with his own life Proficient Motorcycling takes riders from long snaking country roads right into the traffic of the big city and Hough offers the best advice for riders dealing with the most challenging conditions whether its road construction snap jawed intersections skateboarders or suddenly slippery road surfaces A critical section of the book offers riders advice on how to deal with automobiles including aggressive car drivers oblivious SUV drivers or blind truck drivers The book offers the kind of first hand experience that can literally save riders lives as illustrated in the chapters Booby Traps and Special Situations which offer evasive tactics and advice to avoid and handle everything from slick surfaces curbs and construction plates to ferocious dogs hazardous wildlife and difficult weather conditions The final chapter of the book Sharing the Ride is geared toward experienced riders who travel together in groups or who travel with a second passenger on the bike Topics covered are formation packing for trips communication between riders sidecars trikes and more The book concludes with a resources section of organizations training schools educational tools and websites a glossary of 80 terms and a complete index

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