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Learn to Ride (2008/09 Edition): Everything you need to pass your motorcycle test Paperback – 21 Aug 2008


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; Revised edition edition (21 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844255603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844255603
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2 x 14.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 573,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robert Davies began his career in motoring journalism in 1986 and writes extensively about driving, travel and road safety, especially in his capacity as features editor of Advanced Driving, the magazine of the Institute of Advanced Motorists. He lives near Blandford in Dorset.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Scribe on 13 April 2008
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One word sums up this book - "thorough". The book genuinely covers everything that you will need to know to complete your CBT, pass the theory test and successfully pass your practical test.

Well presented throughout, with helpful pictures, diagrams and photos, this book is brilliant. The style of writing is pleasant, describing material in enough detail to be complete, but not so much as to become heavyweight.

The current edition of this book does now include the questions you may be asked in a 2008 theory test, as the book was revised with questions current from September 2007 onwards (at the time the number of questions in the test increased to 50). The current version (which I have) is ISBN #978-1844252206 and looks like that in the Amazon photo above.

Although you could pass the test with just this book, I would still recommend the Focus Multimedia Test Success Hazard Perception DVD-ROM and the official DSA Theory Test for Motorcyclists CD-ROM. This will ensure that you have experience of the mechanisms used to test you in the theory test.

I wouldn't recommend the DSA Theory Test for Motorcyclists book, which duplicates the questions at the back of "Learn to Ride". Nor would I recommend buying a copy of the Highway Code, as for learning purposes, you can read it on the DirectGov website.

In summary, if you can only get one book to help you pass your motorbike tests, make it this one.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. J. Doolan on 12 Dec. 2007
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I read a friends copy of this out of boredom when i had nothing else to read and to say i was surprised was an understatement.

I have already passed my test, but still found this interesting.
it's surprising just how much of the basics you have forgotten.
It gives you everything from basic riding skills and tehniques - right up to sitting the actual test's themselves.

For once an honest book that actually delivers what it says on the cover.

I would recommend this for all beginners thinking about taking up riding and also - Motorcycle Foundation's Guide to Motorcycling Excellence: Skills, Knowledge and Strategies for Riding Right , for when you have passed :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe on 17 Sept. 2011
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print quality wasn't great with the copy that i received (and promptly returned to Amazon) with eligible text on some pages of the book due to excessive ink splurges.

and in my opinion, doesn't compare the official DSA Guide to Riding - The Essential Skills Book, which to be fair, is one of the books listed/suggested as a must read by the DSA & all reputable instructors for those who want to pass the test successfully on their first attempt.

therefore, i do not recommend this book as a replacement to the DSA texts for those who are studying for their tests.

the theory test question section doesn't actually tell you the correct answer on the same page as the questions and this is a real pain to keep flicking from one section to another.

personally, i'd avoid this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Wayment on 18 Jan. 2008
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This is my first review but I felt compelled to put down how good I thought this book was. I checked the other reviews before buying this and it is excellent value for money. I'm only marking it down (to 4 stars)as it refers to the pre september 2007 theory test (35 questions changed in Sept 07 to 50 questions) and i wonder if the question bank is fully up to date. Nevertheless an excellent book that helped me to sail through the theory test with less than a fortnight from ordering it to picking up my pass certificate. so many thanks.
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I recently decided the time was right to fulful an ambition to get myself a bike. Having never so much as ridden pillion, I was a total novice who found the whole idea of having the accelerator and clutch in your hands completely alien!

The book was a huge help for my theory test, particularly the bike maintenance section, which isn't covered so much in the practical lessons I was taking. Things like when you should check if you're wheel is aligned properly and other such interesting gubbins. There is a section in the book that has all the theory questions that might come up, and I read those over the couple of days before my test. I'm quite sure that if I hadn't I would have been back for a retake.

All in all, worth the money without a doubt - I know there's a new version of this due out, but there weren't any questions in the test that weren't covered in this version of the book (for mine anyway).
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I bought this book nigh on a year ago now whilst learning to take my motorcycle test. I can happily say that with just practice and this book i passed my theory dropping only 4 marks and passed both my modules with only one minor between the two (on the MOD 1 i was 2km/h too slow through a speed trap).

This book truly covers everything, and the best part? It makes sense and is incredibly easy to use for reference.

I've kept hold of my copy and referred back to it several times to check a specific area, it is and will be an essential part of my motorcycling library throughout my career.

To sum up this is a clear, concise and comprehensive book that is well worth the money.
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