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  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: BowTie Press; 2nd edition (26 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935484869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935484868
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David L. Hough is a longtime motorcyclist and journalist who has traveled extensively by motorcycle throughout North America and Europe. David's daily motorcycle commutes through city traffic for twenty-five years led him to write articles about riding skills and accident avoidance tactics. His work has appeared in numerous motorcycle publications, but he is best known for the monthly skills series "Proficient Motorcycling" in Motorcycle Consumer News, which has been honored by special awards from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. David has been employed professionally as a technical illustrator, photographer, and instructional graphics specialist, so it is natural that his articles are profusely illustrated by photos and drawings, all of which he creates himself. In his spare time, David has produced the world's first comprehensive training system for sidecar operators. He has also served as a consultant on motorcycle safety and training for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, the American Motorcyclist Association, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, the State Motorcycle Safety Administrators Association, and too many other groups to mention, both here and abroad.


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I learnt a lot from this book. I finished reading it just before a long road trip and started focussing on each lesson one at a time as I rode, until a few hundred miles later I found it all coming together as I flowed across the twisties of Ireland.

I think I realised just how much difference it made to my riding skills when, whilst flying across the country, I found myself rounding a blind hairpin to pull up calmly behind a slow tractor until an oncoming car had passed and I could overtake. Following the advice in the book let me to make more rapid progress in a far safer style of riding than I'd previously been able to.

Anyway, long story short - as a relatively new rider (been riding for about ~5 years), I found this book helped me to explore the envelope a bit further whilst at the same time making me a safer and hopefully better rider.
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I was recommended to buy it but having read it realise that could have managed without it an saved my money.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94a859e4) out of 5 stars 91 reviews
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HASH(0x948a357c) out of 5 stars Hough Does It Again 3 Sept. 2012
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David Hough provides valuable information to get your head into your ride and anticipate and avoid potential problems / crashes. He brings a lifetime (45 years +) of riding experience and 100s of 1,000s of miles of mc riding on several continents, years of writing mc safety columns, etc, to bear on the advice given. His advice is for both new and experienced riders. I have all his books and recommend reading them all. His unique clues of what to look for in actual / anticipated situations, behavior under all traffic and weather conditions is invaluable. And supported by independent reports, statistics, graphs, pictures / photos, including his own as a past illustrator at Boeing; and recommendations on alternative courses and resources. I found all his books to be easy reads, which is good considering that a rider should re-read them periodically to refine good habits and continually work at getting rid of bad habits. Wish I had these resources in the mid '60's when I started riding in CA. He is one of the first writers to discuss the myth of multitasking while driving (us and other motorists), which the most recent studies support (the majority of us c/n multitask when tested objectively). Reading his books provides anlysis of far more riding situations than most of us individually face in several years riding, and could cause us to avoid an unusual life-threatening situation if it presents itself. This book seems to get a little more into the psychology of others on the road and clues to watch for. I recommend all his books as well as Lee Parks's and Keith Code's.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x948a37c8) out of 5 stars Good refresher for those that ride 11 Mar. 2014
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This book is a good refresher for those that ride. It covers the topics you need to have in the forefront of your mind before hitting the road. The section on countersteering is good and describes how the riders that claim they don't countersteer are doing so without realizing it. The section on panic braking is worth paying attention to. A good read.

I say this book is a refresher because there is no substitute for training with a qualified instructor. I've seen lots of guys walk into a riders course with the attitude they wouldn't learn anything. Without fail they walk out with new knowledge and improved skills. Reading about countersteering is great, but it is far better to have a good instructor coach you through all of the mechanics while keeping you focused to look through the turn. A good instructor will have you riding through courses you didn't think you or your bike could maneuver. Similarly, the author notes the challenges of teaching panic braking in person. He covers it well in the book, but there is no way his words can covey the same level of teaching as having an instructor guide you in real time, on your bike, using your brakes.

Take a basic riders course. Then take an advanced riders course. Then review this bike every year as riding season begins. These things will help you keep the shiny side up.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x948a378c) out of 5 stars Easy read, good refresher/review> 29 Nov. 2012
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A good complement to MSF experienced rider course materials and a good read (can complete in a couple of evenings) as a refresher each spring before the riding season.
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HASH(0x948a3a80) out of 5 stars Indeed more of what riders need to know. 23 Dec. 2012
By Gilvan L. Latreille - Published on Amazon.com
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This book starts where the last book of David L. Hough (Proficient Motorcycling) have stopped,
plus addresses some advanced skills, and tactics for road and street. Every conscious rider must buy some book of this level, way before the purchase of fancy items (like special dampers and mechanical stuff).
This book and the previous from Mr. Hough are in my top list of security items,
way before anything else in my motorcycle, for incredible low prices compared with mechanical
add-ons, and with the irreplaceable thing that must be in the most vital part of the motorcycle: the head of the rider.
Dont forget to check the books from Lee Parks and Keith Code, cause their works complement the necessary job to understand security and performance, all needed by us riders.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x948a3ae0) out of 5 stars Was hoping for something "MORE" 16 Jun. 2014
By D. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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After Mr. Hough's first version I was expecting that his "More Proficient" version would be chocked full of new insights and riding techniques. There were a few added or enhanced skills, but mostly the book rehashed the first version. So...okay, just not great.
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