- 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)
Mastering the Ride: More Proficient Motorcycling Paperback – 26 Jul 2012
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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 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 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.
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.