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Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well

Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well [Kindle Edition]

David L. Hough
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From the publishers of Motorcycle Consumer News, Shifting Gears at 50 is a one-of-a-kind motorcycling manual for returning and late-entry riders, essentially anyone 40 years old and up who’s looking to hit the road on two wheels. Author Philip Buonpastore, a motorcycle journalist and retired US Air Force photographer, helps readers gear up to get back on a motorcycle (or get on one for the first time).

In Part 1, “Becoming a Motorcyclist,” Buonpastore discusses the basics of buying the right bike, gear, and equipment and getting the bike up to speed. The book continues with a good overview of learning to ride, the importance of taking a road course, venturing out on the first ride, and extending rides to long-distance jaunts. Throughout Part 1 are sidebars by riding- safety instructor and expert Walt Fulton, offering sound advice on safety precautions and execution for every leg of the new and returning rider’s journey.

The author emphasizes what older riders should be aware of and which factors can affect their rides. Adding lots of great firsthand advice are humorous and helpful stories collected by the author and related by returning riders at various ages, from their late 30s to 60s.

In Part 2, Buonpastore shares five of his favorite travelogues covering his long-distance tours around the US, from the American South to the west coasts. This section is illustrated by over 100 of the author’s breathtaking photographs of the various locations he toured on his bike.

The foreword to the book is provided by best-selling motorcycle author David Hough (author of I-5 Press’s Proficient Motorcycling and Mastering the Ride). Hough writes, “If you’re getting into today’s motorcycling at an age your doctor would describe as ‘middle aged’ or ‘senior,’ do you yourself a clever favor and read Phil’s book.”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19739 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1933958359
  • Publisher: i5 Press; 2nd edition (9 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, but... 3 Aug 2008
The problem with "Proficient Motorcycling" is that it will only convince those mature enough to understand the precautions, dangers and survival techniques involved in motorcycling. Most of the advice in these 300-or-so pages is pretty much obvious stuff to anyone who isn't particularly suicidal : do not drink and drive, slow down at night or when you can't see what's ahead, wear protective gear in the rain, take frequent rests, adapt your speed to your skill level. Nothing that a gung-ho 20 year-old with a Suzuki GSXR will ever listen to, and nothing that a beginner but responsible motorcyclist won't figure out by him or herself.

There are some excellent chapters on the limits of traction and how to properly balance the different factors that define it (throttle, brakes, lean angle, road surface). Personally, I appreciate the conservative approach to riding and the everyday situations shown in the photographs accompanying the text. The author doesn't try to explain how to negotiate curves at maximum possible speed with the kneepads scraping the pavement, but rather on how to have the most fun while maximizing your chances for survival. The chapter on how to deal with aggressive drivers around you is a very good text but, again, if you haven't figured out by yourself that avoidance is more beneficial than confrontation then you aren't going to learn anything new.

My point is : this is a very well-written guide that will be of little use to anyone who isn't already receptive to its teachings, in which case most of the book is stating the obvious.

Be warned that "Proficient Motorcycling" is concerned mostly with riding in the United States, with an emphasis on deer and moose collisions which might seem a bit extreme. Also, all speeds are stated in miles per hour (with distances in feet) which takes some mental conversion time when reading. Nothing too taxing, though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for riders 1 Nov 2012
By Tex
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This is now one of the main books I fall back on to remind me what I should be doing to keep safe on the roads. With common sense the advice and illustrtions easily convert to driving on the 'wrong' side of the road, if that should be needed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great and practical book 12 Nov 2010
By Singer
Coming back to biking after 20 years, I found this a real eye opener. It's very American which will turn some off, but the description of how motorbikes steer, how to corner and eyeballing hazards in the road ahead is top notch. It's also very well illustrated with loads of colour photos. It also pulls no punches about what awaits you if you take your eye off the safety ball.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Any Biker 1 Feb 2009
By John W. Ellis II - Published on
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I bought this book because I wanted to ride again - after SO many years as a four wheeler... I found the bike I want and have been trying to convince my wife (and anyone who'll listen) that having that bike would make me happy. All I hear is the analogous "You'll shoot your eye out" advice about biker deaths and cripplings. It's truly frustrating for someone trying to live his own life! But, reading the author's advice does give a LOT of insight into safer riding and increasing your odds of surviving a man's dream to an older age. Perhaps this should be required reading for anyone (like me) wanting to ride again... or even for the first time. Top notch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book could save your life 28 April 2011
By Mark Averitt - Published on
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Whether you are new to riding motorcycles or experienced this book is a MUST READ. The author goes into much more detail on important aspects of riding including counter steering, braking, emergency swerving, ATGATT and more. He does not just tell you to, for instance, counter steer, but he shows you why it works. This is one of those books that is good to have around long term. Periodically I will open it up and just go over part of the contents as a refresher.

Whether you are wondering what line to take through a curve, how to BEST go through an intersection, when you should brake and when you shouldn't, this is the book for you. If you have a relative or a good friend that is new to motorcycling, do him/her a favor and get this book. You could just save their life.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all you hairbags and oldtimers, out there who think they know it all and that includes me. 24 May 2010
By Saint Jay - Published on
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Been riding since I was thirteen, and that was 4 decades ago and now I ride a Wing. I was given a copy of this book by a friend and now I just purchased a copy for another friend who just purchased a BMW Touring bike. At first I resisted reading the book but eventually picked it up and could not put it down. When the snow melted I found myself on the local fairgrounds practicing some of the concepts in the book. I also find myself going back and re-reading sections. I must admit I did ride away with some new found riding tips. I am in law enforcement and have seen my share of bike crashes both on and off duty. In many of those crashes I am reminded of sections of the book that addresses contributing factors to a crash. I have recommended this book to other riders new and old. For example, the book explains the physics of counter and direct steering. We all know about it but what is actually happening to rider and bike? This book explains in a light easy to read format that the curve you are about to enter actually started at home with bike preparation and maintenance and continued with a well planned weight transfer, angle of direction in the apex of the curve and safely arriving at your destination. The book should be included with all new bikes.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think you wanna be a rider? Read this first. 4 May 2011
By Daniel Heater - Published on
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Fantastic book. Great advice for anyone who rides or wants to. I've been wanting a bike for years. This book gave me a more realistic idea of how much work it is to learn to ride well and ride safe. I grew up in a family (my father and brothers) who rode in a club and I grew up on the back of my dad's and uncle's bikes. For me it was very useful to check my fantasy of riding the open road with the reality of the hazards and the challenges of unexpected riding conditions. Even if you've been riding for years, I don't think you'll be bored with this one and you'll learn something new.
25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE-Kindle version is different than the paperback 5 Aug 2012
By Mike D - Published on
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Bought the Kindle version of this book after taking a 20 year hiatus from riding. The book has some good material that if you took out the preachy soapbox stuff would be a good read.

Shortly after I bought the Kindle version this past winter, 2012, I found out the print version comes with a CD of additional material the Kindle version does not have. The covers of the book advertising both the print and the Kindle versions used to have the graphic in the upper left corner stating this material is included on a CD. Both versions had the page count listed at 288 pages. When I called amazon to tell them of the problem, they looked into it, called me back, stated they agreed there was an issue and pulled the kindle version from sale issuing me a refund for the book. I was told they had turned it over to the publisher to have the CD material included with the Kindle version.

Checking today, 8/4/12, I see the Kindle version is back on sale. The print version still comes with the additional material on CD and states so on the corner; the Kindle version has had the CD graphic changed to one about being a "#1 Book". The page counts are still the same so the additional CD material is apparently not included the kindle version.

Amazon is not telling consumers anywhere in their advertising that these are 2 different books; effectively, without the material on disk, one is an older edition. Shame on Amazon for misleading their customers!
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