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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Code Break; 2nd Revised edition edition (19 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096504503X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965045032
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.1 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At last, an actual workbook for the road racer and sport rider that details the process of high speed thought. Hundreds of questions aimed at solving the barriers of speed allow you to dissect your riding and pinpoint problem areas. This book elevates road racing into its proper place among the most demanding sports in the world. Here, the dynamic relationship between the rider and road is defined and ordered into a useable form.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 July 1999
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Keith Code follows on from his two previous titles 'A Twist of the Wrist' and 'Twist II' with more detailed theory on motorcycle handling. He is a clear thinker, and it is interesting to read all of his books in chronological order and see the development of his ideas. The margin notes by Wayne Rainey broaden and deepen the discussion and suggest that this work would still be incomplete if it were three times as long [in which case I would give it 5 crowns]. Code is apparently no engineer, and he does not get technical, for instance, on countersteering, and does not mention things such as gyroscopic precession [though I would have appreciated it], but he is a scientist in that he develops theories based on observation and performs experiments to prove or disprove them on the track. An excellent book which is improving my road riding [speed, safety and enjoyment] and which has whet my appetite for the track.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Floyd on 18 Oct. 2008
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I have been driving sports motorbikes for some 30 years and includes many track days, although never raced.
That said have supported club racers, and this is a useful manual for those rainy days at the circuit and just need some way to get inspirational thoughts, encouragement, ideas. Good investment.
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I'm almost finishing to read it, and altough I'm riding for more than 10 years now, it still gave me some very usefull tips to improve my technique. Especially for the riding plans that I'm currently studying and for the insight on trying to run in ( a corner) just a bit hot, to allow me to concentrate more in the line and not about late speed corrections - this one is specially new for me and a must try after some more tought about it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Soft Science of Road Racing Motorcycles 4 Sept. 2002
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This book might not be for every rider. But the data on the different kinds of plans that one can make in relation to riding I think is excellent. Also, when you see the comments by Wayne Rainey (a hero of mine for sure), then you know this information applies at the top level of riding.
Also, the section on one's sense of speed--I've been doing some racing and around racetracks for years, and there isn't anyone else that even talks about this (not in a fashion I can understand that is).
The checklists that Code provides at the end of the chapters can really help pinpoint a riding problem. That is valuable to me.
Again, not for everyone, but a little reading of this book, and a little patience with one's own riding can equal big gains. Well worth it.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Quite good technical reference 13 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Soft Science of Road Racing Motorcycles is quit a good book for tuning your race bike. But it's intended for recrational use. For real racer's it's to basic. While tuning my own bike it was usefull to use the books. The comments are also very handy. It does explain tunning a lot of different bikes so it can be very wide used. All in all it wasn't a bad book at all espiaccialy if you are a 'recrational' racer!
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A very good book 5 Nov. 2006
By David S. Ellis - Published on Amazon.com
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I think Twist of the Wrist 2 is a superior book, but the Soft Science is also a decent read. The concepts are fairly intuitive, but there are many good artifacts of infomation. I recommend only purchasing this book AFTER Twist of the Wrist 2. The concepts aren't cummulative, but Twist of the Wrist 2 is simply a better textbook - in my opinion.
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Soft Science--even Rossi says it is! 22 Dec. 2005
By Craig G. - Published on Amazon.com
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I just read an interview with 7 time world champ Valentino Rossi, and he talked about riding as a mental sport. Obviously Code had some things to say about that, and a long time ago. 20 years ago when I was endurance racing on a team of 3, my other teammates were both faster than I was. I didn't race as much as they did, so I had to figure out antoher way to pick up the skills. The short story is this book took me from slowest to fastest of our little team, and I raced the least. Just a little reading, then put it to use. I've heard that some really top racers did this too, so I guess I'm not the only one!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good Read 25 Oct. 2013
By jsm - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book after reading A Twist of the Wrist II. This book deals mainly with the mental side of road racing. It's a good read and made me think through the track and what I do during trackdays. It's a lot to take in at once.
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