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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Whitehorse Press (1 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884313752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884313752
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.6 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Intends to consider the rider and the motorcycle as a single unit, the rider being the upper half. This book draws on anthropology, psychology, biology, physics, and other disciplines to analyse the theory and function of the man-machine unit. It describes the interaction between our built-in programs and our conscious actions."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim McC on 7 Jan 2011
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This book is a brilliant attempt on behalf of motorcyclists to pull together all current scientific thinking on how man's brain and physical co-ordination works to help us understand and therefore improve what we do. It is a foundation stone on which others will build in the future. However the translation of this book from German into American contains a number of typing errors and phrases that are difficult to follow. These can make it even more difficult to understand concepts that the author is trying to get accross. I don't find that it goes far enough to explain how this knowledge can be used in practice. But persevere and, even if you don't reach full enlightenment, there are at least a dozen excellent learning points along the way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kostic Aleksandar on 28 Oct 2011
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By far the best book I came across on the experience of riding the motorcycle. Thinking, using reasoning and "feeling" to improve your skills explained. Very much grounded on facts and research, but not blindly scientific or single minded. Not only for people who want to improve motorcycling riding skills but also for others who look beyond the horizon. Fantastic.
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Suprisingly informative for a motorcylist of over 50 years, full of explanations that determine the difference between the average rider and the expert. Well recommended
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The book came as advised , while it is not the typical book on biking it looks at the way the rider can make changes to the stability of the bike .Its not the bike that crashes , in more situations than not it is the imput by the rider which causes the problem .for those who want to look into the factors which riders introduce without knowing it .
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This is an unusual book. It's written for motorcyclists about the theoretical and practical application of psychological techniques to improve riding. It's a paperback that thinks it's a hardback and it's in a large format,

There's a lot to like. It's insightful, provocative, interesting and helpful.The layout is engaging, production values are very high, and it has excellent colour photos and diagrams.

So why not five stars? Well, I'm sure it's magic in the original German, but translated into English the style is awkward. It's not an easy read and I found myself re-reading passages several times because I wasn't entirely sure what was meant. That may well be me, but I suspect it's also the academic undertones that break through the heavy Teutonic jolliness.

I've been riding a few decades and I learnt a lot from persevering from this book. I better understand human foibles and I believe I am riding safer (and faster). I highly recommend it - just accept that you have to earn what you get out of it.
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