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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The begining
OK so youve all heard of Keith Code & the superbike school well this is his first book written in 1983 style.It's stuff you do on a daily basis but never thought about and boy does he make you think.Its aimed primarily at track & performance riding. If you plan to do a school then you should read this & Twist 2 at least twice just to get the Jist and mind set of the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good basic racetrack stuff, but a bit too "Cosmic" in areas
The book does a decent job of introducing the starting racetrack pilot to the basic concepts of corner types, throttle application, etc. Despite the fact that these topics are addressed, I felt there was a bit too much offbeat "Dianetics" style mentality references, and not enough specific "nuts and bolts" instruction on HOW to do the actual act of...
Published on 24 Mar. 1999


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The begining, 13 Mar. 2003
This review is from: A Twist of the Wrist: Motorcycle Road Racer's Handbook - Volume 1 (Paperback)
OK so youve all heard of Keith Code & the superbike school well this is his first book written in 1983 style.It's stuff you do on a daily basis but never thought about and boy does he make you think.Its aimed primarily at track & performance riding. If you plan to do a school then you should read this & Twist 2 at least twice just to get the Jist and mind set of the schooling.(otherwise you wont get the max from the day...not saying here that you wont learn anything... just not the max ok) If you are serious about improving, twist I + II and Science gives you everything to think about and practice,it may take time but all the info is there and it keeps you coming back.As the man says your problem area's are just free tution..meaning there is a solution to the problem you are experiencing..I can honestly say I'm much more in control than I used to be because I understand my bike and my natural reactions better.I have crashed less due to understanding and continually seeking improvement via the books.The reduction of lap times are proof that this stuff works for an average rider like myself typically 3-12 seconds a lap at any circuit just by using your head ? IF you dont want to disect every single part of your sorry performance then dont buy this and the other books, but if you want a set of books that will stand "the test of time" and offer continual improvement then buy the trilogy....just like "lord of the rings" Be the Master! Of course it is completly incidental that Keith Code trained my all time hero Wayne Rainey and that Ive loved all the Code books and schools..am I hooked? or is that hook turn ?
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good basic racetrack stuff, but a bit too "Cosmic" in areas, 24 Mar. 1999
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This review is from: A Twist of the Wrist: Motorcycle Road Racer's Handbook - Volume 1 (Paperback)
The book does a decent job of introducing the starting racetrack pilot to the basic concepts of corner types, throttle application, etc. Despite the fact that these topics are addressed, I felt there was a bit too much offbeat "Dianetics" style mentality references, and not enough specific "nuts and bolts" instruction on HOW to do the actual act of riding the motorcycle. Having read the Vol.I and II, I think a new racer would be best off saving their money on this book, and getting only the Vol. II version. This book is targeted primarily at the racetrack environment, and I've found that the book "Sportbiking: The Real World: The Advanced Riders Handbook", is better suited for true street going sportbikers.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to motorcycle riding technique., 8 Jan. 1999
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This review is from: A Twist of the Wrist: Motorcycle Road Racer's Handbook - Volume 1 (Paperback)
Keith Code teaches you to read the road. He explains camber, radius, series of turns, elevation (uphill, downhill, crested track) and straight sections. Observe your products (measureable events) such as speed, lean angle, gear and RPM. Understand you controls: brakes, throttle, handle bar movement and where your body exerts force on the motorcycle. His explanation of Reference Points is invaluable, even if you are a car enthusiast. At speed, location is a moment in time. You have to use the correct control and the correct place. He explains counter steering (push right to go right) in straight forward and easy to understand detail. For the adventurous he explains sliding, hanging off and (you may need this) falling off. My riding improved considerable after reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This book is like marmite..., 7 Aug. 2009
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..either you love it or you hate it. It is good if you want some ideas how to ride on track "properly" and surely will teach you a thing or two, sadly the language is unbearable. The style is overly patronizing and sometimes you wonder what the author was smoking when he wrote it.
Buy it if you want to learn new things about track riding but do not expect miracles.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Racing, Ok for Real World Application, 26 Mar. 1999
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This review is from: A Twist of the Wrist: Motorcycle Road Racer's Handbook - Volume 1 (Paperback)
This book contained alot of great information for the Track. A lot of the information can be direclty applied to going fast on the street. However, this primarily deals with track condtions. It doesn't go into poor road conditions, like ripples and how to deal with them. If you're looking for a Book that teaches you how to go fast on Daytona tarmac, then this is your book. If you wanna learn racing technique to apply to street riding, it's all here. But for information about Street situations, get another book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CODEX NEEDED, 15 May 2007
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Haven't been able to use this yet, you need to download a codex from Igdio. The codex costs $15, not to bad but should be on the disc already. If its anything like the books it will be great. Ive only given it 3 stars because you need to pay for the codex.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be the law!, 10 Dec. 2013
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I've been on various track days, IAM, bike safe and all sorts, and of course the official bike test. They have all been useful but this book teaches you things like survival reactions and how to properly steer a motorcycle. Honestly, if you read this book, you will decrease the chances of getting hurt while riding a motorcycle - and the best bit - you'll become a better rider!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Diablere, 20 Jan. 2013
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Being a keen reader of motorcycle media for over thirty years, most if not all of the info in this book has worked it`s way to me over that time. If you Don`t wAnt to wait that long to gain from Mr Codes knowledge then this book is a must, and even if you only ride on the road then this book is still relevant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... wear and tear to my machine and able to enjoy the journey, 17 July 2014
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Definitive technical manual of particular benefit to those returning to riding a motorcycle after a long absence where the ride is more important than speed - is making me a smoother rider with less wear and tear to my machine and able to enjoy the journey.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Racers only apply, 13 Nov. 2009
This review is from: A Twist of the Wrist: Motorcycle Road Racer's Handbook - Volume 1 (Paperback)
Don't make the mistake that I made - thinking that this book would help improve your riding skills. Well it might if you want to race on a track. It's all about racing lines - braking distances, etc. Highly pedantic and repetitive. Quite boring in fact and little practical use for people who just want to ride safely and well. It teaches nothing about roadcraft. If you want a book on how to ride fast - then this book might be the one for you, but don't buy it if you just want to ride a normal bike safely on the road.
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