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More Proficient Motorcycling: Mastering the Ride Paperback – 25 Mar 2003

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BowTie Press (25 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931993033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931993036
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,500,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Explains the dynamics of safe motorcycling, including ways to become a better rider, navigating the roads, and lifesaving tips to remember while riding.

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This is a very valuable source of information on riding techniques and staying out of trouble while riding a motorcycle. The first sections may seem boring at first but once you get to the core it`s ok.

It is an updated version of the ``proficient motorcycling``. You may even find the earlier book a bit more interesting as you get the ``action`` bits right from the very beginning. If you`re a patient reader - get ``more proficient motorcycling``. If not - you may find ``proficient motorcycling`` more digestable. Bear in mind though that the older book has some outdated statistics.

Anyway the fact that their contents are quite similar didn`t stop me from reading both of them!

So get the book and read it because it may save your skin one day, but also remember that nothing will replace a proper rider training.
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after the first book, this second book doesn't really add anything of real interest that justifies its cost.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9da42ef4) out of 5 stars 95 reviews
120 of 121 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cde8d08) out of 5 stars More for riders...less for beginners 22 May 2004
By Michael F. Frey - Published on Amazon.com
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The 1st Hough book Proficient Motorcycling is a very complete overview of the motorcycle, its mechanics and basic safety. That book serves starting riders very well. I read "More" proficient motorcycling soon after I finished the first book and when I had less than 200 miles under my belt. At that point in time I found that I was not ready for the 2nd book. I couldn't make sense of the examples. The book is much more a discussion with riders than a training course for beginners.
This spring after beginning to commute to work on the motorcycle and having many more hours of cycle time I re-read the book in prerparation to return to the road. With more experience the book was much more useful. Where the first book told the reader what to do, "More" gives examples, choices and options for the rider to consider.
The book is extremely thought provoking. It contains many excellent examples including a section that describes how you can lay out your own training course (assuming you have the tarmac to do it)and much helpful advice on cornering.
If you are just starting out read the first book before this you read this one. You'll need the grounding. If you are an experienced rider I would suggest reading this book every year as you gear up for the riding season (unless of course you are lucky enough to live where its always riding season, then I'd make it a New Year's resolution).
Any way you slice it its another excellent book from Mr. Hough.
62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ce53e28) out of 5 stars A Good Reference Addition To The First Book 11 July 2003
By Richard Szkodzinski - Published on Amazon.com
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The author continues to build upon the skills outlined and described in the first Proficient Motorcycling book.
Though this book is not organized the same.
The first book was a nice balance of "MSF" type theory, real life riding experience, drawings, pictures, and diagrams.
This book is more of a story telling best practice manual. The author tells a story of an event either he experienced or a friend experienced and then breaks down what was done and could have been improved on. Chapters range from Long Distance Riding Tactics, Mental Prepardness, and Route Selection, to Bike Maintenance scenerios, Curve Scenarios, and International Road Rules.
There is some overlap between books, as some theory needs to be explained again to be able to correllate the story to the instructions.
If your a beginner biker then you will appreciate reading this book after the first proficient book, just for the real life experiences you might expect to encounter.
If your a seasoned rider then some of the stories will seem familiar, and you may find yourself re-evaluating what happened during your ride.
I recommend reading the first book, Proficient Motorcycling Ultimate Guide, then getting some of your own experience under your belt before diving into this book. You will find the stories easier to visualize in your mind and much more memorable.
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c98f084) out of 5 stars Bikers, get this book! 26 Oct. 2003
By Patrick C. Cook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
David L. Hough's book "Proficient Motorcycling" showed me how little I really knew about the mechanical dynamics of a motorcycle. While I have been riding for a while, and am a safe rider, with Hough's book it has become a lot clearer about what a motorcycle is realing doing as I ride. Hough covers, in detail, many topics of safe riding, but he also helps you understand the mechanical dynamics of the motorcycle, in depth. By knowing what the machine wants to do under normal conditions, and under what conditions the machine fails us, we can better ride within the the margins of the bike's design and conditions. No matter how proficient you think you are already, Hough's book will help you understand what the machine is designed to do, and not do, and how important the rider is to it's safe operation. With the book in hand, plan on reading a chapter and wanting to go for a ride just to relate Hough's points to real riding.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c83b390) out of 5 stars Excellent Guide to Safe Motorcycling. 25 Jun. 2003
By Santosh Raghavan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a must read for any motorcycle rider, novice or experienced. The layout of the book is good and information easy to find. There is some overlap between the first book and this one (delayed apexing for example), though both are invaluable guides.
The basic physics of bike handling are covered nicely and has a no BS approach.
The book gives very good insight into safe cycling and has some practical exercises to try out as well.
Problems: Topics like counter steering are split across multiple chapters. Though this is the only one I found, it would have been nice to have all in once nice block or chapter.
Conclusions: For the street rider, both books by DLH are a must read. These books changed the way I look at street riding.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c782cfc) out of 5 stars A Good Reference Addition To The First Book 11 July 2003
By Richard Szkodzinski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The author continues to build upon the skills outlined and described in the first Proficient Motorcycling book.
Though this book is not organized the same.
The first book was a nice balance of "MSF" type theory, real life riding experience, drawings, pictures, and diagrams.
This book is more of a story telling best practice manual. The author tells a story of an event either he experienced or a friend experienced and then breaks down what was done and could have been improved on. Chapters range from Long Distance Riding Tactics, Mental Prepardness, and Route Selection, to Bike Maintenance scenerios, Curve Scenarios, and International Road Rules.
There is some overlap between books, as some theory needs to be explained again to be able to correllate the story to the instructions.
If your a beginner biker then you will appreciate reading this book after the first proficient book, just for the real life experiences you might expect to encounter.
If your a seasoned rider then some of the stories will seem familiar, and you may find yourself re-evaluating what happened during your ride.
I recommend reading the first book, Proficient Motorcycling Ultimate Guide, then getting some of your own experience under your belt before diving into this book. You will find the stories easier to visualize in your mind and much more memorable.
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