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Because this book covers all the basics, and is written for someone who is just getting into bikes, I advocate this as a must read for all enthusiasts. It's $5 that'll save you hours of anxiety, answer all those simple questions you've been afraid to ask the old-guys, and give you all the confidence you need to decide if motorcycles are for you or not.
In my case, I flew through the book in a couple of hours and bought my first bike the next day! Thanks for the great book Dave, I'll grab one of your others as soon as I graduate from my parking-lot braking/weaving/shifting maneuvers!
Dave Preston gives sage advice about shopping for a motorcycle and accessories, always with an eye towards safety. He then goes into planning for a ride (check out your bike, figure out what you need to take with your for the trip you are contemplating), and getting yourself mentally ready. My favorite takeaway is "When the helmet drops, the bulls**t stops." In other words, tune out the distractions and concentrate on riding.
Motorcycle 201 continues on subjects such as giving a friend their first ride, commuting by motorcycle, and taking a longer trip. Throughout, you will find enjoyable anecdotes from Preston's 40+ years of riding. At $4.95, everyone should have this book on their Kindle!
With apparently nearly 186 years of riding experience under his belt (not a misprint!), Preston could easily have affected the holier-than-thou tone of so many arrogant moto-journalists, but instead he chose to bare his own brushes with the gritty pavement of reality. The result is a finely wrought and uninsulting primer that should be prerequisite reading for all new riders enrolling in Team Oregon, MSF or other basic rider courses -- and absolutely mandatory for those who plan to skip this step and ride straight to Hayabusa heaven.
Did I mention it's pretty funny? It's pretty funny.
Newbies, read this book because you need to. The inverse of "live and learn" is important here.
For the rest of us, Motorcycle 201 just plain fun.