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I think it's a fantastic book. It's just what biking needs. --Maria Costello MBE, TT racer
At last - an intelligent and non-patronising approach to rider training. The perfect introduction for a novice, and 31 years after passing my test I learnt stuff too. --Hugo Wilson, Editor, Classic Bike
I wish this book had existed when I was starting out. It's packed full of information that will make motorcycling more enjoyable and safer for everyone. Every motorcyclist, not just learners, should own a copy. --Peter Baker, Deputy Editor, Motor Cycle News
About the Author
Sean Hayes learned to ride in 1991 - only to learn that a fellow student lost a left in a dreadful on-road training accident. When Sean asked his instructor how this could happen, the reply was: 'Well, she obviously couldn't ride, could she?'. Flabbergasted, Sean began talking to new riders to find out how training could be improved. The conclusions were obvious: treat customers with respect, and offer a syllabus which produced a safe, properly-skilled rider. He launched Circuit Based Training at Donington Park in 1997, with the idea of letting people learn in a safe environment before venturing onto public roads. The school has now taught thousands of new and established riders. In 2001 CBT moved to Mallory Park in Leicestershire, where it continues to attract clients from all over the UK and abroad. Rupert Paul started riding in 1978, and immediately developed an unhealthy addiction to unreliable Italian motorcycles. He qualified as a mechanic in 1983, and joined Performance Bikes as a road tester/dogsbody in 1985. In the intervening years he has edited Performance Bikes, Bike, What Bike? and the award-winning MCN Sport, and ridden everything from 1920s flat-tankers to MotoGP bikes. Rupert has long been fascinated by the art of riding a bike well. In 1988 he organised the first public track day, and in the early 1990s grew the concept to a three-day course for 100 PB readers at the fearsome Nurburgring circuit in Germany. He has written many articles on motorcycle control, rider psychology and riding technique. He regularly writes for MCN, Bike, PB and Classic Bike.
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The sections which break down the CBT, mod 1 and mod 2 are fantastic. They give you complete advanced knowledge of what to expect in reality and also help you choose a good riding school. Yes, you do need training - so don't be mislead by the book title into thinking you can read the book then turn up at a test center and hope to ride out with a pass certificate!! The tests are well illustrated and being able to absorb this info before you are faced with it whilst being on a bike for the first time is a massive advantage.
This book does not preach safety in a stuffy way but instead makes you realise how vulnerable you can be on the road should you not follow basic self preserving riding practices or try to exceed your current ability. Learner accounts and accidents are analysed and advice is given how to avoid you joining them! It doesn't pretend tho that no one ever rides fast but it does advise on defensive, controlled riding methods.
I can honestly say that reading this book was enjoyable and easy to absorb. It covers alot more than i mentioned in this review, ie road positions, cornering techniques, clothing advice, offroad and track days etc etc. I do feel that having read this book I will now be a much better rider. As far as passing the mod 1 and 2 tests go, that is for me and my chosen riding school to determine. I will update this review in late June if i remember.
Although the book title says "all you need.." It isn't strictly true - I bought it together with the DSA bike theory book £7-9, which together with a hazard awareness software download for i think £3 meant i passed my THEORY very comfortably. This book is more about prepping you for the other tests. You will want to at the very least practice hazard awareness videos for the theory.
Can't wait to get on 2 wheels. Happy riding folks!
BUT this is a book about passing your test so I'd expect the sections on taking the test, licences etc to be up to date. Firstly I was disappointed though to read on page x "Since the text was prepared,there have been changes in the law. For details see website: www.uit.co.uk/B-PTBT/Errata". If I wanted to go on-line to read what these changes were I'd buy an e-book. Then I was even more disappointed to find out that this errata page does not even exist!
I am guessing that the changes referred to are around the licence requirements which is alluded to on page 7 "New licence laws come into force in 2013" but no further details are given. However as all the information in that section is completely out of date I think that this is a reasonable guess. The book was published in 2011, and the law changed in 2013 so I find it hard to believe that there was no time to revise this section, especially because the book has been reprinted since 2013 to add the statement on page x quoted earlier. Would it have been too hard to either get the original authors or even agency staff to update the relevant pages before the reprint or even at least ensure that the errata link worked?
I'm keeping the book for the advice given in some of the other chapters but I don't feel able to give this book a higher rating when the publisher knows that the content is wrong and has carried out such a half hearted attempt to correct it.
My boyfriend and his Dad (who has been riding 30 years!) have both learnt something from this book so it is not just for beginners- but I would not have passed without it!
Only four stars because the cover pic on Amazon (as of Feb 2014) show it contains "All 900 theory test questions" whereas in fact the edition I got does not have any. I would still recommend this book to anyone starting out on a motorbike.
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