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A Twist of the Wrist: Motorcycle Road Racer's Handbook - Volume 1 Paperback – 1 Dec 1983

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Code Break; New Ed edition (1 Dec. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965045013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965045018
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.3 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andy Ibbott is an experienced journalist and former road test editor of Motor Cycle News. He was the first British coach employed in the UK by the California Superbike School, which now operates motorcycling courses at Silverstone, Rockingham and Cadwell Park. He has coached a number of up-and-coming 125cc and 250cc riders on the MotoGP scene.


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Format: 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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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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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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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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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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..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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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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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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