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Pictures nice but could do better
on 8 June 2009
I really wanted to like this book and even pre-ordered it but..... I have given it two stars. Two because I have huge respect for Simon Pavey and having attended his excellent offroad BMW training school (but take some body armour with you)and am now a regular green laner. The book starts weakly - what bike to choose? Well to keep the shelf life of the book the author appears to choose nothing except states the "different strokes for different folks" philosophy which isn't much help. Doesn't even try to weigh up the few main stream bikes available in this area. Try Adventure motorcycling handbook or TBM magazine. What luggage er - depends what you want but no real weighing of the pro's and con's of hard over soft etc. In fact two articles of about 900 words in the Jan and Feb edition of TBM covered more detail than the whole of this book on bike and luggage selection.
That could all be forgiven if the rest of the book was solid after all it is about riding techniques - but it isn't. Some good info initially and how to pick a bike up etc but - putting wieght on the handle bars if you ride ruts! That's not what they teach at the off road school if you do that the front tyre edge grips the rut edge twists the front tyre and spits you off. You lighten the front and steer through the foot pegs. Basically any book that trys to teach a physical sport is going to struggle but I think some aspects are basically misleading or not properly described. I got so frustrated with the thing that I gave it to my son (age 12- keen dirt biker) to look at the pictures which are ace. My recomendation is save your money and put it towards some off road training you won't learn riding skills through a book and if you want a good book on the subject of adventure riding then go for the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook by Chris Scott