Top positive review
great introduction to motorcyling
on 15 May 2012
If you are considering becoming a motorcyclist I highly recommend you buy this book. It covers a great range of questions you will want answering along your journey of training, further training and fun, controlled riding. It introduces you to the bike controls etc and gives a guide on buying your first bike, including the different types available, the pro's and cons of buying private or trade and more.
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!