Mastering the Ride

Author: David L. Hough
Publisher: i5 Publishing
ISBN: 9781620080191
Release Date: 2012-07-24
Genre: Transportation

Best-selling author David Hough is the anti-bad ass of motorcyclists, a serious down-to-earth master of two- (and three-) wheeled street rods who is interested in the safety and road smarts of his fellow motorcyclists. Mastering the Ride is his follow-up book to one that put him on the map, Proficient Motorcycling, and it goes one better. For motorcyclists ready to take their rides to the next level, Mastering the Ride is an exhilarating course in skills, safety, and common sense. Hough’s writing style is straightforward and conversational, never professorial, preachy, or boring. With instructional color photographs and drawings, the book covers improving the rider’s skills of speed and passing on superslabs, mountain roads, and city streets; anticipating and handling street and road hazards, from treacherous tar snakes to lane-weaving drivers; and learning the limits of sight distances, executing quick stops at sudden hazards as well as curves. The book devotes two full chapters to the skills involved in mastering cornering, with specific advice about rolling on and off the throttle, shifting, braking, countersteering, body steering and positioning, and cornering lines. In the chapter “Mastering the Art of Conspicuity,” Hough recommends riders understand and employ conspicuity, that is understanding how motorcyclists and car drivers see their surroundings and getting others to see you on the road by use of hi-viz clothing, LED lights, and other gear. The key to safety rests in increased situational awareness—the topic of the next chapter—the ability to predict how road events will unfold by thinking through the possibilities way before a potential hazard presents itself. Thanks to Hough’s direct and specific instructions to riders for what they need to know, to improve, to avoid, and to do every time they get on their bikes, this chapter and the skills it describes are nothing short of life-saving. In short, Mastering the Ride is a crash course in how not to crash—that is, after all is read and done, what every motorcyclists must avoid for his own life and the lives of others on the road. As Eric Trow, a motorcycle safety journalist and instructor states on the back cover, “Mastering the Ride should be required reading for every road-going motorcyclist and become the companion of any rider serious about advancing his or her road craft.” Voni Glaves, the record-setting million-mile BMW rider, is a long-time Hough fan who relied on Hough’s “wisdom” back in the 1970s when the author was a columnist. “The latest from David brings together his years of experience and his unique analysis to make the case for mastery in a conversational way that makes [Mastering the Ride] impossible to put down. The breadth and depth of the information…is astounding.” A section on the aging rider, including ways to compensate for older riders’ slower reaction times and readapting their skills, is included in the appendix, as is a travelogue of Hough’s road trips to some of his favorite locations. A glossary, resources section, and index complete the book.

More Proficient Motorcycling

Author: David L. Hough
Publisher: i5 Publishing
ISBN: 9781935484684
Release Date: 2010-10-26
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Written as a stand-alone or follow-up to David L. Hough’s wildly successful duo, "Proficient Motorcycling" and "Street Strategies," this book contains invaluable lessons for avoiding nasty accidents. Presenting new tips and topics geared toward protecting riders from road dangers with a special focus on mental and physical preparedness. Diagrams, examples, plain talk, and Hough’s practical attitude make this one of the most accessible guides available.

Proficient Motorcycling

Author: David L. Hough
Publisher: i5 Publishing
ISBN: 9781935484677
Release Date: 2010-11-09
Genre: Transportation

From the publishers of Motorcycle Consumer News, Shifting Gears at 50 is a one-of-a-kind motorcycling manual for returning and late-entry riders, essentially anyone 40 years old and up who’s looking to hit the road on two wheels. Author Philip Buonpastore, a motorcycle journalist and retired US Air Force photographer, helps readers gear up to get back on a motorcycle (or get on one for the first time). In Part 1, “Becoming a Motorcyclist,” Buonpastore discusses the basics of buying the right bike, gear, and equipment and getting the bike up to speed. The book continues with a good overview of learning to ride, the importance of taking a road course, venturing out on the first ride, and extending rides to long-distance jaunts. Throughout Part 1 are sidebars by riding- safety instructor and expert Walt Fulton, offering sound advice on safety precautions and execution for every leg of the new and returning rider’s journey. The author emphasizes what older riders should be aware of and which factors can affect their rides. Adding lots of great firsthand advice are humorous and helpful stories collected by the author and related by returning riders at various ages, from their late 30s to 60s. In Part 2, Buonpastore shares five of his favorite travelogues covering his long-distance tours around the US, from the American South to the west coasts. This section is illustrated by over 100 of the author’s breathtaking photographs of the various locations he toured on his bike. The foreword to the book is provided by best-selling motorcycle author David Hough (author of I-5 Press’s Proficient Motorcycling and Mastering the Ride). Hough writes, “If you’re getting into today’s motorcycling at an age your doctor would describe as ‘middle aged’ or ‘senior,’ do you yourself a clever favor and read Phil’s book.”

Total Control

Author: Lee Parks
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 9780760343449
Release Date: 2015-01-15
Genre: Sports & Recreation

A completely revised version of one of the best-selling motorcycle riding skills books of all time. Today's super high-performance bikes are the most potent vehicles ever sold to the public and they demand advanced riding skills. Get it right, and a modern motorcycle will provide you with the thrill of a lifetime; get it wrong and you'll be carted off in a meat wagon. The line between ecstasy and agony is so thin that there is absolutely no margin for error. Total Control provides you with the information you need to stay on the healthy side of that line, providing a training course developed and perfected through decades of professional training in Lee Parks' Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic. This is the perfect book for riders who want to take their street riding skills to a higher level. Total Control explains the ins and outs of high-performance street riding. Lee Parks, one of the most accomplished riders, racers, authors and instructors in the world, helps riders master the awe-inspiring performance potential of modern motorcycles. This book gives riders everything they need to develop the techniques and survival skills necessary to become a proficient, accomplished, and safer street rider. High quality photos, detailed instructions, and professional diagrams highlight the intricacies and proper techniques of street riding and the knowledge gained will apply to all brands of bikes from Harley-Davidson and Suzuki to Ducati and Kawaski to Honda and BMW and more! Readers will come away with a better understanding of everything from braking and cornering to proper throttle control, resulting in a more exhilarating yet safer ride.

Maximum Control

Author: Pat Hahn
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 9780760336748
Release Date: 2010-01-03
Genre: Transportation

This is the first how-to guide for riding a big bike, with clear information on differences in equipment and handling, steering, positioning, powering up, braking and carrying a passenger.

Riding in the Zone

Author: Ken Condon
Publisher: Whitehorse Press
ISBN: 1884313760
Release Date: 2009-02-15
Genre: Transportation

Riding motorcycles is fun but Ken Condon maintains there is a state of being beyond the simple pleasure of rolling down the road, this book was written to help other riders find that state of being. It's the experience of being physically and mentally present in the moment, where every sense is sharply attuned to the ride. Your mind becomes silent to the chatter of daily life and everyday problems seem to dissolve, you feel a deeper appreciation for life. Your body responds to this state of being with precise, fluid movements, you feel in balance, your muscles are relaxed, and it seems as though every input you make is an expression of mastery. This is "the Zone." Condon has identified all the factors that affect entering the Zone and addresses each one individually, from the development of awareness and mental skills to mastering physical control of the motorcycle. At the end of each chapter are drills designed to transform the book's ideas into solid riding skills. A companion DVD is included to demonstrate each concept and technique.

Street Strategies

Author: David L. Hough
Publisher: i5 Publishing LLC
ISBN: 9781620080009
Release Date: 2012-05-08
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Street Strategies is a unique collection of street riding savvy gleaned from years of real-life motorcycling. Each page serves as a reminder about a specific hazard and a short lesson designed to help readers avoid an accident. Perfect for the novice and expert alike.

Smooth Riding the Pridmore Way

Author: Reg Pridmore
Publisher: Whitehorse Press
ISBN: 1884313469
Release Date: 2004-06-28
Genre: Transportation

Former AMA racing champion Reg Pridmore, known worldwide for his popular CLASS Motorcycle Schools, brings his decades of experience on the track, street and classroom, to the readers of this new riding skills book. After reviewing the basics, Pridmore shows advance students how to focus on control in cornering, braking, and acceleration. A long-time proponent of the value of body-steering, Pridmore's insightful text explains how this controversial technique helped him win championships and how it can help everyday riders and budding racers become smoother, better riders. Sections on street strategies and riding gear make this a comprehensivehow-to riding skills book for anyone looking to improve their skills.

Street Rider s Guide

Author: David L. Hough
Publisher: i5 Publishing
ISBN: 9781620081723
Release Date: 2014-10-14
Genre: Transportation

A completely revised and updated edition of David Hough’s successful book Street Strategies, the all-new Street Rider’s Guide spells out safety tactics for motorcycle riders looking to get the most out of their favorite hobby…for as long as possible. Covering topics from A to Z, Street Rider’s Guide is the new go-to handbook for motorcyclists who want quick solutions to nearly 100 commonly encountered obstacles and road challenges, what safety experts like Hough call increasing a rider’s “situational awareness.” As Hough writes in the introduction, “…the most important way to avoiding crashes is to figure out what’s happening.” While many books exist on the market for riders looking to improve their ride or get better control of their bikes, no book out there is dedicated to helping riders develop their situational awareness, which is the most critical skill a rider can have. INSIDE STREET RIDER’S GUIDE Alphabetically arranged topics from “Alley Acumen” to “Zone Woes” Short descriptions of over 80 critical situations selected by the author Expert tips about how to recognize oncoming hazards and how to avoid them Each entry accompanied by a color photograph to illustrate real-life situation

Motorcycling the Right Way

Author: Ken Condon
Publisher: i5 Publishing
ISBN: 9781620081884
Release Date: 2015-04-21
Genre: Transportation

Expert motorcyclist and author Ken Condon knows there is a right way to hit the road and track when you’re behind the handlebars. In this new book Motorcycling the Right Way, Condon lays out a basic riding course for motorcyclists who are smart enough to acknowledge that “you don’t know what you don’t know.” In setting forth the keys to riding safely and well, Condon’s method capitalizes on reducing risks and potential crashes and increasing the rider’s ever-improving skills and situational awareness. Filled with readable, useful advice and anecdotes from the road, Motorcycling the Right Way will be welcomed by beginners and returning riders, as well as experienced riders who are interested in learning more on the journey. -Adding new tools to the rider’s bag: multitasking, sensory intelligence, self and situational awareness, risk smarts, visibility, and attitude adjustment -Improving the rider’s ability to perceive danger, size up risks, and mentally prepare for the road -Expert advice on handling the bike, cornering, traction, braking, and turning -A sobering look at crashing and handling the aftermath of an accident -Special sections on dirt riding, group rides, highway riding, nighttime riding, passengers -The right way to avoid hazards and deal with perilous obstacles and road conditions

The Good Rider

Author: David L. Hough
Publisher:
ISBN: 0974742031
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Motorcycle touring


The Complete Idiot s Guide to Motorcycles

Author:
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0028642589
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Transportation

Covers everything from how to choose and maintain a motorcycle and how to buy appropriate gear to how to ride safely, and how to make the most out of trips on the open road. It also discusses motorcycle history and the timeless motorcycle mystique.

The Total Motorcycling Manual

Author: Mark Lindemann
Publisher:
ISBN: 0992625483
Release Date: 2014-05-29
Genre: Motorcycles

Filled with practical, hands-on-hints for everyone from weekend road-trippers to serious track-racing aficionados, this manual breaks down what you need to know.