Item description for Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well by David L. Hough...
This fresh update of the world's best introduction to safe street-riding techniques now marries color imagery and contemporary road scenes with expanded content and more real road hazard strategies written in clear, concise,easy-to follow instruction that has made the book #1.
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Hough is a two-time winner of the National Motorcycle Safety Foundation's award for "Excellence in Motorcyle Safety Journalism." He has been writing a column called "Proficient Motorcycling" in Motorcycle Consumer News for 20 years. His column is often cited by rider training professionals as the best single source of riding tips and advice ever written for both the novice and veteran rider. David is an artist, photographer, riding instructor, and world traveler, and he makes his home in Port Angeles, Washington.
Reviews - What do customers think about Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well?
Very Nice Book......Half Of It Not Relevant To India Sep 11, 2008
This is a good must read book for every motorcyclist newbie or seasoned, who loves to ride and would like to live to tell the tales. It has given me fabulous insights to handling the bike, leaning through corners and very good tips to ride safe. However, in India, where most of you westerners would have small heart attacks just riding around in cars, the tips and lessons on road and traffic is all but irrelevant. Here sharing the same lane with someone is the accepted thing. Still a good book and a must read for all
Lives up to the promise Sep 3, 2008
This book, which is referenced and applauded by every other motorcycle instruction resource, lives up to all expectations. For the beginner it should be considered their two-wheel bible. More experienced riders can benefit by gaining insights before riding off into unfamiliar environments: the urban rider crossing a high mountain pass for the first time or what the farmer can expect passing through the desert. Anyone considering a trek across country should make reading this book part of their preparations. Think safety! Keep the Ride Alive!
Great Information, Flawed Presentation Aug 17, 2008
I just bought a new motorcycle after about 18 years out of the saddle and decided I needed to brush up on some riding tactics. I bought "Proficient Motorcycle" by David Hough to give me the refresher I needed.
The book itself is solid stock, with nice thick high quality gloss paper. The cover is even thicker paper that folds inward at the edges to prevent wear as you thumb through the pages. The binding is glued and threaded with fourteen strong stiches... high quality all around.
But wait... do you like sticky gooey residue all over the back cover of your books? No, you say? Well, you may be a little disappointed then. The "Free 144 Bonus Pages" is actually a CD-ROM attached to a plastic holder on the back of the book. The CD has a huge yellow warning sticker on it, "If you break this seal you cannot return the book". Ok fine. The problems start when you go to "break the seal". You have to literally destroy the plastic sleeve to get the CD out, which requires you to pull it from the back paper cover. This will rip some of the back cover off with it. And now there is a sticky adhesive mess all over the back cover that will stick to the back page when you shut it. I had to put tape all over the back cover in order to "seal in" all the adhesive residue from the advertisement CD.
And that's what the "144 bonus pages" are... advertisement for the Motorcycle Consumer News magazine. You get three old issues with plenty of oppurtunities to subscribe. They should have left this out, no one want this CD and it destroys the book cover.
So, a little worse for the wear, I cracked open the book and read it from cover to cover.
The information contained was useful and enjoyable to read. But the "enjoyable to read" part actually has an expense to it. The motorcyle lingo and the off-the-cuff casual nature will put you at ease, but when this style sours into heavy sarcasm, it can be confusing.
For example, on page 38 shows a photograph of a couple on a motorcyle wearing the lid-style helmets. Perfectly legal and popular where I live. The caption says, "You don't really need a real helmet if you are clever enough to avoid crashes." Yes, pretty obvious sarcasm but possible misleading.
There is other questionable language in the text also. Sometimes Hough will refer to crash victims as "road stains". That's always tacky, regardless of context. On more than one occasion he refers to scruffy bikers that like to wear black leather with metal studs as "terrorists" and at other times as "biker trash". This is type of language is not funny and not necessary.
Those negatives aside, however, I really enjoyed the writing style. Hypothetical characters like "Interstate Al" and "Biker Bob" are not only enjoyable to read about, but made me think of their situations when I was out on the road. This is a very effective teaching tool that I found enjoyable and informative.
Overall, I think this book is worth the money. The information is very valuable and it is presented in a enjoyable way. I am without a doubt a better rider after reading "Proficient Motorcycling". I am even thinking about buying Hough's next installment, "More Proficient Motorcycling". I may have pointed out a few negatives about the presentation here, but I am happy I bought and read this book, and my overall impressions are positive.
Essential reading Aug 15, 2008
This book is essential reading for the new biker. If you have not already figured it out, this book is the bible for motorcycle safety.
A must for anyone that want to know everything about riding. Aug 12, 2008
This book is a great read and a good reference book for anyone that wants to improve their riding skills on a motorcycle. The author is very knowledgable and goes into great details about every subject dealing with riding. I would recommend this book to everyone.