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Old 10-17-2006, 02:53 PM   #1
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I'd like this thread to become a library of riding/motorcycle related books. I'll start with my favorite book. I really liked this book and read it from cover to cover. I HIGHLY recommend you read it. Especially if you're a new rider.

Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well
by David L. Hough
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Old 10-17-2006, 03:24 PM   #2
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http://www.amazon.com/Sport-Riding-T.../dp/1893618072

Sport Riding Techniques. Good for the street and track.


http://www.amazon.com/Motocross-Off-.../dp/0760308314

Pro Motocross & Off Road Motorcycle Riding Techniques.

For the dirty guys.
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Old 11-16-2006, 09:28 AM   #3
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I live in Montreal and am close to having to put my beloved bike away. Cross-country skiing will have to get me throught he winter. And some good bike books.
I recommend:
Ghost Rider by Neil Peart
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Pirsig
The Pefect Vehicle by Melissa Holbrook Pierson (Reading it now. It's great.)
Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevera
And my fave mag is Cycle World
Y'all have any other books recommendations?
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Old 11-19-2006, 05:29 PM   #4
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Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques

Ride Like a Pro IV [DVD]
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Old 11-20-2006, 10:49 AM   #5
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This motorcycling book list on Amazon seems to have all the standards. The one that came to mind was Keith Code's Twist of the Wrist series.
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Old 11-20-2006, 02:04 PM   #6
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This motorcycling book list on Amazon seems to have all the standards. The one that came to mind was Keith Code's Twist of the Wrist series.
Twist of the wrist is really good...and proves that Scientology isn't completly wasted! You already know a lot of whats written but haven't applied it in the way the book suggests...pretty cool.
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Old 11-20-2006, 02:11 PM   #7
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I just ordered 3 books

"Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Roadracers Handbook"
Keith Code; Paperback; $13.57

"A Twist of the Wrist 2: The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle Riding"
Keith Code; Paperback; $13.57

"Sport Riding Techniques: How To Develop Real World Skills for Speed, Safety, and Confidence on the Street and Track"
Nick Ienatsch; Paperback; $16.47

gota love amazon =)
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Old 11-20-2006, 03:37 PM   #8
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I like Smooth Riding the Pridmore Way
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Old 11-20-2006, 03:57 PM   #9
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zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance

" author's note - ...however,it should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox zen buddist practice. it's not vary factual on motorcycles either. "

it never gets old for me
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Old 11-20-2006, 05:33 PM   #10
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I guess I can make a recommendation too. I have this book and it totally kicks ass, reminds you there's always projects for the bike.

101 Sportbike Performance Projects
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Old 02-27-2007, 09:59 PM   #11
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Here's a couple more.

"Ride Hard, Ride Smart" by Pat Hahn. Mostly takes MSF-type stuff to logical conclusion, but adds a few interesting tips I hadn't seen in the others.

For those who've been backpacking, comedy is to be had from "Motorcycle Camping Made Easy" by Bob Woofter. Lists of resources, organizations, campgrounds and so on are really good, though.
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:32 PM   #12
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http://www.amazon.com/Honda-Motorcyc.../dp/0873499662

This book is cool if you like the older bikes, lots of pics and info on the early models.
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Hough's two Proficient Motorcycling books are my street riding bibles. Parks' Total Control is also good for the street. I found Code's Twist of the Wrist to be a worthless grouping of ideas for the street. I hear his second book is better but I haven't read it.
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Old 04-15-2008, 08:08 PM   #14
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I just finished re-reading Lee Parks Total control high performance street riding techniques. The books title and cover art are deceiving. You think you are buying a book to help you shred up the streets in your area but it is about being a safe and competent rider. The book covers some great stuff including concentration motivation and fear. It has its technical side as well but is written for the laymen. The book has taught me some usefull riding techniques that have boosted my confidence on the bike. This should be a must read for all newbies and a good refresher for any veteran. .
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Old 11-21-2008, 04:25 AM   #15
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....and there you are, all American, and no mention of Danny Meyer

Go to http://www.lifeisaroad.com/ and check out his books.

They're a great read, bikes, philosophy, fantasy.................and Dan's a damn nice bloke to boot.


Got to agree about the Holbrook Pierson book too. As a female rider, I can appreciate where she's coming from, and she writes it so well.

(if you want a forceful opinion on the majority of female riders, ask me)
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:43 PM   #16
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OK, I'll bite, LittleInsect. I'm _always_ interested in that sort of opinion (having many myself): May I lend my well-worn soapbox?

I'm presuming that I have not misinterpreted your invite. You have a forceful opinion concerning the majority of female riders? No sarcasm here. Out with it! I haven't seen that many out there in the flesh, being rather new to the pursuit myself. I see some in mags, mostly on cruisers or, predominantly, as "bike candy," for fat old farts (not that there's anything WRONG with fat old farts...some of my best friends are FOFs), but it is just the same old cr** to me. The addition of chrome makes no diff.

Bring it on, sister!

Oh, didn't mean to completely highjack this older thread, but +1 on the Hough book (only read the first one so far) and I'll add:

Stayin' Safe: The Art and Science of Riding Really Well
by the late Larry Grodsky. I'm most of the way through and it's packed with useful techniques, practice tips and advice.
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:55 PM   #17
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I enjoyed "A Twist of the Wrist 2" by Keith Code. Geared toward track riding, but it puts the physics of riding the motorcycle into understandable terms. He tells you what you should do in a situation and helps you understand why. That has made me a much better rider...street and track.
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Stayin' Safe: The Art and Science of Riding Really Well by the late Larry Grodsky. I'm most of the way through and it's packed with useful techniques, practice tips and advice.
Is there any irony in noting a book about "Stayin' Safe" was written by the LATE Larry Grodsky? (I don't know who he is, so maybe this is a dumb question.)
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Is there any irony in noting a book about "Stayin' Safe" was written by the LATE Larry Grodsky? (I don't know who he is, so maybe this is a dumb question.)
Not as much as you'd like. He was an instructor and founder of the "Stayin' Safe" school. Got killed when he hit a deer in the evening. Not much you can do about that, I don't think.
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Thank you jfeagin for the succinct response. Also, JWA, he wrote the Stayin' Safe column for Rider mag for almost twenty years.

Yeah, when your number's up, it's up. After probably a few million miles over decades and across the globe, there are worse ways to go. Can't control the deer, unfortunately. An actual statistic in some parts of the US for auto fatalities, not to mention bikes.

Despite the apparent irony, it's a good read with a lot of insight.

Obit is here, if interested:
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06101/681096-122.stm
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