David L. Hough. · Rating details · 1, ratings · 80 reviews. Proficient Motorcycling is hands down the best and most complete book ever written on how to. Proficient Motorcycling is hands down the best and most complete book ever written Fred Rau, Senior Editor, Motorcycle Consumer News. David L. Hough. Great book here: Proficient Motorcycling by David Hough. I read this book almost every year, even though some of the statistics are older now it.
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This is the book you need, if you want to ride well. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Retrieved from ” https: Like ‘ Roadcraft ‘, you have hoguh get on a bike and try things out every now and then, and there are frequent meaty bits that require thought.
The final chapter of the book, “Sharing the Ride,” is geared proficlent experienced riders who travel together in groups or who travel with a second passenger on the bike.
He’s not stuffy, either. Lots of useful riding info and strategies for staying safe on the street. And boy does he like to explain the hell out of things. I don’t actually recall what the product is.
Return to Book Page. It is a great book, but I’ve been ingesting it in bits and pieces. The Ultimate Guide proficint Riding Well.
It doesn’t read and it doesn’t follow Hough’s deer psychology. In the chapter called “Motorcycle Dynamics,” Hough spells out the equipment needed and basic skills required to control a bike, and specifically keeping the rider’s safety and ability to avoid potentially injurious or fatal crashes. First, the content — esp. The book offers the kind of first-hand experience that can literally save riders’ lives, as illustrated in the chapters “Booby Traps” and “Special Situations,” which offer evasive tactics and advice to avoid and handle everything from slick surfaces, curbs, and construction plates to ferocious dogs, hazardous wildlife, and difficult weather conditions.
Hough has much more to say on this subject in the ‘Street Strategies’ book, which is on our future reading list.
The writing style was conversational and above average quality. You will become a safer, more efficient, faster rider fewer mistakes means more speed. This can motorcyclinng reaction and braking time in an emergency. Petersburg TimesretrievedDavid Hough, author of two books on proficient motorcycling, says older bikers sometimes outsmart themselves.
I think if all the pop-psych, elitist, and doom and gloom discussion was removed from the book you’d probably have a useful pamphlet stating mostly the obvious but maybe providing a good to review from time to time. I would highly recommend this book to any new motorcycle rider.
Apr 05, Eric rated it it was amazing. This book helped me understand why motorcycles fall down through corners and turns. When you ride safe you may ride longer as you avoid tragic situations! The book can be left on the store’s shelf without any real impact in your riding safety skills.
Book ratings by Goodreads. He also addresses other vital skills that riders need to evaluate and improve, such as turning, maintaining balance and stability, and steering. Bunch of practice exercises which will help you create good habits, and good habits are fundamentals for safe riding. Refresh and try again. From inside the book. May 10, Brook rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains kotorcycling.
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.
Secondly, be prepared to deal with a rambling approach to informing you about street smart motorcycle riding. Views Read Edit View history. Thank you for all the motorcycliny and advice. The book is loaded with information, covering everything from bad habits riders develop to riding in rough conditions. Aug 22, Philip added it. These are all very practical pointers that helped me figure out non-optimal parts of my cornering technique, including the benefits of slowing down for turns using the brakes rather than engine braking.
If you’re an “attitude biker,” Hough may not be for you. I’d say my This review is written from the perspective of a motorcyclist, not as a reader. Proficient Motorcycling takes riders from long, snaking country roads right into the traffic of the big city, and Hough offers the best advice for riders dealing with the most motorcycljng conditions, whether it’s road construction, snap-jawed intersections, skateboarders, or suddenly slippery road surfaces.
Too much preaching, too much backing off, too much bowing to the inevitability of a situation and not enough control.
Great descriptions that make reader more conscious of how motorcycle works in lot of different situations. Proficient Motorcycling is hands down the best and most complete book ever written on how to ride a motorcycle safely and efficiently.
I finally took the recommendation of other veteran riders and did it. Hough deals succinctly with the gut issues of motorcycle safety. Account Options Sign in. There’s a few nuggets of gold in there, but lots of noise between them.
hoygh Parks, LeeTotal control: The second chapter is an analysis of motorcycle dynamics. The Washington legislation was the second rider ed bill enacted during In he published a compendium of his columns under the same name.