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Read a book!

It is amazing how much you can learn about any subject just by reading. Motorcycle riding is no exception. There is more to it than you think. What else is there to do when it is cold and miserable outside?

One that I recommend is A Twist of the Wrist II by Keith Code.
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I always recommend "Proficient Motorcycling" by David Hough as well as "Street Strategies" by David Hough as a daily devotion. Also, "Total Control" by Lee Parks is a great reference.

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I attended Keith Code's California Superbike School in Nov. Reading a book is fine, but there is nothing like getting on the bike and learning from people that know. It was one of the most informative and fun two days ever!


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I went to the Keith Code school. If you read the book first you will get much more out of it.
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It is amazing how much you can learn about any subject just by reading. Motorcycle riding is no exception. There is more to it than you think. What else is there to do when it is cold and miserable outside?

One that I recommend is A Twist of the Wrist II by Keith Code.
While I agree this book as some great tidbits of info I think he probably could have benefited from an editor or ghost writer. With more concise writing it would be an easier read and only require half the number of pages. While the technical content is good it has to rank up there among some of the worst examples of "how to" book writing IMO. Suggest checking your local library for a copy.

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Great suggestion (reminder)

A couple of mine:

I tried "Sport Riding Techniques" by Nick Ienatsch. Horrible!

The guy must have been depressed when he wrote it. Basically he fills your head with any way he can think of for you to die on a motorcycle. I want to know how to ride well, not how NOT TO DIE!

"The Essential Guide to Dual Sport Motorcycling" by Carl Adams
Excellent!

It improved my dirt and street riding. Well recommended.

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I have read all of the above probably since I have a grandson that I ride with. Nick Ienatsch's book was one of the best in my opinion and I didn't like Keith Code's work at all. Nick continues to write and encourage riders to learn better motorcycle control, using techniques that are learnable with a little practice.

I also took a Yamaha Riders school at Miller Motorsport Park, taught by Ken Hill, who is a workmate with NIck. Again, the teaching method was well presented and then put into practice on the track.

Any training is better than none, but Nick and Ken Hill are two of the best.

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David Hough's Proficient Motorcycling and More Proficient Motorcycling.

Just started reading Ken Condon's Riding in the Zone, which I was lucky enough to win as a door prize at the New England Riders annual holiday party. Ken was there and kind enough to sign my copy. Ken writes the monthy "Proficient Riding" and "Street Strategies" columns in Motorcycle Consumer News, too.


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While it may not make you a better rider, it is a great read: "The Ride So Far" by Lance Oliver. And the bonus is Lance is one of our own forum members.

http://www.theridesofar.com/author/lance-oliver/

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While it may not make you a better rider, it is a great read: "The Ride So Far" by Lance Oliver. And the bonus is Lance is one of our own forum members.

http://www.theridesofar.com/author/lance-oliver/




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