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What is the best book on street riding?

I have ridden dirt bikes for 30+ years. Some were street legal so I have ridden on the street. The Versys is my first full fledged street bike. I know I can ride better on the street with some training. What is the best book on street riding?
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The Motorcycle Safety Foundation's MSF Course book.

http://www.msf-usa.org/index_new.cfm...gename=Library

They also offer weekend riding courses and provide the bikes (and gear, if you need it).

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And in addition to the MSF course this book will complement your training nicely....

http://www.webbikeworld.com/books/pr...torcycling.htm

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Here is my favorite - "Proficient Motorcycling" by David Hough (former columnist for Motorcycle Consumers News):

http://www.amazon.com/Proficient-Mot.../dp/1889540536

It is crammed packed with good advice on street riding, hazards to look out for, etc.
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"TOTAL CONTROL - High Performance Street Riding Techniques" by Lee Parks. I took their Advanced Riders Course last winter, and it REALLY improved my riding.
I'm SERIOUSLY considering taking it again THIS winter!

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An alternative
"the Police riders handbook to better motorcycling"
ISBN 0-11-341143-X

its not a great read (in fact its dull as heck), but its full of information

its a book issued to bike riders wanting to become police riders in the UK
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Twist of the Wrist 2 DVD

http://www.twistofthewristdvd.com/

and both books of the same title

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Here is my favorite - "Proficient Motorcycling" by David Hough (former columnist for Motorcycle Consumers News):

http://www.amazon.com/Proficient-Mot.../dp/1889540536

It is crammed packed with good advice on street riding, hazards to look out for, etc.
Over and over, Ive only heard good things about this book. It's definitely on my to buy list.


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David Hough ' Proficient Motorcycling " (book one, although More Prof MC is a good extension of it.) Buy both. 17 bucks each on Amazon. There are no better books on street riding. Period.
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I cant believe nobodys mentioned "Sport Riding Techniques" by Nick Ienatsch. Great pictures and easy to implement. Whichever books you read just remember the 3 P's... practice, patience, and more practice. Good safe controlled riding takes time.

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I liked Hough's first book,a lot, well written, real world useful stuff. His second was just rehashed and dull imho. Thought Ienatsch's book was well written but very technical and seemed more geared toward track riding...

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Hough's book is about safety on the streets. It's good to read, and good to thumb through later on when you start riding a little too crazy. For performance work, Total Control has a step by step section on cornering though you learn so much more in class.
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"TOTAL CONTROL - High Performance Street Riding Techniques" by Lee Parks. I took their Advanced Riders Course last winter, and it REALLY improved my riding.
I'm SERIOUSLY considering taking it again THIS winter!
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I will add my voice to the chorus:

a. a healthy dose of fear will help

b. taking the msf course will help...take it even if you have a motorcycle endorsement already

c. reading "Proficient Motorcycling" by David Hough will help.
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I must be a weirdo of sorts, I read all of the above books...

Element, you say that experience is what it counts...well, in order to get some you have to live long enough

Everyone is different, the people I ride with went to track days and took courses in order to ride fast/er. What I did was...read lots of books and applied those suggestions in the real life. Such as learning how to attack a curve -what/where to be/look for, practice emergency braking while leaned over, being smooth with the controls and doing the rocker thingy (i.e., while accelerating you release the brake, and vice-versa in order to keep the bike balanced at all times), and the list go on...

I would definitely recommend reading track books and street books. Combine the two and you get the best of both world, almost

Having said that, reading or doing track days don't get one far without practicing certain aspects of this sport. Friend of mine is still dumbfounded over his reaction when he got cut off by a driver turning left. He is a very good rider, and he does track days monthly, yet in that situation he overreacted, squished the front brake too much while leaned over.

Skills come from practice, I guess that's one reason I see experienced riders taking the Experienced Riders Course each spring
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Here is my favorite - "Proficient Motorcycling" by David Hough (former columnist for Motorcycle Consumers News):

http://www.amazon.com/Proficient-Mot.../dp/1889540536

It is crammed packed with good advice on street riding, hazards to look out for, etc.
I second this one, a great book.

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An alternative
"the Police riders handbook to better motorcycling"
ISBN 0-11-341143-X

its not a great read (in fact its dull as heck), but its full of information

its a book issued to bike riders wanting to become police riders in the UK
I've read most the books mentioned here, but the one above is my favorite. Yes, it's dry, but a LOT of thought went into it. I rank as #1. Still, no one book has it all.
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Some good books:

1. MSF Guide to Motorcycling Excellence (Skill, Knowledge and Strategies for Riding Right)
2. Motorcycle Touring and Travel by Bill Stermer
3. Motorcycling Excellence, 2nd ed.
4. More Proficient Motorcycling: Mastering the Ride
5. Twist of the Wrist I & II by Keith Code

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