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Adventure Riding Techniques: The Essential Guide to All the Skills You Need for Off-Road Adventure Riding [Hardcover]

Robert Wicks , Greg Baker
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Book Description

Nov. 1 2009
Every motorcycle adventure presents new challenges – terrain, weather, geography, mechanical issues, survival and navigation. Adventure Riding Techniques is designed to act as the essential and definitive guide to all the specialist skills one would need for off road adventure riding. It is designed to fill the reader with the confidence needed to undertake a long distance adventure ride, whatever the conditions. The book delivers a practical approach to adventure bike basics, riding techniques, crossing different types of terrain (everything from rivers and mud to rocks and deep sand), riding positions and strategies for survival. A long distance motorcycle journey is a significant undertaking and giving the reader insight into vital techniques and skills is this book’s unique difference. Specialists in the field will be used to demonstrate techniques and provide insightful information for aspiring adventure riders.

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About the Author

Robert Wicks has written two books for Haynes – Adventure Motorcycling and Adventure Riding Techniques. He is currently the Commercial Director for the Powerboat P1 World Championship.

Greg Baker is a very experienced motorcycle enthusiast, having owned more than 35 different motorcycles and ridden adventure-style through various terrains around the world. He is co-author, with Robert Wicks, of Haynes' Adventure Riding Techniques.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read - great photography Feb. 3 2010
By G. Neal
This book was pretty much as expected. A little light on the finer details of the techniques used but still useful to any new adventure rider. The images used in the book are great and with most of the major techniques / scenarios shown give a step by step sequence to show what is really going on.

To sum up, this book is certainly no replacement to a good off-road training program but it is interesting, gives a few very useful tips and is certainly a good book to have on any adventure riders shelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How to.. Aug. 20 2010
By Soulman
Absolutely prepare you for riding off-road. Full color pictures, with most techniques broken down to multi-frame instruction. Tells you how to pick up your bike properly (the easy way), as well as techniques for all terrain, from sand, to gravel, mud, and even water! I feel confident to ride wherever my bike takes me after reading this manual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says ... Aug. 29 2013
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A very good book about precise measures on how to properly ride an adventure or dual purpose bike off road. There is nothing like the skills learned of actually riding off road but this book gives you the proper basics with which to practice and learn this particular motorcycle skill-set. That and the reseller was amazing. The book came from England in a very short time in excellent condition. Highly recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 50 words stretched over 5000 March 24 2011
Like a poor high school book report, the author really had a very thin statement and a couple of topic ideas - and managed to stretch it (with redundant photos) over a hundred or so pages. His ideas are solid and widely known but included absolutely nothing new or insightful. Borrow this book from a library...you will never read it twice or refer to it in the future.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  21 reviews
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best riding "how to" books I've read Dec 11 2009
By Dorian Sleeper - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished reading Adventure Riding Techniques by Robert Wicks and Greg Baker (forward and tips by Simon Pavey). I am relatively new to the big adventure bikes so I'm always curious about adventure-bike-specific riding tips and tricks relative to these big, heavy machines. Since I'm a motorcycle riding book anorak (and a sucker for cool motorcycle pics this book has in spades) I have read a lot of "how to" books on riding over the years - most of which for me didn't do a very good job of getting the idea/point across. I've found it difficult to envision riding techniques by way of some pictures and detailed descriptions from a book relative to how it is actually done in the field; like an actual riding class conducted on various terrain and obstacles would do. This is one of the better books in my opinion. It would be a great classroom text book to use as a basis for a comprehensive adventure bike riding course. Chapters address choosing a bike and gear for the type of riding you want to do and basic riding positions, bike CofG etc. There's a chapter on riding different terrain like gravel, sand, mud, rocks, rivers etc and essential skills like clutch/throttle/brake control, slow speed riding and balance, line choice, getting out of trouble and more. Also a chapter dedicated to specialist techniques; brake and power sliding, jumps, speed and more. Although the book's main focus is on riding techniques, in the final chapter it touches on some salient points about long distance riding prep, fitness, navigation, safety, group vs. solo riding etc. All in all, an interesting read. A lot of it I found helpful and the stuff I already knew (and am figuring out) reinforced. The majority of the pictures in the book were taken in Iceland - spectacular and worth the price of the book in my humble opinion.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars weak July 5 2010
By yaw - Published on Amazon.com
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Not a lot of substance to this book and it is difficult to read. Nice pictures, though none are particularly useful. Part of the problem, and this is most likely a small part, stems from poor translation (from Icelandic?). But what makes the book unnecessarily difficult to understand are poor writing and a lack of editing. When was the last time you read a book with basic errors like repeated repeated words?

I've flipped the book open to a random page where the discussion is about snow. "And don't forget that some pedestrians suddenly prefer walking on the pavement when there's snow on the ground. There are different types of snow. The sort that's good for snowballs because it sticks together so well, will fill in the tyre tread pattern and quickly build up under the mudguard. This leads to a lessening of grip on the road surface and a growing braking effect from the compacting snow between the tyre and guard." This passage is very typical for this book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding in all respects March 4 2010
By William H. Squires - Published on Amazon.com
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Best I've read on the subject of big bike dual sport riding. Certainly better than the video's I've purchased in the past. Wicks, the author, covers it all. From selecting the bike that includes comparisons among different brands to riding gear to different luggage cases. Photography is excellent, makes one want to go to Iceland to ride. Covers rocks, sand, mud, water, hills, all aspects. Includes tips on getting out of trouble. If you only buy one book, this is the one. If you are constantly searching out new information, add this to your library.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best primer for riding on dirt and other types of surfaces May 21 2011
By Gearhead Mania - Published on Amazon.com
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Adventure Riding Techniques

As someone who is only interested in riding motorcycles on tarmac, I purchased Adventure Riding Techniques (ART) to get a better perspective of how to handle different types of terrain and to learn more about riding on dirt. The old adage, "learn by riding on dirt" seems to have a lot of truth in its foundation. Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, and Troy Bayliss are just some of the world's top motorcycle racers with roots grounded in dirt bikes and motorcrossing. I also watched both documentaries, Long Way Round and Long Way Down, and have learned a great deal about motorcycles. I don't have the opportunity to hit dirt trails on a whim, and I never liked dirt bikes, dual sports, adventure touring bikes, or offroad motorcycles but in my quest to improve my riding technique, this was a great start in my opinion.

Adventure Riding Techniques is mostly about technique. There are some chapters concerning proper safety equipment and tips on selecting a proper motorcycle for the journey. As a rider that is more interested in learning more about motorcycles, I found a great deal of value in this book - much more so than Carl Adams' Dual Sport Motorcycling.

The biggest take-away from Adventure Riding Techniques is to stay loose and relaxed on the bike, and to utilize body movement and positioning to maintain balance. Valentino Rossi utilizes his height (albeit, not very tall by absolute standards at around 5'10") to shift the weight around on the motorcycle. In ART, this concept is reinforced at almost every corner. There are diagrams showing the basic positions for each type of scenario which is very helpful. I was apprehensive about standing up on the bike and used to think that it was for showing off (like Rossi's victory lap shenanigans) but increasing sight distance and to handle rough terrain are two legitimate reasons for standing up on the footpegs!

I was pleasantly surprised by the coverage on brake sliding in turns and power sliding. These are generally very dangerous to practice with on tarmac, but being able to read about the procedures and what happens in these situations was a treat. Nicky Hayden's motorcycles were always shown as examples of how each MotoGP rider operates differently. His bikes always had a larger rear disc since he is used to riding on dirt, while other riders like John Hopkins avoid using the rear brake. Doing a clutch dump or sliding the rear tire are essentially two ways of initiating a drift in a 4-wheeled car, so again I like how ART covers riding techniques that aren't quite covered in the MSF courses.

There are some exercises or concepts that are tightly integrated with those taught for road motorcycles. One of them is how to steer and ride very slowly. In Riding like a Pro, the Motorman teaches how to use the friction zone and to drag the rear brake in order to ride at 1-3 MPH. Hahn's Maximum Control also teaches a similar routine. In ART, that concept is very important for certain terrain as well as to limit wheelspin. ART also mentions the need to turn off ABS to get closer to the threshold of locking up the brakes to obtain maximum braking. A lot of new riders are eager to purchase bikes with combined, linked, and/or ABS brakes due to the safety factor.

Placing weight on the outside footpeg in a turn is something that Hough teaches in Proficient Motorcycling, as well as Keith Code in his Twist of the Wrist series (albeit Code calls it pivot steering).

Some of the other concepts come in handy with driving cars on loose terrain. Braking early before hitting loose terrain (like snow, ice, or mud) is important whether you have 2 wheels or 4 wheels as traction becomes the name of the game.

There are lots of great photographs, which seem to complement the lack of text. This is in stark contrast to Dual Sport Motorcycling where I felt there was a great deal of text and information, but it was presented in a way that was lost in translation. I did not like how ART demonstrates lifting a fallen motorcycle. With that method it is easy to hurt one's back, groin muscles, and/or shoulders. In Riding like a Pro, Motorman's method is a time tested method where petite women are able to lift 600+ lb fallen heavy weight motorcycles by themselves. In ART, that method looks very similar to what Ewan and Charley tried to do in the myriad of times they dropped their bike, as well as how MotoGP and World Superbike riders/track marshalls use to lift the bike and it rarely works the first time.

Overall: 4/5 stars, if you have to buy one book for learning about riding techniques on different terrain (non-tarmac) - this is it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent April 19 2010
By S. Rio - Published on Amazon.com
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Excelent photos, tips and skill improvement.
Also excelent print quality.
Highly recomended for all Adventure Riders.
Excelent buy!!!
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