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More Proficient Motorcycling: Mastering the Ride [Paperback]

David L. Hough
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March 1 2003
For anyone who rides, reading this book will kick start the quest of mastering the ride.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Reference Addition To The First Book July 10 2003
The author continues to build upon the skills outlined and described in the first Proficient Motorcycling book.
Though this book is not organized the same.
The first book was a nice balance of "MSF" type theory, real life riding experience, drawings, pictures, and diagrams.
This book is more of a story telling best practice manual. The author tells a story of an event either he experienced or a friend experienced and then breaks down what was done and could have been improved on. Chapters range from Long Distance Riding Tactics, Mental Prepardness, and Route Selection, to Bike Maintenance scenerios, Curve Scenarios, and International Road Rules.
There is some overlap between books, as some theory needs to be explained again to be able to correllate the story to the instructions.
If your a beginner biker then you will appreciate reading this book after the first proficient book, just for the real life experiences you might expect to encounter.
If your a seasoned rider then some of the stories will seem familiar, and you may find yourself re-evaluating what happened during your ride.
I recommend reading the first book, Proficient Motorcycling Ultimate Guide, then getting some of your own experience under your belt before diving into this book. You will find the stories easier to visualize in your mind and much more memorable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars informative May 25 2014
By brenda
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informative, easy to understand book. great for upgrading skills and refreshing what riding should be about. recommend for new and experienced riders
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5.0 out of 5 stars "An important book for riders" Oct. 25 2013
By Squire
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I had taken the motorcycle safety course offered by the relevant Provincial Safety Council here in Canada before reading this book. "More Proficient Motorcycling" makes sense to the novice rider by tying the functional characteristics of a motorcycle, to the functionality of rider and machine operating efficiently and safely together. Efficiency and safety are intimately connected. The book points this out in an easy to read and entertaining fashion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Biker Book for Staying Alive July 28 2013
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I've read my son's copy of this book every year at the start of the season. I finally got my own, for an outstanding price.

BIKERS - READ THIS BOOK - it may save your life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bikers, get this book! Oct. 25 2003
David L. Hough's book "Proficient Motorcycling" showed me how little I really knew about the mechanical dynamics of a motorcycle. While I have been riding for a while, and am a safe rider, with Hough's book it has become a lot clearer about what a motorcycle is realing doing as I ride. Hough covers, in detail, many topics of safe riding, but he also helps you understand the mechanical dynamics of the motorcycle, in depth. By knowing what the machine wants to do under normal conditions, and under what conditions the machine fails us, we can better ride within the the margins of the bike's design and conditions. No matter how proficient you think you are already, Hough's book will help you understand what the machine is designed to do, and not do, and how important the rider is to it's safe operation. With the book in hand, plan on reading a chapter and wanting to go for a ride just to relate Hough's points to real riding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More for riders...less for beginners May 21 2004
The 1st Hough book Proficient Motorcycling is a very complete overview of the motorcycle, its mechanics and basic safety. That book serves starting riders very well. I read "More" proficient motorcycling soon after I finished the first book and when I had less than 200 miles under my belt. At that point in time I found that I was not ready for the 2nd book. I couldn't make sense of the examples. The book is much more a discussion with riders than a training course for beginners.
This spring after beginning to commute to work on the motorcycle and having many more hours of cycle time I re-read the book in prerparation to return to the road. With more experience the book was much more useful. Where the first book told the reader what to do, "More" gives examples, choices and options for the rider to consider.
The book is extremely thought provoking. It contains many excellent examples including a section that describes how you can lay out your own training course (assuming you have the tarmac to do it)and much helpful advice on cornering.
If you are just starting out read the first book before this you read this one. You'll need the grounding. If you are an experienced rider I would suggest reading this book every year as you gear up for the riding season (unless of course you are lucky enough to live where its always riding season, then I'd make it a New Year's resolution).
Any way you slice it its another excellent book from Mr. Hough.
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