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David L. Hough
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April 22 2008
From the publishers of Motorcycle Consumer News, Shifting Gears at 50 is a one-of-a-kind motorcycling manual for returning and late-entry riders, essentially anyone 40 years old and up who’s looking to hit the road on two wheels. Author Philip Buonpastore, a motorcycle journalist and retired US Air Force photographer, helps readers gear up to get back on a motorcycle (or get on one for the first time).

In Part 1, “Becoming a Motorcyclist,” Buonpastore discusses the basics of buying the right bike, gear, and equipment and getting the bike up to speed. The book continues with a good overview of learning to ride, the importance of taking a road course, venturing out on the first ride, and extending rides to long-distance jaunts. Throughout Part 1 are sidebars by riding- safety instructor and expert Walt Fulton, offering sound advice on safety precautions and execution for every leg of the new and returning rider’s journey.

The author emphasizes what older riders should be aware of and which factors can affect their rides. Adding lots of great firsthand advice are humorous and helpful stories collected by the author and related by returning riders at various ages, from their late 30s to 60s.

In Part 2, Buonpastore shares five of his favorite travelogues covering his long-distance tours around the US, from the American South to the west coasts. This section is illustrated by over 100 of the author’s breathtaking photographs of the various locations he toured on his bike.

The foreword to the book is provided by best-selling motorcycle author David Hough (author of I-5 Press’s Proficient Motorcycling and Mastering the Ride). Hough writes, “If you’re getting into today’s motorcycling at an age your doctor would describe as ‘middle aged’ or ‘senior,’ do you yourself a clever favor and read Phil’s book.”

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David L. Hough: David L. Hough is a longtime motorcyclist and journalist. He began motorcycling as a means of commuting to work. He is the author of numerous articles, columns, and books. In 2009 he was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for novice riders like me. Feb. 28 2014
By Pierre
We do learn many of the concepts in riding school, but better explained in this book. Highly recommend for beginners OR people considering getting into motorcycling.
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Written for beginners and intermediate riders, Proficient Motorcycling is a must read. Packed with helpfull illustrations and pictures, the book covers everything from risk management to the physics of motorcycling. An essential companion to "Ride Hard, Ride Smart: Ultimate Street Strategies for Advanced Motorcyclists."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Sept. 30 2009
By Shepherdess Extraordinaire TOP 1000 REVIEWER
After one very boring ride as a passenger on my husband's new bike, I knew I had to get my own. So I took a safety course last August and bought my very first bike this Spring. I was counting on my husband being my mentor but was very disappointed when he didn't show the same enthusiasm for biking that I did and ultimately ended up being a very poor mentor. Living in a small town, there weren't many other mentors - especially women. So I turned to this book (along with other books and videos) that came highly recommended on a motorcycle forum. I credit Proficient Motorcycling for the development of my riding skills and building confidence. I have learned so much through this book. The other reviewers have related the content in detail, so I won't repeat. What I appreciate about this book is how the author describes the physics behind how a bike operates. As a newbie I was nervous about leaning my bike but once I understand the physics I had no trouble leaning....and scraping the pegs! His chapter on cornering tactics itself is worth the book. Great chapter on riding twisties in the mountains!

I would highly recommend this book to experienced riders also. There's a difference between having 20 years experience and 1 year's experience 20 times! Ride safe!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for any motorcyclist Aug. 23 2011
I spent $800 to take a motorcycle course with 3 days of classroom and 3 days of riding. I bought this book afterward and I think they must have based all their classroom around this book. It's full of great information to help keep you alive on your bike. Every topic is covered from gear to the debatable lane splitting. If you ride now or are thinking about it, read this book!
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