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Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well [Paperback]

David L. Hough
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Book Description

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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About the Author

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.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I was nervous riding my cruiser. Since I read ... Aug. 18 2014
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I was nervous riding my cruiser. Since I read this book, I have learned how to control my cruiser in many hazardous situations. Practicing the riding tips has made me a much more confident and safer rider.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Challenges you to think correctly. May 8 2014
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Great overall primer on safe motorcycling. I would have appreciated more pictures and especially embedded video. David brings great perspective to the sport.
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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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By Gary G
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This is an excellent book, that everyone riding today should read. If you've ever taken a motorcycle safety class this book picks up where they leave off.
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4.0 out of 5 stars safety in motorcycle riding. July 25 2014
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I've learned a bunch of safety tips and other tips about riding that I didn't know. this book on motorcycling has changed my way of riding for the better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 16 2014
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Good for the advanced techniques.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 26 2014
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Fantastic and comprehensive.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn basic
Bought this with high expectations. Very disappointed. Really didn't learn a thing. It is basically common sense. Read more
Published 20 months ago by bikerbob
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for any motorcyclist
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2011 by p00psicle
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent all experience level book
This is a book you'll need to read before each season. Breaks complex items down so they are simple. It has made me a much safer more confident rider. Well worth the money.
Published on May 27 2011 by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend this book for the new rider and experienced
I am a new rider this year. In preparation for my riding course I purchased and read this book. My co-worker highly recommended this author and the reviews also confirmed how... Read more
Published on April 11 2010 by Dale Goddard
5.0 out of 5 stars If you ride, or are thinking about it, buy this book!
Written for beginners and intermediate riders, Proficient Motorcycling is a must read. Packed with helpfull illustrations and pictures, the book covers everything from risk... Read more
Published on April 10 2010 by Guy Trepanier
2.0 out of 5 stars Why waste paper?
The safety information in this book is well founded and who knows, it may actually save my life one day. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2009 by Sid Ho
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