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Stayin' Safe: The Art and Science of Riding Really Well [Hardcover]

Lawrence Grodsky , Peter Tamblyn
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June 15 2008
Larry Grodsky devoted his life to motorcycle safety. Through the riding courses he taught and his "Stayin' Safe" columns in Rider magazine (from 1988 until his untimely death in 2006), he helped thousands of motorcyclists improve their skills and their ability to ride really well. This collection of Grodsky's columns reveals his ability to illuminate complex and sometimes highly technical subjects with an entertaining and personal style, spiced with his trademark wry wit and keen observations of human behavior. A master teacher, Grodsky was constantly learning from his students, always striving to find the best way to lead riders towards the mastery of their two-wheeled vehicles. Many of his columns focus on helping riders develop specific skills (complete with practice exercises), while others deal with the riding environment and riders' mental processes. Although it is packed with information useful to both novice and experienced motorcyclists, this book is not structured as a how-to guide to motorcycle proficiency. Rather, it is a collection of thoughtful essays to be read and savored individually. Readers will be rewarded by the beautifully written stories of a great motorcycle riding instructor who has left his mark on a generation of grateful riders.

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Peter Tamblyn is an instructor with Larry Grodsky's Stayin' Safe Motorcycle Training.
Larry Grodsky's passion for motorcycling began in college and eventually led him to become a MSF instructor and the Safety Editor with Rider magazine, for whom he wrote more than 200 monthly columns. He eventually founded his own teaching program, Stayin' Safe, which uses road rides (rather than training ranges) to better learn the riding skills needed in real life situations.Pete Tamblyn is an instructor with Larry Grodsky's Stayin' Safe Motorcycle Training.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you can't put this one down! Jan. 1 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is a collection of his columns, with very brief personal introductions for each from one of his many his friends and colleagues. Once I'd read the first one, I had a hard time putting the book down, and I was truly saddened when I finished the book.

Every word that Larry typed resonated in my motorcyclist's mind. Through his very readable and entertaining style he posed concepts and considerations every motorcyclist should consider each time they fire up their machine.

This book should rate with the very best of the many motorcycling books out there, from 'Zen and the art of...' to the many manuals of skills and attitudes related to motorcycling.

Buy it, read it, then re-read it every year. You'll love every column, every time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not great May 23 2008
By Larry Newman - Published on Amazon.com
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Compared with David Hough's book, or the MSF 2nd edition, this comes off poorly. The writing style is dense and cutesey. The advice, if you can wade through the prose, is valuable, but is presented [ with illustrations] much better elsewhere.
One can only hope that Larry's Stayin' Safe Motorcycle training course is where he really shone - this book is intended as a memorial, but would have been more effective to have some of the course details thrown in.
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June '08 - I'm used to being wrong, occasionally --- but this time I was way off base !

It was when I gave the other two above mentioned books to a friend who is a new rider. I was left with Larry's book, and started reading it, by default, reluctantly.

The guy has really grown on me...the humor, the admission that he is not the world's greatest rider, his being another Larry, and sadly, hitting a deer - all of which we share, except that I walked, o.k., hobbled, away from the incident, and he did not.

Now, having replaced the gifted books in my library, I turn to Larry's collection of his columns for the humanity that leaps off the page, and the advice that just may let me get through another ride...safely.

Lots more stars...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information not found elsewhere Nov. 24 2008
By J. Eder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The late Lawrence Grodsky wrote for magazines about motorcycles and safety. His book contains information not found elsewhere, including the Motorcycle Safety Foundation publications. His style is extremely readable, and easily understood. He did not avoid the potential safety issues, but rather brought them to light for examination. Most chapters contain introductions by his friends from the cycling world, which are valuable in their own right. It is unfortunate that we lost Larry, who gave so much and had much more to give. I highly recommend this book to those who might be considering biking, as well as greatly experienced riders.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something all motorcycle owners should have. Aug. 17 2008
By Martin D. Melville - Published on Amazon.com
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I'd say at least 75% of motorcycle riders should have this book, as Grodsky here touches on a lot of points that most riders have mistakes in or fail to take into consideration (like proper motorcycle wear!) So far, a few of his tips I've started working into my motorcycle 'routine' and I'm actually more comfortable while riding than I was before.

The only reason I docked this book a star is that a few of his articles, you'll notice that they talk about the same thing. At least once, I thought "Haven't I read this article before?"
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read on Safety, But Not the Best Nov. 5 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy all the books written on motorcycle safety. However, there are others that I feel are much better. This book deals more with the general aspects of safe riding, whereas those by Hough, Code, Parks, Hahn, et al, get into the specifics, with diagrams, pictures and similar, as well as specific exercises. One interesting point is this book supplies the only discussion of the downside of full face and modular helmets and the neck in accidents, a consideration I've not seen in other MC safety books. Sadly, the author died in an MC accident in Texas, hitting a deer at speed, something he apparently always considered a possibility. If you want a generalized "stream of consciousness" style of safety discussion, this is a good read. But if you're looking for some more pointed, constructive advice, and don't have any other books on MC safety, I'd recommend Hough's two books on "Proficient Motorcycling" first, and the MSF's "Motorcycling Excellence" textbook next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation of information Aug. 1 2008
By B. Bates - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a great loss when Larry left us. This book is a reprint of his magazine articles, and great reference for riding safe. Any safe motorcyclist should have this book on their shelf along with "Proficient Motorcycling".
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