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  • Paperback: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Code Break (Aug. 31 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965045021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965045025
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.9 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The thrill of motorcycle racing tugs at the heartstrings of anyone who own a Harley, Honda, Yamaha, or any other cycle. Since most individuals do not have access to a racetrack, this enthusiasm results in far too many accidents, some fatal, on public streets. Code writes for those who do have access to tracks where riding techniques can be perfected. He has many years of racing behind him, and his earlier popular handbook, A Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Road Racers Handbook ( LJ 3/1/83), is the classic guide to rider improvement. Here, he employs down-to-earth questions, answers, and examples of high-performance riding. The excellent illustrations and margin notes are useful. Both beginning and advanced racers will find this an excellent book. Highly recommended for libraries with a motorcyclist clientele.
- H. Robert Malinowsky, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NormB on Sept. 28 2002
Format: Paperback
Keith Code and Ken Hough ("Proficient Motorcycling") have helped to demystify motorcycle behavior in turns. The concept of countersteering seems strange till you watch a bike coming directly at you and the wheel suddenly, (but temporarily) turns in the opposite direction of the subsequent turn. I've been a street rider (always having a fast/modified bike) since the late 60s and even with much experience, never realized how sloppy my riding really was. Mr. Code (in Twist II) points out that transferring the technical concepts to actual riding goes against many survival instincts. This is much like learning to ski where leaning downhill in turns is crucial to control when every instinct screams at you to do the opposite.
One of many concepts presented is "pivot steering by using outside peg pressure." The mechanics and application of this are well presented by Mr. Code, and I'll tell you the best part. It increased my confidence and average speed through fast corners by 10 mph! After some practice, this feels so right, it brings a smile to your face like any physical action in sport that you've performed well and gracefully. Lots of good stuff like this in twist II. You may think you can take turns pretty fast, and maybe you can but apply these concepts and you'll go faster and smoother.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. D. Rupy on Dec 30 2003
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"Twist II" contains the most useful information to street riders, out of Code's three "twist"-series books. ("Twist of the Wrist" and "Soft Science" are decidedly more racetrack-oriented books and aren't really applicable for street riding, but if you race then those will be useful to you!) Code's discussion of Survival Reactions or "SR's", and his explanation of the results of applying certain inputs (brake, throttle, steering) to your motorcycle, in various situations, are the two most useful topics of this book, and are worth the price alone, whether you race on a track or ride on the street (and make sure you never confuse the two! ;-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Tosi (cdog@cairns.net.au) on Aug. 11 1998
Format: Paperback
This book will teach you how to ride like Doohan instead of riding like a squid (eg fast and smooth instead of point and shoot).
"A twist of the wrist 2" will teach you how to ride faster, smoother, safer, it could save your life and will teach you more about motorcycle riding technique than you thought you could ever know. This guy (Keith Code) taught Doug Chandler how to go faster. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. This volume teaches you cornering technique that applies to any situation. The main chapter headings are "throttle control", "rider input", "steering", "vision", "braking", "traction" and "racing".
You will learn that smoothness equals speed and safety. Using the techniques taught by Keith you will find even a bike like my Yamaha Virago 1100 is a pretty quick bike through corners as long as you set up a smooth entry into the corner, then power through and blast o! ut the other side. I've blown away squids on GSXR750s and 1100s using this riding style, mainly because I can now carry a higher cornering speed.
Keith teaches you that braking hard into a corner just upsets the suspension and maked the bike pogo all th way through. Get your braking done before the corner and the suspension is set up to provide traction all the way through the corner.
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By K. AHearn on April 4 2003
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This book directly addresses things the rider may have experienced but not been able to single out of the riding experience. It's a great little guide for getting into your own head on a frightening corner, and once you've got a handle on the sources of your own behavior it's much easier to correct.
Very easy to read, clear and written to stress or repeat the main points - exactly what you need to get the ideas into your head to counteract implusvie actions and responses.
Does seem a little one note, as I haven't had track time yet. I could summarize the book in one line: always roll on the throttle, don't let yourself chicken out. ;) This doesn't mean go crazy full-throttle everywhere and everyway, but the main safety point, changing your acceleration affects so many points of control on your bike - best to stay with smooth on no matter what your panic tells you to do.
Cornering diagrams and track advice is very interesting, all simply explained and convincing. Would like to put some of the upper level stuff to practice, though the safety and mental examinations of rider behavior are valuable for all levels of street riders. A keeper.
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Yes its true the author add's alot of needless definitions in this book, but may do so for a reason. Some people may not really understand the meaning of these words its sad to say. The book is a very good read and I agree, if his tips are put into practice will make you a better, safer and more educated rider. The thing is there are, in my opinion, not many books of this sort out there. This book is the one to have if your gonna have any at all. We as bikers will buy books to learn how to service our bikes but seldom do we buy a book to make us better riders. This book will do just that. I've been riding for about 20 years and I picked up alot of usefull information reading it. The author is a world class speed bike racer, and when he writes he gets into your head and speaks of things we are thinking about while we ride. Reading this book will put you on your bike, on the road, taking that corner, while not even leaving your house. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their riding skills and be a safer rider.
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