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5.0 out of 5 stars Great teaching strategy
Can you improve yer motorcycle riding skills by reading a book? No doubt about it.
Keith Code is founder and director of California Superbike Cornering Schools and has published a number of books on the subject of racing motorcycles on speed tracks. Although most of this book's focus is on handling race bikes, only the last two of its sixteen chapters are exclusively...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good basic racetrack stuff, but a bit too "Cosmic" in areas
The book does a decent job of introducing the starting racetrack pilot to the basic concepts of corner types, throttle application, etc. Despite the fact that these topics are addressed, I felt there was a bit too much offbeat "Dianetics" style mentality references, and not enough specific "nuts and bolts" instruction on HOW to do the actual act of...
Published on March 24 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great teaching strategy, Dec 12 2003
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Gary Hayes (Lafayette, CA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Roadracers Handbook (Paperback)
Can you improve yer motorcycle riding skills by reading a book? No doubt about it.
Keith Code is founder and director of California Superbike Cornering Schools and has published a number of books on the subject of racing motorcycles on speed tracks. Although most of this book's focus is on handling race bikes, only the last two of its sixteen chapters are exclusively dedicated to racing.
The book concentrates mostly on better controlling your speed while maneuvering your bike over varying racetrack conditions.
As you'd expect, there is a major emphasis on turning: getting through the turn with increased mph and decreased time spent in [the turn] and [maintaining] adequate control of the bike.
Code's overall approach to improving riding skills is to define the basics, and then to investigate the decisions you must make to ride well.
He uses a great analogy: Each person has a fixed amount of attention while riding a motorcycle. This is represented as a $10 bill worth of attention. If you spend five dollars of it on one aspect of riding, you have only five dollars left for all the other aspects. Spend nine and you have only one dollar left, and so on.
The aspects of riding he talks about are things like:
Road characteristics: Constant-, increasing-, and. decreasing-radius turns, crested turns, series turns, positive- and negative-camber turns, and road surfaces.
What you do: Riding is one thing; riding plus being aware of what you are doing is quite another. Making an effort to look at what you are doing while you are doing it.
Your own evaluation of what you just did and what just happened: Things that can be thought over and changed if necessary.
I like his teaching strategy. After isolating several specific principles, concepts, and techniques, each subsequent chapter effectively builds on what was previously presented to the point that if you didn't understand the concept and haven't yet experienced it,
you'll want to get back on the road and try it out, read the book some more, then evaluate what you understand.
The books's worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be compulsory reading for ALL riders !!, Dec 26 2002
This review is from: Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Roadracers Handbook (Paperback)
This book puts many techniques familiar to experienced riders in a technical context such that it becomes easier to improve your riding and analyse and change bad habits. New riders will gain an enormity from reading it too. It is highly recommended to take the knowledge learned from these pages to a track and apply the techniques in a safe yet challenging environment.
If you have the patience to stay with Mr. Code's oblique approach to the subject you will learn not only a treasure trove of techniques but also the fundamental tools of analysis to be able to continue improving on your own.
Get this book (or Twist II) and revisit it again and again, you will probably never need another text on riding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to motorcycle riding technique., Jan. 8 1999
This review is from: Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Roadracers Handbook (Paperback)
Keith Code teaches you to read the road. He explains camber, radius, series of turns, elevation (uphill, downhill, crested track) and straight sections. Observe your products (measureable events) such as speed, lean angle, gear and RPM. Understand you controls: brakes, throttle, handle bar movement and where your body exerts force on the motorcycle. His explanation of Reference Points is invaluable, even if you are a car enthusiast. At speed, location is a moment in time. You have to use the correct control and the correct place. He explains counter steering (push right to go right) in straight forward and easy to understand detail. For the adventurous he explains sliding, hanging off and (you may need this) falling off. My riding improved considerable after reading this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good basic racetrack stuff, but a bit too "Cosmic" in areas, March 24 1999
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This review is from: Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Roadracers Handbook (Paperback)
The book does a decent job of introducing the starting racetrack pilot to the basic concepts of corner types, throttle application, etc. Despite the fact that these topics are addressed, I felt there was a bit too much offbeat "Dianetics" style mentality references, and not enough specific "nuts and bolts" instruction on HOW to do the actual act of riding the motorcycle. Having read the Vol.I and II, I think a new racer would be best off saving their money on this book, and getting only the Vol. II version. This book is targeted primarily at the racetrack environment, and I've found that the book "Sportbiking: The Real World: The Advanced Riders Handbook", is better suited for true street going sportbikers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Racing, Ok for Real World Application, March 25 1999
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This review is from: Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Roadracers Handbook (Paperback)
This book contained alot of great information for the Track. A lot of the information can be direclty applied to going fast on the street. However, this primarily deals with track condtions. It doesn't go into poor road conditions, like ripples and how to deal with them. If you're looking for a Book that teaches you how to go fast on Daytona tarmac, then this is your book. If you wanna learn racing technique to apply to street riding, it's all here. But for information about Street situations, get another book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The bible of motorcycle racing., Oct. 5 1999
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I am a new rider with only 600 miles of riding in me and on a 500cc sportbike. But several friends who have raced superbike told me this is the bible of racing and to read it soon so I learn the right things from the get go. I also bought the video. From a novice viewpoint the book reads well and the concepts make sense but only practice will make perfect. It is a pratice manual and I will no doubt read it several times before I ever upgrade to 600cc or 1000cc and go to the California Superbike School.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Twist of the Wrist, Feb. 15 2002
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Carlos Alberto Souza (Belo Horizonte, MG Brazil) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Roadracers Handbook (Paperback)
The book is simply fantastic! It presents sensational tactics and with an absolutely amazing clarity. I really recommend the reading of this wonderful book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars For Novice and Intermediate Racers, July 13 2000
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Phil Kelsey "PK" (Canada) - See all my reviews
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This race-oriented book focuses on providing a methodology to analyse any racetrack allowing you to select and ride the lines that best suit you and your bike. Very little here for streetriders ... Flick of the Wrist II has much more on actual riding technique. If you're new to racing, buy it. If you don't plan on racing, don't buy it unless you're curious about racing strategies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent source of information for all riders, Jan. 1 2000
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As an experiance rider, I found the information contained in this book to be excellent. From braking, steering, handling curves, attention span...
I strongly recommend this book to all riders regardless of level.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The book that should be a 10 page pamphlet, May 22 2013
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M. E. Drummond (Kingston, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Roadracers Handbook (Paperback)
Keith Code, I am sure, is as great as everyone says he is, and I am sure training with him would be a top shelf experience. But "A Twist of the Wrist" is not a good book.

Colloquial and inconsistent language. Use of jargon. It is written as if for a target audience that failed out of elementary school and seems like it was maybe written using speech-to-text software (no, you cannot write a book by dictating it). Not the first book I've read that had that flavour to it.

The first 6 - 7 chapters (that is as far as I have gotten so far ... it's such a painful read, I need to take breaks) could be reduced to a pamphlet of just a few pages. Endless repetition of specific words. Maybe language constructs like "point of timing", "product" and "sub-product" are common in the racing world but in this book they seem like a pointless diversion from the end goal. It's not about your "line", it's about your "product" and the "sub-products" and "PoTs" that make up the "product"? Argh.

Instead of taking you from point A to point B, Keith takes you through point C first, where point C is an entirely unnecessary collection of ideas and constructs that don't actually make your transition to point B any smoother.
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