Motorcycling Excellence: Skills, Knowledge, and Strategies for Riding Right Paperback – Aug 1995
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"A welcome resource for both beginning and experienced riders." -- Kansas City Star
"Excellence covers the field at a basic level comprehensively, and offers something for all riders, but is especially good for novice and new riders.
"In this book, MSF has made available the basics of its two rider courses. Now you can access fundamental riding theory and techniques wherever you live, whether or not you are near a rider training site. Whitehorse and MSF have produced in this book a winner that should benefit motorcyclists for years to come." -- BMW Owners News, April 1995
"If you have taken a course, this book will help you recall what you learned and refine your mental riding strategies . . . a winner that should benefit motorcyclists for years to come." -- BMW Owners News
"If you take your motorcycling seriously, don't hesitate, get a copy. You won't be disappointed [in this] invaluable resource tool that will help any rider become a better rider." -- Street Bike
"Includes almost everything a truly proficient street rider should understand and master." -- Motorcyclist
"Now all motorcyclists can have instant access to an extensive resource on motorcycling safety, compiled by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). Motorcycle Excellence: Skills, Knowledge, And Strategies for Riding Right is a book that comprises much of what the MSF has learned in the last 21 years." -- Motorcycle Shopper, December 1994
"The most authoritative book ever published on safe riding techniques." -- Iron Works
"This book covers everything from beginner to expert; really! It has 176 pages and some really nice photographs; my favorite is on page 18 showing a lovely Connie turning in. If you fell asleep in Physics 101 in high school (maybe it was college for me. . .) this text has lots of theoretical stuff on why the round things at either end of you bike behave the way they do. It is a good reference to lend out to beginning family members or friends to get them started on the right foot." -- North East Area Concours Owners Group
"Though no book is a substitute for taking an approved motorcycle safety class, this one will improve your riding whether you've been throwing a leg over trusty two-wheelers for decades or are contemplating it for the first time. Even if you only pick up one gem of wisdom (and you'll likely pick up more), that tip could well be the one that saves your hide some day. Remember, the more you know, the better it gets." -- Motorcycle Times, Mar/Apr 1995
"When you're riding your motorcycle in traffic, what are three easy things you can do to increase your visibility? What percentage of your attention should be given to scanning in front of you and how much behind? How much of the available traction is consumed when you apply maximum braking?
"The answers to these and other questions critical to safe motorcycling are to be found in a new publication from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation entitled Motorcycling Excellence: Skills, Knowledge, and Strategies for Riding Right. "Through the years the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has served as something of a safety braintrust for the motorcycling public by gathering the best riding practices, tips, and tricks, and then combining them with proven techniques for safe riding into materials for motorcycle safety courses across the nation. Much of what Motorcycling Excellence contains will be familiar to those who have attended their beginning and advanced safety courses. However, it also covers topics that are often treated lightly, or not at all, in the rush to get students through a one day or weekend safety program. "The 176 pages of Motorcycling Excellence are divided into four sections and seventeen chapters. The first section, 'On Your Mark' discusses reasons why people enjoy motorcycling, basic riding skills, mental preparation, protective gear, the effects of alcohol (a message that still has not gotten through a few thick heads), and more. Section two, 'Get Set' covers street riding strategies, how to handle special situations, and group riding. 'Advance Theory' discusses the riding techniques that will help all riders improve their understanding of the physics of motorcycling. The last section, 'You're On Your Way,' gives a brief but interesting treatment of off-road techniques and serves as a segue to finding a riding course for real world experience.
"So you say you've been riding for thirty years and you'll bet there's nothing this book can teach you? I'll take that wager. The discussions on proper cornering techniques and the relationship between the forces acting upon a bike are alone worth the price of admission. You'll also benefit from a detailed chart on the T-CLOCK inspection method that serves as an excellent check sheet for prepping your bike, whether for a day ride or a long-distance tour.
"Know someone who is considering taking up the sport? Do them a favor - buy them this book and then encourage them to enroll in a safety course to practice the skills it covers. What the book does especially well is serve as an intelligent introduction to the world of motorcycling. It will help a person understand the risks involved in the sport and how to minimize them. -- i
Top Customer Reviews
To summarize, this is a book that belongs on every motorcyclist's bookshelf. I'd also recommend taking the classes. With those resources, you will find motorcycling more enjoyable as well as safer. It's saved my skin more then once, and I'd say that I've gotten at least a ten fold return for my time and money. And it's better then needing "First Aid for Bad Riders", "101 Ways to Fall Off Your Bike Gracefully" or "An Idiot's Guide to Compound Fractures" on your shelf. You will be an exponentially better rider if you buy this book, study its contents, and practice its techniques.
The information contained in the book is obviously valuable and correct (given that MSF are the subject matter experts on motorcycle safety) but there is not a lot of depth to the material in the book. It is written in a push button manner lacking sufficient exmplanations of the "why" of the techniques it describes.
If you are looking for a simple to read, basic guide to motorcycle safety this book is probably for you. If you know nothing about motorcycling then this is a good (if a bit expensive start).
If you want to learn more, are detailed oriented, or need to really understand something before you can apply it, I would recommend looking for one of the other books on motorcycling that are available.
If you are concerned with becoming a better (safer) rider, I recommend you do the following: get this book and read it. Enroll and take the MSF course (they provide helmets and motorcycles and it's cheap). Re-read this book. Practice what you have learned in class and read in this book on an ongoing basis. If you do the above (and always wear a helmet), you will reduce the chances of accident and injury. Yes, motorcycling is more dangerous than riding in a "cage" (that's a car, for you non-motorcyclists). But, with proper training and safety equipment, you can improve your odds significantly.
Just do it.
Not as good as taking the class, but valuable just the same.
Most recent customer reviews
Good material, excellent for review, presented very well. Makes good sense to read up from the experts when you can't actually take a course.Published on Aug. 27 2003
A review of the MSF course I took. A lot of technical explanations I couldn't get, such as degrees of lean angle. I would have preferred this to be an easier and simpler read.Published on Nov. 28 2002 by Shirley Jensen
A good book, aimed primarily at the beginner, though experienced riders may find it useful as a refresher.Published on July 10 2002 by Suman M. Subramanian
I just started riding in February 2002. They say "nothing beats experience". This is true. If you learn it right! Read morePublished on June 14 2002 by Skip
Though this helped me to learn how to ride, I'm glad I bought "Proficient Motorcycling" by David L. Hough at the same time. (Thanks Amazon for recommending it! Read morePublished on May 24 2002 by Mark C.
Rated this "German Officer's Manual" of Motorcycle Safety Training 5*'s because I consider it to be unique and singular, in concert with Hough's other volumes on the... Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2002 by Chuck Jones
The book covers all that there is to know about the basics of motorcycling in an extremely analytical approach, thus providing the reader with the truth, the whole truth and... Read morePublished on Dec 26 2001 by Moshe Reuveni
This book is an incomplete presentation of the material the MSF covers in their basic riding course. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2001 by Carleton Black