- Paperback: 91 pages
- Publisher: Lumina Media (Sept. 1 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1889540692
- ISBN-13: 978-1889540696
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.3 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #576,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Street Strategies: A Survival Guide for Motorcyclists Paperback – Sep 1 2001
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From the Publisher
"Street Strategies could save your life," says David Searle, editor of Motorcycle Consumer News. "Read these stories and commit their lessons to memory."
The perfect companion to Proficient Motorcycling, Street Strategies is a unique collection of street riding savvy gleaned from years of real-life motorcycling. Each page serves as a reminder about a specific hazard and a short lesson designed to help readers avoid an accident. Perfect for the novice and expert alike.
David L. Hough, author of Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well, is a two-time winner of the prestigious National Motorcycle Safety Foundation's award for "Excellence in Motorcycle Safety Journalism." He has written a column titled "Proficient Motorcycling" in Motorcycle Consumer News for 20 years.
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Is this book as good as Proficient Motorcycling, perhaps not, if it was I would have given it 5 stars. But's it's worth every penny and you WILL be amazed at the sheer amount of situations covered in this book.
So basically, make sure you have a Dot/Snell helmet, good gloves, nice protective boots, a good riding jacket, some nice riding pants and all of David's books and you will be one of the safest riders on the road...
David Hough shows typical situations which are inherently dangerous on city streets as well as on the highway. The book is full of diagrams similar to those one makes for an accident report, showing the vehicles involved and the path they follow leading to collison or other problems.
There are the sharks, who drive agressively, tailgate and swerve in and out of traffic: accidents looking for a place to happen. Then there are the left-turn artists who either don't see or ignore the cyclist coming at them. There are the dopey drivers who are oblivious to their surroundings, or those who are primping or talking on the cell phone as they drive. He describes them all and gives good advice on how to handle them, and you can follow with him--especially if you have already experienced some or all of them.
This book is equally applicable to automobile drivers, in many cases--the main difference being that they have some armor around them, although it is far more flimsy than most of them realize.
I have ridden motorcycles over the years, and my latest is a cruiser that is well lighted, weighs 743 lbs., and is almost as large as a car--and a lot quicker. It is more visible than a small sport bike, but it is still vulnerable. I had a lady pull out in front of me from a supermarket parking lot when I was traveling at about 25 miles an hour who, when she saw my front wheel stopped about two inches from her driver's side door, turned white as chalk.
On another occasion a lady pulled out of a mall driveway onto a five-lane street, crossed three lanes, pulled diagonally in front of a stopped bus waiting for a light to change (which obstructed the vision of the Harley rider who was alongside the bus one lane over. Instead of pulling temporarily into the buses' lane until she could ascertain what might be coming up on her right, she crossed in front of the bus--and the bike--apparently trying to get into the curb lane to make a right turn at the next intersection. The bike didn't have a chance. At about 25 MPH he plowed into her passenger side door, messing up his expensive custom bike and breaking his leg in the process.
These are two types of things that I have witnessed, both of which are described in Hough's book.
Do I recommend this book to you? Only if you'd like to continue riding, and living.
Joseph (Joe) Pierre
author of Handguns and Freedom..their care and maintenance
and other books.
The author discusses about 73 different topics that relate to motorcycle safety and devotes about two pages to each topic. The first part of the discussion explains the problem and the second part gives you a solution for dealing with the problem. For instance, if the problem is how to make a quick stop while the bike is leaned over in a curve, the solution is to "swerve the bike upright" and then apply the brakes.
Reading this book will give you the ability to recognize dangerous situations and then take whatever actions are needed to keep from having an accident. If motorcycles are a part of your life and you would like to avoid expensive repairs or painful injuries, I highly recommend that you read this book. I found quite a few things of interest in this book, and I've been riding motorcycles for more than 25 years.
This is more of a waiting room kind of book. Very short chapters with cartoon diagrams that give the reader insight into the type of dangers that he/she might encounter in the real world of motorcycle riding and some advice on how to avoid them. It lacks the detail that makes Proficient Motorcycling and More Proficient Motorcycling such excellent training guides for riders.
This book might make a good stocking stuffer for someone who has already read the other books but if your looking for something for a starting/experienced rider pick one of the other two books (Proficient Motorcycling for the starter, "More" for the more experienced rider).
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