Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Roadracers Handbook Paperback – May 12 1997
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Andy Ibbott is an experienced journalist and former road test editor of Motor Cycle News. He was the first British coach employed in the UK by the California Superbike School, which now operates motorcycling courses at Silverstone, Rockingham and Cadwell Park. He has coached a number of up-and-coming 125cc and 250cc riders on the MotoGP scene.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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This book is a must read for anyone who wants to ride a motorcycle on pavement. I did not expect to gain as much confidence as a result of reading and applying what I learned in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Orygun
Great info and knowledge, and based on the quality of the content I purchased all of Mr Codes Books and DVD. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tim Bremser
I bought this book hoping it would give me some skills for sport touring but found it only benefits track riders unless you ride the same roads and canyons where you can pick none... Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2013 by Don B
For people who have no experience in riding, reading this book may be helpful since it shows the basic ideas of riding with pictures. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2002
The book is simply fantastic! It presents sensational tactics and with an absolutely amazing clarity. I really recommend the reading of this wonderful book!Published on Feb. 15 2002 by Carlos Alberto Souza
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. Read morePublished on July 13 2000 by Phil Kelsey
I was overall very disappointed with this book, allowing for some of the content to be for racers only I was surprised at seeing content most motorcyclists would be aware of from... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2000
As an experiance rider, I found the information contained in this book to be excellent. From braking, steering, handling curves, attention span... Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2000 by D. Levy
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... Read morePublished on Oct. 5 1999