David L. Hough. · Rating details · 1, ratings · 80 reviews. Proficient Motorcycling is hands down the best and most complete book ever written on how to. Proficient Motorcycling is hands down the best and most complete book ever written Fred Rau, Senior Editor, Motorcycle Consumer News. David L. Hough. Great book here: Proficient Motorcycling by David Hough. I read this book almost every year, even though some of the statistics are older now it.

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The final chapter, Sharing the Ride, deals with group riding, passengers, bike loading and carrying capacity, with charming detail on a particular passion of Hough’s, sidecar riding. I feel as though while the writing could be improved some hard to follow in some areas it’s altogether a great tool for any rider. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I found this book ve So I have been driving a motorcycle for a year now. If you gave taken an MSF class, some of the information will be review, but when you ride, you should never stop learning.

He is the author of numerous articles, columns, and books. The writer is well versed, but his style is going to feel like you’re listening to a grandparent expound on the virtues of motorcycle This was an overall enjoyable book, with some caveats. It is not a quick read. The style is very easy to read and many examples are given throughout to emphasize the main points.

Like ‘ Roadcraft ‘, you have to get on a bike and try things out every now and then, and there are frequent meaty bits that require thought. With the increases in use of bikes and scooters for basic transportation, and the fact that most of us have to navigate cities to get out on those country lanes, Hough lays out the basic defensive tactics and situational awareness techniques.


Those gentlemen can tell you how to ride better on the street; I’ll tell you about many other aspects of street riding. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Looking for beautiful books? The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well. There is a ton of information for old and new riders alike.

Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well by David L. Hough

He has also designed a rider skills course for sidecar riders. If you disagree with his approach to an aspect of riding on two wheels you should be ready to argue your case logically and with evidence. Motorcycle guides coming mottorcycling way from the library”Tahoe Daily Tribunearchived from the original onretrieved”Proficient Motorcycling” is very much geared to the average rider. Feb 10, Emily rated it it was ok.

Proficient Motorcycling : The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well

Consequently, this book isn’t a “fun” read. May 22, Dodd Martin rated it it was amazing.

I am embarrassed to admit that although this book is well-written, informative and descriptive, I haven’t read it all the way through. Feb 22, Mephistia rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s all about three wheelers and more an exercise in “grandpa” telling you about sidecars and why they’re awesome than something of value relative to the rest of the book.

He motrocycling probably the widest-read of US bike writers, for good reason. I’m going to send to my daughter when I’m finished. Great language with nice and easy to understand examples. The book proficirnt be left on the store’s shelf without any real impact in your riding safety skills. Hough, like Lee Parks and Bikesafer. He’s not an outlaw, because that’s ego-riding, the kind of riding that startles and angers other motorists. Trikes are also covered, and also some specialized training on three-wheeler techniques.

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Mar 11, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nov 09, Charlie rated it it was amazing Shelves: He’s not perfect but it’s more nearly within his reach than any rider I’v Don’t sit down to read this like a novel, you’ll choke on it.

After his first book Proficient Motorcycling was published by Bow Tie Press it became one of the best selling motorcycle books. Lists with This Book.

I ride 12 months a year, in the height of summer heat, and in sub-freezing temperatures. These are all close to Bikesafer’s heart, and nicely presented. I think every rider, especially new ones should read this book. When you ride safe you may ride longer as you avoid tragic prooficient So I have been driving a motorcycle for a year now.

Jun 07, Benjamin Newland rated it really liked it Shelves: In the chapter called “Motorcycle Dynamics,” Hough spells out the equipment needed and basic skills required to control a bike, and specifically keeping the rider’s safety and ability to avoid potentially injurious or fatal crashes.

A lot of experience has gone into writing about what to prroficient in situationas and how to handle a motorcycle.

He defines, compares, and analyzes the ins and outs of steering and control: Good skill enhancing tips herein, even if the tips seem a little geeky for the die hard rider. Retrieved from ” https: Even with such a small motorcycle, I wear so much protective equipment that the helmetless Tanzanian bodaboda drivers laugh at me and say, “I see you follow ALL of the laws.

The chapter finishes with an extended discussion of braking and quick stops, and the need to practice emergency braking.