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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Jan 3rd, 2008, 9:17 am Thread Starter
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Book Recommendations, Anyone?

I love to ride. I also enjoy reading and learning. I'm looking for good, current books to improve my street riding skills. Recommendations for other BMW or general motorcycle related books are also encouraged. Here is some of my recent reading with my own subjective ratings (1-5 scale, 1=worst, 5=best):

BMW Motorcycles: The Evolution of Excellence, Kevin Ash: 2

Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well, David L. Hough: 5

More Proficient Motorcycling: Mastering the Ride, David L. Hough: 5

Street Strategies: A Survival Guide for Motorcyclists, David L. Hough: 2.5

Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques, Lee Parks: 3.5

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Has anyone read "Top Dead Center", by Kevin Cameron and Cook Neilson ??

Do you have other favorite books to suggest?
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I bought the Kieth Code video and books some time ago, read them a few times, then passed them on to another rider.

I thought it was pretty good overall.
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Sport Riding Techniques: How To Develop Real World Skills for Speed, Safety, and Confidence on the Street and Track by Nick Ienatsch is a great book that I've read a few times. Nick is also the writer of the famous PACE artical that is widely published on motorcycle forums. I just started reading Total Control by Lee Parks.
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I think Keith Code's.. "A Twist of the Wrist" is the best book ever written on understanding how to get though curves better, safer, faster...
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Sport Riding Techniques: How To Develop Real World Skills for Speed, Safety, and Confidence on the Street and Track by Nick Ienatsch is a great book that I've read a few times. Nick is also the writer of the famous PACE artical that is widely published on motorcycle forums. I just started reading Total Control by Lee Parks.
+1 on Nick Ienatsch's book. I've also read Hough, Parks, and Pridmore, and find Ienatsch's book the best, followed by Hough, Parks, and Pridmore, in that order.

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Don't know if you're a music fan but even if not Neil Pearts' book (Drummer from Rush) Roadshow: Landscape With Drums: A Concert Tour by Motorcycle is great.

He rides a GS and writes quite well. At Amazon: here

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Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. Keep 'em coming!

Last night I ordered "Sport Riding Techniques: How To Develop Real World Skills for Speed, Safety, and Confidence on the Street and Track", and also "Top Dead Center".

I'll share my "points" scores when I finish them. I plan to come back to this thread when I'm ready for more. Maybe future books will appear in this thread after they are published and someone here reads them.
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Last night I finished reading "Sport Riding Techniques: How To Develop Real World Skills for Speed, Safety, and Confidence on the Street and Track" by Nick Ienatsch. This is another great book for riders of all skill levels. I highly recommend it for riding skills development and improvement.

For beginners, I would suggest reading Proficient Motorcycling first. After that, this is a terrific text as a next step. Nick Ienatsch has a great writing style that conveys complex concepts in simple, easy to understand ways. This is a very good book. I just wish I could learn to spell the author's name.

On my points scale, (1 = worst, 5 = best), Sport Riding Techniques gets a solid 5.

I realize that three of the six books that I have rated so far got a five, but that is how things worked out.

I am still reading Top Dead Center (it won't get a 5). I will start on the second edition of Proficient Motorcycling soon.

If you are planning to buy the second edition of Proficient Motorcycling because you want a copy of the Bonus CD, see the comments that I posted this morning (10 May 2008) in this thread: http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13870
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Don't know if you're a music fan but even if not Neil Pearts' book (Drummer from Rush) Roadshow: Landscape With Drums: A Concert Tour by Motorcycle is great.

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I just finished reading three motorcycle books over the last few weeks.

BIG DISCLAIMER:

Please keep in mind that these ratings are my own, and nobody else's. They are heavily biased, because I have specific interests, which may not match your own. My interests are motorcycle riding skills, safety, technique, street survival, and the joy of riding. Please note that I am not nearly as interested in racing, track days, or raw speed per se, which puts a strong bias on my ratings. Obviously, some racing technique books have much that is useful to street riders, too.

At least you will know which books I have read - if you have further questions, PM me about a specific book.

My scale - 1 to 5, where 5 is best:

The Complete Motorcycle Book, A Consumer's Guide, 2nd Edition - 1.5 points
Author: Jim Bennett
1999
Comments: This book is very dated. It is intended for an absolute beginner with little or no riding experience. For them, the text on general principles are good, but any text that mentions specific models (and there is a lot) is hopelessly out of date.

A Twist of the Wrist, The Motorcycle Road Racers Handbook - 2 points
Author: Keith Code
1983-2000
Comments: This is a very popular and well-regarded book for those who want to learn about road racing on their motorcycles. I like the writing style, but the content doesn't match my interests, hence the lower score.

Top Dead Center, The Best of Kevin Cameron from Cycle World Magazine - 3 points
Author: Kevin Cameron
2007
Comments: A collection of biographical articles about the people involved in the evolution of motorcycle racing over the last several decades. Quality varied a lot; some articles were quite engrossing, others not. Kevin is a good writer, and I've enjoyed his recent Cycle World articles, which induced me to read the book.

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- Stayin' Safe, The Art and Science of Riding Really Well
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