Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
I just finished reading three motorcycle books over the last few weeks.
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
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the text on general principles are good, but any text that mentions specific models (and there is a lot) is hopelessly out of date.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
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
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.
- Lois on the Loose
- Stayin' Safe, The Art and Science of Riding Really Well