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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This chapter doesn’t have the level of houh of the other chapters, I bet what happened was that there was so much material that an editorial decision was made to present this subject proficiebt outline and keep the real goodies for the new book.

A must-have book for new riders and a great resource for experienced road vets. I have to admit, considering the ability of sidecar rigs to ride in snow and iceand carry children and significant others more comfortably and safely, this section has me thinking of a dual-sport sidecar rig and an electric houbh, for my next bike. Great descriptions that make reader more conscious of how motorcycle works in lot of different situations. Man, houfh guy is long-winded.

Chapter four deals with urban traffic survival techniques. Dec 02, KennyO rated it really liked it Shelves: I was reminded of this book in a recent conversation, and as it has a place of honor on my bookshelf, I thought I’d review it. Surface hazards are dealt with in depth in the fifth chapter, including on-road pollutants, gravel, sand and other debris, kerbs, edges, road markings and furniture, with techniques for conserving traction over them.

Evasive actions – accelerating, braking and swerving – are also featured.

Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well

It’s all about not making a cager mad at you and staying far away from them. I’d really encourage anyone who owns or would like to own a motorcycle to read through this book. Jan 03, Brandon Buskirk rated it it was amazing. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.


Let me tell you about my packing list for a typical weekend ride.

Return to Book Page. He’s not an outlaw, because that’s ego-riding, the kind of riding that startles and angers other motorists.

Proficient Motorcycling takes riders from long, snaking country roads right into the traffic of the big city, and Hough offers the best advice for riders dealing with the most challenging conditions, whether it’s road construction, snap-jawed intersections, skateboarders, or suddenly slippery road surfaces. Proficisnt can tell you what you already know Hough is the ultimate wise old biker, and he writes from a deep love of two and three wheeled riding.

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Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Those gentlemen can tell you how to ride better on the street; I’ll tell you about many other aspects of street riding. As winter nears the end and with the approach of spring I will pick this book up again to brush up on a few worthy tips the book has to offer.

This is a necessary read for motorcyclists and only motorcyclists but it’s difficult to give this book an overwhelmingly positive review. I tend to pick it up when I’ve been struggling with I am embarrassed to admit that although this book is well-written, informative and descriptive, I haven’t read it all the way through.

Got first bike and makes you very aware of the hazards, but, most importantly the rider as being the biggest reason of motorcycle accidents due to not paying attention and defensive driving. Looking for beautiful books? He defines, compares, and analyzes the ins and outs of steering and control: I’m going to send to my daughter when I’m finished. I’ve been riding for thirty years, and have owned, at one point or another, almost every type of motorcycle.


The chapter on the physics of steering and handling is a bit tough, and Hough occasionally comes off as an aging father delivering admonishing advice, but overall the book is well-written and readers will benefit from the author’s decades of experience on two wheels.

He’s not stuffy, either. To get in the habit, says Hough. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. No trivia or quizzes yet. Want to Read saving…. Hough is not obnoxious, and not out there to prove himself.

This is the best instruction manual on riding I’ve read. Finally, when you’re finished with the book, be sure to look through the appendix. To ask other readers questions about Proficient Motorcyclingplease sign up.

The writing style is lucid and descriptive, and he has a knack of zeroing in on the important stuff.

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If you gave taken an MSF class, some of the information will be review, but when you ride, you should never stop learning. The writing style was conversational and above average quality. The final chapter, Gough the Ride, deals with group riding, passengers, bike loading and carrying capacity, with charming detail on a particular passion of Hough’s, sidecar riding.

And we never noticed the increase in crashes reported for riders with a few years of experience, which Hough acutely examines. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Secondly, be prepared to deal with a rambling approach to informing you about street smart motorcycle riding. The tips and illustrations helped me work through my confusion until I was able to apply the motkrcycling word to the actuality of movement.