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More Proficient Motorcycling: Mastering the Ride - wBW Book Review

More Proficient Motorcycling: Mastering the Ride by David Hough

by David L. Hough
Paperback: 256 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.67 x 11.24 x 7.90 
Publisher: Bowtie Press; (March 2003) 
ISBN: 1931993033

This book is the third in a series based on the "Proficient Motorcycling" columns that Mr. Hough has written for many years for Motorcycle Consumer News and other periodicals that explain all aspects of motorcycling that involve safe and proficient riding.

Hough has also served as a consultant on motorcycle safety and training issues for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, the American Motorcyclist Association, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, the State Motorcycle Safety Administrators Association, and many other groups worldwide.

We just received our copy of More Proficient Motorcycling here at webBikeWorld. The book adds some new tips and concepts and uses new or updated photos to illustrate the lessons first presented in Proficient Motorcycling. Hough suggests reading "Proficient Motorcycling" first, using "Street Strategies" as a quick refresher, and then reading "More Proficient Motorcycling" as a follow-up.

I'm of a mixed opinion on this book -- Proficient Motorcycling is a "must have" and every motorcyclist should read and study it carefully. But I feel that More Proficient Motorcycling doesn't really offer a lot of new material.

Perhaps this is because I'm a regular reader of Hough's columns in Motorcycle Consumer News (it certainly isn't because I'm such a great rider that I know it all!), and I've seen some of these stories before. But the book repeats many of the same themes; this is good (it drives home the lessons) and bad (the lessons seem repetitive).

My feeling is that this would be a good book to read right before the start of the riding season, to brush up on the essentials. I still feel that Proficient Motorcycling was Hough's best effort and is required reading. More Proficient Motorcycling would be a nice addition; especially so for new motorcyclists, but for me, it still doesn't seem to have the impact of the original.

The chapters include:

    • Learning to Ride
    • The Professional Attitude
    • Road Rules
    • Risky Business
    • Tuning Up Your Skills  
    • Riding in the Real World
    • Cornering
    • Getting Your Head in the Ride
    • Traveling Tactics
    • The Bottom Line
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