Motorcycle Track Days -
Motorcycle Track Days for Virgins
by Simon Bradley
Dimensions: 157 x 233 x 10 (124 pages)
Printed in England
£12.95 + £2.50 UK P&P (Sortcover);
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Our friends at Panther Publishing are at it again -- this time it's not
another definitive volume on some obscure motorcycle marque, but Simon
Bradley's "Motorcycle Track Days for Virgins", the name of which is probably
a bit more catchy than "Motorcycle Track Days for Beginners", which is
exactly what this book is about.
Rollo Turner, Panther's Owner and Publisher, wasn't sure if the book would
be appropriate for American track day riders, but as it turns out, the book
is probably the best, simplest and easiest-to-read guide to doing a track
day than anything else I've seen.
Besides, webBikeWorld gets loads of visitors from the UK each month (and
visitors from over 200 other countries and territories), so surely it will
be of interest to many motorcycle riders around the world.
Everything in the book is just as valid for American, Canadian, Australian,
French, etc. motorcycle track day riders as it is for the British. And
here's the bonus: the back of the book is a sort of addendum that has an
image of most of the UK circuits, with tips from riders and even racers on
the best lines around each course.
So even if you never turn a wheel on a British race track, certainly if
you're a track day fanatic you've watched World Superbike, MotoGP or even
Formula 1 and wondered what it would be like to ride on one of those
wonderful race circuits. Well, here's your armchair guide to going
fast on tracks like Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park, Donington, Mallory Park,
Silverstone, Thruxton and more!
Author Simon Bradley is a well-known motorcycle journalist in the UK; he's
the editor of
Motorbikes Today, said to be the largest online motorcycle magazine in
Europe. Bradley was a racer and he's a track day instructor on many of
the UK tracks described here, in addition to the famed Nurburgring in
Germany. He also covers about 50,000 miles per year in commuting and
riding his bike, so let him put some of that knowledge and experience to
work for you!
This is designed to be a beginner's
book, don't forget, so it covers everything from basic
bike preparation to track rules and regulations; track
etiquette; sighting laps and basically how to stay out
of trouble; riding techniques (and advanced techniques)
What makes it all work is a light and
easy writing style -- kind of like an expert's notebook
-- and plenty of photographs, graphics and
illustrations. The 60+ color photos and
illustrations in the riding section are especially
helpful, showing the reader how to take turns and keep
safe by using various photographic angles and drawings
where the photos aren't sufficient.
Bradley also covers some of the basics
like what to bring, how to choose a good track day
organization (he thinks the bad ones have pretty much
been weeded out by now and most any reputable firm will
probably provide a good experience) and even what to do
when things go awry.
Although I've seen websites and an
occasional motorcycle print magazine article discussing
motorcycle track day preparation and execution, I
haven't seen it put all together in a book that's this
simple, easy to read, enjoyable, entertaining and --
here's the important part -- useful.
If you're considering doing a track day
and you're not sure what it's all about, get a copy of
Simon Bradley's book and you can't go wrong.
Panther Publishing says the book can be ordered through
their affiliates in the U.S.A., Australia and New
Zealand (although it isn't currently listed in the
website of the U.S. affiliate, Motorsport Publications).
See the Panther Publishing website for more information.
Review Date: June 2008
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