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A Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Road Racer's Handbook - wBW Book Review

A Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Road Racer's Handbook

by Keith Code
Paperback - 127 pages, Revised edition, 17th printing (April 1997)
Distributed in the U.S. by Motorbooks International, Osceola, Wisconsin
ISBN: 0-965045-01-3
Dimensions (in inches): 0.47 x 10.63 x 8.27

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Keith Code was a motorcycle racer and he also launched the California Superbike School, which continues to train hundreds of serious motorcycle students each year. His series of books and the video of the same name were written to describe his riding philosophy. There are some good nuggets in this book, but it really needs an update - it has a very '80's feel about it.

I liked his notion of having a 10-dollar bill to spend on attention, and then figuring out what you want to spend it on. But much of the book seems so basic that there isn't much additional knowledge a serious student can glean from it. (This isn't true for Twist II; see below).

Most of his method involves minutely dissecting every aspect of racing, and then analyzing it to see where you can improve. This isn't a technique that works for me. My suggestion is to bypass this book and purchase Twist II,  which captures everything in this book, yet is much more useful to the street rider intent on improving their skills.

See Also:  Twist of the Wrist II

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