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The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel: Tips, Technology, Advanced Techniques By: Dale Coyner ISBN: 1884313590 Dimensions (inches): 8.25 x 10.5 Publisher: Whitehorse Press, 2007 176 pages, Color Photos and Illustrations Cost: $24.95 (U.S.) Review Date: July 2007 Editor’s Note:  This marks our 100th book review!  More reviews… Dale Coyner is a clever bloke. Read the title and you’d …

The Official DSA Theory Test for Motorcyclists ISBN-13: 978 011 552750 8 Published by the Driving Standards Agency, Sixth Edition, 2006 Cost: £11.99 The Official DSA Guide to Learning to Ride ISBN-13: 978 011 552645 5 Published by the Driving Standards Agency, Fifth Edition, Second Impression, 2006 Cost: £7.99 Know Your Traffic Signs ISBN: 0 11 551612 …

The Last Hurrah – wBW Book Review Book and DVD Video by: Des Molloy ISBN: 0954791258 Dimensions (in mm): 233x154x14 Publisher: Panther Publishing, 2006 183 pages, Color and B&W Photos and Illustrations The Last Hurrah is yet another fantastic motorcycle touring adventure tale. It is brought to us by Rollo Turner at Panther Publishing, who also published The Rugged …

Streetbikes – Everything You Need To Know Paperback: 160 pages. 300 color photos. Dimensions: 8-1/4 in. x 10-5/8 in. Publisher: Motorbooks (2005) Price: $24.95 – $33.95 CDN – £16.99 ISBN: 0760323623 I’m usually not a big fan of this form of “do-it-all” compendium. It typically tries to cover everything and ends up covering nothing. So …

MotoGP Technology Hardcover: 192 pages ; Dimensions (mm): 270 x 210 Publisher: Haynes Publishing (October 2006) ISBN: 1844253104 Available From: Haynes UK, £25.00 or Amazon.co.uk More:  Kevin Cameron’s outstanding Sportbike Performance Handbook  |  Many more motorcycle book reviews listed on the wBW Motorcycle Book Reviews index All I can say is “Wow!”  Haynes has done a super-fantastic job with the book MotoGP …

BMW Motorcycles: The Evolution of Excellence Hardcover: 174 pages Dimensions (in inches): 9.13 x 6.8 x 0.75 Publisher: Whitehorse Press; (September 2006) ISBN: 1884313574 List Price: $29.95 More:  wBW Book Review Index  |  Book Reviews by Rating  |  Vintage, Classic, Antique Motorcycles Page  |  BMW Page  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index Here we are in 2006 and I have to …

Performance Riding Techniques wBW Book Review Performance Riding Techniques is a fantastic new book. It also shows a new direction for Haynes Publishing. Haynes is most familiar to U.S. motorcycle owners as the publishers of motorcycle repair manuals and guides. Haynes books have been around virtually forever, guiding owners with repair and restoration info on obscure …

Twist of the Wrist 2 The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle Riding Paperback 3rd edition, Vol. 2 (July 1997) U.S. Distributor: Motorbooks International ISBN: 0-965045-02-1 This book really should have been (and maybe was) the revision of Twist I, rather than a separate volume. I’m not sure why the author keeps the two books alive; perhaps the …

A Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Road Racer’s Handbook A Twist of the Wrist Author: Keith Code Revised edition, 17th printing (April 1997) Motorbooks International, Osceola, Wisconsin ISBN: 0-965045-01-3 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. …

Leanings 2 By: Peter Egan Hardcover: 320 pages Dimensions (in inches): 6.125 x 9.25 x 1.0625 Publisher: Motorbooks, 2005 ISBN: 0760321647 I came to Peter Egan’s writings in a roundabout way. Roundabout, that is, from a motorcyclist’s point of view. That’s because I first became aware of Peter Egan in the pages of Road & …

Triumph Motorcycles: From Speed Twin to Bonneville by: Tim Remus Hardcover: 144 pages Dimensions (in inches): 10.1 x 10.3 x 0.7 Publisher: Wolfgang Publications, 2005 ISBN: 1929133219 Remus as the author of the excellent “Triumph Twins and Triples“. But as it turns out, Remus is also responsible for many different books on motorcycles, motorcycle history, …

Triumph Motorcycles: From Speed Twin to Bonneville   Summary by: Tim Remus Hardcover: 144 pages Dimensions (in inches): 10.1 x 10.3 x 0.7 Publisher: Wolfgang Publications, 2005 ISBN: 1929133219 webBikeWorld.com Book Review by “Burn” I only knew of Tim Remus as the author of the excellent “Triumph Twins and Triples“. But as it turns out, Remus …

Valentino Rossi Autobiography by: Valentino Rossi with Enrico Borghi Hardcover: 281 pages Dimensions (cm): 0.26 x 16.1 x 24 Publisher: Century (Random House); (September 2005) ISBN: 1844138801 More:  wBW review of Valentino Rossi: MotoGenius  |  Motorcycle Racing Page  |  Rossi’s RC211V model  |  Rossi AGV Ti-Tech helmet review  |  The 210 MPH Bikes DVD review  |  FASTER! The MotoGP DVD review I shudder involuntarily …

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Guide to Motorcycling Excellence, Second Edition Paperback: 192 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 8.25 x 10.5 Full color illustrations and photos. Publisher: Whitehorse Press; (August 2005) ISBN:  1884313477 The original Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Guide to Motorcycling Excellence (wBW review) was first published in 1995. The book has been updated to reflect ten …

Motorcycle Journeys Through the Pacific Northwest by: Bruce Hansen Paperback: 288 pages, color illustrations and photographs Publisher: Whitehorse Press (June, 2005) ISBN: 1884313531 Whitehorse Press has recently released a new motorcycle travel guide for the Pacific Northwest, “Motorcycle Journeys Through the Pacific Northwest” by Bruce Hansen. The book is one of the Whitehorse Press series …

Adventure Motorcycling Handbook By: Chris Scott Paperback, 384 pages (Sixth Edition) Publisher: Trailblazer Guides November 2012 Dimensions (inches): 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.3 ISBN: 1905864469 “The first thing we did was buy the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook” – Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, Long Way ‘Round. The Adventure Motorcycling Handbook can now officially be called a “classic”. First started …

Motorcycle Roadcraft by Philip Coyne and the National Extension College Paperback – 178 pages, 4th Edition (June 1996) The Stationery Office Books, Norwich, England; Dimensions (in inches): 0.5 x 8.312 x 5.906 ISBN: 011341143X This book was developed by Police motorcycle trainers in the U.K., with input from police riders, trainees and civilians. It is …

AMA Ride Guide to America: Favorite Motorcycle Tours in the USA Edited by: Greg Harrison Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Whitehorse Press (February, 2005) ISBN: 1884313515 I’ve been ambivalent up to now about this type of book; the motorcycle touring book or guide. But now I have used the Moto Maps and the excellent Motorcycle Journeys Through the Appalachians for …

Motorcycle Journeys Through the Appalachians By: Dale Coyner Softcover: 304 pages Publisher: Whitehorse Press, July 2004 ISBN: 1884313485 I’m very fortunate because I live in an area with some of the best motorcycle roads in North America. The Mid Atlantic region of the U.S.A., specifically the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, have …

Illustrated Norton Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide by: Roy Bacon Hardcover 160 pages, (1991) Niton Publishing, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England ISBN: 1-85579-004-1 Dimensions (in inches): 0.375 x 9.20 x 7.43 Here’s yet another in the series of “Illustrated Buyer’s Guides”. This time, the focus is on Norton. It includes many excellent photos of old and strange …

Biker Billy Cooks With Fire By: Bill Hufnagle Paperback: 260 pages Publisher: Whitehorse Press, October 15, 2004 ISBN: 1884313507 “Biker Billy” has created an industry with this book. Billy is the gastronomic editor for Cruising Rider magazine and the author of several other cookbooks. He’s appeared with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show (U.S.A.), with …

Two Wheels Through Terror By: Glen Heggstad Hardcover: 275 pages Publisher: Whitehorse Press, September 2004 ISBN: 1884313493 I guess I’m a wimp when it comes to motorcycle adventures. I prepare for a 200 mile day trip like I’ll be trekking to the ends of the Earth. And I wouldn’t think of taking off without a …

Motorcycle Fuel Injection Handbook Paperback: 159 pages Dimensions (in inches): 0.38 x 10.60 x 8.22 Publisher: MBI Publishing (July 1, 2004) ISBN: 076031635X I absolutely love books like the Motorcycle Fuel Injection Handbook!  My wife thinks I’m nuts, because this is my favorite type of book to bring on holiday at the beach. A leisurely …

Ride Hard Ride Smart Ride Hard Ride Smart Paperback: 143 pages Dimensions (in inches): 0.44 x 10.66 x 8.28 Publisher: MBI Publishing; (April 2004) ISBN: 0760317607 Ride Hard Ride Smart reads something like a Proficient Motorcycling knock-off. But like all of the books of this genre, there are some useful nuggets that aren’t covered in …

The British Motorcycle Directory By: Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth ISBN: 9781861266743 Hardcover: 288 pages Dimensions: 28 cm x 22 cm Publisher: Crowood Press, England (Printed and Bound) 850 B&W Photographs May 2004 List Price: £35.00 or $59.95 US I guess I’m the resident British Bike nut, although just about all of us here at webBikeWorld …

Smooth Riding the Pridmore Way by Reg Pridmore, Geoff Drake (Contributor) Paperback: 160 pages p;p; Publisher: Whitehorse Press; (November 2003) ISBN: 1884313469 Reg Pridmore is a former AMA Superbike racing champion, and is now known worldwide for his popular CLASS Motorcycle Schools. Reg has finally taken a time out to write a book about his motorcycle riding …

Hizzy: The Autobiography of Steve Hislop By: Steve Hislop, Stuart Baker Hardcover, 336 pages (2 June, 2003) Publisher: HarperCollinsWillow ISBN: 0007156405 More:  wBW Motorcycle Racing Page R.I.P. Hizzy!  Millions will miss you.  He was working on this autobiography before his passing.  This book was released in September 2003. wBW Rating:  Not yet reviewed. The wBW “Flaming Helmet” Book Review Rating System  |  Book Reviews …

Colin Edwards – The Texas Tornado By: Rob Simmonds Hardcover: 160 pages Publisher: Motorbooks International (August 2003) ISBN: 1844250113 At the last round of the 2002 World Superbike Championship,  American rider Colin Edwards overhauled season-long title favorite Troy Bayliss in two of the most exciting motorcycle races ever held. After an incredible championship come from …

Ducati Desmoquattro Performance Handbook   Summary by: Ian Falloon Paperback: 160 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.38 x 10.66 x 8.32 Publisher: Motorbooks International; (April 2003) ISBN: 0760312362 More:  wBW Ducati Page  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index Recently Released: Tuning tips for Ducati’s Desmoquattro superbikes. Includes charts with specific suggestions by model and a section that helps …

Total Control High Performance Street Riding Techniques By: Lee Parks Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: Motorbooks International; (April 2003) ISBN: 0760314039 You may know Lee Parks as the guy who makes the wonderful motorcycle gloves (see the wBWreview of Lee Parks gloves). But do you know the other Lee Parks? Lee has been racing for over 16 …

More Proficient Motorcycling: Mastering the Ride 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 …

How to Develop Real World Skills for Speed, Safety and Confidence On The Street and Track By: Nick Ienatsch Paperback: 128 pages Dimensions (in inches): 0.38 x 11.14 x 8.56 Publisher: David Bull Publishing; (March 2003) ISBN: 1893618072 Ienatsch is well-known to Cycle World readers as a contributing editor; he was a full-time racer and …

A Handbook for Long-Distance Motorcycling and Endurance Rallies By: Ron Ayres Paperback: 160 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.43 x 10.48 x 8.27 Publisher: Whitehorse Press; (December 2002) ISBN: 1884313396 More:  wBW BMW Page  |  Motorcycle Accessory Review Index  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index Ron Ayres is a best-selling author on this subject — he wrote “Against …

Clymer BMW R-Series – BMW Motorcycle Repair – Maintenance Also known as “BMW R50/5 Through R100GS PD: 1970-1996” in the U.K. by: the Clymer Staff Paperback, 760 pages Publisher: Clymer Publications; (December 2002) ISBN: 0892878541 More:  wBW Vintage, Classic, Antique Motorcycles Page  |  BMW Page  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index This is probably the most commonly used …

Valentino Rossi Biography – MotoGenius By: Mat Oxley Hardcover: 144 pages Dimensions (in inches): 0.60 x 10.28 x 7.82 Publisher: Haynes Publishing; (September 2002) ISBN: 1859608914 More:  wBW Motorcycle Racing Page  |  Valentino Rossi – Photographs by Tide Mark Press Like many people, I became a huge fan of Rossi back when he was riding 125’s. Watching  him …

BMW R100RS by: Bill Stermer Paperback: 80 pages Dimensions (in inches): 0.21 x 8.96 x 8.22 Publisher: Whitehorse Press; (August 2002) ISBN: 1884313310 More:  wBW Book Review Index  |  Book Reviews by Rating  |  Vintage, Classic, Antique Motorcycles Page  |  BMW Page  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index See Also:  BMW R90S by Ian Falloon This is an excellent guide to …

Motorcycle Detailing Made Easy by: David Jacobs Paperback: 143 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.36 x 10.44 x 8.34 Publisher: Whitehorse Press; (August 2002) ISBN: 1884313353 More:  wBW Motorcycle Accessory Review Index, including motorcycle wax, polish, chrome cleaner and more  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index A friend of mine owns this book, and although some of the …

BMW Motorcycles by: GearheadDVDs.com 98 minutes Dolby stereo sound Region 1-9 compatible More:  wBW Vintage, Classic, Antique Motorcycles Page  |  BMW Page  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index One of the more recently published books about the BMW marque. Reviewers have given this book 5 stars on Amazon.com, and have also stated that the book has “stunning” photographs …

Motorcycle Dynamics Motorcycle Dynamics by: Professor Vittore Cossalter Softcover, 334 pages, 1st Edition (2002) Publisher: Race Dynamics, Greendale, Wisconsin ISBN: 0-9720514-0-6 Riding a motorcycle is great fun. And if that’s the limit of your involvement in the sport, that’s fine. But this is a sport that seems to draw its practitioners deeper and deeper into the …

Illustrated Ducati Buyer’s Guide by: Mick Walker Paperback: 192 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.45 x 9.10 x 7.38 Publisher: Motorbooks International; 3rd edition (March 2002) ISBN: 0760313091 More:  wBW Ducati Page  |  Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance Article Index Another in the famous series of “Motorcycle Buyer’s Guides”, this book by the prolific writer Mick Walker was recently …