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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Consequently, this book isn’t a “fun” read. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, Hough’s book is dynamite. A pamphlet worth of useful information in a page text. From time to time you could tell that these houh originally stand alone articles and they suffered a bit from close proximity, but on the whole the editing was pretty well done.

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Feb 22, Mephistia rated it really liked it Shelves: Hough has since given up his beloved BMW K1 sidecar rig and has cut down on his cross-country exploits, which must be a hard thing for a lifelong rider whose life has been all about motorcycles.

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. Nov 15, Mike Oliveri rated it really liked it.

The writing style was conversational and above average quality.

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Account Options Sign in. I tend to pick it up when I’ve been struggling with the application of a maneuver — such as cornering, which was taught to prroficient in the MSF course a certain way, but is often better applied in real life riding through the application of late apexing.


My motorcycle is a Honda ACE The third chapter builds on the motorcycle dynamics chapter to deal with the critical skill of cornering. 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 suit, for my next bike.

The book offers the kind of first-hand experience that can literally save riders’ lives, as illustrated in the chapters “Booby Traps” and “Special Situations,” which offer evasive tactics and advice to avoid and handle everything from slick surfaces, curbs, and construction plates to ferocious dogs, hazardous wildlife, and difficult weather conditions.

Refresh and try again. Views Read Edit View history. The chapter finishes with an extended discussion of braking and quick stops, and the need to practice emergency braking. While many bike safety experts decry track days and advanced, sport-inspired training, Hough has taken training from former Motorcycle Consumer News colleague Lee Parksand frequently refers to it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Any or several of these should be on your shelf, as well.

It doesn’t read and it doesn’t follow Hough’s deer psychology. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? I ride 12 months a year, in the height of summer heat, and in sub-freezing temperatures. He then outlines a number of ways a rider can approach the risk factors and improve her individual odds.

Hough, like Lee Parks and Bikesafer. The book is loaded with information, covering everything from bad habits riders develop to riding in rough conditions. Recommend it for all riders, novice to vets.

Recommend book for all experience levels! Once again, we liked the approach and the detail. Bishop, RandyRandy Bishop’s Iron Butt Association SaddleSoreMay 29—30,archived from the original onretrievedAs soon as I did that I remembered David Hough’s admonitions in MCN about “edge traps” and knew I was stuck in the right lane for the length of the repaving project.


For example, ‘If panic braking practice scares you, it’s probably just what you need. Hough rightly points out that brake use means that you already have your hands on the brakes with the nose down, and are more ready to respond to an issue.

Hough is not obnoxious, and not out there to prove himself. Feb 10, Emily rated it it was ok.

Motorcyclimg of great info, tips, methods on how to stay safe out there because let’s face it Hough Snippet view – The final chapter of the book, “Sharing the Ride,” is geared toward experienced riders who travel together in groups or who travel with a second passenger on the bike.

Preview — Proficient Motorcycling by David L. Any rider who would venture out on the road without David Hough’s voice in his head takes an unnecessary risk with his own life.

Not only have they helped me learn what I needed to know to write this book, but they may have saved my life a houhg or two. He is probably the widest-read of US bike writers, for good reason. Other editions – View all Proficient Motorcycling: Worth the read even if it was a little dry. Third, you can probably skip the last rambling chapter. I’ve been riding for thirty years, and have owned, at one point or another, almost every type of motorcycle.

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