Proficient Motorcycling

Proficient Motorcycling

The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well

Book - 2008
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From the publishers of Motorcycle Consumer News, Shifting Gears at 50 is a one-of-a-kind motorcycling manual for returning and late-entry riders, essentially anyone 40 years old and up who's looking to hit the road on two wheels. Author Philip Buonpastore, a motorcycle journalist and retired US Air Force photographer, helps readers gear up to get back on a motorcycle (or get on one for the first time).

In Part 1, "Becoming a Motorcyclist," Buonpastore discusses the basics of buying the right bike, gear, and equipment and getting the bike up to speed. The book continues with a good overview of learning to ride, the importance of taking a road course, venturing out on the first ride, and extending rides to long-distance jaunts. Throughout Part 1 are sidebars by riding- safety instructor and expert Walt Fulton, offering sound advice on safety precautions and execution for every leg of the new and returning rider's journey.

The author emphasizes what older riders should be aware of and which factors can affect their rides. Adding lots of great firsthand advice are humorous and helpful stories collected by the author and related by returning riders at various ages, from their late 30s to 60s.

In Part 2, Buonpastore shares five of his favorite travelogues covering his long-distance tours around the US, from the American South to the west coasts. This section is illustrated by over 100 of the author's breathtaking photographs of the various locations he toured on his bike.

The foreword to the book is provided by best-selling motorcycle author David Hough (author of I-5 Press's Proficient Motorcycling and Mastering the Ride). Hough writes, "If you're getting into today's motorcycling at an age your doctor would describe as 'middle aged' or 'senior,' do you yourself a clever favor and read Phil's book."

Publisher: Laguna Hills, CA : Bowtie Press, c2008
Edition: 2nd edition, updated and expanded
ISBN: 9781933958354
Branch Call Number: 629.284 HOU 2008
Characteristics: 288 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Alternative Title: Motorcycle consumer news

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dafydd Jul 03, 2013

Great book. Can't recommend it too highly.

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Aug 26, 2010

The information is sound throughout. It should be on every biker's bookshelf, and I strongly recommend reviewing it at the beginning of each riding season. This man's advice has undoubtedly saved lives. Make one of them yours. 16 to 60 it will appeal to all. David Hough knows Motorbike riding.

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Aug 26, 2010

you are a newer rider, this book will help you learn to gain in proficiency. If you are an experienced rider, IT MAY HELP SAVE YOUR LIFE!

Simple as that: There are techniques that you've used and habits you've picked up that will DO YOU IN! Mr. Hough helps you understand some of the impact of your habits (that you probably don't realize are dangerous) and motivates you to work at being a safer rider.

His writing style makes what is essentially a textbook seem like a series of short articles that guide the reader through the complicated process (Yes, not everyone has the mental skills to do it well) of safely operating a motorcycle on the streets and highways.

The source for most of this information is a series of articles he wrote for Motorcycle Consumer News over the years and addresses most of the important (and misunderstood) dynamics of turns and braking - along with thorough discussions of various types of road hazards and dangerous traffic situations.

In a friendly and often blunt style, he will help you realize that you are the captain of your two (or three)-wheeled ship and need to take responsibility for compentent operation - thinking well ahead of your speed and sight picture.

You will not regret buying this book and will likely be delighted with feeling that you are making a conscious effort to give yourself (and your passenger) a safely edge.

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Aug 26, 2010

Pay attention to the road conditions, keep your head up and looking far down the road ahead of you.

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