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Best riding instruction books??

I'm looking for help compiling a list of the best riding instruction books currently available.

If you know of one or more that you'd like to recommend, please do so.


I'm a big fan Sport Riding Techniques by Nick Ienatsch, but I'm not really familiar with what else is out there.

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Thanks Derick!

Anybody have thoughts about "Total Control" by Lee Parks, MSF's "The Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Guide to Motorcycling Excellence", "Riding In The Zone" by Ken Condon, "The Upper Half of the Motorcycle" by Bernt Spiegel or "Proficient Motorcyling" & "Street Stategies" by David L Hough?

It's not hard to find what's out there, I'm just trying to quickly figure out what's good vs what's not.
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Nick's book is the best. There is some ok logic in the Twist of the Wrist books. The Lee Parks book (Total Control) is ok. Nothing ground breaking there.

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I second Nick Ienatsch's Sport Riding Techniques

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Troy I have Total Control laying around here (somewhere) you are more than welcome to read it. I have others too.

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I have twist of the wrist II and read it every spring. It's great for riders who are literacy-challenged (It's an easy read)

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I'm going off a little.

In the world of educating your self ?

Has reading it in a book ever completely satisfied you??

Try sharpening a drill bit after reading how.

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It's not for me Gus.

That's not to say I won't always look to sharpen the skills. I'm just putting together a small library for a good cause.
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i sat next to Nick at dinner one night(thanks G), i hung on every word he said. real smart, really cool guy.
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Nick's book is best by FAR. Followed by Lee's book. I have them both here if you wanna take a look before buying one.

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I have several of those books, and you're welcome to borrow all of them:
- the MSF book is about the same as taking the class without any of the practicing...
- Nick Ienatsch's book is probably one of the best and very well rounded. It is key for a real introduction to practical use of trailbraking which most barely touch on or avoid, which is arguably one of the more important skills to practice.
- Twist of the wrist 2 is better than 1, as it at least says that trail braking is not the devil. However these two books have sections on riding fear, and dealing with that fear, that are head and shoulders above any other book I've read or anything I've seen. Also Keith seems to have a good literary voice that comes through well while reading. Turning techniques are best left to Nick's book though..
- Total Control, I found the braking technique part ok and some 2-up riding stuff from there good to, aside from that its like an advanced MSF book in many ways.

So in essence there are important things in almost all of these books. I think the best thing to do would be to hightlight/copy important chapters from each to make a seperate techniques guide almost. But as I'm sure you would agree as Gus mentioned all the reading in the world doesn't help without relevant practice within a very short timeframe of reading.

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