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  1. #1
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    9th August 2005 - 19:52
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    Books for Sports Riders

    This is a list of books that people might find helpful. All books are available on Please note that none of these books have been reviewed by any member of Kiwibiker so if you would like to provide a review please do so in this thread.

    Any other suggested books can be added to the list as well. Please post suggested books in this thread.

    Please keep posts in this thread to reviews or suggested additions only. All other posts will be removed.

    Lee Parks
    Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques
    Paperback: 192 pages
    Publisher: Motorbooks (July 12, 2003)
    ISBN-10: 0760314039
    ISBN-13: 978-0760314036

    David L. Hough
    Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well
    Paperback: 272 pages
    Publisher: BowTie Press; 2 Revised edition (March 25, 2008)
    ISBN-10: 1933958359
    ISBN-13: 978-1933958354

    More Proficient Motorcycling: Mastering the Ride
    Paperback: 256 pages
    Publisher: BowTie Press (March 2003)
    ISBN-10: 1931993033
    ISBN-13: 978-1931993036

    Street Strategies: A Survival Guide for Motorcyclists
    Paperback: 160 pages
    Publisher: BowTie Press (November 2001)
    ISBN-10: 1889540692
    ISBN-13: 978-1889540696

    Reg Pridmore
    Smooth Riding the Pridmore Way
    Paperback: 160 pages
    Publisher: Whitehorse Press (November 2003)
    ISBN-10: 1884313469
    ISBN-13: 978-1884313462

    Patrick Hahn
    Ride Hard, Ride Smart: Ultimate Street Strategies for Advanced Motorcyclists
    Paperback: 144 pages
    Publisher: Motorbooks (May 1, 2004)
    ISBN-10: 0760317607
    ISBN-13: 978-0760317600

    How To Ride A Motorcycle: A Rider's Guide to Strategy, Safety and Skill Development
    Paperback: 160 pages
    Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (October 29, 2005)
    ISBN-10: 0760321140
    ISBN-13: 978-0760321140

    Kent Larson
    Motorcycle Track Day Handbook
    Paperback: 128 pages
    Publisher: Motorbooks (January 6, 2005)
    ISBN-10: 0760317615
    ISBN-13: 978-0760317617

    Gary S. Jaehne
    Sportbiking: The Real World 2
    Paperback: 163 pages
    Publisher: Brentwood Christian Press (February 18, 2002)
    ISBN-10: 1556303882
    ISBN-13: 978-1556303883

    Todd Thompson
    Rain Riding Techniques: a Guide to Wet Weather: A Practical Guide to Wet Weather Motorcycle Riding
    Paperback: 62 pages
    Publisher: Infinity Pub (31 Aug 2005)
    ISBN-10: 0741426951
    ISBN-13: 978-0741426956

    Road Racing oriented books may also be of interest.
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    2nd March 2007 - 10:38
    that one in my sig
    How about adding Twist of the Wrist from Keith Code.

    EDIT: Saw it's on the racer list but any good sprotsbiker should read it whether they ride on the track or not IMHO.

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    22nd March 2007 - 20:31
    Motorcycle Roadcraft: The Police Rider's Handbook (Paperback)

    Paperback: 192 pages
    Publisher: Stationery Office Books; New Ed edition (27 Jun 1996)
    Language English
    ISBN-10: 011341143X
    ISBN-13: 978-0113411436

    I've found this to be one of the most useful road riding books I've purchased, over and above some of the others listed here. It's more of a manual than a meandering read - concise and straight to the point.

    It's also small enough to transport on a motorcycle (if that matters). And these guys ride on the same side of the road as NZ.

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    8th January 2005 - 15:05
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    Quote Originally Posted by discotex View Post
    How about adding Twist of the Wrist from Keith Code.
    EDIT: Saw it's on the racer list but any good sprotsbiker should read it whether they ride on the track or not IMHO.

    TOTW2 might be even better.

    There are others, I have reviewed a couple on KB. Haven't got my little library with me right now though.

    There's also Nick Ienatch's "Sport Riding Techniques" which is a good read.
    Last edited by pritch; 22nd February 2008 at 15:53. Reason: afterthoughts
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    16th October 2005 - 19:41
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    A book I refer to often (cos' I'm a slow learner) is Sport Riding Techniques by Nick Ienatsch

    ISBN No. 1 893618 07 2

    Have found it excellent value. If I remember rightly I bought mine from TechBooks in Newmarket, Aucland
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    28th February 2008 - 21:11
    A big black one and a smaller yellow one
    not so much a "how to" but definitley worth a mention, is the motorcycle atlas of NZ (or any country you happen to be in at the time), Great way to discover great new rides in places you havent been before or don't know anyone to show you around, it gives pretty specific details on the difficulty/experience needed for each road they include so you can plan a ride that will be the best for how you are feeling at any particular time.

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    25th March 2004 - 17:22
    RZ496/Street Triple R/GasGas/ etc etc
    Wellington. . ok the hutt
    Not really about riding but great for sportbike owners wanting to understand how things work. Kevin Cameron from Cycleworld. Highly recommended.
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    1st May 2008 - 12:59
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    Twist of the wrist two should be required reading by anyone on two wheels... TOTW 1 was excellent, 2 is even better.
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    23rd December 2006 - 20:07
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    Does anyone have any online versions of the books that can be shared?

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    19th May 2008 - 20:14
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    Keith wrote twist and upon further research went a lot deeper into the technology and hence twist 2 was written. If you ever attend the California Superbike School, level one is based on Twist 2. IMHO it is the best book around but I am biased as I was an instructor at CSS.
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    21st January 2004 - 14:49
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spyke View Post
    Does anyone have any online versions of the books that can be shared?
    There used to be a pdf copy but that attracted the attention of (Ithink) Keiths son and was removed. If he is still reading this list maybe he can organise a Group Buy - there was also a video IIRC

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    29th August 2008 - 10:41
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    I bought Total Control and def reccommend to new and seasoned riders. The writer brings battle hardened practical advice from lots of experience under road and track conditions. Useful tips like learning to realax outer or inner arms when turning, combined braking and generally why's and how's motorcycle dynamics are well explained. New riders will beniifit from cornering and line picking whilst seasoned riders will pick up lots of stuff around suspension and tyres etc. Found a copy in Borders Welly.

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    18th November 2010 - 20:43
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    does anyone know where you can buy totw2 either book or dvd from?....sitting basic skills course next weekend....cheers

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    On the topic of totw. .. The full video is available in you tube

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