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    Books for motorcycling beginners

    This is a list of books that people might find helpful. All books are available on Amazon.com. 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.

    Motorcycle Safety Foundation
    The Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Guide to Motorcycling Excellence: Skills, Knowledge, and Strategies for Riding Right (2nd Edition)
    Paperback: 192 pages
    Publisher: Whitehorse Press; Second edition (October 1, 2005)
    ISBN-10: 1884313477
    ISBN-13: 978-1884313479

    Motorcyclist Magazine, Darwin Holmstrom, Simon Green
    The Complete Idiot's Guide to Motorcycles (4th Edition)
    Paperback: 448 pages
    Publisher: Alpha; 4 edition (January 2, 2008)
    ISBN-10: 1592577040
    ISBN-13: 978-1592577040

    Jim Bennett
    The Complete Motorcycle Book: A Consumer's Guide
    Paperback: 258 pages
    Publisher: Facts on File; 2nd edition (March 1999)
    ISBN-10: 0816038546
    ISBN-13: 978-0816038541

    Graham Allardice
    The Biker's Bible
    Paperback
    Publisher: Phantom House (2002)
    ASIN: B000MF6IUO

    Phillip Coyne, Bill Mayblin, Penny Mares
    Motorcycle Roadcraft: The Police Rider's Handbook
    Paperback: 192 pages
    Publisher: Stationery Office Books; New Ed edition (27 Jun 1996)
    Language English
    ISBN-10: 011341143X
    ISBN-13: 978-0113411436

    Driving Standards Agency (Great Britain)
    The Official DSA Guide to Riding: The Essential Skills
    Paperback: 271 pages
    Publisher: Stationery Office Books; Revised Edition
    Language English
    ISBN-10: 0115526447
    ISBN-13: 978-0115526442

    Some of the more advanced Road Riding books may also be of interest
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    Zen wisdom: No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously. - obviously had KB in mind when he came up with that gem

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    Please note that these books have been listed as suitable for beginners by Amazon. We don't actually know how suitable they are and as such are only suggestions.
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    Cool, thanks for that!

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    Ride Forever

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    Dad gave me quite a new one called "The Biker's Bible" by Graham Allardice. It's a NZ book. It's got lots of information for new riders - but like most of the motorcycling leaner's books I've read, 95% of the content was just plain obvious. TBH, there's only so much you can learn from a book - and that could probably be summed up in about 5 pages.

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    Good beginners book

    I bought Pro Motocross and Off Road Riding Tecnniques 3rd edition from Amazon. Cost all up WAS 33.00 NZ and came within 5 days last week. Great book as i am a beginner.

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    Title: Proficient Motorcycling
    Author: David L. Hough
    ISBN 1-889540-53-6

    Heads Up and Enjoy

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    thanks all for the info, this was well received even for not so new bikers like me
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    keep'em comin, i wanna absorb as much bike knowledge as i can, i can't get enough!
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    and a real easy one here for the young'uns
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckBuckNo1 View Post
    Title: Proficient Motorcycling
    Author: David L. Hough
    ISBN 1-889540-53-6

    Heads Up and Enjoy
    Yip, I'm reading that one at the moment. It seems like an excellent book - just need to practice all those techniques now, and get them to become second nature!

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    Total Control - High Performance Street Riding Techniques
    By Lee Parks

    http://www.totalcontroltraining.net/...structors.html

    Very good book, excellent pics to demonstrate 'form' even a section for pillions! Well written, practical and provides mesurements and suggestions for drills and exercises to practise the skills and techniques.

    • Take control of your machine
    • Find the perfect line everytime
    • Perfect your form and tecnique
    • Ride faster and safer

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    Cool thanks for the information
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    Anyone know of any sources for the Suzuki RGV? I'm having trouble finding any sort of manual.. in english that is

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