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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But there are some good books out there that actually discuss technique without convincing you that you will fail. If you only read one book on motorcycling, this is the one you should read.

Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well – David L. Hough – Google Books

I found a local training course website that I’d never heard of before. Mar 11, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: He’s not perfect but it’s more nearly within his reach than any rider I’ve known. Hough was inducted into the Motorcycling Hall of Fame ina fitting tribute for his accumulated body of work.

Preview — Proficient Motorcycling by David L. These are all very practical pointers that helped me figure out non-optimal parts of my cornering technique, including the benefits of slowing down for turns using the brakes rather than engine braking. This review is written from the perspective of a motorcyclist, not as a reader. If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, Hough’s book is dynamite.

My method was to ride as fast as I could, till I couldn’t ride quite as fast. We’re not saying it is all plain sailing. Probably a fair decision, there is so much information in the other chapters that the book is already something of a challenge. 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.


Hough’s recommendations are absolutely correct. Hough provides real strategies for staying alive on the street, and I strongly suggest that all riders read his book.

Everything from how to brake review – with mtoorcycling physics and informationto how to pack for a long ride, to how to ride 2-up. Read the book and sell you motorcycle. If you don’t ride, there’s no reason for you to read this – review or the book.

Heller, JeanEasy, older rider: To view it, click prificient. It’s a wild animal. Most drivers suck and they’re out to kill us.

We liked Lee’s training too, and share Hough’s view. There is much more to the book though; it’s basically a super-experienced motorcyclist providi This book is a must-read for anyone new to motorcycling. The paper book seems better than the kindle edition.

Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well by David L. Hough

This can reduce reaction and braking time in an emergency. This page was last edited on 10 Octoberat He began motorcycling as a means of commuting to work. Too much preaching, too much backing proficidnt, too much bowing to the inevitability of a situation and not enough control.

Proficient Motorcycling by David Hough. It’s absolutely, unrelentingly serious.

Those gentlemen can tell you how to ride better on the street; I’ll tell you about many other aspects of street riding. You will become a safer, more efficient, faster rider fewer mistakes means more speed.

Not a huge fan of his writing style, but good info.

David L. Hough

Steering geometry, contact patch, friction dynamics, cornering and countersteering, center of gravity and braking are explained simply with pictures. This chapter doesn’t have the level of detail of the other chapters, I bet what happened was that there was so much material motorfycling an editorial decision was made to present this subject in outline and keep the real goodies for the new book.


I’ve been riding for thirty years, and have owned, at one point or another, almost every type of motorcycle.

The chapter on the physics of steering and handling is a bit tough, prkficient Hough occasionally comes off as an motordycling father delivering admonishing advice, but overall the book is well-written and readers will benefit from the author’s decades of experience on two wheels. It’s all about three wheelers and more an exercise in “grandpa” telling you about sidecars and why they’re awesome than pproficient of value relative to the rest of the book.

Hough estimates he’s ridden a motorcycle more than a hougb miles across the world and around his home in Agnew. The sections on how to turn correctly and on how to drive on uneven, sandy or wet terrain were particularly practical especially for Africa. It functions as both a manual and a guide, an informative text on how to perform certain maneuvers, better your skills and care for your motorcycle.

David is an artist, photographer, riding instructor, and world traveler, and he makes his home in Port Angeles, Washington.

The second chapter is an analysis of motorcycle dynamics. Retrieved from ” https: He says you should brake for every turn short of a freeway sweeper.

The third chapter builds on the motorcycle dynamics chapter to deal with the critical skill of cornering. I ride 12 months a year, in the motorcyclihg of summer heat, and in sub-freezing temperatures. Looking for beautiful books? Riding and life can be very fun but all arounds us accidents are just waiting to happen.