The More You Know, The Better It Gets
Here is a book for current and prospective motorcyclists who want to do it right—the complete and authoritative guide to safe riding techniques and strategies.
Whether you're just beginning to ride or you've been riding for many years, Motorcycling Excellence will help you master the fundamentals and enhance your skills.
Founded in 1973, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) is recognized internationally for its rider-training curriculum, which has been used by thousands of trainers in teaching more than three million motorcyclists the skills necessary to stay safe and have fun on the road.
This book is the essence of what the MSF has learned about teaching students of all ages and experience—the definitive reference for the sport.
You'll learn about:
Table of Contents
- Basic riding skills
- Advanced riding techniques
- Mental preparation
- Riding straight
- Protective riding gear
- Motorcycle pre-ride inspection
- Group riding
- Strategies for the street
- Special situations
- Managing traction
- Off-road techniques ... and much more
INTRODUCTION: THE ALLURE OF MOTORCYCLING
Motorcycling is far more than just a way to get from point A to point B
CHAPTER 1: PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS
Starting out right as a motorcyclist means assessing your desires and abilities, and committing to safety
CHAPTER 2: BASIC RIDING SKILLS
Familiarize yourself with the controls and functions of the motorcycle before you attempt to ride
CHAPTER 3: LET'S THINK ABOUT IT!
What's the most important prerequisite of safe motorcycling? Good tires? Strong brakes? Featuring a sidebar by Dr. John Bodnar
CHAPTER 4: RIDING STRAIGHT
Responsible motorcyclists know that bikes and booze don't mix
CHAPTER 5: PROTECTIVE RIDING GEAR
Take every reasonable precaution to protect yourself from injury and harm. Featuring sidebars by Paul Golde, Bruce Porter and Kevin Schwantz
CHAPTER 6: INSPECTION, CARE, & TROUBLESHOOTING
Regular maintenance and preventive care will go a long way toward a trouble-free ride. Featuring a sidebar by Paul Thede
CHAPTER 7: STREET STRATEGIES & THE VISUAL EDGE
Search, evaluate, execute. Riding motorcycles is anything but a passive activity
CHAPTER 8: STREET STRATEGIES AT WORK
Staying safe on a motorcycle boils down to avoiding trouble by having time and space for yourself
CHAPTER 9: SPECIAL SITUATIONS
The unexpected happens. Are you ready for it?
CHAPTER 10: GROUP RIDING
Riding alone, you only have to account for yourself. Riding with others, you must take into account the needs and abilities of the other riders
CHAPTER 11: TRACTION
What is traction? Why is traction important? What affect traction?
CHAPTER 12: THE TRACTION-PIE ANALOGY
Knowing how much tration you have left in any given situation is an important part of learning to ride with control
CHAPTER 13: COUNTERSTEERING
Countersteering is a key element of riding with control. Press "here" to turn. Featuring sidebars by Erik Buell and Keith Code
CHAPTER 14: SAFE CORNERING TECHNIQUES
For many riders, gracefully arcing through a succession of smooth turns is the ultimate motorcycling experience. Curve ahead! Featuring sidebars by Reg Pridmore and Freddie Spencer
CHAPTER 15: LOW & HIGH-SPEED TURNING
How can you use your body weight to adjust your line? When is shifting your weight off-center advantageous in controlling your motorcycle through a curve? Featuring a sidebar by Kevin Schwantz
CHAPTER 16: OFF-ROAD RIDING
Even when the pavement ends, the fun continues
APPENDIX A: RIDERCOURSES AND THE MSF
APPENDIX B: T-CLOCS PRE-RIDE INSPECTION CHART
APPENDIX C: GLOSSARY
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