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You have your motorcycle. You have you gear. Now it’s time to ride. Whether you’re a brand-new rider looking for safety tips or a speed demon seeking insider track tips, this is the book for you.
The editors of Cycle World know everything there is to know about riding a motorcycle, and in this book they share all of their secrets. Here you’ll find hints for bike commuters, long-distance touring, off-road dirtbike maneuvers, and even professional racetrack riding. Simple step-by-step illustrations and awesome photos illustrate the points and pro tips bring you into the insider world on two wheels.
Table of Contents:
Break in an Engine Perform a Pre-Ride Check Know Your Transmission Shift without the Clutch Know Your Bike’s Limits Improvise a Cruise Control Don’t Disregard the Downshift Countersteer Correctly Don’t Get (Tank) Slapped Master Trail Braking Hit the (Engine) Brakes Be a Good Passenger Take a Ride with Junior Encourage Kids to Ride Split Lanes Safely Commute Right Avoid Target Fixation Use Your Radar, Rider Read the Radius Read the Crown Foil Bike Thieves Lock It or Lose It Ride in the Cold Survive a Crosswind Play in the Snow Get Your Bike Wet Beat the Heat Survive in the Desert Choose Your Colors Tread Lightly in the Woods Kick Up Some Dust Ride Over a Log Try a Trials Bike Dustproof Your Goggles Ride in the Mud Prep Your Bike for Mud Riding Ride in Sand Tie 4 Essential Knots Spend an Unplanned Night Outdoors Start a Fire 3 Ways Be a Night Rider Navigate by the Stars Ride Washboard Filter Dirty Gas Ride Flat Track Ride in Swamps Get the Holeshot Pop a Wheelie Pull a Stoppie Pass in a Turn Restart on a Hill Lift Any Bike Survive a Crash Handle an Emergency Understand Stopping Distance Make an Emergency Stop Handle a Skid Ride a Racetrack Make a Pro Pitstop Hang Off Drag a Knee Ride on a Tightrope Pack for a Trip Cross Railroad Tracks Ride on a Bridge Tow a Trailer Ride Around the World
Mark Lindemann was an Associate Editor at the late, great Cycle magazine between 1982 and 1987, and has been in the motorcycle industry ever since. Proficient on both streetbikes and dirtbikes, his notes show he’s ridden over 750 machines on four continents, of which only a handful have actively tried to kill him. In 2012 he was the recipient of Cycle World’s prestigious Joe Parkhurst Award for embodying the spirit of the sport. In addition to his efforts at Cycle, his work has appeared in Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Supercycle, Garage, and Outrider Journal. Career highlights include outrunning a low-flying aircraft at Bonneville, a citation for riding at 134 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone, and being stitched together by a veterinarian after a streetbike crash. His garage is filled with more tools than should be allowed by law. Compared to his former fearless self, today he rides about as fast as an advancing tectonic plate.