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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Lots of useful riding info proficint strategies for staying safe on the street. Hough No preview available – As winter nears the end and with the approach of spring I will pick this book up again to brush up on a few worthy tips the book has to offer.

Like many works on this subject, the first chapter is about risk. He is the author of numerous articles, columns, and books. Description This best-selling book is also ” 1 book in motorcycle safety” Nielsen BookScan and essential reading for all motorcyclists regardless of their years of experience. My method was to ride as fast as I could, till I couldn’t ride quite as fast.

This is the best instruction manual on riding I’ve read. If you like books and love to build cool products, we profixient be looking for you. Hough, like Lee Parks and Bikesafer. With one careless move we can put ourselves and others in great peril.

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Don’t sit down prkficient read this like a novel, you’ll choke on it. Hahn, Pat; Brasfield, EvansHow to ride a motorcycle: But there are some good books out there that actually discuss technique without convincing you that you will fail. If you haven’t taken a motorcycle safety course, take one, and read this book.


Although motrcycling been thinking about these subjects lately, we had a lot of food for thought here. Substitute moose, elk, rabbit, fox, raccoon or any other wild animal for deer.

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It doesn’t read and it doesn’t follow Hough’s deer psychology. Not my kind of book. Lots of repetition and unnecessary anecdotal storytelling. He recommends minimum sight distances of 4 seconds at 30 to 50 MPH and 7 seconds over 70 MPH, and his braking distance graph on page 73 is similar to our analysis. As this is one of the major skill deficiencies that features in a lot of single-bike and multi-vehicle accidents, the emphasis placed on cornering is appropriate.

Account Options Sign in. Hough is the ultimate wise old biker, and he writes from a deep love of two and three wheeled riding. Any rider who would venture out on the road without David Hough’s voice in his head takes an unnecessary risk with his own life.

From time to time you could tell that these were originally stand alone articles and they suffered a bit from close proximity, but on the whole the editing was pretty well done. I believe that I’ll be coming back to this chapter all summer.

The book when it comes to talking about riding motorcycles better and safer on the road. It’s all about three wheelers and more an exercise in “grandpa” telling you about sidecars and why they’re awesome than something of value relative to the rest of the book.

My recommended reading list will get you up to speed on most facets of performance riding and tuning. Stayin’ Safe “Riderarchived from the original onDavid Hough, author of Proficient Motorcycling, one of the most widely respected books on safe street riding, takes an entirely different view.


Proficient Motorcycling is hands down the best and most complete book ever written on how to ride a motorcycle safely and efficiently. Worth the read even if it was a little dry.

A couple of the tips have already improved my riding, and much of the advice could save somebody’s life. This is a necessary read for motorcyclists and only motorcyclists but it’s difficult to give this book an overwhelmingly positive review. If you are new to motorcycling, this is an excellent place to start. The book is loaded with information, covering everything from bad habits riders develop to riding in rough conditions.

Evasive actions – accelerating, braking and swerving – are also featured. Hough starts out simply with the familiar ‘Slow, Look, Lean and Roll’ from your basic rider course, and proceeds to dissect every aspect of these moves. He’s not only a long-term rider and commuter, but also has written a monthly skills column for Motorcycle Consumer News and two previous books on proficient motorcycling Stermer, BillStreetbikes: Hough’s skill as a photographer and illustrator adds a graphic element to his books that leads to immediate motodcycling of jotorcycling concepts he explains.

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