David L. Hough (born ) is an American writer on motorcycle rider safety, education and training. He has been a columnist for Motorcycle Consumer News, Sound RIDER! and BMW Owners News magazines. After his first book Proficient Motorcycling was published by Bow Tie Press it. 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.

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Daid 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. Hough, a revered motorcycle author, columnist, and riding-safety consultant, lays out a clear course for all riders who want to sharpen their handling skills and improve their rides.

This second edition, expanded and now in full color, offers new riders and road warriors the exact kind of advice they need to be prepared for anything when on the road, how to avoid accidents, and how to handle the unexpected. Hough, who began motorcycling in the s, tackles every imaginable topic–from the dafid of the bike, selection of the right-sized bike, and basic riding skills to night riding, group outings, and advanced survival tactics.


In the chapter called “Motorcycle Dynamics,” Hough spells out the equipment needed and basic skills required to control a bike, and specifically keeping the rider’s safety and ability to avoid potentially injurious or fatal crashes.

The author is outspoken and direct when it comes to safety, and hugh emphasizes the importance of the rider’s braking abilities and spells out how to improve them. The chapter offers six tried-and-true techniques for quick-stop tactics, critical for every rider to understand pproficient master. He also addresses other vital skills proficiet riders need to evaluate and improve, such as turning, maintaining balance and stability, and steering.

He defines, compares, and analyzes the ins and outs of steering and control: The chapter called “Cornering Habits” is a virtual master class in acceleration, deceleration, use of weight, throttle, leaning, and handling challenging terrain. Hough’s skill as a photographer and illustrator adds a graphic element proficent his books that leads to immediate understanding of the concepts he explains.

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The detail offered in each section of the book can only come from decades on the road, and the author is the consummate instructor, assigning homework to the readers in the form of exercises to practice proficlent improve specific techniques that he outlines and illustrates in the text.

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. Proficient Motorcycling takes riders from long, snaking country roads right into the traffic of the big city, and Hough offers the best advice for riders dealing with the most challenging conditions, motorcucling it’s road construction, snap-jawed intersections, skateboarders, or suddenly slippery road surfaces.

A critical section of the book offers riders advice on how to deal with automobiles, including aggressive car drivers, oblivious SUV drivers, or “blind” truck drivers. The book offers the kind of first-hand experience that can literally save riders’ lives, as illustrated in motprcycling chapters “Booby Traps” and “Special Situations,” which offer evasive tactics and advice to avoid and handle everything from slick surfaces, curbs, and construction plates mororcycling ferocious dogs, hazardous wildlife, and difficult weather conditions.


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The final chapter of the book, “Sharing the Ride,” is geared toward experienced riders who travel motorccycling in groups or who travel with a second passenger on the bike. Topics covered are formation, packing for trips, communication between riders, sidecars, trikes, and more. The Best Books of Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Looking for beautiful books?

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Hough is a longtime motorcyclist and journalist. He began houg as a means of commuting to work.

He is the author of numerous articles, columns, and books. In he was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

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