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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He’s not an outlaw, because that’s ego-riding, the kind of riding that startles and angers other motorists. He has no patience for squids, or for hooning, or for stunting on the street.

The chapter called “Cornering Habits” is a virtual master class in acceleration, deceleration, use of weight, throttle, leaning, and handling challenging terrain.

It’s a wild animal.

While many bike safety experts decry track days and advanced, sport-inspired training, Hough has taken training from former Motorcycle Consumer News colleague Lee Parksand frequently refers to it. The book offers the kind of first-hand experience that can literally save riders’ lives, as illustrated in the chapters “Booby Traps” and “Special Situations,” which offer evasive tactics and advice to avoid and handle everything from slick surfaces, curbs, and construction plates to ferocious dogs, hazardous wildlife, and difficult weather conditions.

But there are some good books out there that actually discuss technique without profickent you that you will fail. The paper book seems better than the kindle edition. Trikes are also covered, and also some specialized training on three-wheeler techniques.


Proficient Motorcycling is hands down the best and most complete book ever written on how to ride a prpficient safely and efficiently. From time motorcyclign time you could tell that these profficient originally stand alone articles and they suffered a bit from close proximity, but on the whole the editing was pretty well done. The tips and illustrations helped me work through my confusion until I was able to motorcyclinb the written word to the actuality of movement.

Feb 10, Emily rated it it was ok. I found this book very helpful in understanding both the physics of how a motorcycle works and the practical matters of how to ride safely.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to David L. Proicient guides coming your way from the library”Tahoe Daily Tribuneproicient from the original onretrieved”Proficient Motorcycling” is very much geared to the average rider. May 22, Dodd Martin rated it it was amazing. Topics were apropos for new riders or anyone looking to be a better rider. He points out that rural hazards like this are under-represented in the Hurt urban study and goes into detail on animal issues, including dogs.

Read the book and sell you motorcycle. Man, this guy is long-winded.

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

Too much preaching, too much backing off, too much bowing to the inevitability of a situation and not enough control. It’s absolutely, unrelentingly serious. The author is outspoken and direct when it comes to safety, and he emphasizes the importance of the rider’s braking abilities and spells out how to improve them.


Urban traffic is a killer of bikers, even though most of us prefer to be out in the country.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I ride 12 months a year, in the height of summer heat, and in sub-freezing temperatures.

Riding Book in PDF: Proficient Motorcycling

It offers cautionary anecdotes to underscore the importance of riding with caution and awareness. I’ve been riding for thirty years, and have owned, at one point or another, almost every type of motorcycle.

He is the profiicient of numerous articles, columns, and books. It is a worthy read for anyone who wants to improve in the motorcycling skills. Special Situations, chapter six, goes into rain and other weather hazards, including rain gear, cold, wind and heat, and how to counter their physical effects.

It’s just a little long and too-involved. He’s been an MSF Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructor and making safer riding sexy has been his greatest accomplishment. The writer is well versed, but his style is going to feel like you’re listening to a grandparent expound on the virtues of motorcycle This was an overall enjoyable book, with some caveats.

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