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Looking for a good book for a beginner. Please keep the discussion on books. Thanks!

What do you consider a great book for beginners?
Out of the four listed below, which in your opinion is the best?

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Motorcycles : Darwin Holmstrom, Motorcyclist Magazine, Simon Green (Paperback, 2008)
  • Proficient Motorcycling : David Hough (Other, 2008)
  • The Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Guide To Motorcycling Excellence : Motorbooks Safety Foundation (Paperback, 2005)
  • How to Ride a Motorcycle : Darwin (FWD) Holmstrom, Pat Hahn (Paperback, 2005)
 

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For the street, the best book is 'Motorcycle Roadcraft', (get it through Amazon) which is training manual for all the UK police forces and takes you from the basics up to advanced street riding techniques.

It's written for the UK, so you need to do a little translation for the States, but the key stuff about the 'system of motorcycle control', and about positioning the bike applies everywhere.

It won't tell you how to use the clutch and very basic stuff like that. We take the view that that needs to be taught hands on, so you still need the MSF course, and need to practise all the exercises they'll show you to master the basic low speed skills.

Rob
 
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