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Best Motorcycle Riding Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

Here is a list of the best Motorcycle Riding books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well (2013)

Best Motorcycle Riding Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis best-selling book is also “#1 book in motorcycle safety” (Nielsen BookScan) and essential reading for all motorcyclists regardless of their years of experience. Author David L. 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…
Author(s): David L. Hough

2. Sport Riding Techniques: How To Develop Real World Skills for Speed, Safety, and Confidence on the Street and Track (2003)

Best Motorcycle Riding Books that Should be on Your BookshelfContemporary sport bikes accelerate faster, brake harder, and cut through corners deeper than ever before. These technologically advanced motorcycles are exhilarating to ride, but to really get the most out of a motorcycle’s performance capabilities a rider must develop his or her own personal performance. Riders need to take their skills to the next level. Now, in this book written specifically for sport riders, well-known journalist, racer, and riding school instructor Nick Ienatsch provides the tools and techniques to help riders analyze and develop that personal…
Author(s): Nick Ienatsch, Kenny Roberts

3. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Guide to Motorcycling Excellence: Skills, Knowledge, and Strategies for Riding Right (2nd Edition) (2005)

Best Motorcycle Riding Books that Should be on Your BookshelfHere is a book for the motorcyclist who wants to do it right! The most complete, authoritative book ever published on safe riding techniques and strategies. More than one million students have completed courses developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and this book is the culmination of what that leading rider training organization has learned about teaching students of all ages and experience. It is the perfect refresher for anyone who has taken an MSF course and will be an eye-opener for those who have not yet discovered them. In a clear, engaging style with detailed…
Author(s): Motorcycle Safety Foundation

4. Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques, 2nd Edition (2015)

Best Motorcycle Riding Books that Should be on Your BookshelfToday’s super high-performance bikes are the most potent vehicles ever sold to the public and they demand advanced riding skills. This is the perfect book for riders who want to take their street riding skills to a higher level. Total Control explains the ins and outs of high-performance street riding. Lee Parks, one of the most accomplished riders, racers, authors and instructors in the world, helps riders master the awe-inspiring performance potential of modern motorcycles.This book gives riders everything they need to develop the techniques and survival skills necessary to…
Author(s): Lee Parks

5. Mastering the Ride: More Proficient Motorcycling, 2nd Edition (2012)

Best Motorcycle Riding Books that Should be on Your BookshelfBest-selling author David Hough is the anti-bad ass of motorcyclists, a serious down-to-earth master of two- (and three-) wheeled street rods who is interested in the safety and road smarts of his fellow motorcyclists. Mastering the Ride is his follow-up book to one that put him on the map, Proficient Motorcycling, and it goes one better. For motorcyclists ready to take their rides to the next level, Mastering the Ride is an exhilarating course in skills, safety, and common sense. Hough’s writing style is straightforward and conversational, never…
Author(s): David L. Hough

6. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Guide to Motorcycling Excellence: Skills, Knowledge, and Strategies for Riding Right (2019)

Best Motorcycle Riding Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis is the book for the motorcyclist who wants to do it right! The Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Guide to Motorcycling Excellence is the most complete and authoritative guide to motorcycle safe-riding techniques and strategies. More than one million students have completed courses developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and this book is the culmination of what this leading rider-training organization has learned about teaching students of all ages and experience levels. It is the perfect refresher for anyone who has taken an MSF class and…
Author(s): Motorcycle Safety Foundation

7. A Twist of the Wrist Vol. 2: The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle Riding (1997)

Best Motorcycle Riding Books that Should be on Your BookshelfStraight facts about riding! A Twist of the Wrist, the acknowledged number one book on rider improvement for ten years straight, brought riders worldwide to a new understanding of vital riding skills. Uncovers and traces, action by action, the direct links between man and machine. #38,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3 in Motorcycle Racing #21 in Extreme Sports (Books) #8 in Motorcycles (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Keith Code, Doug Chandler

8. How to Become a Better Long-Distance Motorcycle Rider? (2018)

Best Motorcycle Riding Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis book will give you the most important information to help you get started and allow you to start enjoying longer motorcycle trips. I have organized this into logical chapters to make it easy for you to navigate your way through this guide, and to help you find exactly what you might need quickly. I really hope that it will help you to become better long-distance rider so that you can begin to experience exactly how I feel now about long distance riding. What to Expect? In this book, I open-up about everything that I have learned throughout my extensive years spent on the back of a bike. I share tips on preparations, equipment, staying…
Author(s): Pavlin Zhelev

9. The Art of Riding Smooth: Plus the Best 2000 Miles Ever! (2017)

Best Motorcycle Riding Books that Should be on Your BookshelfWith 12 years of coaching and nearly 600,000 miles of Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountain riding experience, Rider’s Workshop founder, Jim Ford, introduces a new genre of motorcycling: mountain riding! The book offers Jim’s take on the “art” of motorcycling mountain roads. Much of the training comes from years as a private pilot. Jim is instrument rated with plenty of flight hours. Riding well is never about riding fast! Instead, it’s about developing a heightened sense of anticipation, precision, and situational awareness. The result is a much higher degree of proficiency, safety, and seamlessness on the…
Author(s): James B. Ford

10. Maximum Control: Mastering Your Heavyweight Bike (2010)

Best Motorcycle Riding Books that Should be on Your BookshelfAs anyone who’s been on one knows, big bikes–Harleys, dressers, tourers, cruisers–handle differently than smaller bikes.  They have different centers of gravity; they steer more slowly; they put you in a different riding positions; and riding one–especially riding it well–requires different skills.  This book is aimed at helping owners of such motorcycles–bikes with big engines, long wheelbases, and a lot of weight–get the best ride out of them.  Maximum Control addresses every aspect of riding–steering, positioning, braking, and carrying a passenger or…
Author(s): Pat Hahn

11. Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well (2000)

Best Motorcycle Riding Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFrom the publishers of Motorcycle Consumer News, Shifting Gears at 50 is a one-of-a-kind motorcycling manual for returning and late-entry riders, essentially anyone 40 years old and up who’s looking to hit the road on two wheels. Author Philip Buonpastore, a motorcycle journalist and retired US Air Force photographer, helps readers gear up to get back on a motorcycle (or get on one for the first time).In Part 1, Becoming a Motorcyclist,” Buonpastore discusses the basics of buying the right bike, gear, and equipment and getting the bike up to speed. The book continues with a good overview of learning to…
Author(s): David L. Hough

12. Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps and Beyond: 5th edition (2019)

Best Motorcycle Riding Books that Should be on Your BookshelfDetailing more area than any previous edition, Hermann's fun-to-read text has been thoroughly updated and revised, now adding new roads in Switzerland and France. All maps feature mountain relief backgrounds to highlight the topography, and many spectacular new photos have been added. Every region of the Alps is covered:  , , , , , and even special alpine-lookalike places such as , , and and . All of the important roads and passes are described and critiqued.  Each recommended trip features a , , advice on and , and plenty of . Local customs, history, and dot every page to enrich the journey. There is no other…
Author(s): John Hermann

13. Street Rider’s Guide: Street Strategies for Motorcyclists (Motorcycle Consumer News) (2014)

Best Motorcycle Riding Books that Should be on Your BookshelfA completely revised and updated edition of David Hough’s successful book Street Strategies, the all-new Street Rider’s Guide spells out safety tactics for motorcycle riders looking to get the most out of their favorite hobby…for as long as possible. Covering topics from A to Z, Street Rider’s Guide is the new go-to handbook for motorcyclists who want quick solutions to nearly 100 commonly encountered obstacles and road challenges, what safety experts like Hough call increasing a rider’s “situational awareness.” As Hough writes in the…
Author(s): David L. Hough

Best Motorcycle Riding Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some motorcycle riding books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Philosophical Ridings: Motorcycles and the Meaning of Life

Author(s): Craig Bourne
Publisher: Oneworld Publications, Year: 2007, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 567471

A Twist of the Wrist 2: The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle Riding

Author(s): Keith Code
Publisher: Code Break, Year: 1997, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 186158

A Twist of the Wrist 2 - The Basics of High-Perf. Motorcycle Riding

Author(s): K. Code
Publisher: , Year: 1993, Size: 17 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 889834

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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