By John Burns
Hey, don’t look at me; I learn to do everything on YouTube! Matter of fact, I just got the AC at Casa JB up and running on the first 95-degree day of the year, thanks to a new $18 relay I learned how to replace on YT! Yaaaaay! On the other hand, I had to wade through a bunch of vidiots before I got to the good information, and there’s the rub. Even with all the new wonderbikes, the skills and mindset one needs to properly operate a motorcycle in a self-preserving fashion haven’t changed since the print era, and these books are the gold standard. Also, I think you internalize things when you’re relaxed in your comfy reading spot much better than you do on your iPhone bouncing along in back of an Uber, no? Not that you can’t Kindle or tablet some of these up if you must. Away we go.
How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles by Gary LaPlante – $21 paperback, $15 on Kindle
I probably need to order up a copy of this one for myself. I’ve been to more than a couple of dirt schools, but still need help. “How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles schools the reader in all the skills necessary to ride safely and quickly off-road. Chapters cover the basics, such as body position, turning, braking, and throttle control, then proceed to advanced techniques, such as sliding, jumps, wheelies, hill-climbing, and more.” Gary LaPlante is almost as old as dirt (haha, Gary, a little joke!) and offers training courses at his Motoventures 350-acre rancho in Anza, California.
Total Control by Lee Parks – $24 paperback, $12 Kindle
Lee Parks used to be just another magazine geek years ago, but …read more
Source:: Riding Skills Book Buyer’s Guide