Synopses & Reviews
A beginner's manual especially geared to the needs of entry-level riders, this book provides all the basic instruction necessary to become a motorcycle rider with an emphasis on the challenges faced by neophyte riders. Starting at neophyte level and evolving into a serious, intelligent expert, How to Ride a Motorcycle tells the reader how to be a motorcycle rider with a strong emphasis on safety and big-picture strategy ("think about it this way" as opposed to "do this.")
Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly, Winter 2006 (circ. unavailable) How to Ride a Motorcycle can be read, understood and appreciated by all riders, from the absolute beginner to the grizzled veteran. Kudos to Mr. Hahn for writing this long-overdue book. Where was this book when I started out? MMM heartily recommends [this book], singing on four-out-of-four cylinders.”
Geared toward the needs of entry-level riders, this book provides all the basic instruction necessary to become a motorcycle rider with an emphasis on the challenges faced by neophyte riders.
About the Author
As the author of How to Ride a Motorcycle, I think the best advice I could give to any new rider is if youre going to do it, do it all the way. Buy the best riding gear you can afford, and take the MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) basic course. And plan on riding your bike all the time: for stress relief, for fun and recreation, for transportation, and for commuting. Spending a lot of time in the "motorcycle mindset" will make you a better, more skilled, and safer rider. Everyday riders know this. Weekend riders dontthey have to relearn, every time they ride. Don't always start from square one.
Of all the motorcycles available on the market today, I think the biggest bang for the beginner buck is Suzukis SV 650. Its versatile, lightweight, nimble, and quick, with plenty of power, but relatively easy to handle and control. They look good and used versions are fairly cheap. Most importantly, its a "beginner" bike that you wont get bored of right away.
As a motorcycle safety expert, I have discovered that humor is a great way to reach at-risk riders, and I try to make that a part of my book. Nobody wants someone wagging a finger at them and telling them to slow down and be careful. Riders I coach become engaged when I speak their language and make them laugh. Ive found it helps to poke fun at mistakes and see the humor in them, rather than getting out the graphs and statistics right away. Motorcycle riding, above all else, is FUN. Riders learn more and retain better when the information is lighthearted, interesting, and meaningful to them personally, and I hope you will agree with that in the book.
Knowledge is a motorcycle rider's greatest ally, and skill development is a lifelong pursuit. The evolution of a motorcyclist is a series of mental barriers, breakthroughs, and plateaus. If youre struggling to perfect a certain strategy or technique, youre banging up against a mental barrier. If you keep working at it and learning more, youll make a breakthrough and take your riding to a new level. But sometimes people get lazy and rest on their laurels after beating a mental barrier. They get to a point where they think theres nothing left they need to learn. Theyve reached a plateau. It will happen several times during the lifetime of a motorcyclist. But the plateau is only an illusion. As I said before, if youre going to do it, do it all the way. True riding enthusiasts, instead of accepting the plateau, actively seek out new mental barriers to overcome, and ultimately make further breakthroughs in their riding and advance to the next level. They do this by trying different kinds of riding (dirt, track, touring, racing) or by adopting new riding styles (Code, Pridmore, et al.) There is no limit to how much you can learn about riding, no limit to the level of skill you can achieve.