How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles: Key Skills and Advanced Training for All Off-Road, Motocross, and Dual-Sport Riders

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Motorbooks, Aug 13, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 176 pages
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Off-road riding is one of motorcycling's most popular pursuits and also one of its best training grounds for improving street-riding skills. Off-road riding takes many forms, from motocross and enduro racing, to dual-sport day trips, to trail riding, to adventure tours. No matter the specific pursuit, all dirt riding (and much street riding) shares the same basic skill set.

 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. If you've ever wanted to try dirt riding or if you're an experienced rider looking to sharpen your skill set, How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles is a perfect riding coach.

 

 

 

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Contents

Editors Note
4
Foreword
5
Preface
6
Introduction
8
Chapter 1 New Rider Advice
11
Chapter 2 Beginners First Steps
23
Chapter 3 Foundation Building
31
Chapter 4 Body Positioning
43
Chapter 12 Wheelies
99
Chapter 13 Whoops
107
Chapter 14 Jumping
111
Chapter 15 Brakeslides and Powerslides
117
Chapter 16 Terrain and Conditions
125
Chapter 17 Riding Etiquette and Responsibilities
139
Chapter 18 Bike Preparation
145
Chapter 19 From Dirt to Street
151

Chapter 5 Braking
51
Chapter 6 Turning
57
Chapter 7 Throttle Control
65
Chapter 8 Hillclimbs
69
Chapter 9 Downhills
81
Chapter 10 Hillside Turns and Sidehills
87
Chapter 11 Steering While Standing Up
93
Chapter 20 Motocross
155
Chapter 21 Trials
163
Glossary of Terms
170
Index
173
About the Author
175
Acknowledgments
176
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Gary LaPlante (southern California) has over 43 years of experience riding, racing, testing, and working on a wide variety of motorcycles. During that time, Gary developed excellent teaching and communication skills by working in key positions in the motorcycle industry and having over 12 years' experience of personally teaching riders almost every week while operating MotoVentures Inc., which offers tours, training, and trials services in Anza, California. Gary's diversity of technical riding skills and wide range of professional experience has enabled him to create his own teaching curriculum, which is what How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles is based upon. www.motoventures.com

Lee Parks is the author of the best-selling riding skills book Total Control. Based on his internationally renowned Total Control Advanced Riding Clinics, Total Control is considered by many to be the riding skills bible. Parks formerly edited Motorcycle Consumer News, Motorcycle Product News, and Motorcyclist magazines. He is also the owner of Lee Parks Design, a motorcycle glove and apparel manufacturer in Apple Valley, CA.

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