Motorcycling For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 20, 2011 - Transportation - 364 pages
Few activities offer more fun and excitement than motorcycling, but to get the most out of it, there’s a lot you need to know. From buying and maintaining a bike, to riding safely, to finding great places to ride, Motorcycling For Dummies puts you on the road with savvy and style, whether you’re male or female, new to riding or an experienced vet.

This fun, practical, and informative guide gets you geared up and ready to ride! You’ll get plenty of help in selecting the right bike and step-by-step instructions on performing routing maintenance tasks. You’ll also find out how to develop safe riding habits and, maybe most important of all, fit in with the biker crowd. Plus, this indispensable resource shows you advanced riding techniques, offers travel tips for long-distance rides, and even helps you get your kids started in motorcycling. Discover how to:

  • Buy a new or used bike
  • Select safe, tough riding gear, from helmet and jacket to boots and pants
  • Get proper training and learn essential riding skills
  • Insure your bike
  • Pass even the toughest licensing test
  • Try your hand at cruising, touring, sports biking, and more
  • Get involved in motorcycle clubs and events
  • Deal with dangers on the road
  • Customize your bike to improve both style and performance

Complete with lists of great biking events, organizations, people, and even movies, Motorcycling For Dummies gives a whole new meaning to the term “easy rider.”

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Motorcycling For Dummies
2
The Mysterious World of Motorcycling
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From the First Wooden Horse to Todays Iron Pony
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300 American motorcycle manufacturers 28 The demise of American motorcycling Curse you Mr Ford 30 And then there was one HarleyDavidson ...
37
From the First Wooden Horse to Todays Iron Pony 27 Chapter 3 You Wouldnt Fly a Jet Without Training Would You? 37 Part II Welcome to the Cl...
51
Dress for Success
75
Not all boots are created equal 87 Caring for your boots 87 Covering Your Legs The Right Pants Are Important 88 Leather pants Great protection m...
93
Deal or No Deal? 157 Buying new A great way to shop around 157 Buying used The deals are out there 158 Handling the purchase 158 Internet sca...
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Keeping Your Bike in Tiptop Shape
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Bikes and Biker Culture You Are What You Ride 53 Chapter 5 Dress for Success 75 Chapter 6 Leather and Lace Women in Motorcycling 93 Chapte...
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Advanced Riding Techniques Staying Safer
235
Enjoy the Sights But 240 Keep your head in the ride 240 Watch for horse um surprises and other special concerns 241 Group Riding Avoiding Disas...
249
Coping with Weather 268 Riding in the rain the safe way 268 Paying attention in extreme heat 270 Its really cold up in them thar hills Traveling in w...
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Preparing to Hit the Road 211 Chapter 14 Street Survival Staying Safe 221 Chapter 15 Advanced Riding Techniques Staying Safer 235 Chapter 16 E...
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Appendixes
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You and Your Machine
125
Buying a Bike What You Must Know
145
A Motorcycling Glossary Talking the Talk 309 Appendix B State Motorcycling Laws 317 Appendix C A Motorcyclists Resource Guide
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About the author (2011)

Bill Kresnak is a popular motojournalist with more than 35 years' experience riding all types of motorcycles. He is government affairs editor at American Motorcyclist magazine, a publication of the American Motorcyclist Association.

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