It is a commonly-held belief that riding well begins and ends with control of your machine. The author contends that mere control of your machine—while a necessary skill—is a small part of what it takes to be a competent, well-rounded, and, most importantly, a safe rider. Far more important are the skills necessary for truly being the master of our environment; for negotiating our way through the hazards we face every day out on the road in a safe, competent and masterly efficient manner.
It is these skills that are presented in Motorcycle Mastery. Beginning with some basic control skills to lay the foundation, the author then takes us through more and more advanced techniques not taught in common motorcycle license courses with a view to really honing our skill level, and making us the very best riders we can be.
• Observation Links
• The System for Safe Motorcycle Riding
• Safe Passing
• Group Riding
• Road hazards
• Riding in Hazardous Conditions
• And more…
Alan Hearnshaw has been riding motorcycles daily for 35 years. Originally from England, he is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (Motorcycle), and has been actively involved in motorcycle training and safety for over two decades.
He now lives north of Atlanta, GA. USA. He combines his love of motorcycling with his other love, photography. What a perfect combination!
His current ride is a BMW R1200RT
Want to handle basic auto repairs yourself? This easy-to-follow guide gives you the nuts and bolts of diagnosing trouble and performing simple maintenance and repairs on your vehicle. You'll explore key systems and keep everything running in tiptop shape.
Get to know your vehicle — understand what you're looking at when you check under the hood
Keep your cool — add and change coolant and change the oil
Ensure a smooth ride — buy new tires, care for tires, and change tires
Stay on top of your electrical system — change spark plugs, fuses, and the battery
Be a buddy to your brakes — check your brakes for wear; flush the system and change the fluid; adjust your parking brake
Recognize the sounds of trouble — suss out sounds, squeaks, rattles, vibrations, and more
Open the book and find:
A step-by-step under-the-hood checklist
How to jack up your vehicle safely
How to check and change your own oil
Eco-friendly tips for saving fuel
Helpful illustrations that demonstrate repairs
Whether it's time for a tune-up
Tips on identifying common sounds, squeaks, and leaks
Perform routine repairs and maintenance
Troubleshoot problems and symptoms
Save fuel and extend your car's life
Everett John "Patch" Kinkade just wants to be left alone. The former president of the Infidelz, the most powerful motorcycle club in California, Patch has grown weary of the responsibilities and burdens that come with the mantle of leadership. He leaves California for Arizona, determined to start a new life and to put a few hundred miles between him and the tragedy that tore his family apart.
But it isn't long before a new crisis pulls Patch back to his old stomping grounds. Tension between the Infidelz and a rival club, the 2Wheelers, erupts one night in a lethal free-for-all, littering a casino with the corpses of club members and ordinary citizens alike. The newspapers call it a war, and Patch knows he must return to help the club, either by making peace or by charging into battle.Now it's not just his life at stake, but the lives of the rest of the Infidelz as well, and Patch would fight the Grim Reaper himself to protect his brothers. Prepared to destroy any man who crosses his path, even if it means confronting the demons from his past, Patch gases up his Harley, sharpens his blade, and heads out on the highway for what could be his final ride.
Sonny Barger is the number-one spokesman for the motorcycle experience. His New York Times bestseller, Hell's Angel, was an exhilarating history of his adventures with the world's most notorious motorcycle club. Now he brings us rousing, moving, and wildly entertaining true stories of his renegade brothers and sisters in the relentless pursuit of liberty, individuality, and the "ultimate ride."
And what stories he has to tell -- freewheeling, bare-knuckle tales of brawls and battles, brotherhood, breathtaking adventures, crazy quests, and the inevitable classic scrapes with "John Law." The most colorful legends and unforgettable characters of biker lore come alive in this book. In addition, celebrities like Steve McQueen, Johnny Paycheck, and David Crosby thunder through these pages in a sensational collection of rebel tales that runs the gamut from poignant and inspiring to thrilling and utterly outrageous.
Whether you ride, have never ridden, or dream of riding, Ridin' High, Livin' Free is a reading experience you won't soon forget -- a fascinating glimpse into a unique culture of freedom that recognizes only one commandment: the code of the road.