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Book Review: Motorcycle Roadcraft: The Police Rider’s Handbook to Better Motorcycling

December 22nd, 2010 @ 00:10 GMT by Richard Stowey


I’ve been riding a motorcycle since May 2010 and loving every minute of it (except for freezing temperatures!). I wanted something to affirm what i was learning and improve my understanding of the bike, road position and handling.

Since getting onto a motorcycle, I’ve tried to stay aware of the rules of the road and learn a little more about how the machine I’ve been riding works. I’ve read a few blogs and websites which help with riding. Then I found this book in Foyles and bought it, in the hope that it could give me a little more information to improve my technical riding.

Since starting to read this book I have definitely started to become more aware of the areas which I need to improve. Motorcycle Roadcraft: The Police Rider’s Handbook to Better Motorcycling breaks down the various different aspects of motorcycling and gives a more technical insight into how and why certain things happen when riding.

There is a staggering amount of information and in-depth coverage about control, observation, using gears and braking, accelleration, cornering and balance, how to avoid skids, signals, positioning, overtaking, and plenty more information about the various aspects of riding.

The book goes into the reasoning behind each technique, and it demonstrates this through very useful diagrams and illustrations. There are additional checklists found in the back of the book, but there could be more. And there are useful notes and “did you knows’s” throughout the book.

The book was first published in 1996, and now in it’s 16th impression for the 2009 version. It’s clearly had a lot of time, thought and effort go into it to create a manual which can be used by anyone, and not just police motorcyclists. I would definitely advise that most mototcyclists find a copy of Motorcycle Roadcraft: The Police Rider’s Handbook to Better Motorcycling and take a look through, even if just to imrove one or two aspects of their riding.

I’ll be returning to this book next year, to follow some of the how-to’s and recommendations on what to do to practice various techniques of my riding. There is much more information in Motorcycle Roadcraft, that it’s definitely worth more than the £12.99 RRP