Previous motorcycle safe riding books have emphasized the physical skills required for motorcycling, i.e., braking, accelerating, cornering, etc., but my experience is these skills have very little to do with motorcycle safe riding. Accident-Free Riding on the street is a physical exercise 10% of the time and a mental exercise 90% of the time, but it's this mental aspect of road riding that's been neglected by past motorcycle safe riding ...
Previous motorcycle safe riding books have emphasized the physical skills required for motorcycling, i.e., braking, accelerating, cornering, etc., but my experience is these skills have very little to do with motorcycle safe riding. Accident-Free Riding on the street is a physical exercise 10% of the time and a mental exercise 90% of the time, but it's this mental aspect of road riding that's been neglected by past motorcycle safe riding authors and instructors.
Perhaps they didn't have five decades of motorcycling experience or the hundreds of thousands of accident-free miles it requires to acquire an authoritative body of hands-on knowledge. Perhaps they never became self-aware motorcyclists who could effectively communicate Accident-Free Riding Techniques. I used Accident-Free Riding Techniques for decades before I was aware I had them. They were acquired instinctively after decades of on and off-road riding and racing. Realizing that I had them was an epiphany and it lead to my obsession to share the Accident-Free Riding Techniques I had unconsciously learned.
My first Accident-Free Riding article in Motorcyclist's September 2010 issue really struck a positive chord with readers. Riders were, and are, clamoring for Accident-Free Riding Techniques they can learn and apply.
Accident-Free Riding is more than not having a single vehicle accident, it’s also about not allowing accidents to happen. It's about not allowing drivers, pedestrians, wildlife, hazards, and your own right wrist, to hurt you. These techniques can become instinctive by developing an unconscious internal alarm system that automatically alerts you to an unsafe riding situation, by using mental imaging to predict dangerous riding situations, by regularly asking yourself, "Am I riding as safely as possible?", and by applying all of what I call the Five Factors of Accident-Free Riding. Constantly practicing these techniques until they're instinctive can put you on your way to becoming an Accident-Free Rider.
As a life-long motorcyclist with five decades of riding experience and hundreds of thousands of accident-free miles and an unscathed motorcycle with 140,000 miles ridden almost exclusively on twisty two-lane roads (the most dangerous type), I'll let you decide if what I've learned are valuable techniques before I become another self-proclaimed motorcycle safe-riding expert.
Before you pay hundreds of dollars for track days, safe riding courses, or for the advice of a self-proclaimed motorcycle safe-riding expert, you may want to ask that instructor or author if they've ridden accident-free, or almost accident-free for hundreds of thousands of miles on two lane roads over several decades. If they haven't, you may want to view their advice with some skepticism. You can't learn accident-free riding from someone who crashes - the only thing you can learn from them is how to crash.
AFTER THE FACT
CONTROL YOUR EGO
CURVES V. CORNERS
PARKING, STOPPING, STARTING
PERFECT I'M NOT
RIDING WITH ATTITUDE
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Additional Titles by the Author
This Backroad Bob’s Motorcycle Road Trips Accident-Free Riding ebook is one part of a 26-part CD series that is Backroad Bob’s Motorcycle Adventures and includes the following titles. The CDs and the ebooks contain the same articles, but the ebooks are text-only and the dual sporting ebooks exclude the roll charts, GPS maps, and GPS coordinates. The full-color, photo-filled versions, the photo CDs, and the full-content dual sporting CDs are available only from www.backroadbob.com.
Backroad Bob’s Motorcycle Adventures:
Dual Sporting PA with Roll Charts
Dual Sporting PA with GPS Roll Charts
Dual Sporting Beyond PA with Roll Charts
Dual Sporting Beyond PA with GPS Roll Charts
Dual Sport Photos
Dual Sporters and Thumper Humpers
GPs and MotoGPs
GP and MotoGP Photos
GPs, MotoGPs, England, Ireland, and the Isle of Man
Isle of Man Photos
Isle of Man TT Races, England & Ireland
People, Places, & Things (Part I)
People, Places, & Things (Part II)
Road Trips (Part I)
Road Trips (Part II)
Road Trip Photos
Roads & Road Houses
"Good overview of motorcycle safety. Backroad Bob has any easy style to read. He has the qualifications, over 250K miles ridden, and over 185K accident free. This is an overview, covering the 5 key areas of safety the author has found to be of most benefit to him, and that's where I think the value of this book primarily lays. I have also purchased other Kindle books by this author, due to his easy reading style of writing on MC touring."
By 1990, I had ridden motorcycles through every state east of the Mississippi River, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and five Canadian provinces, but I wanted to do more. I wanted to explore the back roads across America, see the Isle of Man TT Races, examine everything that's foreign at a European Grand Prix, and experience the canopied forests, cascading streams, and towering mountains of Pennsylvania's state forests.
Over the past forty years I've done all this and taken thousands of photos of the places I've been and made millions of memories of the unforgettable people I've met. Along the way, I've recorded my experiences in hundreds of magazine articles, and traveled hundreds of thousands of miles by motorcycle in the pursuit of my dreams. If this sounds like something you'd like to do, then these articles are a valuable tool to assist you in fulfilling your dreams too.
Qualifications - Thirty-seven years and over 250,000 miles as a licensed motorcycle operator. Thirty-five years and 185,000 accident-free road miles. Seventeen years and 43,000 miles dual sport riding. Forty years off-pavement riding. Completion of Motorcycle Safety Foundation Beginner and Advanced Rider Courses and Keith Code's Superbike School. A.A.S. - Mechanical Engineering with over 25 years professional mechanical experience.
Road Riding - Thirty-seven of 48 contiguous states with extensive knowledge of the Mid-Atlantic, New England, and Southeastern states. Five Canadian provinces, Isle of Man, Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Spain and Portugal.
Dual Sport Riding - Mid-Atlantic States, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Tennessee. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Monongahela, Wayne and Allegheny National Forests. Ten Pennsylvania State Forests.
Enduro Riding - ten years of East Coast Enduro Association competition.
Leadership Positions: President (1995-2011) - Turbo Motorcycle International Owners Association (TMIOA), North Eastern Region Director (2000-2009), and Pennsylvania State Director (1994-2009) - Honda Sport Touring Association (HSTA). Rally Dual Sport Route Coordinator - Honda Sport Touring Association Rendezvous 1996. Rally Coordinator - The Thumper Humper (THE) Rally 1998-2008, PA Adventure Rally 1994-2007, Pennsylvania Dual Sport Rides 1995-2007, Pennsylvania 500 Road Ride 2005-2007, and Turbo Rally '95, 00, and '10. Organizer - 2001 Honda Sport Touring Association Rendezvous - a 400+ participant 5-day event.