Ride Hard, Ride Smart: Ultimate Street Strategies for Advanced Motorcyclists

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Ride Hard, Ride Smart is a practical, hands-on survival guide for the average motorcyclist. This book provides advanced survival and safety strategies for the developing rider. The vast wealth of knowledge and information developed by the motorcycle safety industry is bound into one chapter and one simple concept-the "three degrees of separation"-that sets the stage for the rest of the book. The three degrees of separation are riding strategies, training and skills, and protective gear-the things that separate ...

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Ride Hard, Ride Smart is a practical, hands-on survival guide for the average motorcyclist. This book provides advanced survival and safety strategies for the developing rider. The vast wealth of knowledge and information developed by the motorcycle safety industry is bound into one chapter and one simple concept-the "three degrees of separation"-that sets the stage for the rest of the book. The three degrees of separation are riding strategies, training and skills, and protective gear-the things that separate the rider from death and injury. Hahn rates motorcycle risk and riding on a scale of one to ten, ten being mere moments away from certain death, and one being home safe in bed. Every motorcycle ride falls somewhere in between. Using the three degrees of separation, a rider can get the risk level down to a controllable level, creating the safest possible situation on a moving motorcycle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760317600
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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Pat Hahn loves solving motorcycling dilemmas, particularly those related to riding strategy and safety. His subtle humor and keen instinct help with topics like risk management, situational awareness, riding technique, and crash avoidance and put them into terms any rider can understand. Pat is the author of the four books, How to Ride a Motorcycle, Maximum Control, Motorcyclists’ Legal Handbook, and Ride Hard, Ride Smart, and is communications and outreach manager for TEAM OREGON Motorcycle Safety Program. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Chapter 1 Using the Three Degrees of Separation 10
Chapter 2 Getting Hurt 101 22
Chapter 3 Risk 52
Chapter 4 The Safest Distance Between Two Points 58
Chapter 5 Good Times, Bad Times 66
Chapter 6 Visibility 74
Chapter 7 Riding at Night 84
Chapter 8 Make it Familiar 86
Chapter 9 Making Friends 92
Chapter 10 Trouble Areas 98
Chapter 11 The Worst Types and Your Best Defense 112
Chapter 12 Reading the Road 118
Chapter 13 Group Riding and Other Distractions 130
Index 143
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2004

    Just When I Thought I Knew It All....

    A fantastic leap forward in the world of motorcycle safety. As an instructor and enthusiast, I thought I'd reached the point in which there was nothing left to learn. There is more¿and a lot of it. While beginners could benefit from this book, experienced riders will relish the advanced and detailed information far more. Anyone who rides a motorcycle on the street should read this. It covers the Hurt Study, basic motorcycle safety strategies, choosing the safest route, when to ride and when not to ride, visibility, positioning, techniques for high-risk situations, risk heirarchy and categorization, visualization for practice and experience, big-picture theories about traffic flow and conflict, and how to deal with distractions. Plus, it's funny. The photography is beautiful. A more apt title would be, 'Motorcycling for the Risk Averse.' If you want to learn 101 new ways to ride safer and smarter, this is the book for you.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Excellent Book on the Strategy of Riding

    I'm thoroughly enjoying this book on the strategies of riding safely in all kinds of environments, weather, time of day, et al. He supports his points with many photos -- two of his pictures showing how motorcycles are almost invisible in some situations / backgrounds from a car driver's view caused me to immediately order a hi-vis jacket. Tho his tagline is "Ultimate street strategies for advanced motorcyclists" the presentation and points made are beneficial for the beginner through advanced. He develops his "3 Degrees of Separation" theme" throughout the book by the narrative and pictures. Charts on collision areas, Hurt and MN state accident / crash data,risk factors, and ranking are discussed as well. Night riding, drivers blind spots are not just discussed, they are forcefully illustrated by pictures, and one, a picture of a rider in front of an SUV hidden by the SUV's rear view mirror, were an eye-opener to me. The risk / benefits of riding the freeway vs the rural or the city street are discussed in depth. Time of day, day of week risks are discussed. And the "reading" of others by their vechicle's appearance and behavior, location on a highway, et al, are evaluated. I rank Pat's book right up there with Hough's two books on Proficient Motorcycling. A thoroughly good read.

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