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I’m really pleased to see Ken Condon’s new book and DVD, Riding in the Zone: Advanced Techniques for Skillful Motorcycling. I helped introduce Ken to Motorcycle Consumer News a few years ago, as a means to keep the Proficient Motorcycling column alive. At first, Ken followed the “Hough” format for the column, but then gained the writing skill to put the PM column in his own words and also generate the monthly Street Strategy tips. Over the past couple of years, Ken has been working with Dan Kennedy of Whitehorse Press to develop a book and companion DVD that would provide a new look at motorcycling skills and riding strategies. Frankly, I’m impressed. About half the book deals with mental concepts such as risk awareness. The other half is about physical skill development—mastering motorcycle control. As an MSF certified RiderCoach and track school instructor, Ken has a lot of experience explaining difficult concepts such as countersteering, and the DVD is a great tool for seeing the techniques in action. When I received my advance copy of Riding in the Zone, I noticed it was on the small side—less than 8” × 10” × 1/2” thick. But as I began to study Ken’s advice and view the companion DVD, I realized that it’s exactly the right size. The DVD is done simply but with lots of live action to demonstrate what Ken is saying. The quality is excellent, so you can easily understand the techniques. There are lots of color photos and diagrams in the book and with so much information on the DVD, that means the book can be compact. It’s small enough to fit in a tank bag, so you can take it out to the practice range. And the semi-hard coated cover and high quality binding mean it’s likely to survive the trip. Why are riding skills so important these days? Well, back in the 1970s, riders involved in crashes were most often victims of collisions with errant automobile drivers. Today, we’re seeing more and more riders who crashed their bikes in noncollision situations. It’s clear that motorcyclists need more emphasis on controlling our bikes, in addition to avoiding collisions. You might wonder how I can praise a “competing” book, considering that I also have skills books on the market, including the recent second edition of Proficient Motorcycling, published by Bowtie Press. I don’t see Riding in the Zone as competition; rather, Ken and I are both attempting to help riders get more proficient. Ken has a different way of dealing with riding skills, and I believe our books complement each other. Riding in the Zone contains a lot of street-riding wisdom from Ken’s MCN columns, but it’s written in an entirely different manner that I know you’ll find fresh and informative. In my opinion, this is one of the best motorcycle skills books on the market to day, and both Ken and Whitehorse are to be commended for making it available.
"The vast majority of motorcycling books on the market focus on the motorcycle itself, not the rider. There are only a handful of books on developing the skills to control your bike. Ken Condon's new book and DVD, Riding in the Zone, focuses on being confidently in control, and the DVD (included) provides real-time demonstrations." - RoadBikeMag.com