My First Motorcycle Book, Getting Started Riding a Motorcycle, Has Been Released In Both Paperback and Kindle Editions.
This article discusses my first motorcycle book called Getting Started Riding a Motorcycle.
Yes, I had some time on my hands and decided to write a short book for beginning riders. It's also intended for returning riders who put motorcycling on hold until their families were raised.
Originally, the book was available only in a Kindle edition. Now it's also available in paperback.
If you prefer the Kindle (electronic) edition, you don't even have to own a Kindle reading device to buy or read the book from Amazon. You can download an app from Amazon for your iPhone, Windows PC, Mac, Blackberry, iPad, Android cellphone or tablet, or Windows Phone 7 that takes the place of the Kindle reading device. Click Here for details.
What's the Price?
The paperback price is $8.09 (slightly less if you're an Amazon Prime customer). The Kindle edition is only $2.99. And, if you buy the paperback, you have the option of getting the Kindle edition FREE.
What's the Book Contain?
This book is based on original articles I wrote and published while I was the Motorcycles Guide on About.com and also during my current assignment as Editor of Motorcycle Views.
It provides introductory motorcycling information for new riders to help push them into being safer riders. It's also intended for returning riders who have been away from motorcycling for many years. Hey guys and gals, motorcycling isn't what it used to be.
The reader will learn how to get into motorcycling using all the proper steps to ensure that he or she will be well trained and be acquainted with the technical aspects of motorcycles.
I'm trying to reach out to riders and present them with a core set of motorcycling information that may help them to survive on the road. Perhaps some readers who are also riding motorcycles, will want to take this book along with them for reference—whatever it takes to decrease the likelihood of accidents by untrained riders.
The 13 chapters are:
Getting Started Riding a Motorcycle - My Story
How You Can Learn to Ride a Motorcycle
Get Training on How to Ride a Motorcycle
Basic Gear for a Motorcycle Beginner
Ten Ways to be Safe on a Motorcycle
How to Get Back Into Riding Motorcycles Again
Seven Things Only a Biker Knows
Ten Motorcycle Myths
Buy a Motorcycle
Buying a Motorcycle is Only the Beginning
Motorcycle Trips and Touring
Glossary of 225 motorcycle terms
Here is an Excerpt:
1. Assume Drivers Can't See You: Ride assuming that you and your motorcycle are totally invisible to motorists. That means you must never assume that drivers can see you. The odds are, they can't so believe it yourself and always have an "out" for dangerous traffic situations. Motorcycle Safety depends on you.
2. Maintain Safe Spacing: Leave plenty of space in front and back and to the sides from all other vehicles. Be an island. Stay away from traffic as much as possible. This gives you more visibility and more time to react to situations.
3. Anticipate Trouble: Anticipate trouble situations and know what to do when you see them. Analyze what vehicles are doing and try to predict the outcome. Then make sure you're ready to avoid a bad traffic situation.
4. Beware of Oncoming Left Turners: Beware of oncoming motorists turning left in front of you at intersections. This is the leading cause of death of motorcycle riders. I'm deadly serious here. I have personally lost many friends to this accident. If you only remember one tip here, let it be this one. Slow down before you enter an intersection. Have an escape route planned. Stay visible. Don't travel too close to cars in front of you. Position your bike so it can be seen by the left turner. Eye contact is not enough.
5. Ride Your Own Ride: Don't try to keep up with your friends who may be more experienced. Know your personal limits. Ride your own ride.
6. Watch Out for Curves: Beware of taking curves that you can't see around. A parked truck or a patch of sand may be awaiting you.
7. Don't Give In to Road Rage: Do not give in to road rage and try to "get even" with another rider or motorist. If you follow these tips, most likely you won't fall victim to road rage. It's better to calm down, slow down, and collect your thoughts first. Then continue on and enjoy the ride. That's what we're all out there for in the first place.
8. Don't allow Tailgating: If someone is tailgating you, either speed up to open more space or pull over and let them pass. Life is too short. Remember that a bike can stop faster than a car so you don't want a truck on your tail when you find yourself trying to brake to avoid an accident. Also, don't tailgate the vehicle in front of you. Oncoming drivers can't see you.
9. Don't Be Blinded by Sun Glare: Beware of riding your motorcycle into sun glare. All it takes is turning a corner and finding the sun either directly in your face or passing straight through your windshield. Some helmets have shields to block the sun. Face shields help somewhat. But sometimes you just find yourself blinded by the light. Slow down, pull over, shield your eyes and look for a way to change direction.
10. Avoid Riding at Night: Avoid riding at night, especially late Saturday night and early Sunday when drunken drivers may be on the road. It goes without saying that you shouldn't drink and ride. Going bar hopping? Leave the bike at home and find a designated driver.
What Am I Trying To Say About Motorcycle Safety?
The best way to be safe is to take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course to learn the basic ways to control your motorcycle and to learn how to recognize traffic situations that you need to be ready to handle.
Always wear protective clothing and a helmet. A tiny beanie helmet held on by a thin strap and affixed with a fake DOT sticker is not enough.
Maintain your bike so it is safe too. Keep records of the intervals when you replace tires, chains, clutch cables, batteries, brakes, etc. You don't want an equipment malfunction to contribute to a motorcycle accident.
Practice riding under all kinds of traffic situations. Ride with a buddy if at all possible. Avoid riding long distances alone.
Become a member of a motorcycle forum or social network that caters to motorcyclists and read what other experienced riders have to say about how to ride safely.
I want you to become an aged motorcyclist because you know how to survive on a motorcycle. I don't want to read about you in the newspaper or on a motorcycle forum or mailing list as yet another motorcycle statistic. Learn how to be safe and responsible on a motorcycle. That's why my Website, Motorcycle Views, exists and that's why I'm writing these tips. The rest is up to you.
How Do I Get It?
If you're an Amazon customer and have One-Click set on your account, you can click the following book cover, then the One-Click button, and order the book almost instantly. If you haven't set One-Click, you will have a few extra steps.
What's the Book Going to Do for Me?
Again, for only $8.09 (paperback) or $2.99 (Kindle) you can have this book containing the most important topics that beginners and returning riders need to know. If you buy the paperback, you can also have the Kindle edition FREE.
Since motorcycle safety means so much to me, I have spent a lot of time discussing safety. I want you to be as safe as you can be when you ride. Often that just means taking a basic Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) rider course over a weekend, understanding how to be safe, and knowing your limits. But there is much more to learning to be safe.
No course can guarantee that you'll have no accidents. Bear in mind that most riders don't even know the basics contained in this book. My hope is that wide distribution of a few basic principles of how to be safe on a motorcycle would go a long way to reducing motorcycle accidents. This book will help.
Learn more about how to be safe as a new motorcycle rider or a returning rider. Click the following link.
Help Me Out
Should you decide to buy the book—and you are so inclined—please take a little time after you complete the book to write a short review and place it with the book on the Amazon website. These reviews help to inform prospective readers about how other readers felt about the book. They also help me to improve the quality and content of future books. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments you may have that you might not want others to see.