Book Review: The Good Rider

Jan 20, 2014 View Comments by

Book Review: The Good RiderIn a follow up to his well-received books Proficient Motorcycling and Mastering the Ride, author David L. Hough (pronounced Huff) asks the question, “What is a good rider?” He postulates that being a good rider takes much more than simple riding skill; it encompasses a total package that may have different definitions for different motorcyclists. Everything from your ability to control your motorcycle to your understanding of its mechanics may play into whether or not you are a “good rider.” The book, which contains updated and illustrated content that borrows from and builds on his previous works, is a motorcycling tour de force. The Good Rider covers an incredible range of topics from basic balance and the fundamental physics of riding to foreign destinations, risk management, mechanical skills, group riding, and anything and everything in between. Hough’s lessons are illustrated with easy to understand diagrams and photos that appear on almost every page. In all, there are 28 chapters arranged by topic, which are then subdivided by page number making it easy to find what you’re looking for.

What, you may ask, qualifies Mr. Hough for the task of writing such an in depth book on a topic as complicated as motorcycling? Hough began riding in 1965 and hasn’t stopped since. He’s been a regular contributor to a variety of motorcycle magazines, taught numerous training and safety courses, and been recognized by both the BMWMOA and Motorcycle Safety Foundation for his efforts to further rider safety. He’s also a 2009 inductee into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

If you are looking for a one-stop resource to improve you riding skills, David Hough’s The Good Rider should certainly be on your list.

The Good Rider by David L. Hough


408 pages

Mixed Media Publishing



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