Motorcycling For Dummies

Motorcycling For Dummies

by Bill Kresnak


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Few activities offer more fun and excitement than motorcycling, but to get the most out of it, there’s a lot you need to know. From buying and maintaining a bike, to riding safely, to finding great places to ride, Motorcycling For Dummies puts you on the road with savvy and style, whether you’re male or female, new to riding or an experienced vet.

This fun, practical, and informative guide gets you geared up and ready to ride! You’ll get plenty of help in selecting the right bike and step-by-step instructions on performing routing maintenance tasks. You’ll also find out how to develop safe riding habits and, maybe most important of all, fit in with the biker crowd. Plus, this indispensable resource shows you advanced riding techniques, offers travel tips for long-distance rides, and even helps you get your kids started in motorcycling. Discover how to:

  • Buy a new or used bike
  • Select safe, tough riding gear, from helmet and jacket to boots and pants
  • Get proper training and learn essential riding skills
  • Insure your bike
  • Pass even the toughest licensing test
  • Try your hand at cruising, touring, sports biking, and more
  • Get involved in motorcycle clubs and events
  • Deal with dangers on the road
  • Customize your bike to improve both style and performance

Complete with lists of great biking events, organizations, people, and even movies, Motorcycling For Dummies gives a whole new meaning to the term “easy rider.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470245873
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/05/2008
Series: For Dummies Books
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 630,973
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Bill Kresnak is a popular motojournalist with more than 35 years' experience riding all types of motorcycles. He is government affairs editor at American Motorcyclist magazine, a publication of the American Motorcyclist Association.

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Table of Contents


Part I: The Mysterious World of Motorcycling.

Chapter 1: The Allure of Motorcycling: Six Million Motorcyclists Can’t Be Wrong.

Chapter 2: From the First Wooden Horse to Today’s Iron Pony.

Chapter 3: You Wouldn’t Fly a Jet Without Training, Would You?

Part II: Welcome to the Club.

Chapter 4: Bikes and Biker Culture: You Are What You Ride.

Chapter 5: Dress for Success.

Chapter 6: Leather and Lace: Women in Motorcycling.

Chapter 7: What to Do if Your Kid Wants to Ride Too.

Part III: You and Your Machine.

Chapter 8: First Bikes.

Chapter 9: Buying a Bike: What You Must Know.

Chapter 10: Ensuring You’re Insured.

Chapter 11: Keeping Your Bike in Tiptop Shape.

Chapter 12: Customizing: How to Make Your Bike Your Own.

Part IV: Let’s Ride!

Chapter 13: Preparing to Hit the Road.

Chapter 14: Street Survival: Staying Safe.

Chapter 15: Advanced Riding Techniques: Staying Safer.

Chapter 16: Exploring by Motorcycle.

Chapter 17: Travel Tips: What You Need to Know from Weather to Luggage.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten (Plus One) Can’t-Miss Events.

Chapter 19: Ten Great Motorcycling Groups.

Chapter 20: Ten Great People in Motorcycling.

Chapter 21: Ten Must-See Motorcycling Movies.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: A Motorcycling Glossary: Talking the Talk.

Appendix B: State Motorcycling Laws.

Appendix C: A Motorcyclist’s Resource Guide.


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