Maximum Control: Mastering Your Heavyweight Bike

Maximum Control: Mastering Your Heavyweight Bike

by Pat Hahn


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As anyone who’s been on one knows, big bikes—Harleys, dressers, tourers, cruisers—handle differently than smaller bikes.  They have different centers of gravity; they steer more slowly; they put you in a different riding positions; and riding one—especially riding it well—requires different skills.  This book is aimed at helping owners of such motorcycles—bikes with big engines, long wheelbases, and a lot of weight—get the best ride out of them.  Maximum Control addresses every aspect of riding—steering, positioning, braking, and carrying a passenger or heavy load.  With clear information on differences in equipment—brakes, engine, drive system, even tires—this expert, accessible guide provides everything you need to know to handle your bike like a pro.  The outcome will be, as promised, Maximum Control—and the ride of your life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760336748
Publisher: Motorbooks
Publication date: 01/03/2010
Edition description: First
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Bike Setup

Chapter 2 The Friction Zone: Coordinated Fine Muscle Control

Riding Drill #1: Walk the Line

Chapter 3 The Friction Zone Part Two: Sound and Feel

Riding Drill #2: Figure Eight

Chapter 4 Low-Speed Maneuvers: Tight Turns

Riding Drill #3: Curbside Pullout

Chapter 5 Low-Speed Maneuvers Part Two: U-Turns

Riding Drill #4: Iron Cross

Chapter 6 Basic Braking

Chapter 7 Emergency Braking

Riding Drill #5: Slow and Go

Chapter 8 Basic Cornering

Riding Drill #6: Slow, Roll, Look and Press

Chapter 9 Advanced Cornering

Riding Drill #7: The Inside Line

Chapter 10 Avoiding Hazards

Riding Drill #8: Slow, Swerve, and Go

Riding Drill #9: Change Your Line

Riding Drill #10: Turn, Brake, Turn

Appendix A: Lifting a Motorcycle

Appendix B: Riding Strategy

Appendix C: Practice Drill Schedule

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“I find it to be quite thorough and easy to understand.  I particularly like the “building block” presentation and how it emphasizes laying a good foundation of the skills necessary to effectively ride a large motorcycle.  The practice exercises are clearly well thought out, easy to understand, and simple to set up for just about anyone.  I definitely will be recommending it to my students and friends who already ride big bikes and especially to those who are taking on one of the “heavyweights” for the first time.” – Marshall W. Munce, Owner Southwest Motorcycle Training (San Antonio, Texas)

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