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Ride hard, ride smart
Hahn, Pat, 1969-
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Publication Information:
St. Paul, MN : MBI Pub., [2004]

Physical Description:
143 pages ; 27 cm
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TL440.5 .H36 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
TL440.5 .H36 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Ride Hard, Ride Smart is a practical, hands-on survival guide for the average motorcyclist. This book provides advanced survival and safety strategies for the developing rider. The vast wealth of knowledge and information developed by the motorcycle safety industry is bound into one chapter and one simple concept-the "three degrees of separation"-that sets the stage for the rest of the book. The three degrees of separation are riding strategies, training and skills, and protective gear-the things that separate the rider from death and injury. Hahn rates motorcycle risk and riding on a scale of one to ten, ten being mere moments away from certain death, and one being home safe in bed. Every motorcycle ride falls somewhere in between. Using the three degrees of separation, a rider can get the risk level down to a controllable level, creating the safest possible situation on a moving motorcycle.

Author Notes

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

Introductionp. 6
Chapter 1 Using the Three Degrees of Separationp. 10
Chapter 2 Getting Hurt 101p. 22
Chapter 3 Riskp. 52
Chapter 4 The Safest Distance Between Two Pointsp. 58
Chapter 5 Good Times, Bad Timesp. 66
Chapter 6 Visibilityp. 74
Chapter 7 Riding at Nightp. 84
Chapter 8 Make it Familiarp. 86
Chapter 9 Making Friendsp. 92
Chapter 10 Trouble Areasp. 98
Chapter 11 The Worst Types and Your Best Defensep. 112
Chapter 12 Reading the Roadp. 118
Chapter 13 Group Riding and Other Distractionsp. 130
Indexp. 143