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Maximum Control

Mastering Your Heavyweight Bike

Maximum Control Mastering Your Heavyweight Bike

Pat Hahn

Format: Paperback, 160 Pages
Item: 147229
ISBN: 9780760336748
Publisher: Motorbooks
Illustrations: 249 color & 32 b/w photos, 20 diagrams
Size: 8.25 x 11
Weight: 0.938 lb.
Edition: First
Published: January 3rd 2010
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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.

 Pat Hahn can answer just about any question related to motorcycle safety, be it knowledge, skills, technical, or theoretical. He is especially familiar with the concepts of risk management, hazard awareness, crash avoidance, and traction management as they pertain to motorcycle riders. . Pat is an MSF-Certified Instructor (12 years), author of the motorcycle skill books How to Ride a Motorcycle and Ride Hard, Ride Smart, co-author of Motorcycle Track Day Handbook, and Public Information Officer for the State of Minnesota, where he coordinates public information and education for the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center, a project of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“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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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