Dual Sport Motorcycling Book Review

The Essential Guide to Dual Sport Motorcycling

The Essential Guide to Dual Sport Motorcycling by Carl Adams

Off road riding can be a lot of fun. You don’t need to worry about cars running into you. And, depending on where you are riding, you don’t need to worry about much other than riding and enjoying the scenery. However, if you spend most of the time on the street, like I do, a few off road riding pointers might be helpful. I had a couple of nasty wipeouts a few months ago. It took about 6 weeks for my ribs to stop hurting. That was motivation to learn a little more about riding on dirt. Surprisingly, I didn’t find a lot of good books on the topic. However, I did find one, “The Essential Guide to Dual Sport Motorcycling: Everything You Need to Buy, Ride, and Enjoy the World’s Most Versatile Motorcycles” by Carl Adams, that I think is quite good.

The book is good for everyone from beginners looking to buy their first dual sport motorcycle, to more advanced riders wanting to brush up on their off road riding skills.

Although I already own a dual sport bike, and have off road riding gear, it was interesting to read Carl’s recommendations on finding the right dual sport bike, and getting the right gear. It reaffirmed that I made a good choice with my Yamaha WR250R. I also spotted a few pieces of riding gear that I probably shown own. I also identified a few motorcycle accessories that may come in handy for long off road adventures. The chapters on tire selection and suspension tuning pointed why my stock tires suck, and that suspension tuning would probably fix some of the erratic behavior of my bike on rough trails.

More important, there is lots of information on off road riding techniques: basic and advanced. Although I’ve put many miles on my dual sport, I discovered a few riding basics that seem obvious now, but for some reason eluded me in my off road experiences. Especially techniques for making turns, and handling hills, either up, down or across. The advanced riding techniques were also very helpful. Not that I plan to intentionally ride over fallen trees, or in snow, but you never know when this will prove helpful, especially riding up in the Sierras.

If you are interested in improving your off road riding skills, check out this book. It is easy to read, and has lots of photos and illustrations to help understand the material.

For more information, see: The Essential Guide to Dual Sport Motorcycling: Everything You Need to Buy, Ride, and Enjoy the World’s Most Versatile Motorcycles


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