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Riding in the Zone

Advanced Techniques for Skillful Motorcycling

By Ken Condon

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Format: Paperback / softback, 144 pages
Other Information: 230 colour photos & illus
Published In: United States, 03 December 2008
This title contains a book and a DVD. Riding motorcycles is fun but Ken Condon maintains there is a state of being beyond the simple pleasure of rolling down the road; this book was written to help riders find that state of being. It's the experience of being physically and mentally present in the moment, where every sense is sharply attuned to the ride. Your mind becomes silent to the chatter of daily life and everyday problems seem to dissolve; you feel a deeper appreciation for life. Your body responds to this state of being with precise, fluid movements; you feel in balance, your muscles are relaxed, and it seems as though every input you make is an expression of mastery. With more than three decades of motorcycling under his belt, Ken Condon has had many opportunities to experience the Zone - while road racing, dirt biking, and even commuting in heavy traffic. He recognises that the ability to ride in the Zone goes hand in hand with mastering basic motorcycling skills and achieving mental and emotional control. Condon's experience as a teacher shows in the careful organisation of the book. He has identified all the factors that affect entering the Zone and addresses each one individually, from the development of awareness and mental skills to mastering physical control of the motorcycle. At the end of each chapter are drills designed to transform the book's ideas and concepts into solid riding skills. A companion DVD is included with the book to demonstrate each concept and technique and help the reader apply each lesson to street riding.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Introduction; The Confident Rider -- Confidence and the Zone; Threats to Well-Being; Risk Awareness and Acceptance. Mental Skill Development -- Risk Reduction Strategies; Vision; Traction Sense. Physical Skill-- Development -- Brake Feel; Cornering Confidence; Body Force; Shifting and Clutch Control; Continuing Ed; Index.

About the Author

A motorcyclist for more than three decades, Ken Condon is best known to the motorcycling world as the current author of the monthly Proficient Motorcycling and Street Strategies columns for Motorcycle Consumer News. He is also the chief instructor for Tonys Track Days held at the Loudon race track in New Hampshire and is an experienced Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructor. He lives in Massachusetts where he is happy to be part of the blossoming motorcycle careers of both his wife and daughter.


-In my opinion, this is one of the best motorcycle skills books on the market to day, and both Ken and Whitehorse are to be commended for making it available.- - Motorcycle Consumer News-You've got not excuse to brush up on your skills. Condon has made it as clear, and as easy as it's going to get! This book represents excellent value for money. I recommend that you check it out.- - Canadian Motorcycle-The vast majority of motorcycling books on the market focus on the motorcycle itself, not the rider. There are only a handful of books on developing the skills to control your bike. Ken Condon's new book and DVD, Riding in the Zone, focuses on being confidently in control, and the DVD (included) provides real-time demonstrations.- -

EAN: 9781884313769
ISBN: 1884313760
Publisher: Whitehorse Press
Dimensions: 24.28 x 19.86 x 1.24 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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