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MotoGP Technology by Neil Spalding
If you follow motorcycle racing I think you'll enjoy this book.  It covers the entire 990cc era, 2002 to 2006, looking at all major components of the bikes, plus an in-depth look at each team.  Spalding traces out how the teams continually narrowed their focus on what made a winning bike with each new season.  The biggest revelation to me was that all the lessons that it seemed to take all the other teams till the end of the 990 era to figure out, Honda understood before the two-stroke smoke of '01 had even cleared  Their V-5 engine took advantage of the new rulebook in an ingenious fashion. So much so, it's no wonder it took Yamaha three years AND the help of Rossi and Burgess to barely eclipse the RCV. Great reading!    (Click the book to see it at Amazon.com)


 

Motorcycle Design and Technology by Gaetano Cocco

This is a fairly technical look at motorcycles by one of Aprilia's own engineers.  It includes formulas, physics diagrams, and discussions of almost all aspects of modern motorcycles - materials, aerodynamics, shaft vs chain drive, you name it.  If you like the really technical aspects of riding, this is one of the few books out there on the subject. Very intersting reading. (Click the book to see it at Amazon.com)


 

Sport Riding Techniques by Nick Ienatsch

I've been reading Nick's articles in the bike mags for years.  He was also my instructor at the Freddy Spencer School a few years back and he did an excellent job.  Nick covers all the basics of riding in a way that's easy to follow and at the very end he talks about 'The Pace', a technique a lot of riders use to control their speed and still have fun riding together. Great for new riders.  (Click the book to see it at Amazon.com)


 

Proficient Motorcycling by David L. Hough

I'm still working my way through this one.  It came highly recommended by several friends.  I'll have a review of it shortly but I have no reservations recommending it to new riders in the meantime. (Click the book to see it at Amazon.com)


 

Going Faster! by Carl Lopez

I've been recommending this book for years.  And not just to car nuts but to motorcyclists as well.  So many of the principles that Lopez covers for cars apply equally well to bikes.  He does the best explanation of the reasoning behind the racing line that I've come across.  He explains the friction circle, trailbraking, and passing among other things.  The graphics were excellent and inspired me to create some of my own for the Rider's Guide on this site.  If you want to get the most out of anything with wheels on it, you will benefit greatly from this book.  Highly recommended. (Click the book to see it at Amazon.com)



Secrets of Solo Racing by Henry A. Watts

This one is specifically geared towards autocrossers.  It was recommended to me by my driving mentor many years ago (too many!).  The book was never very flashy and it definetely is showing its age but the ideas Watts talks about are just as applicable today.  If you are new to autocross buy this book and sign up for an Evolution School. (Click the book to see it at Amazon.com)



Bike Magazine (U.K)

Here's another one I've been recommending for years. I've read countless magazines in my life and this is about my all-time favorite.  The photography is excellent and the writers pull few punches.  They have some great stories from the past and an incredibly irreverant sense of humor.  You might even learn some new British words. (Click the magazine to see it at Amazon.com)


 

Cycle World Magazine

To be really honest all the U.S. cycle mags look a lot alike to me.  They all seem to review the same bikes on the same month and do the same kind of stories.  They're not bad - far from it.  They just all seem to run together in my mind.  The one notable exception is Kevin Cameron's editorial every month in Cycle World.  Cameron's understanding of motorcycle technology is staggering but it's the way he verbally disassembles a complex subject and lays it out for the reader to easily understand, pulling stories from the past and even unrelated industries along the way, that makes it so good.  It's the first thing I read every month. (Click the magazine to see it at Amazon.com)


 

Car and Driver Magazine

I imagine the guys at Car and Driver are people I would hang out with.  They love sports cars and they have a great sense of humor.  The editorials are generally excellent as well.  Now if they'd just ditch those 100% un-funny cartoons every month... (Click the magazine to see it at Amazon.com)


 

Evo Magazine (U.K.)

What Bike is to motorcycle magazines, Evo is to car magazines.  Very much biased towards sports cars and exotics and since they're on the other side of the pond, they review a lot of cars we'll never even see here.  So don't pick it up to help decide your next Camaro-replacement purchase.  Subscribe instead to just read the thing and drool over all the great photos. (Click the magazine to see it at Amazon.com)

 

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