by Reg Pridmore with Geoff Drake
3 time AMA Superbike champion and Hall of Fame member Reg Pridmore, known worldwide for his popular CLASS Motorcycle Schools, brings his decades of experience on the track, street and classroom to the readers of this riding skills book. Published in 2004, the book is still vital and essential in today's world of motorcycles.
A long-time proponent of the value of smoothness, control, and body-steering, Pridmore’s insightful text explains how the techniques that helped him win championships and can help everyday motorcyclists and budding racers become better, safer riders. Sections on street strategies and riding gear make this a comprehensive how-to riding skills book for anyone looking to improve their skills.
After reviewing the basics, Pridmore shows advance students how to focus on control in cornering, braking, and acceleration. There are also chapters devoted to riding psychology, throttle management, shifting and body positioning, as well as tips on bike setup and plenty of information on traffic techniques and accident avoidance. Pridmore illustrate points with colorful anecdotes from his own riding, racing, and teaching career.
“I believe that being smooth isn’t just an artful or elegant way to ride the bike, though it is those things, too,” Pridmore writes. “You need to be smooth before you can go fast, and you need to be smooth to be safe. I also put a lot of emphasis on ‘body steering’—using subtle weight shifts to initiate turns, rather than being forceful with the handlebar.”
Reg had the honor of being invited down to Jay Leno's garage in Burbank, CA. On that visit he took Jay a signed copy of Smooth Riding the Pridmore Way. Jay liked it so much he chose it for his Book Club!
One reviewer writes: "Reg has finally taken a time out to write a book about his motorcycle riding philosophies, and it's a winner. "Smooth Riding the Pridmore Way" has become one of my all-time favorite books about motorcycle riding skills. It's absolutely packed with useful tips that are presented in a factual and very readable style with an additional bonus: lots of Reg's adventures and lessons learned from the track and a lifetime of motorcycling are woven in to keep things interesting and..." read more of the review on webbikeworld.com here.
And here's one we really like - A rider who's never even been to CLASS, but sees the value in what Reg teaches tells us of his experience here.