Top 5 Instructional Motorcycle Racing / Technique Books

By | January 10, 2016

I will be the first to admit that I don’t read many books. However give me a motorcycle book and I will read it cover to cover. It doesn’t matter if it is about riding techniques, suspension tuning or just biographies. I just like to read them, sometimes even more than once or twice.

I figured that I would create a list of books that I have found valuable for myself in terms of riding and learning. Some people may think differently, however if there’s a book you find worthwhile please add it to the comments.

My criteria for a good book is quite straight forward. The author must have credible experience and the information be clearly explained in a way that you can understand and execute it.

  1. A Twist of the Wrist (Vol 1): The Motorcycle Roadracers Handbook
  2. A Twist of the Wrist (Vol 2): The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle Riding
  3. The Soft Science of Roadracing Motorcycles: The Technical Procedures and Workbook for Roadracing Motorcycles
  4. Sport Riding Techniques: How To Develop Real World Skills for Speed, Safety, and Confidence on the Street and Track
  5. Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques

Other Mentions

As you will probably notice my list mainly contains books by Keith Code and Nick Ienatsch. I find their books to be very easy to read and easy to put into practice. Keith Code even has movies, albeit the acting is somewhat dated but still very useful.

I’ve also read Casey Stoner: Pushing The Limits and would like to read What If I Had Never Tried it: The Autobiography of Valentino Rossi.

Everybody rides their own way using their own techniques. There isn’t a perfect way to ride, however reading these books has helped me to improve my riding techniques and understand more how rider input can direct how a motorcycle reacts.