Alternatives to Roadcraft

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Alternatives to Roadcraft


I was just wondering what alternatives there are to the M/C version of Roadcraft.

For context, my experience of motorbikes is limited to ragging round fields on my mates bikes as a teenager, and not only was that a good few years ago it wasn't especially smooth or skilful and obviously required no road safety appreciation at all.

Now I'm thinking about getting my motorbike licence I'd like to start reading something with some solid guidance on safe riding.

I'm a cop so I'm familiar with Roadcraft and have been a response driver for about 13 years now, but while I'm sure some of this is transferable I think it would be a bit daft to assume that a (theoretically) safe/experienced police driver equals a safe motorcyclist.  Hence wondering if there are any good books that might benefit me?

I've had a wee search on the forums and picked up that the motorcycle version of Roadcraft is not universally liked, so wondered what others I should look at?



Dunno why Roadcraft would be looked down on unless it was by someone who didn't fully understand it. Another that used to be read a lot is Twist of the Wrist by Keith Code although it was more aimed at a road-racer craft but a lot of the skills are transferable to the road. Although given your back ground you probably already know the route to take and you would be surprised how many skills you already have are transferable to two wheels

It seemed that some thought it was outdated in parts, and the motorbike version was badly copied across from the car version - maybe I got the wrong end of the stick.  I can't find the thread now but I'm sure it was on here.  Perhaps the answer is to take in more than one, can't hurt can it.  I'll check out the one you mention, thanks.

Road craft is reading the road, not reading a book. I don't mean that to sound condescending, I mean it in the best way possible. You're a response driver, you would probably have crashed several times if you didn't have it right? I may have misread your post but it seems you are assuming motorcyclists are all better at reading the roads, if this were true there wouldn't be so many accidents. I admit there is a lot different on a bike but some of it is for the better. I took my CBT with very little road experience, a week later I had my own bike and was let loose on the roads. I think the term for how I felt is technically known as absolutely shitting myself. Within a day I realised that everyone was out to get me and adjusted my riding style as I went along. I then took lessons and realised I was doing a lot long but hey, I hadnt had even a minor accident in a year on the road.   My advice, get your CBT, take some lessons and ask lots of questions. Assume you are invisible on the road and do anything you can to make yourself visible. Don't sit behind cars, make sure you can see the junction you are approaching and that you can see the driver sitting at it. Don't piss people off on the road and plan an escape route with every single hazard. You'll learn to swim bloody quickly when thrown into the middle of the ocean.

Cheers, much appreciated.

It's also worth doing some off road riding. Learn to brake on mud and slide the back. Much safer for early wheelies and the inevitable crashes. These skills all transfer to the road, not for safe riding but for confidence when the unexpected happens, quick slide on a muddy lane, hitting water at speed. I don't need to explain more as you have plenty of experience in the car. Good luck with it and just enjoy.

Great and appreciable work.

"Not the blue book" by Dave Jones is a useful read if you can find it.

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