Shifting Gears at 50

Shifting Gears at 50

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From the publishers of Motorcycle Consumer News, Shifting Gears at 50 is a one-of-a-kind motorcycling manual for returning and late-entry riders, essentially anyone 40 years old and up whoa€™s looking to hit the road on two wheels. Author Philip Buonpastore, a motorcycle journalist and retired US Air Force photographer, helps readers gear up to get back on a motorcycle (or get on one for the first time). In Part 1, a€œBecoming a Motorcyclist, a€ Buonpastore discusses the basics of buying the right bike, gear, and equipment and getting the bike up to speed. The book continues with a good overview of learning to ride, the importance of taking a road course, venturing out on the first ride, and extending rides to long-distance jaunts. Throughout Part 1 are sidebars by riding- safety instructor and expert Walt Fulton, offering sound advice on safety precautions and execution for every leg of the new and returning ridera€™s journey. The author emphasizes what older riders should be aware of and which factors can affect their rides. Adding lots of great firsthand advice are humorous and helpful stories collected by the author and related by returning riders at various ages, from their late 30s to 60s. In Part 2, Buonpastore shares five of his favorite travelogues covering his long-distance tours around the US, from the American South to the west coasts. This section is illustrated by over 100 of the authora€™s breathtaking photographs of the various locations he toured on his bike. The foreword to the book is provided by best-selling motorcycle author David Hough (author of I-5 Pressa€™s Proficient Motorcycling and Mastering the Ride). Hough writes, a€œIf youa€™re getting into todaya€™s motorcycling at an age your doctor would describe as a€˜middle ageda€™ or a€˜senior, a€™ do you yourself a clever favor and read Phila€™s book.a€Part of a motorcycle-tire repair kit With traditional spoked wheels, which use tubes inside the tire, repairing a leak using a patch ... tire repaired, you may be able to use a can of tire sealant to seal a leak and reinflate a tire if you remove the source of the puncture. ... Whether your bike has tubeless tires or tubed ones, any tire repair is only a temporary measure designed to get you home or to a repair shop.

Title:Shifting Gears at 50
Author:Philip Buonpastore
Publisher:i5 Publishing - 2012-01-24


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