If you know anyone learning to ride, please read this!
After three years of work I've got a book out this month (September 2011) which tells you what you really need to know to be a decent rider. As any experienced person knows, this is not the same thing as the information you need simply to pass the bike test.
The book's called Pass the Bike Test (and be a great rider too).
I've been a bike journo on PB, Bike, Classic Bike and MCN for many years. I've written the book with trainer Sean Hayes of Circuit Based Training at Mallory Park. We didn't do it with the intention of becoming rich (that's impossible unless you get Harry Potter sales). We just wanted to do something about the fact that:
1. There's no syllabus for Direct Access training
2. The bike test makes no serious examination of your ability to brake or steer at realistic speeds
3. Crash investigation coppers agree that most fatal accidents on open roads are due to a string of mistakes culminating in a braking or steering error by the rider. I've interviewed eight crash investigators about this.
The book covers all the usual test stuff from CBT onwards, plus lots on cornering, braking and planning; the causes of accidents; and coming back from a riding break. In this respect it is unique. We hope it helps people. If you know anyone learning to ride, feel free to recommend it.
It's out now, and you can get it on Amazon or order it from any bookshop.
I don't think mentioning it breaks any forum rules.
Thanks for reading this